A school shooting on Tuesday in Benton, Kentucky has left at least one person dead and others wounded. (CNN's currently reporting seven hospitalized.) The incident took place at Marshall County High School and Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has confirmed via Twitter that the shooter is in custody. He has also urged against any speculation, while law enforcement do their job. “Tragic shooting at Marshall County HS...Shooter is in custody, one confirmed fatality, multiple others wounded...Much yet unknown...Please do not speculate or spread hearsay...Let’s let the first responders do their job and be grateful that they are there to do it for us…” he wrote.
Interestingly enough, Benton's previous tweets were some pro-life noise about defending the "sanctity of life," so I'm real curious to know his state's access to firearms pairs with that philosophy. Kentucky is one of the states where the open carry of a handgun is completely legal, except in some areas. Kentucky Congressman James Corner (KY-1) also offered his condolences over Twitter, writing, “My thoughts & prayers go out to the students & faculty at Marshall County High School where there has been a tragic school shooting.
Don’t get me started on that thoughts and prayers lip service. Even in a developing situation, it’s still never too early to talk about gun control and policy reform.
Anyway, Benton is located about 120 miles northwest of Nashville, Tennessee. Those who were injured in the shooting are being treated at a nearby hospital. There are few additional details at the moment. What we do know is that this shooting comes only one day after a 15-year-old girl in Texas was shot and wounded by a 16-year-old boy at her high-school cafeteria.