Three Killed in Univ. of Va. Shooting

A shooting on the University of Virginia campus late Sunday night has left three people dead and two others injured. The suspect, Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., was apprehended Monday. A motive for the attack hasn't yet been provided.

Three Killed in Univ. of Va. Shooting
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Facts

  • A shooting on the University of Virginia campus late Sunday night has left three people dead and two others injured. The suspect, Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., was apprehended Monday. A motive for the attack hasn't yet been provided.
  • Shortly after the shooting, the campus was placed on lockdown, issuing a "RUN HIDE FIGHT" alert.
  • University Pres. James E. Ryan acknowledged those deceased and injured, saying it was "an unimaginably sad day."
  • The victims were five students, including three members of the University's football team. The shooting reportedly took place in a parking garage, on a bus that had just returned from a field trip.
  • The three fatalities have been confirmed as wide receivers Devin Chandler and Lavel Davis Jr., and linebacker D'Sean Perry.
  • Sunday night's shooting isn't the first to take place at the University of Virginia. In February, two campus police officers were shot and killed while responding to a call at a campus building, and a 2007 mass shooting claimed the lives of 32 victims.

Sources: Associated Press, New York Post, Washington Post, and Daily Mail.

Narratives

  • Left narrative, as provided by Democrats. Once again, the utter lack of gun regulation has created a tragedy. No one should have to risk their lives to attend school or stroll around campus, but too many politicians have accepted this as a way of life. Gun violence can be reduced while also maintaining the rights of gun owners, but more must be done to ensure that guns don't fall into the wrong hands.
  • Right narrative, as provided by The Libertarian Institute. While tragic, the idea that school shootings are common in America is false. More Americans die from drowning every year than in mass shootings, but you don't hear about that. Politicians on the left focus on school shootings to garner political points. More must be done to address the root causes of the violence — simply curbing the rights of law-abiding gun owners isn't the answer.

Predictions