It is difficult these days failing to read about another shooting. Of course, each year in America about 30,000 people die as a result of someone firing a weapon for some reason. Yesterday, we read about police shooting an unarmed man, and, of course, this was not an isolated incident. Yesterday, at the Rosemary Anderson High School in Portland, Oregon, some man in his twenties who apparently was an African American began to blast away at students who were walking home. Four were wounded, and it is feared that at least one will die of wounds. The shooting is unusual because in 99% of these cases, the shooter is a fellow student and is white. There is suspicion that the shooting stemmed from gang wars since students at this high school are termed, “at risk” which means they prior had some problems in school.
Karen Williams, a relative of one of the students who was wounded, summed up the situation with these words: “I’m frustrated. I’m sad. The world today is just out of control.” Yes, it is. Latest figures reveal that for the first time most Americans support the right to bare arms. We are the only high tech society with such a viewpoint.