Gun control groups wasted no time this week capitalizing on Tuesday’s massacre at a high school in Michigan.
A 15-year-old student at Oxford High School used his father’s 9mm handgun to kill four of his schoolmates and wound at least eight others in the early afternoon on Tuesday, November 30. Just hours later, Everytown for Gun Safety, Giffords to Prevent Gun Violence, and Brady: United Against Gun Violence launched a campaign to capitalize on the tragedy.
“Our hearts break for yet another community forever scarred by gun violence in our schools,” Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, said in an Everytown email sent at 4:16 PM on November 30. “We don’t have to keep living this way, and our children and educators most certainly don’t have to keep dying this way. Ending gun violence demands action and we won’t stop fighting for commonsense solutions to protect our communities and keep our kids safe.”
Brady president Kris Brown posted a tweet at 4:05 PM soliciting donations in the wake of the murders. At 5:15 PM, Moms Demand Action sent a tweet urging their followers to volunteer for the organization, and at 6:42 PM, Gabrielle Giffords used the tragedy to call for “commonsense gun safety laws.”
3 kids were killed and 6 were injured today at Oxford High School in Oakland County, MI.— Kris Brown | President, bradyunited.org (@KrisB_Brown) November 30, 2021
Our children deserve better which is why we must act now to end this epidemic.
Consider donating to @bradybuzz because the stakes are rising every minute: https://t.co/2HWppkUt0Z https://t.co/Td2uye7zdO
Schools should be sanctuaries of safety for children, teens, and educators—not places they go to die.— Moms Demand Action (@MomsDemand) November 30, 2021
We don’t have to live this way, and we sure as hell don’t have to die this way. Text ACT to 644-33 to join the fight to #EndGunViolence.
Every day that our country does not pass lifesaving gun laws is another day that we fail our children. This tragedy didn’t have to happen. It’s long past time for our elected leaders to pass commonsense gun safety laws. Our children’s lives—all of our lives—depend on it.— Gabrielle Giffords (@GabbyGiffords) December 1, 2021
This isn’t freedom.— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) November 30, 2021
This isn’t happening in any other high income country.
No other nation would tolerate this.
We don’t have to either.
Text ACT to 644-33. Use your voice and vote to stop gun violence.
📸 at Oxford High School in Michigan by @ericseals of @freep pic.twitter.com/FDbVztboBE
Police announced late Tuesday night that the murderer had used his father’s gun to kill his schoolmates, but they have not said whether or how the gun was secured. That hasn’t stopped gun control groups like Giffords from using this tragedy to promote their “safe storage” agenda.
If you want to learn more about policies that would save the lives of children and adults by preventing child access to firearms, we break them down here:https://t.co/zMdiwppi0y— Giffords (@GiffordsCourage) December 1, 2021
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The page in the Giffords tweet includes a donate button midway down, and in another tweet from one day after the murders, Brady urges their supporters to make a donation.
Did you miss #GivingTuesday? It’s not too late!— Brady | United Against Gun Violence (@bradybuzz) December 1, 2021
In fact, every donation to Brady by midnight TONIGHT will be matched.
Please consider making a donation now to bolster our work to prevent gun violence. https://t.co/ZfFQYOC2pw pic.twitter.com/9YWKwDUDAw
If you’re wondering what anti-gun groups mean by “safe gun storage,” Moms Demand Action posted a helpful infographic (here’s a hint: it eliminates the option for armed self-defense).
Gun owners: Secure gun storage is critical to preventing school shootings. Assume children and teens know where guns are kept, and store them locked, unloaded, and separate from ammunition.— Moms Demand Action (@MomsDemand) December 1, 2021
Learn more about secure gun storage at https://t.co/U1ttbHNa2k. pic.twitter.com/Vrn8brROsx
Today, Kris Brown moved beyond calling for safe storage and included “universal background checks” and “extreme risk laws” in her list of demands.
No child should fear being shot & killed at school. This is not normal and we don’t have to live this way.— Kris Brown | President, bradyunited.org (@KrisB_Brown) December 1, 2021
– universal background checks
– safe storage mandates
– extreme risk laws
– community investment
We know the solutions. Let’s act.#EndGunViolence #GunReformNow https://t.co/QAfDAd4cdD
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It’s totally unclear how either of these policies would have prevented this tragedy. The boy’s father reportedly purchased the handgun, and there has been no indication that the father was a prohibited person.
Michigan does not have an “extreme risk law” (A.K.A “red flag law”) on the books, and the killer allegedly posted threats and photos of the gun on social media prior to the massacre. But even if Michigan had passed a red flag law, it’s unlikely such posts from the boy would have resulted in the father’s firearms being seized.
The tragedy took place in the space of only five minutes, according to initial reports. The suspect fired at least 12 shots, killing four people and injuring eight others. The authorities have identified the dead as Hana St. Juliana, 14; Madisyn Baldwin, 17; Tate Myre, 16; and Justin Shilling, 17.
It’s unclear what kind of security measures the school had in place. Police reportedly apprehended the suspect without incident while he was carrying a loaded gun down a school hallway.