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Same Old School Shooting News

Today the former head of the company that publishes the National Enquirer, David Pecker, met with the Manhattan grand jury. So no indictment today, I assume.

Today a 28-year-old woman shot and killed three students and three staff members at a private Christian school in Nashville. The children were all 9-year-olds. The shooter was killed also. Early reports say she used to be a student at the school.

At WaPo, Philip Bump writes Why guns are America’s number one killer of children.

Three children who woke up in their beds on Monday morning, who had some breakfast and maybe fussed with their parents over what they’d have for lunch or what they would do after school — three kids whose futures their parents had envisioned with hope or dread hundreds of times — were shot and killed at the Covenant School in Nashville.

In 2020, for the first time, more children in the United States died from firearms than any other cause. This is in part because the number of children dying in car accidents has decreased, thanks to decades of focus on keeping children safe and on new regulations aimed at ensuring that vehicular crashes are less dangerous. It is also in part because more children are being shot to death each year, like those three on Monday in Tennessee.

There’s no excuse for this, of course. Most of these deaths were homicides, followed by suicides, followed by accidents. We’re murdering our children.

BTW, this guy represents the private Christian school’s district in the Tennessee legislature.