A Kentucky man is accused of fatally shooting his girlfriend and her 12-year-old cousin as well as the woman's uncle. But that isn't the only focus of this story. The firearm used to slay the three victims was purchased on the same day that it was used. In a time of heightened awareness of dangerous gun crimes, it appears that this is just another brick in the wall. What's more: This shooting took place at a school campus!
It's been a rough couple of months as far as gun crimes have gone. While some studies have indicated gun crimes in general are on the decline, it's been made clear that mass gun deaths are on the rise. The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was indicative of that, as was the Aurora, Colorado theater massacre. Now during the same week that President Barack Obama signs 23 executive orders on better gun control, another horrible crime has occurred. Dalton Stidham is accused of purchasing a handgun in the same day he is believed to have murdered his girlfriend in cold blood along with two of her relatives -- a 12-year-old girl and a 56-year-old man.
The Hazard, Kentucky man was reportedly "enraged" by a domestic dispute he had been having with Caitlin Cornett, 20. The shooting took place at the small community college "Hazard Community and Technical College." The 12-year-old child finally died in hospital, but Caitlin Cornett and her uncle were dead at the scene.
There is a special type of mentality behind the actions of shooting more than one person to death. Reports say that this was done in a rage, but it does feel as though it was thought out and planned. He allegedly purchased the firearm and went through the lax guidelines to be a "legal gun owner," only to immediately use that weapon to slaughter three innocent human beings -- on a school campus. If anything, this incident only further sheds light on the growing concern with mental health and gun crimes in the United States.