America's gun tragedy du jour happened at a school today in Ohio. Local news is reporting that the shooter is a 14 year old. Because kids need moar gunz.
At least three students were shot today at Madison High School and police have one suspect in custody. Butler County sheriff’s officials say the injuries are not believed to be life threatening.
Shooting reported at Madison High School cafeteria just after 11:30 a.m.
2 students shot, 2 hit with shrapnel; families notified, sheriff’s office says 14-year-old male suspect in custody.
Parents only are now able to go down West Alexandria Road to pick up their high school students only.
Schools on lockdown: Madison, Edgewood, Monroe, Valley View in Germantown
UPDATE @ 1:48 p.m.:
A 14-year-old student at Madison High School is in custody and being questioned in connection to the shooting at Madison High School this morning, according to Sheriff Richard Jones.
It's simply a reflection of the awful gun proliferation spurned by a joint effort between the GOP and the NRA during Reagan's first term. Coincidentally, the rise of the power of the NRA seems to coincide strongly with the destruction of the middle class. I wrote this a few years back and it's relevant still.
Middle Class Destruction Coincided With The Rise Of The NRA
Reaganomics, without a doubt, was the beginning of the end of the American middle class, where one patriarchal income could actually support an entire family. A decent factory job could enable a man to raise a family while the wife helped raise the children and groom them for an eventual college education. Women, though paid less, are now forced to work. The jump in working women has been especially prominent among those who are mothers — from 37 percent in 1968 to 65 percent in 2011. If men were always the sole breadwinners and now rely on women to help a family to simply survive, a seldom-discussed consequence of this is emasculation and resentment of women. Misogyny, known best by the label “Feminazis” (thanks Rush) has made many men turn to violence through guns, but not always against women. Guns are a substitute for the emasculation of their earning power.
Right in the heyday of Morning In America, 1982, Senator Orrin Hatch teamed up with the NRA-ILA to make Americans reexamine the 2nd Amendment, which was almost as irrelevant as the Third (the government cannot force citizens to house soldiers in their homes). Hatch’s viewpoint was an insurrectionist interpretation, in which the Second Amendment is thought to allow for a militia of armed citizens to protect themselves against government, not the original framers’ intent of preventing uprisings against the government by the states. Slowly but surely, the conversion of the middle class to the working-poor took its toll on the masculine psyche. There is no question, Reaganomics commenced the hollowing-out of the middle class.
The power and influence of the NRA, even after there was an assassination attempt on the Deity of the Republican party, Ronald Reagan, skyrocketed thanks to the Republican alignment with the gun industry. Gun ownership has always been fairly high for Americans, but the laws regarding gun-control legislation have become less and less popular. Because of insane contributions from the NRA-ILA, gun laws have been relaxed, even though most (78%) Americans are for stricter laws for the acquisition of guns.
If you look at the history of mass shootings in America, coincidentally, the count begins in 1982. Does this irrefutably prove that the decline of the middle class causes more gun violence? No, not entirely. But it certainly seems suspicious the reinterpretation of the Second Amendment coincided with the evisceration of the middle class that began under Reagan’s tenure.