No one was shot at the gun rally in Capitol Rotunda in Pierre yesterday... perhaps in large part because state law prohibits anyone but law enforcement from carrying guns inside our temple of democracy. Around the country, five people were injured at three similar gun-lovers events.
The House Education Committee meets at 7:45 a.m. on Wednesday to discuss House Bill 1087, possibly the worst idea yet to bubble up out of the 2013 Legislature. House Bill 1087 responds to the Sandy Hook school shooting in Connecticut by authorizing school districts to increase the danger that my child will get shot by increasing the presence of firearms in our schools.
Student Killed By Shot Fired for Sound Effect
Delmont, S.D. (AP) — A high school student was killed Wednesday night by a bullet from a .22 caliber rifle intended as a sound effect in the senior class play.
Donald Kurtz, 17, Delmont High School senior, was struck in the chest minutes before the play, "Heading' for a Weddin'", was to open.
The rifle, which belonged to Kurtz, was held by Denny Kappler, 17. Sheriff Glen Caldwell said there will be an inquest, but added there was no indication the shooting was anything but accidental.
Caldwell said both guns that were to have been used in the play were loaded with live ammunition, in violation of an order by school officials.
Kurtz died within 30 minutes, shortly after a doctor arrived.
He was cast in a prominent role in the hillbilly comedy. The youth had been active in sports and music ["Student Killed By Shot Fired For Sound Effect," AP via The Winona Daily News, 1961.01.05].
Guns on campus didn't stop Columbine. Guns on campus inherently increase the danger of accidental shootings. Let's not accelerate South Dakota's next entry into Wikipedia's list of school shootings. House Education, kill HB 1087 before it kills one of our children.