Jared Michael Padgett, 15, the Oregon teenager who murdered fellow student Emilio Hoffman, 14, in the locker room of Reynolds High School in Portland, walked into school carrying frightening array of weaponry in a guitar case and duffel bag.
Favoring his AR-15, Padgett killed his fellow student and shot physical education teacher Todd Rispler in the hip. Rispler was able to escape to safety, and notified the school of the danger. Police chief Scott Anderson said that “early notification was critical” given the assortment of toys Padgett brought with him.
Padgett, who was wearing a vest designed to hold ammunition and a camouflaged helmet, brought not only his AR-15 to the party, but also a knife, a semi-automatic handgun, and nine loaded magazines capable of holding “several hundred rounds.
Padgett exchanged fire with police in a school hallway, but escaped. He was later found dead by his own hand (or, in this case, gun) in a school bathroom.
Padgett’s Facebook history tells the rest of the story. A right-leaning ammosexual, Padgett followed Facebook pages like “Conservative American Military Veterans Against Barack Obama” and “We Will Not Be Disarmed.” He expressed fondness for a number of gun manufacturers, as well. In other words, Padgett is just a miniature “law-abiding gun owner.”
[box type=”shadow”]We’re Raffling Off An AR-15 Again!
Multnomah County Republicans Announce Another Gun Raffle, Brisk Ticket Sales For Lincoln Day Dinner Featuring Rafael Cruz
Portland, OR January 13, 2014: Multnomah Country Republicans recognize the incredible time of year we are in. In successive months to start the year, we celebrate the legacy of two great Republicans who demonstrated leadership and courage that all of us still lean on today: Martin Luther King, Jr and Abraham Lincoln. In celebrating these two men, and the denial of the rights they fought so hard against, the Multnomah County Republican Party announces that we have started our third raffle for an AR-15 rifle (or handgun of the winner’s choice). The drawing will be held at our Lincoln Day Dinner on February 15th, 2014. Tickets are once again $10 apiece, or 12 for $100, and there is a hard cap of 500 tickets in the raffle.[/box]
One might expect that some sensible legislation may be one following this latest school shooting, but the “gun rights” crowd in Portland don’t give us much hope. Recently, Joe the Plumber told parents of UCSB shooting victims, “Your dead kids don’t trump my Constitutional rights.”
This response seems similar to the one likely to be provided by the Multnomah GOP. We are here to reaffirm our strong defense of the Second Amendment and the right to personal protection. The Bill of Rights is inviolable, despite what the gun-grabbers in Salem might try,” Multnomah County GOP chairman Jeff Reynolds said of the gun raffle.
Watch a report on the shooting below: