On Friday, 18 year old Karl Halverson Pierson walked into Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado openly carrying a shotgun. Pierson was upset with a specific teacher and was set on shooting him. When the teacher got word that he was being targeted, he left the school trying to draw the shooter away from the school and other students.
From one of the reports I heard on the news, Pierson entered the school building and started to head towards his target’s classroom, carrying his shotgun and two Molotov cocktails. Searching for the teacher, he ended up shooting one girl who remains in the hospital in serious condition. Two other students sustained minor injuries. A short time later, Pierson turned his shotgun on himself, resulting in the only fatality.
Arapahoe High School is only 8 miles from Columbine High School, site of the 1999 shooting that killed 12 students, one teacher and injured 24 others. It’s also only 10 miles from the movie theater in Aurora, the sight of 2012 shooting that killed 12 and injured 70 others.
The one thing that all of these shootings have in common is that they took place in gun free zones. No guns allowed means there are no realistic method of protecting students or movie patrons from these kinds of attacks.
After two tragic shootings in the same area, you would think that the people would be pushing for armed guards and security, but not in the general Denver metropolitan area. This is the stronghold of Colorado’s Democrats; the same ones that pushed all of the anti-gun bills though the state legislature.
Had Arapahoe High School had armed security, Pierson should have never made it on campus, let alone into the building and that girl lying in critical condition in the hospital would be home safe with her family.
And ask yourself this question: who are the first responders to a reported school shooting? They are armed law enforcement. You don’t see bleeding heart liberal Democratic social workers trying to talk down the armed suspect; rather you see men and women with body armor who are armed to the teeth. It’s as logical as President Obama speaking out against having armed security and faculty on public school campuses while the school where his kids attend have nearly a dozen armed security.
A few schools in the country have taken measures to protect their students by allowing arm security on campus. Others have allowed teachers and staff to obtain training and obtain conceal carry permits so they can be armed on campuses to protect their students.
Obviously, the schools in the Denver area are more concerned about their liberal anti-gun agenda than they are about the safety of their students – your kids. Until they realize that the only way to truly protect your kids is to have someone on campus with a gun and trained to use it, we will continue to see more incidents like this occur in the future.