It was a shooting that awoke the local news media out of its post-holiday slumber: Shots were fired at Gardena High School Tuesday morning, and initial reports had three students down with a black-clad gunman on the loose. Then it turned out it was accidental, with two victims injured:
School officials said a 17-year-old brought a gun in a backpack, accidentally dropped the backpack in class, and it went off, with one round going through the neck of 15-year-old boy and striking a 15-year-old girl. Both were hospitalized, with the girl critical and the boy serious.
So now the blame game begins.
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Reflecting on the Tucson massacre as well, Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez used the occasion to call for tighter gun control.
A student told the paper that random weapons checks happened "once in a blue moon," prompting L.A. Unified School District officials to scramble and launch a review of its security policies.
But our commenter of the day, Pwtray213, says we're aiming our ire everywhere but where it belongs -- at the student who allegedly brought the weapon to school:
"I LOVE how folks (esp. CA) ALWAYS blame everything and everyone else EXCEPT those individuals responsible for everything bad that happens....the 'kid' suspect in this incident is already being labeled as a poor innocent 'victim,' regardless if the girl who was shot in the head dies or (God-willing) survives. Absolutely disgusting to live in a state where individual responsibility is never held accountable....and there is always outside factors that are to blame. Parental guidance and influence is never questioned."