Moms of 12-year old boys shot: Our sons were not targeted

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Updated: 10/23/2013 5:43 pm
RENO, Nev. (AP/ KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Parents of two boys wounded by a classmate at Sparks Middle School say they don't believe the shooter was seeking their sons out.

The statements came at a news conference Wednesday at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno.

Jenifer Davis says she believes her 12-year-old son Mason was coming to the aid of slain math teacher Michael Landsberry when he was shot in the abdomen.

The mother of the second 12-year-old said in a statement that she also doesn't believe her son was an intended target.

A seventh-grade gunman wounded the two boys and killed 45-year-old Landsberry before turning the gun on himself before classes started Monday morning.

Police have not released the name of the boy and haven't offered a motive for the rampage.

Full Statement from Jennifer Davis:

Hi I'm Jennifer Davis the mother of Mason one of the victims of the sparks middle school shooting. I'm here to make a statement about my son and the incident.

On Monday morning Mason was hit with the bullet to the abdomen, which exited through his backside. we are happy that he is on the road to recovery and is doing well in fact she's already up and about. He is in good spirits although saddened by the loss of his friend Mr. Landsberry. From what we've learned from others at the scene of masons first instinct was to intervene and he did all he could to help Mr. Landsberry. We do not believe he was in anyway targeted in the shooting. It is my understanding that he was trying to help Mr. Landsberry at the time he was shot.

I just need to have it as a result of this incident I will be getting involved with issues run gun safety in the hopes preventing these kinds of situations in the future.

Our whole family is grieving over the tragic deaths this week. We appreciate the sport we have received from Dads convenient store in Sparks and want to think the entire community for their prayers and support during this difficult time.

Statement from parent of one of the victims (unidentified):

We want to share with you that our son is doing well. He was shot through the shoulder and is recovering. He is has accepted what is happening him and is getting stronger with each passing day. We are so proud of him.

He's very sad about the death of Mr. Landsberry feel sorry for his family. He liked Mr. Landsberry will miss him--so everyone at the school.

We do not believe our son was targeted in the shooting. We are grateful to friends and family and everyone who is been so supportive. We request privacy for family while our son is focusing on getting well. Thank you.

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ksdavishouse - 10/23/2013 11:17 PM
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To the parents of the two wounded boys. I cannot begin to understand the sorrow and pain that you are feeling regarding this senseless incident. But I do empathize with your joy that your children will survive and recover. I join with you in praying for a speedy recovery and that the boys are not overly traumatized by this situation. To the family of Michael Landsberry, I know that nothing that I can say will assuage your sorrow and grief. But in the days, weeks and months to come, when your grief has been tempered, I hope that you will always remember that Michael's actions potentially saved a score of other children by giving those children the time that they needed to escape from the immediate threat. Michael's selfless act was an example of true courage, an example that all others should emulate. I pray that Michael is in Heaven with Our Father and that he occupies a place of honor in Our Father's Home. To the family of the boy who caused this tragedy, I hope that someday you will know what caused your son to commit this deplorable act. By his own hand, you have lost your son. I grieve for your loss and hope that you may some day find peace. You have a very rough and arduous road ahead of you and issues that may take years to resolve. I pray that you have the strength from God to help you through these difficult times. To the community at large, please do not focus your anger, rage and scorn on the family of this boy who apparently felt as if he had to take a gun to school and take the actions that he took. This family, as well as the families of the victims, need your compassion and understanding, for they are all victims of this tragedy. As the community mourns for the injured and dead it is my hope that this situation will bring the community together to try and find a reasonable way to prevent situations like this in the future.

Speed - 10/23/2013 11:12 PM
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But what happens when you DON'T have any armed adults on hand to stop a shooter? Something like the Sparks Middle School shooting,or Sandy Hook,or the Navy Yard shooting. People cower in fear and wait to be killed. Of COURSE,the ideal situation would be to keep these killers off the street and keep THEM from having guns,but that's as near impossible to acheive as winning the war on Terrorism. We just CAN'T give up our RIGHT to own,carry and use our guns Lawfully,in exchange for a little more safety,a bit more security,especially when we know we can STILL have these things,simply by KEEPING our SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHT to protect ourselves intact and uninfringed,as it was written in the Constitution's Bill of Rights.

Speed - 10/23/2013 10:54 PM
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I'm sincerely sorry about Mr.Landsbury's death and the injuries to the students. I hope the parents of the injured students don't jump on the bandwagon calling for yet MORE infringements on America's Constitutional Rights,in this case the Second Amendment. This was a tragic accident,but it's also another event that some people will try to use to justify legislation that will serve to do the exact OPPOSITE of what we all want. Keeping the kids safe at school is the objective here,and allowing properly trained and authorized Teachers and members of administration to carry guns in the classroom would do that. It's already been proven time after time that a few armed adults,and the elimination of Gun Free Zones,will make that school completely a completely unsuitable for a shooting. Notice in MOST of the recent mass shootings certain similarities exist. I'm not saying in ALL cases,but in the majority of them these factors show up repeatedly. The gun is acquired illegally. The shooter chooses a Gun Free Zone for the crime. The shooter continues his spree until armed Police arrive. The arrival of Law Enforcement signals the end of the shootings. The shooter shoots himself,no doubt believing he has no other way out of the situation. In a majority of these shootings,the shooter either is on mind altering medications or WAS using them but recently ran out. Though it doesn't mean anything in what happens,all but a couple of the shooters in the last 10 years were Registered Democrats. There's PLENTY of evidence that a community with MORE armed and skilled Citizens brings with it a large drop in violent crimes. Think about it and it makes perfect sense. Why would anyone attempt a robbery or a mass shooting knowing he'd be facing a fair number of armed adults who aren't afraid to shoot to defend all the people around them? Anyone who WOULD open fire would no doubt be stopped in very short order. THIS is basic common sense.
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