Perspective. . .
The worst mass-killing
at an elementary school didn’t occur last week – and
it didn’t involve a gun.
On May 8, 1927,
55-year-old Andrew Kehoe detonated multiple homemade bombs at the
Bath Consolidated School in Clinton County, Michigan. At about 8:45
in the morning, the first of the bombs went off, destroying most
of the school’s north wing, killing 38 schoolchildren, two
teachers and four other adults.
44 dead – 17 more than died at the hands of the Connecticut
Creep last Friday.
Kehoe had planted
another device – 500 pounds of explosives – in
the basement of the school, but was unable to detonate this bomb
before killing himself (by blowing himself up, along with his truck)
as rescuers arrived on scene. His clear intent – and damn
near actuality – was to blow up the entire school.
Which could have resulted in the deaths of hundreds of
Prior to his
attack on the school, Kehoe had blown up his farm – and beaten
his wife to death with a blunt object.
never heard about what came to be called The
Bath School Disaster – which to this day remains the single
worst mass killing at a school in the history of the United States.
that was executed without so much as a shot being fired.
the Bath Disaster is proof that banning guns – even
if such a thing could be accomplished, in the sense of denying evil
people access to guns – cannot prevent the mass murder of
innocents. A psychopath such as Andrew Kehoe – or the Connecticut
Creep – will find a way. And the fact is, a bomb
– or poison – is a far more effective way to
kill large numbers of people than an AR-15 or a Glock.
example, in 1995, the Aum Shinrikyo cult in Japan deployed
Sarin gas in the Tokyo subway. Five members of the cult each
carried multiple packets of liquid Sarin, about 900 milliliters
in total per attacker. A single drop of Sarin can kill
one adult. Fifty people were severely injured – and thousands
suffered temporary vision and respiratory problems.
It was nothing
less than a miracle that no one was killed.
But they easily
could have been.
a single shot being fired from so much as a single-shot Derringer.
Much less a
“high-capacity” magazine or “assault rifle.”
Japan has among
the strictest gun control regimes in the world. Yet that didn’t
prevent a near mass-murder. And arguably, encouraged it
in the sense that it easily could have been far worse than merely
spraying a subway with gunfire.
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