In the history of the United States there have been 36 mass murders/shootings in schools. The first recorded school shooting was The Enoch Brown School Massacre in 1764 when 4 Indians entered a schoolhouse, shot and killed schoolmaster Enoch Brown, and murdered nine children (reports vary). Only the Schoolmaster was shot, the children murdered with “melee” weapons. This happened during the Pontiac’s War in (what would eventually become) Greencastle Pennsylvania in 1764, a mere two years before we became a nation.
Since then there have been 35 other mass murders/shootings in schools, but the interesting thing is 32 of them have occurred from 1966 to present. Some school shootings stand out from others, Virginia Tech, and Columbine really stand out, but it was a shooting at The University of Texas was really the first school shooting to shake up the public. There was even a movie made about it. It was this shooting that Lyndon Johnson used to push the Gun Control Act of 1968. It was this law that gave us the Federal Firearms License, among other restrictions.
In addition to being a school shooting and mass murder, the Parkland High School Shooting occurred on Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day of course is also the day of another infamous mass murder, The St Valentine’s Day Massacre. It was this mass murder, as well as other gang violence of the Roaring Twenties that Franklin D. Roosevelt used to enact the National Firearms Act of 1934.
As with the Parkland High School shooting, the University of TX shooting, and the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre were characterized for the weapons used in the attacks. Each weapon both legendary as well as infamous in their own unique way. the Saint Valentine’s Day massacre became associated with the Thompson submachine gun, more specifically ‘Tommy Guns’ serial numbered 2347 and 7580. The University of Texas Tower Shooting was characterized by the M1 carbine and “High capacity” magazines, as well as a “sawed off” shotgun. Now the latest school shooting, as with so many mass shootings of late, the AR-15 rifle. Each of these- the “assault weapons” of their respective eras.
The synchronicities between the Parkland High School shooting, the University of TX shooting, and the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre are too obvious to ignore.
The following are excerpts from various articles detailing the history of gun control as connected to mass shootings.
Begs the question, is the Parkland High School shooting an omen for more anti-gun legislation to come?
Sure looks like it.
Parkland Florida High School Shooting
A heavily armed young man barged into his former high school about an hour northwest of Miami on Wednesday, opening fire on terrified students and teachers and leaving a death toll of 17 that could rise even higher, the authorities said.
The gunman, armed with a semiautomatic AR-15 rifle, was identified as Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old who had been expelled from the school, the authorities said. He began his shooting rampage outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in this suburban neighborhood shortly before dismissal time around 2:40 p.m. He then made his way inside and proceeded down hallways he knew well, firing at students and teachers who were scurrying for cover, the authorities said.
“The shooter wore a gas mask, had smoke grenades, and he set off the fire alarm so the kids would come out of the classrooms,” said Mr. Nelson, citing details he learned from the F.B.I. Several students said they found it strange to hear the alarm, because they had already had a fire drill earlier in the day. New York Times
The Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre
The name given to the 1929 murder in Chicago of seven men of the North Side gang during the Prohibition Era. Wikipedia
Chief gangster Al Capone sought to consolidate control by eliminating his rivals in the illegal trades of bootlegging, gambling and prostitution. This rash of gang violence reached its bloody climax in a garage on the city’s North Side on February 14, 1929, when seven men associated with the Irish gangster George “Bugs” Moran, one of Capone’s longtime enemies, were shot to death by several men dressed as policemen. The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, as it was known, was never officially linked to Capone, but he was generally considered to have been responsible for the murders. History.com
University of Texas Tower Shooting
On August 1, 1966, after stabbing his mother and wife to death, Charles Whitman, a former Marine sharpshooter, took rifles and other weapons to the observation deck atop the Main Building tower at the University of Texas at Austin, then opened fire on persons indiscriminately on the surrounding campus and streets. Over the next 90 minutes he shot and killed 14 people (including one unborn child) and injured 31 others; while a final victim died in 2001 from the lingering effects of his wounds. The incident ended when police reached Whitman and shot him dead. As of February 2018, the attack is ranked as the eighth-deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. Wikipedia
National Firearms Act of 1934
Spurred by the bloody “Tommy gun” era ushered in by Al Capone, John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson, Pretty Boy Floyd, and Bonnie and Clyde, President
mounts a “New Deal for Crime.” One part of it is the National Firearms Act of 1934, the first federal gun-control law, which levies a restrictive $200 tax on the manufacture or sale of machine guns and sawed-off shotguns. All sales were to be recorded in a national registry. Washington Post
National Firearms Act of 1934’s Gun Restrictions
The NFA was originally enacted in 1934. Similar to the current NFA, the original Act imposed a tax on the making and transfer of firearms defined by the Act, as well as a special (occupational) tax on persons and entities engaged in the business of importing, manufacturing, and dealing in NFA firearms. The law also required the registration of all NFA firearms with the Secretary of the Treasury. Firearms subject to the 1934 Act included shotguns and rifles having barrels less than 18 inches in length, certain firearms described as “any other weapons,” machineguns, and firearm mufflers and silencers.
While the NFA was enacted by Congress as an exercise of its authority to tax, the NFA had an underlying purpose unrelated to revenue collection. As the legislative history of the law discloses, its underlying purpose was to curtail, if not prohibit, transactions in NFA firearms. Congress found these firearms to pose a significant crime problem because of their frequent use in crime, particularly the gangland crimes of that era such as the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. The $200 making and transfer taxes on most NFA firearms were considered quite severe and adequate to carry out Congress’ purpose to discourage or eliminate transactions in these firearms. The $200 tax has not changed since 1934. ATF
Gun Control Act of 1968
This Legislation regulated interstate and foreign commerce in firearms, including importation, “prohibited persons”, and licensing provisions.
