Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Texas College Stabbing and the Sandy Hook Shooting

Posted on Behalf of Attorney Ross Goodman for Criminal Defense

Before the year 2012 even closed itself, the world was shook by a shooting incident in Newtown, Connecticut that took the lives of 26 people—20 of them children. The incident started when a heavily armed man walked inside the Sandy Hook Elementary School and opened fire aimlessly. Enforcers, within minutes, were in the scene and handled the situation leaving a sad number of dead including the elementary school’s principal, Dawn Hochsprung, the school psychologist, Mary Sherlach, and the shooter himself, Adam Lanza.

The Sandy Hook shooting incident is considered by some as one of our country’s worst after the VirginiaTech Massacre in 2007. The incident produced such an emotional scene with crying children running towards the parking lot in search for their frightened parents. To the parents who saw their children crying, it was a bittersweet relief that means their children were safe, to some, it was an excruciating puzzle that heightens their panic.

This unfortunate incident has triggered a national issue to review and amend gun laws on the country; an idea strongly supported by President Barack Obama. Yes, what may had happened on the Virginia Tech Massacre and Sandy Hook Shooting involved guns like Glock 19, Walther P22 and rifle, respectively, but maybe there is something in the bigger picture that we’re not seeing just yet.

Earlier this morning, a stabbing incident happened in Lone Star College Houston, Texas where 15 people were stabbed. Though the Harris County Sheriff department still cannot provide some details on how exactly this happened or who the perpetrator/s is/are, this incident will surely then cause panic about a school’s safety. The college even posted on their website imploring their students to take refuge.Whatever the suspects’ defense may be in the future, these series of unfortunate incidents will likely shape on how we should at least value our loved one’s safety greater than before.