Not all shootings are created equal


What’s the difference in a school shooting with a shotgun as compared to an assault weapon, as proven by the shooting in Taft High School in California Thursday?

The difference is with a 9-gauge shotgun, one person was shot Thursday, but is alive, the shooter used a 9 gauge shotgun.  whereas with an automatic assault gun, a whole classroom could have been shot and many killed.

Also, the alleged shooter told police he came to kill two specific students who had bullied him, and whom he called out by name. He wounded one slightly who refused  treatment, but the other student was shot in the chest and was airlifted to a hospital in critical condition.

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Is there any further proof necessary for the need to ban assault weapons?

The slow loading of a shotgun today at Taft High School allowed the teacher and a counselor to “talk down” the shooter from his murderous action. As he set his gun down, the police took him into custody.

As my book, Shooters, points out, automatic weapons can kill hundreds of people in a very short period. While we don’t want any guns in schools, at least, by virtue of a non-automatic gun, Taft High School was spared the likes of a mass killing of first-graders by a shooter with an automatic weapon in Newtown, Connecticut.

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About June Stephenson

June Stephenson is the author of 20 books about women’s issues, parental responsibility, the humanities, philosophy, comparative religion, music, architecture, parenting, sexual abuse, child abuse, spousal abuse, incest, crime, women’s studies, aging, tyranny, family, marriage, and divorce. The accomplished author has a degree from Stanford in economics and a Ph.D. in psychology with 25 years of teaching experience in history and English. Stephenson’s well-researched and documented approach combined with an easy-to-read style, offers readers enrichment and enjoyment. She also is an award-winning artist with many red ribbons from juried art shows throughout California. Stephenson has two daughters and two granddaughters, and lives in Palm Desert, California, with her Labradoddle named Happy.

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