After the assassinations of President John Kennedy, Attorney General Robert Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Gun Control Act is passed and imposes stricter licensing and regulation on the firearms industry, establishes new categories of firearms offenses, and prohibits the sale of firearms and ammunition to felons and certain other prohibited persons. It also imposes the first Federal jurisdiction over “destructive devices,” including bombs, mines, grenades and other similar devices. Congress reorganizes ATU into the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Division (ATTD) and delegates to them the enforcement of the Gun Control Act. ATF
Gun Control Act of 1968, Created the Federal Firearms License (FFL) system
The Gun Control Act mandated the licensing of individuals and companies engaged in the business of selling firearms. This provision effectively prohibited the direct mail order of firearms (except antique firearms) by consumers and mandated that anyone who wants to buy a gun in an interstate transaction from a source other than a private individual must do so through a federally licensed firearms dealer. The Act also banned unlicensed individuals from acquiring handguns outside their state of residence. The interstate purchase of long guns (rifles and shotguns) was not impeded by the Act so long as the seller is federally licensed and such a sale is allowed by both the state of purchase and the state of residence. Wikipedia
LBJ Used the University of Texas Tower Shooting to Push the Gun Control Act of 1968
‘The Time Has Come for Action’, New York Times 1966
After a heavily armed sniper killed more than a dozen people and wounded twice as many more by firing from a tower at the University of Texas, the president of the United States offered his thoughts and prayers to the victims’ relatives, including an executive at a company the president owned.
Then, without waiting any longer, President Lyndon B. Johnson called for a response to match the deadly event.
“What happened is not without a lesson: that we must press urgently for the legislation now pending in Congress to help prevent the wrong person from obtaining firearms,” Mr. Johnson said in a statement read by Bill Moyers, the White House press secretary, on Aug. 2, 1966. That was one day after the shootings in Austin.
“The bill would not prevent all such tragedies,” the statement continued. “But it would help reduce the unrestricted sale of firearms to those who cannot be trusted in their use and possession. How many lives might be saved as a consequence? New York Times
Tallahassee, Florida From Arizona to Washington, students walked out of schools in support of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students a week after their classmates were silenced by gunfire.
Their words echoed through the hallways of the state Capitol, where they demanded a ban on weapons like the one used to kill their friends and teachers.
And in Tallahassee, Stoneman Douglas students who survived the Parkland shooting massacre chanted louder than ever: “Vote them out!”
The fact that such weapons are still legal spurred students to mobilize en masse.
“Our goal here is to get a complete ban on assault weapons in the state of Florida, and we will not accept anything else,” student Spencer Blum said. CNN
Trump Moves to Regulate ‘Bump Stock’ Devices
WASHINGTON — President Trump — under pressure from angry, grieving students from a Florida high school where a gunman killed 17 people last week — ordered the Justice Department on Tuesday to issue regulations banning so-called bump stocks, which convert semiautomatic guns into automatic weapons like those used last year in the massacre of concertgoers in Las Vegas.
A day earlier, Mr. Trump signaled that he was open to supporting legislation that would modestly improve the national gun background check system, and on Tuesday night, he posted on Twitter that Democrats and Republicans “must now focus on strengthening Background Checks!” New York Times
Trump considers raising purchase age for certain firearms
Since last week’s shooting, the president has begun to embrace new gun restrictions.
Trump considers raising purchase age for certain firearms, amid gun control talks
President Trump is signaling an openness to the idea of raising the minimum age for purchasing certain firearms in the wake of last week’s school shooting in Parkland, Fla., where a 19-year-old is accused of killing 17 teachers and students with an AR-15 rifle.
The Washington Post reported that Trump is considering arguments that the minimum age for buying any semiautomatic weapon should be raised from 18 to 21. Axios also reported that Trump has been telling associates that he “doesn’t think high school kids should be able to buy guns.”
Trump on Tuesday directed Attorney General Jeff Sessions to craft new regulations to ban firearm modifiers including the “bump stock” used in the Las Vegas massacre.
A memo, released by the White House on Tuesday, directs the DOJ to propose a rule “banning all devices that turn legal weapons into machineguns.” Fox News
Trump endorsed stricter background checks
Trump also endorsed stricter background checks and pledged his administration to considering age limits for the purchase of semi-automatic rifles like the one the Parkland shooter used and new measures to treat mentally ill individuals.
‘We’re going to pick out the strongest ideas, the most important ideas, the ideas that are going to work and we’re going to get them done,’ the president said. ‘It’s not going to be talk, like it’s been in the past. It’s going on too long. Too many instances. And we’re going to get it done.‘ The Daily Mail
Trump on Tuesday tweeted, “Whether we are Republican or Democrat, we must now focus on strengthening Background Checks!” Fox News
Growing public and social support for stricter firearms legislation
A Quinnipiac poll out yesterday said that 97 percent of Americans favor universal background checks for gun purchases. Some 66 percent favor stricter gun laws, and 67 percent favor a ban on assault weapons.
Even Pat Robertson, the onetime GOP presidential candidate, said on his “700 Club”: “I am a gun owner. I have hunted. I have shot skeet,” Robertson said. “But for heaven’s sakes, I don’t think that the general population needs to have automatic weapons.”
There is a partisan divide, with only 34 percent of Republicans supporting stricter gun laws, but 43 percent back an assault weapons ban.
Donald Trump could be the president who pushes Congress to do something about gun control, even if those steps are modest.
Perhaps only a Republican president—and one elected with the full backing of the NRA—would be positioned to take such steps.
But rather than welcoming Trump’s move in their direction, gun control advocates are initially dismissing his efforts as inadequate. Fox News
Matthew 24:10 – 13
“At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another. Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many. Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.”