The gunman from Tuesday’s shooting at Berrendo Middle School has been identified as 12-year-old Mason Campbell. I’m not exactly sure why his name has been made public since he has not been charged as an adult and I get the feeling he won’t be. Also after it was reported that the boy he shot may have been his target the actual police are saying that’s not the case.
“When the incident occurred, the victims were random,” New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kassetas said.
As usual a lot of conclusions were jumped to by the media in the initial reports that came out about the attacks. You think the media would learn their lesson by now but in today’s journalism it’s better to be first than right.
As I mentioned in yesterday’s post the weapon used was a 20 gauge shotgun. The gun was in fact taken from the house. It was loaded with three shells that were all used in the attack. Police say there was no other ammunition than that. Reports also say that the stock of the gun was sawed off to make the gun more of a pistol grip type of shotgun. So if the gun belonged to his parents how long was it among the missing while the stock was being sawed off and then taken to school. Do you want to know a really good way to keep guns out of our schools so situations like this don’t happen? Parents who own guns need to keep them locked up, and by locked up I don’t mean leaving the key lying around so anyone can get to the guns. I don’t own a gun, if I did I make damn sure I knew where it was at all times no matter how many of them I owned. I have no problem with people who own guns as long as their responsible with them. Obviously too many parents today are not responsible gun owners.
Lastly a lot of media outlets are making a big deal over the fact that Campbell may have warned some kids before the shooting. They try to make it sound like the onus is on the kids who he told to tell someone in authority. Except he didn’t warn anybody days or even hours in advance. He supposedly warned them right before it happened. I’m sure the kids he did warn probably didn’t have time enough to do anything.
Still no word on any kind of motive.