Everyone has already heard about the Montreal shooting at Dawson College in Quebec in which one person has died so far. Since everybody has already heard the details, I won’t discuss the details of the events that took place, but instead I’ll discuss other similar shootings and also how much worse it could have been.
First of all, this is a reminder of the École Polytechnique massacre in Montreal in 1989 in which 14 female students were killed and 13 people were injured by Marc Lépine. He was apparently an anti-feminist, and allegedly ordered all males to leave the classroom before opening fire on the females. This also happened on a Wednesday. I’m not sure if there is any significance to this similarity or not, but I don’t believe the press has identified this in any reports. (Maybe I’m speculating too much).
Secondly, some reports had indicated that the shooter from today’s shooting was wearing a trench coat, which is a reminder of the Columbine massacre in 1999 in which 13 innocent people were killed.
When comparing the statistics, today’s shooting could have been much worse. His automatic weapon apparently had a low caliber, and the number of deaths versus the number of injuries is substantially low compared to Columbine and the École Polytechnique massacre. Had he used a higher caliber gun, the fatalities could have been much worse. I’m thankful that this wasn’t the case, and I’m thankful that the police handled the situation very professionally. In my mind, these officers are heroes for putting themselves in the line of fire and saving innocent people’s lives before they were able to take the shooter out. I don’t want to get into a discussion comparing Canada’s gun laws vs. the USA because if someone really wants a powerful gun, I think they can obtain that weapon whether they are in the USA or in Canada. I can’t speculate on whether our gun laws made any difference in today’s shooting or not.
Here are some quick stats regarding other infamous school massacres:
Bath School disaster – 45 deaths and 58 injured
École Polytechnique massacre – 14 killed and 13 injured
Columbine massacre – 13 killed, 24 injured
Dawson College Shooting – 1 killed, 20 injured