This afternoon, mayhem and tragedy struck another educational institution in our country. Lone Star College‘s North Harris campus, where roughly 10,000 students and faculty were today, is still scrambling after gun violence left several people wounded. The location of this shooting prompted one rather poignant response from us here at the Mommyish offices, “Isn’t Texas ground zero for ‘good guys with guns’?”
There are still very few details about the latest violent attack at an educational facility. We don’t know how many people were wounded. We don’t even know how many shooters there were. Preliminary reports say that one suspect has been detained by police while another is currently being chased down. Local news on the scene reported seeing at least two people being taken away from the school on gurneys.
Students on the campus has been on lockdown since the incident happened, a little after noon today. An elementary school next to the campus is also going through emergency protocol, locking down until the threat has been contained. It’s thousands of students terrified, thousands of worried parents. And unfortunately, it’s all too familiar in this country.
After the massacre of students in Newtown, Connecticut at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the NRA has demanded that the country needs more guns to be safe from mass shootings. They famously said, “The only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” just one week after 26 people were murdered by one such bad guy, who ultimately took his own life.
Well, if there’s anyplace that should have had a good guy with a gun around to keep the school safe, isn’t it Texas? Shouldn’t this bastion of gun culture be exactly what the NRA was talking about? And yet, tragedy strikes once again. This just underscores the arguments made by gun control advocates, who also cite the presence of an armed guard at infamous shootings like Columbine and Virginia Tech.
We’ll continue to update this post with information about the shooting at Lone Star College in Texas as we get it. Hopefully, there will be no casualties and all those students will make it safely home to their families tonight.