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Utah Barely Escapes School Bombing While Media Scream 'Guns!'

A bomb instead of a gun, combined with an Islamist motivation, mean this story was ignored.

Jordan Candler · Mar. 13, 2018

The Parkland, Florida, school shooting is still fresh on everyone’s minds and continues to dominate the gun-control narrative, so chances are you may have missed the news of an Islamist-inspired bomb plot that occurred early last week at Pine View High School in St. George, Utah. Since Parkland, the nation has been deluged with more than 600 copycat threats. But the Utah scare was different.

There was no gun involved but rather something even more powerful — a bomb. Luckily for everyone in the school, the explosive failed to detonate. The Associated Press reports, “No one was hurt, no damage was reported and the school reopened Tuesday morning for classes.” However, “Police did not describe the homemade bomb in detail but said it ‘had the potential to cause significant injury or death.’”

Investigators also revealed the perpetrator’s Islamist motivations: “It was also determined that the male had been researching information and expressing interest in ISIS and promoting the organization.” Not only that, but the student conveyed his devotion to the Islamic State only a month earlier — in the immediate aftermath of the Parkland massacre, in fact — by hoisting the terrorist group’s flag at a nearby school.

The Daily Signal says last week’s episode is “the 102nd Islamist plot or attack against the U.S. homeland since 9/11,” which it adds “serves as an important reminder that though ISIS is largely defeated in Syria and Iraq, it still inspires people in other countries to engage in terrorism.” No doubt ISIS’s influence will continue to be felt throughout the world — even here in America and in its schools. But the fact the tool was a bomb provides an equally important reminder.

As our Mark Alexander recently pointed out, “The most costly mass slaughter of school children in the U.S. did not involve a gun. In 1927, a sociopathic Bath Township, Michigan, school board member detonated a bomb that killed 38 elementary schoolchildren and six adults.” Try as some might to restrict the Second Amendment in response to school shootings, any perceivable void created by a reduction in guns would simply be filled by other, more lethal methods.

After all, the ways in which wickedness is acted upon are infinite. And those pretending guns are as bad as it gets are woefully shortsighted.

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