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Boy Starts Shooting After Walking Into School - Cites This As Inspiration

No matter what you believe about gun control, no one can deny that guns can bring a great deal of destruction. This is often seen especially in the United States in mass shootings. In most states getting a gun does not even require a background check or waiting period-- only money to pay for the gun.

A 17-year-old boy in France, Killian B, said he was inspired by mass shootings in the United States. He opened fire at his own high school, injuring four people including the principal of the school. He told the principal, "It's not you I'm after." Najat Vallaud Belkacem, Education Minister said the child's act was " of madness by an unstable young man fascinated by weapons.”

One student at the scene, Marriana told France Info, "I was in English class. We heard a gunshot. We didn't think it was an attack. We had the reflex to go under the tables.I went to shut the windows and a guy looked at me in the eyes. He looked like another student. He wasn't very tall. He shot in the air and then ran away. We stayed inside the classrooms until the police emptied the two floors."

According to CNN, "The government has never defined "mass shooting" as a stand-alone category. So, depending on whichever informal definition you go with, the tally can drastically vary. According to the Gun Violence Archive, which compiles data from shooting incidents, a "mass shooting" is any incident where four or more people are wounded or killed. By that definition, we've seen 136 mass shootings in the first 164 days of this year."

The mayor of Grasse, Jerome Viaud told the press, "This is a very difficult moment for the city of Grasse." An investigation is underway but French authorities have not declared the shooting an act of terrorism. The timing of the incident has given it more exposure than the young boy could have imagined. With the French election only about a month away, the shooting has sparked a national debate about gun control.

Source: IJR
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