Court documents detail the moment 12-year-old tried to shoot his teacher, but the gun failed to fire
Amidst an ongoing gun violence crisis in the USA, court documents have emerged which detail an incident involving a 12-year-old boy who brought a gun to school with the intention of murdering his teacher. The child, who has not been named, allegedly entered a classroom on August 31st of this year, ordered everybody to get on the floor, then attempted to shoot his teacher in the face.
Fortunately, the safety was on.
The incident happened at North Scott Junior High in Eldridge, Iowa, which is ranked 18th out of the 50 states in terms of gun safety laws. It is not yet known how the child came to acquire the 22-caliber handgun he used in the attempted murder, but the state's relatively lax regulations on how guns can be acquired or stored may have something to do with it.
In this case, the teacher managed to wrestle the weapon off the boy - but other similar incidents have not ended without casualties.
In February of this year, a teenager brought a gun to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and massacred 17 people. His actions caused an unprecedented reaction from victims of the shooting, families of the deceased, and people around the world who saw the tragedy that had occurred and felt the need to do something in order to prevent further fatalities.
Emma Gonzalez, one of the students caught up in the Parkland shooting, later went on to deliver a powerful speech pleading for gun reform laws.
"The people in the government who were voted into power are lying to us. And us kids seem to be the only ones who notice and our parents to call BS," she said.
"They say tougher guns laws do not decrease gun violence. We call BS. They say a good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun. We call BS. They say guns are just tools like knives and are as dangerous as cars. We call BS. They say no laws could have prevented the hundreds of senseless tragedies that have occurred. We call BS. That us kids don't know what we're talking about, that we're too young to understand how the government works. We call BS."
Since the Parkland shooting, however, not much has been done to improve gun laws, and so violent incidents involving firearms are still a daily occurrence in the USA.
In the last few days alone, four people were injured when a shooting took place at a nightclub in Tennessee, a man and a woman died of gunshot wounds in Wisconsin, and two deputies were killed in a house in North Carolina. All of these incidents may have been prevented if the shooters did not have such easy access to weapons.
The boy accused of bringing a gun to his classroom last month had since been charged with attempted murder, having a weapon on school grounds, and assault while displaying a dangerous weapon. He has not yet been sentenced for his crimes, but remains in the Scott County Juvenile Detention Center.
Hopefully, by the time he gets out, gun laws will have been reformed.