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Wednesday, April 18 

A Lesson In History

For all those ready to go off the deep end about America's gun culture, allow me to give you a brief lesson in history. This was America's worst school shooting, but not the worst massacre.
The Bath School disaster is the name given to three bombings in Bath Township, Michigan, USA, on May 18, 1927, which killed 45 people and injured 58. Most of the victims were children in second to sixth grades attending the Bath Consolidated School. Their deaths constitute the deadliest act of mass murder in a school in U.S. history.
In this case, a disgruntled school board member, Andrew Kehoe, blamed the fact that he lost his farm on an increase in school taxes. To retaliate, over several months he packed dynamite and pyrotol into the school, hiding it throughout the basement. On the morning of May 18, he first killed his wife, then set his farm on fire. While the fire department was at his home, putting out the fires, he detonated the first set of explosives at the school, killing all the children in that wing of the building. He then drove up to the school building while rescue workers were gathering and detonated the explosives in his truck, which was packed full of shrapnel, killing himself and the school superintendent, and inuring several others.

If you will notice one thing about this story, not a single gun was used during this massacre. He killed his wife using blunt force trauma to the head with an unknown object, and bombs to kill everyone else.

The lesson to be learned here? When a person is bent on destruction, the weapon doesn't matter. Whether it be a gun, a bomb, a knife, of the nearest heavy object, (s)he will do what it takes to kill.

One more note. The mayor of Nagasaki was killed yesterday, shot twice in the back by a gangster who wasn't happy with him. Japan has some of the strictest gun control laws in the world, including a near ban on handguns. Those gun laws didn't do Mayor Iccho Ito much good, did they?

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