Mass shooter kills 1, and injures 5 others on the first day after winter break at Iowa High School - NBC
"Our prayers are with the students, teachers & families of the Perry Community” - posted Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds. Isn't that sweet considering "Reynolds signed a law allowing permit-less handgun carry, purchase" - Des Moines Register
Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, called the violence “appalling”... - NBC. That's nice since "Grassley blocked a gun control measure. @ChuckGrassley is bought and paid for by the gun lobby. For $226,007, the NRA has gotten to call the shots and use Grassley as their puppet,” the Iowa Democrats tweeted Dec. 3, referring to the National Rifle Association." - The Gazette
Thoughts and prayers aren't bulletproof nor do they bring someone back to life. Let's cut the hypocrisy and just admit MAGA Republicans care more about their gun lobby donations than their voters.
Want to see more examples of Republican gun safety hypocrisy? Check this StoryMap for examples from Nikki Kaley, Ron DeSantis and Vivek Ramaswamy. Click on a shooting incident and the press forward to see the elected reps for that state. You can call them with one click. Ask them why MAGA Republicans block gun safety regulations as the number of shootings and school children being killed keeps increasing?
How much danger are your children in?
On the first day back from winter break, there was a school shooting before classes started at Perry Middle & High School on January 4, 2024. The combined campus is in Perry, Iowa, a small town of 7,800 about 35 miles from Des Moines. Thirteen minutes before 1st period classes, a 17-year-old with a shotgun and pistol opened fire inside the school. He killed a 6th grade classmate, wounded 4 other students, and wounded a school administrator before taking his own life in the hallway.
After every school shooting, people say “we never thought something like this could happen in our community”. The reality is that these attacks can happen anywhere including at a school with 600 students in rural Iowa.This shooting highlights four critical planning factors that are frequently overlooked by police and school administrators:
- Planned attacks can happen before classes start. This is a time period when the school building is open but teachers, staff, and security either haven’t arrived yet, or are still getting ready for the day.
- Most shootings at schools don’t take place inside a classroom. The shooting at Perry High was in the cafeteria and hallways.
- Eight of the ten school shootings with the highest number of casualties happened in small communities (population less than 50,000).
- School shootings are often planned as both shootings and bombings.
Iowa school shooting prompts Republican prayers
A school shooting in Iowa, where Republican nominating contests begin next week for the U.S. presidential election, prompted prayers from among those wanting to be the party's candidate, but elicited no substantial policy proposals among the top contenders. The candidates' reactions underscored how deeply gun ownership rights... are valued by Republican caucus-goers in conservative Iowa. - Reuters
As of July 2021, Iowa does not require a permit to purchase a handgun or carry a firearm in public - The Intelligencer
TakeAway: Hold MAGA Republicans accountable endangering your children's lives by blocking common sense gun safety measures. Vote for Democrats to reduce gun violence and mass shootings. Do it for your kids.
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