To the surprise of literally no one, the gun used in Fridays’s shooting at Richneck Elementary School in Newport News, Virginia, came from the child’s home. If you’ll recall, a six-year-old shot 25-year-old teacher Abby Zwerner during class. Now, it’s being reported that the gun used in the shooting belonged to the child’s mother. The 9 mm Taurus pistol (there you go, gun nerds) was legally purchased. I looked it up, you can buy one of these guns in a fashionable cyan color.
It’s also been revealed that there was no altercation between teacher and student before the shooting. According to an update by Newport News police, the six-year-old took the gun out of his backpack, walked up to Abby Zwerner, and fired a single round.
Ms. Zwerner raised her hand in a defensive manner, and the bullet went through her hand and into her chest. Zwerner was able to get the other students out of the classroom before anyone else could be harmed. Thankfully, she is said to be in stable condition.
A school employee was said to have run into the classroom after hearing the gunshot and accosted the six-year-old. The six-year-old was said to have been combative to the school employee and even hit the employee.
The student is currently being held at a medical facility. It will be up to a judge to decide the next steps in the boy’s legal situation.
So far, no motive has been given for the shooting. I feel weird using the word ‘motive’ for a six-year-old. What motive could a six-year-old have to try to murder a teacher? Police said they will be meeting with CPS to see if there had been any previous visits to the home. If I had to hazard a guess, I can see a scenario where a traumatic experience in the home could lead to a violent outburst, but this seems like an almost methodical attempt at murder. In my previous post about the shooting, someone left a comment saying the teacher was probably trying to get the boy to transition to a girl. While I hope they were being sarcastic, I can see the ammosexuals trying to push a narrative like this.
Police have not announced whether the gun was secured in the home, and more investigation is needed. However, don’t expect a situation like the Crumbleys from Michigan, who have been charged with manslaughter after their son used an unsecured gun to kill four at his high school. Even if the gun was left unsecured, under Virginia law, leaving a loaded and unsecured gun that endangers the life of children is only a misdemeanor. The maximum punishment is a mere one-year jail sentence and a maximum fine of $2500. In reality, the punishment would probably be more like probation and community service. Also, there’s no law in Virginia that requires ‘responsible gun owners™’ to secure their weapons in any particular way.
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