One day after celebrating the birthday of famed civil rights activist, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., gunfire, rather than freedom, rings at the Lone Star College in North Harris County. Today, at around half past noon, gunmen opened fire on the school campus.
Precinct 4 deputy constables report that at least three people, including one of multiple suspects, were shot in the library of the community college. Officers are searching a wooded area nearby for the remaining suspects.
Currently, no one is being allowed to enter the school campus, but students are allowed to leave. The surrounding Aldine Independent School District campuses are affected by a similar lockdown: Nimitz High School, Nimitz 9th Grade Campus, Parker Intermediate and Dunn Clifford Elementary.
The shooting occurs as two-term President Barack Obama vows to focus on gun control during his second term. With mass shootings in Arizona, Colorado, and Wisconsin during Obama’s first term, spectators were surprised that the POTUS did not react sooner.
On December 14, 2012, the mass murder of elementary school youth at Sandy Hook in Connecticut shifted the President’s goals from fiscal responsibility to the promotion of safety for American children.
Surely, this is not what Dr. King envisioned during his “I Have a Dream” speech. This is what happens when dreams of hope and change transform into real nightmares. Houston, we have a problem.