The 17-year-old Colorado student who loved horses, life and what was expected to be a promising future after graduation died Saturday from her gun injuries. Claire Davis who had been the only victim of the gunfire unleashed by shooter and fellow Arapahoe High School student Karl Pierson was shot point blank in the head on December 13, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The unfortunate tragedy underscores the need for both law enforcement as well as mental health authorities to play closer attention to some of the possible triggers which set deadly shooters like 18-year-old Pierson onto their campaign pathway of evil.
There are some at the school who appeared to believe that Pierson was all consumed with the notion of creating as many victims of his mayhem as possible. He came to the school armed with, “a legally purchased 12-gauge pump-action shotgun, a machete, and three Molotov cocktails, 125 rounds of steel-shot, buckshot and slug ammunition,” according to Denver Westword.
Although Davis seemed to have had an acquaintance with the armed teenage shooter, according to the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office, Pierson did not appear to have singled her out as one of his intended victims.
What is clear for her family members as well as members of the school and area community, the hue and cry for more gun control efforts either in the state or the nation should be last on their minds. Karl Pierson was misguided and possibly and definitely unstable perpetrated this violence. The signs of his growing discontent and behavior that leaned toward violence needs to be the responsibility of his family members to be aware. They are the only ones who are most likely able to see the developing instability firsthand.
This is important to remember. Editorial writers like one at the Kansas City Star who called the gunfire tragedy an, “an indictment of Colorado and U.S. gun laws that it’s too often possible for a minor to walk into a store and buy a shotgun,” is wrong about where responsibility lies.
If there is an indictment it is on a culture and an American society that has abandoned life as a value to be cherished. This teenager did not value life but rather his own selfish self-centered misplaced causes or beliefs. This is not a Second Amendment problem; this is a mental health problem. So parents and teachers must pay closer attention to the likes of Karl Pierson so that there are no more needless tragic deaths of innocents like Claire Davis.