The first school shooting in the US was committed by Charles Whitman, a former Marine sharpshooter, on August 1, 1966 at the University of Texas in Austin. He killed 17, injured 31 and was shot and killed by police on the scene. He killed his wife and mother sometime before, grabbed his two guns, puchased four more, and modified several of the guns before proceeding to the college campus. It was later discovered that he had a small brain tumor that was most likely caused his behavior to spiral out of control.
On April 16, 2007, the second deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman took place at Virginia Tech University. Seung-Hui Cho, a senior at Virginia Tech, shot and killed 32 people and wounded 17 others in two separate attacks (another six people were injured escaping from classroom windows), approximately two hours apart, before committing suicide. Cho had previously been diagnosed with a severe anxiety disorder. During much of his middle school and high school years, he received therapy and special education support. After graduating from high school, Cho enrolled at Virginia Tech. Because of federal privacy laws, Virginia Tech was unaware of Cho’s previous diagnosis or the accommodations he had been granted at school.
On October 15, 2015, Christopher Harper-Mercer took 5 guns to Umpqua Community College near Roseburg, OR and proceeded to kill nine people and injure 9 more and engaged in a shootout with police before turning the on himself.
Heightened symptoms of schizophrenia are historically known to emerge between the ages of 18-27 or generally the years people are enrolled in college. People with severe mentally ill are now allowed to purchase and own guns.
Classes, new environment, being away from home and parental oversight, and the intermingling of diverse mindsets is oftentimes very stressful for someone in college. Add to that bullying and isolation. Mix thoroughly together with copious amounts of alcohol. Get where this is going?
In the name of the Second Amendment, and the incessant drive of the NRA to have NOWHERE be a gun free zone (including our churches, elementary schools, and the local beer joint), we are the nation with the most senseless and unnecessary gun deaths on the planet. We are moving to a time where the unarmed will be a minority and in constant fear of saying, let alone doing, something that will get them killed by the guy next door. Or the guy next DORM.