A harrowing incident at a Colorado high school appears to be over: two students were injured and the gunman has killed himself. Reports came in earlier of a shooter at Arapahoe High School of a student who said he was looking for a specific teacher and opened fire in the school building, injuring two classmates, one of them seriously. Police evacuated the school of 2,000. Precautionary investigations for additional shooters or weapons are ongoing, but it is believed that the scary incident is finished.
Arapahoe High School is 8 miles from Colombine High School where two students went on a shooting spree in 1999, killing 12 students and one teacher. Arapahoe is also in the same county as the Aurora movie theater, in which a man opened fire just before a midnight showing of the Dark Knight Rises, killing 12. James Holmes is currently under trial for those murders.
We can’t always prevent these tragedies from happening, but we can make it harder for these deranged killers from getting weapons designed to kill a lot of people very quickly with measures such as universal background checks, an assault rifle ban, and a limit on magazine capacity.