Another school shooting -- this time at Taft Union High School in Taft, California -- will certainly add more fuel to the fire of the gun issue. Less than a month after the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., a shooting on the other side of the country will bring more debate and controversy.
According to the L.A. Times, two people were shot Thursday morning at Taft Union High School and the suspected shooter was taken into custody shortly after the shots were fired.
While gun control has been a hot topic all over the web since the Sandy Hook shooting, the issue continues to come up again and again as states seek to enact new laws. Just last week, the Illinois legislature kicked a hornet's nest with proposals to ban certain types of guns. In Georgia, one lawmaker has submitted a proposal to arm school principals in order to curb gun violence at schools.
Few details about the shooting at Taft Union High School have been released but the L.A. Times reported that one local television station received calls from people hiding in closets inside the school. No information has been released about the condition of the two people who were shot and it is not known if the suspect or victims were students at the high school.
While gun violence continues to occur in the United States and is not new, such incidents in school settings raises alarm and brings about debate regarding the issue of gun rights and gun control and how much is too little or too much.
What do you think? Will this new incident spur legislators to enact tighter restrictions on guns and gun ownership? Are current gun laws too lenient or too restrictive? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment or sending an email to Southern Illinois News Examiner Tammy Lee Morris at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your comments and views may be used in a future report.