17 Dead as U.S. Suffers Another School Shooting Incident in Parkland, Florida
Another school mass shooting has hit the United States – this time, in Parkland, Florida.
According to an article by NBC News, at least 17 people were reported dead after a 19-year old gunman opened fired at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.
Sources added that at least 16 other victims were founded, with about five of those suffering from life-threatening injuries. The suspect, identified as Nikolas Cruz, was also injured, but was shortly released from the hospital and is currently in custody of the authorities.
Florida governor Rick Scott expressed his grief and said, “You come to the conclusion this is just absolutely pure evil.”
As reported by CNN, the event unfolded when the police responded to a report of a shooting about 3:00 PM in the afternoon, Eastern Time. The event caused the students and school staff to panic, while some confused it for drill, as a fire drill was held in the school earlier.
According to one freshman named Kayden Hanafi, he said that he first heard two gunshots, then saw people running out of the building in the school premises. He added that both he and his classmates then went inside their classroom for a lockdown. Some even thought that the gunshots were just firecrackers.
The Sun-Sentinel reported that the shooter, who was expelled by the school, used an AR-15 rifle that had multiple magazines. Investigators said that they’re currently investigating the shooter’s social media and added that it was “very, very disturbing.”
Lax Gun Laws Blamed
Sources said that currently, the state of Florida has one of the most relaxed gun control laws in America, as it requires no background check or even a license to purchase a gun up to a semi-automatic rifle.
These resulted in a myriad of tweets from known personalities and Democrats who have advocated stricter gun control laws.
Like thousands in South Florida, we sent the boys to school in Broward County this morning… there are no words to describe the despair, horror & anger. This does not have to be our collective reality. How many more? How many children must not make it home?
— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) February 14, 2018
No words, no actions, no laws are enough until we end this epidemic of school shootings in our country. My heart is with the students and parents of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) February 14, 2018
However, Florida Senator Marco Rubio said that it’s wrong to discuss such laws in the aftermath of the tragedy, the Huffington Post reported.
"We shouldn't jump to conlusions that gun control laws would have prevented Florida school shooting." — @marcorubio, who is supposed to protect Floridians, but, instead, took (in 2016 alone) $194,023.82 from the #NRA for every child killed today in Florida. #GunControlNow pic.twitter.com/AenupTOlC3
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) February 15, 2018
“I think it’s important to know all of [the facts] before you jump to conclusions that there’s some law we could have passed that could have prevented it,” he said. “There may be, but shouldn’t we at least know the facts? I think that we can always have that debate, but … you should know the facts of that incident before you run out and prescribe some law you claim could have prevented it.”