5 dead and many others wounded according to the Chicago Tribune. I don’t have anything to add to what I said in “Solitary, Poor, Nasty, Brutish, and Short.”
UPDATE: The authorities are on TV now saying that “nothing further” could have been done to prevent the shooting. Really? Nothing? News seems to be that he was on psychiatric medication who had been behaving erratically for the past two weeks. This is the fourth school shooting in a week.
UPDATE #1 In the light of the pattern that has developed since Columbine I’m hard pressed to see how we cannot think of our schools as potential shooting galleries. Schools must adapt immediately. Human beings have a natural right to life. No civil entity has the power to strip them of that right. Universities and colleges and secondary schools must do whatever is necessary (e.g. armed guards, security searches, metal detectors) or they must allow students to protect themselves. Clearly, the idea of armed high school students is impossible to accept. The idea of armed, trained university students is a little easier to accept. In this case, however, it’s hard to see exactly how armed students might have helped since the shooter seems to have begun firing immediately. A search and scan of students entering the building would have found this fellow before he entered the building with a shotgun in a guitar case and more than one handgun on his person.
This is a grave problem that school administrators must address immediately or risk losing credibility regarding the safety of college and university students.
UPDATE #2: “Lee N. Field,” who had more at stake than most of us, points us (below) to a case where an armed parishioner was able to help protect a congregation against heavily armed terrorists. I’m willing to think about trained, armed students who could help protect campuses. Perhaps we ought to consider arming returning Iraq/Afghanistan combat vets? Give them a full ride. Give them the necessary police training and le them help protect us.
It also occurs to me that we could make campuses into fortresses. The ancient university campuses were fortresses, at least the particular colleges were. Maybe we must to return to that? Universities could set up 4-5 high-security entry points with scanners/imaging. The campus within that perimeter would be be a “clean” zone. The schools have a choice: protect their students or face losing the confidence of parents from whom they demand already outrageous tuition and fees.
Update #3: Bob Weir at The American Thinker weighs in.