This morning, I watched video of Wednesday’s school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. A student made the chilling footage on a cellphone as the carnage unfolded. It was live-streamed on social media, and the victim of a past school shooting coached the student through what has become a routine part of American education.
The alleged gunman, whose name I refuse to use, was a former student. Police say he killed 17 people and injured 15 more. All the thoughts and prayers in the world won’t change that.
The shooter had documented mental health problems and was on medication, but bought the AR-15 he used to murder innocents legally.
I’m not going to bother typing a bunch of blather about how this kind of tragedy is unacceptable in an allegedly enlightened society, or wonder aloud how many have to be slaughtered before we have a serious debate about ending — or at least curbing — this scourge.
Instead, here is a link to video recorded by a student during the massacre. Watch it and ask yourself if this is the kind of America kids should grow up — or die — in.