CNN host Piers Morgan attempted to discredit a heroic victory
last week, while at the same time pushing forward the Obama
administration's gun-control agenda.
Even though an armed guard at an Atlanta middle school stopped a
14-year-old shooter Thursday from killing anyone -- only one was
injured -- CNN host Piers Morgan claimed the off-duty police
officer had failed.
The ardent gun-control advocate -- who has publicly denounced
Rifle Association's proposal to have armed guards stationed at
schools nationwide -- made his stance on the issue quite clear
through a posting on his official Twitter account:
"REVEALED: Armed guard was NOT able to stop Atlanta school
shooting," Morgan tweeted a day after the event.
With President Obama's intense gun-control agenda sweeping the
nation, supporters of a "gun-free America" have argued that guns
have no place on school campuses … even those held by police
officers or authority figures as a means of protection or
Despite the 14-year-old opening fire on the public school
campus, the heroic armed school resource officer was able to
prevent a potential massacre from taking place by disarming the
shooter, with just one 14-year-old getting wounded by a shot to the
neck. Morgan, however, showed no indication of conceding that
having an armed guard on campus thwarted what could have been
another mass shooting -- because one person sustained a
And Morgan's take of the situation persisted long after
Atlanta's police chief publicly announced that the school's armed
guard courageously disarmed the teen shooter (who was only able to
shoot one student before being restrained).
No Newtown here
Shortly after a student opened fire to get off multiple shots in
Price Middle School's courtyard, police reported that the armed
guard was able to quickly and safely take the assailant's gun
Besides the one neck wound from a gunshot, only one more injury
was reported from the incident, as Atlanta Police Chief George
Turner indicated that a teacher sustained minor cuts in the
aftermath. Police spokesman Carlos Campos announced that charges
against the shooter were pending and that the boy who was shot
arrived at Grady Memorial Hospital in the afternoon "alert,
conscious and breathing." He was discharged later that night.
Dealing with the drama
One piece of the puzzle that hasn't been figured out yet is how
the assailant student's gun got past the school's metal detector,
which scans the school's 400 students daily.
"The obvious question is, how did this get past a metal
detector?" pondered Atlanta Schools Superintendent Erroll Davis
about the shooter's gun. "That's something we do not know yet."
For two hours after the shooting, students were held in
lock-down by dozens of police officers before being released from
the school building. With their parents impatiently waiting on the
nearby streets, students were then loaded on buses and driven about
half a block away, where they remained parked in front of a church
while police officers swarmed the area.
Aware of parents' frustration, Davis had compassion for those
expressing dissatisfaction with the amount of time it took for
their children to be allowed to leave the school building, yet he
expressed that school officials adhered strictly to all emergency
protocol during the incident.
To deal with the traumatic event, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed
announced that students, faculty and family members were invited to
seek solace and answers from counselors on campus. He also
expressed his contempt for such senseless violence taking place
"Gun violence in and around our schools is simply unconscionable
and must end," Reed insisted in a public statement. "Too many young
people are being harmed, and too many families are suffering from
unimaginable and unnecessary grief."