Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Marksman charged in accidental shooting at Texas middle school

A few weeks ago, two middle school students playing basketball in the play area behind their school in Edinburg, Texas, were injured by stray bullets. Now a "marksman" who had been target shooting has been charged with the accidental shooting. From the full article:
“We do not believe that Mr. Cook went out there and intentionally and knowingly discharged this weapon intending to shoot or injure a child, but he did do it in a very reckless manner,” Trevino said. “By his own admission he knew that at the end of his targets, beyond his targets in a direct line was Harwell Middle School.”

The school only opened in the fall, but police investigated a report of gunshots near the school before the students were wounded and investigated another report Friday that led to the school being locked down again.

School district Superintendent Rene Gutierrez on Friday called on state lawmakers to ban hunting and the use of high-powered rifles and weapons within three miles of schools.

Target practice or gun ranges near schools is a reckless idea, and bullets don't know when to stop.

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