Anti-Gunners Seize on Michigan School Killing to Advance Agenda, Solicit Donations

Within three hours of the tragedy in Oxford, Shannon Watts was trying to capitalize on it. (Photo: Shannon Watts Facebook)

Gun control groups wasted no time this week capitalizing on Tuesday’s massacre at a high school in Michigan.

A 15-year-old student at Oxford High School used his father’s 9mm handgun to kill four of his schoolmates and wound at least eight others in the early afternoon on Tuesday, November 30. Just hours later, Everytown for Gun Safety, Giffords to Prevent Gun Violence, and Brady: United Against Gun Violence launched a campaign to capitalize on the tragedy.

“Our hearts break for yet another community forever scarred by gun violence in our schools,” Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, said in an Everytown email sent at 4:16 PM on November 30. “We don’t have to keep living this way, and our children and educators most certainly don’t have to keep dying this way. Ending gun violence demands action and we won’t stop fighting for commonsense solutions to protect our communities and keep our kids safe.”

Brady president Kris Brown posted a tweet at 4:05 PM soliciting donations in the wake of the murders. At 5:15 PM, Moms Demand Action sent a tweet urging their followers to volunteer for the organization, and at 6:42 PM, Gabrielle Giffords used the tragedy to call for “commonsense gun safety laws.”

Police announced late Tuesday night that the murderer had used his father’s gun to kill his schoolmates, but they have not said whether or how the gun was secured. That hasn’t stopped gun control groups like Giffords from using this tragedy to promote their “safe storage” agenda.

The page in the Giffords tweet includes a donate button midway down, and in another tweet from one day after the murders, Brady urges their supporters to make a donation.

If you’re wondering what anti-gun groups mean by “safe gun storage,” Moms Demand Action posted a helpful infographic (here’s a hint: it eliminates the option for armed self-defense).

Today, Kris Brown moved beyond calling for safe storage and included “universal background checks” and “extreme risk laws” in her list of demands.

It’s totally unclear how either of these policies would have prevented this tragedy. The boy’s father reportedly purchased the handgun, and there has been no indication that the father was a prohibited person.

Michigan does not have an “extreme risk law” (A.K.A “red flag law”) on the books, and the killer allegedly posted threats and photos of the gun on social media prior to the massacre. But even if Michigan had passed a red flag law, it’s unlikely such posts from the boy would have resulted in the father’s firearms being seized.

The tragedy took place in the space of only five minutes, according to initial reports. The suspect fired at least 12 shots, killing four people and injuring eight others. The authorities have identified the dead as Hana St. Juliana, 14; Madisyn Baldwin, 17; Tate Myre, 16; and Justin Shilling, 17.

It’s unclear what kind of security measures the school had in place. Police reportedly apprehended the suspect without incident while he was carrying a loaded gun down a school hallway.  

About the author:
Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over four years and enjoying them for much longer. With family in Canada, he’s seen first hand how quickly the right to self-defense can be stripped from law-abiding citizens. He escaped that statist paradise at a young age, married a sixth-generation Texan, and currently lives in Waco. Follow him on Instagram @bornforgoodluck and email him at

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