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3 Things We Can Learn from the Seattle Pacific University Shooting

3 Things We Can Learn from the Seattle Pacific University Shooting

Last week, gunfire erupted on Seattle Pacific University's crowded campus.

According to Seattle Police:

  One person was killed and three others injured Thursday afternoon after a lone gunman opened fire with a shotgun at Seattle Pacific University. Police have one suspect in custody, an adult male who was subdued after being pepper-sprayed by a student security guard. No one else is being sought in connection with the shooting.

  All of the victims were taken to Harborview Medical Center. One 20-year-old male victim died at the hospital. Another male victim was reported in stable condition. In addition, one woman had life threatening injuries and another woman was reported in stable condition. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

Screen Shot 2014-06-06 at 12.21.44 PMAlas, the events that unfolded aren't unique to United States universities and schools as mass shootings have claimed the spotlight for the better half of a decade.

With more and more frequency, the news is peppered with these types of stories, each one no less tragic than the last.

So what can we learn from this recent shooting at Seattle Pacific University?

1. The media is largely at fault for mass shootings. What happened at Seattle Pacific Univsersity yesterday is nothing more than a perpetuation of a certain "style" of shooting.

These mass shootings wouldn't be copied in such predictable fashion if the news media didn't cover them ad-nauseam. But their insistence on creating dramatic stories like these where the anti-hero lives on in infamy gives loners and social rejects every reason to seek the spotlight by taking the lives of innocents in horrific fashion.

If school shootings only received small bits of coverage, it's doubtful we'd see the trend of mass shootings continue with this kind of frequency.

2. "Gun Free Zones" invite mass shootings. It goes without saying, no shooter wishing to inflict as much damage as possible would would dare think of storming into an armory or police station in order to wreak havoc. On the flip-side, they know a gun-free zone can often serve as the perfect killing field.

They've logically deduced a gun-free zone gives them the ability to inflict the maximum amount of casualties in the shortest amount of time.

In essence, any sign or indication that an area is a gun-free zone might as well say, "Please, if you want to shoot and kill as many people as possible, consider doing it right here."

Gun free-zones are quickly becoming an oxymoron.

3. We need more pro 2nd-amendment laws. The need to repeal draconian gun restrictions on school grounds is at an all-time high. America has seen an epidemic of school shootings, and they don't seem to be slowing down anytime soon.

Allowing guns on school campuses is one simple solution for curbing school shootings.

The 2nd Amendment has never needed to be defended so vigorously, and gun-grabbers are using these tragedies to promote an agenda that is against basic constitutional freedoms... as well as against the basic principles of the protection of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.