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A Utah sixth-grader brought a gun to school on Monday to defend himself in case a Sandy Hook copycat tried to shoot up his school, authorities said. One girl said the unidentified 11-year-old pointed the pistol at her. "At recess, he pointed a gun to my head and said he was going to kill me,” Isabel Rios, one of the boy’s classmates at West Kearns Elementary School.
The boy told his friends that his parents urged him to bring the unloaded .22 caliber pistol to school for protection following the Sandy Hook school massacre in Newtown, Conn., on Friday.
Originally posted by tanda7
According to this source he had ammo.
Police said although the weapon was not loaded the ammunition was inside the boy’s book bag.
I blame the media.
THEY ARE MAKING PEOPLE CRAZY.
Roger Ebert "The day after Columbine, I was interviewed for the Tom Brokaw news program. The reporter had been assigned a theory and was seeking sound bites to support it. "Wouldn't you say," she asked, "that killings like this are influenced by violent movies?" No, I said, I wouldn't say that. "But what about 'Basketball Diaries'?" she asked.
"Doesn't that have a scene of a boy walking into a school with a machine gun?" The obscure 1995 Leonardo Di Caprio movie did indeed have a brief fantasy scene of that nature, I said, but the movie failed at the box office (it grossed only $2.5 million), and it's unlikely the Columbine killers saw it.
The reporter looked disappointed, so I offered her my theory. "Events like this," I said, "if they are influenced by anything, are influenced by news programs like your own. When an unbalanced kid walks into a school and starts shooting, it becomes a major media event. Cable news drops ordinary programming and goes around the clock with it. The story is assigned a logo and a theme song; these two kids were packaged as the Trench Coat Mafia. The message is clear to other disturbed kids around the country: If I shoot up my school, I can be famous. The TV will talk about nothing else but me. Experts will try to figure out what I was thinking. The kids and teachers at school will see they shouldn't have messed with me. I'll go out in a blaze of glory."
In short, I said, events like Columbine are influenced far less by violent movies than by CNN, the NBC Nightly News and all the other news media, who glorify the killers in the guise of "explaining" them. I commended the policy at the Sun-Times, where our editor said the paper would no longer feature school killings on Page 1. The reporter thanked me and turned off the camera. Of course the interview was never used. They found plenty of talking heads to condemn violent movies, and everybody was happy."
Originally posted by Fylgje
See, this is the problem; To many irresponsible gun owners out there. If you have guns, keep them in a gun safe, locked! The parents of this kid need to be put in prison, and their gun rights taken away. They should never be allowed to own guns again. Anytime a minor gets a hold of a gun, the parents are responsible for the action committed by that child. Responsible gun owners need to unite and make this the topic. The same thing can be done with a pistol, a .22 rifle, etc.,----that is done with an assault rifle. Lets not be coy here.
I am just dumbfounded over this at the moment. There are SO many things wrong with this it is not even funny.
there was an e-mail from the administration to the teachers that addressed a rumor that a group of students were planning on bringing guns to school friday because of the 2012 doom theory.
Investigators arrested 18-year-old Leonard F. Jourdan III Monday night. They said Jourdan made threats to "shoot up" the school and kill a teacher.
Jourdan admitted that he made the remarks because he "believes the world is coming to an end."