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Student Shot by School Employee, As Conservatives Call for More Guns on Campus

Aurora, Colorado was the site of an accidental shooting on Monday.

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Another accidental shooting occurred on Monday--this time in Aurora, the site of the movie theater shooting last July. An employee of Colorado’s Rangeview High School accidentally shot a student after school had been dismissed, the local news outlet 9 News reported.

The school employee and the student knew each other. The employee works a second job as an armed security officer, and was giving the student a ride home. While moving his gun to the glove box in his car, the firearm accidentally went off and shot the student, who suffered an injury to his leg but will survive, according to police.

The incident is a sharp reminder that, despite calls for more armed guards in schools, guns in and around educational institutions could easily lead to disaster.

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The incident is also the latest accidental shooting to occur around the country. On Sunday, for instance, a four-year-old child accidentally shotan 11-year-old boy in Florida. And last Tuesday, a 24-year-old in Texas was “playing” with a gun and, as a result, accidentally shot a 14-year-old.

These recent incidents of accidental gun violence come weeks after Congress failed to pass any gun control measures. Also underscoring the need for gun measures was the Mother's Day shooting in New Orleans, which injured 19 people.


Alex Kane is former World editor at AlterNet. His work has appeared in Mondoweiss, Salon, VICE, the Los Angeles Review of Books and more. Follow him on Twitter @alexbkane.