Two students were killed and three others were injured in a school shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California on Thursday, November 14, 2019. The suspect, who fatally wounded himself, was identified as 16-year old Nathanial Tennosuke Berhow, an Asian male. According to Capt. Kent Wegener of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office, Berhow used a 45-caliber semi-automatic handgun in the 16-second attack that morning. While investigators have not found a motive for the attack, they have confirmed that Berhow used a “ghost gun,” an untraceable, self-assembled gun that is built from unregulated kits or 3D printers. According to experts and law enforcement officials, weapons, such as the one used by Berhow, are becoming a common way for criminals to bypass gun laws.
Instructors, click on the link below to download this week’s lecture for use in your classroom.
The deck contains a writing prompt, a debate question, as well as other assessment questions.
Download the PowerPoint Lecture Spark for Saugus High School Shooter Used A “Ghost Gun,” An Untraceable Weapon
· “The Saugus High School Shooter Used an Illegal ‘Ghost Gun.’ Authorities Warn More Criminals Are Using Untraceable Weapons to Get Around Gun Laws”
· “Untraceable, but legal DIY “ghost gun” used in Saugus shooting, police say”
· “In 46 weeks this year, there have been 45 school shootings”
· “What’s a ‘ghost gun’? Untraceable, DIY firearm used in California high school shooting”
- Writing: Can you think of any legislative solutions to the “ghost gun” problem?
- Debate: All ghost guns should be considered illegal and regulated in the same manner as traditionally manufactured firearms.
- Poll: Do you think that there should be a uniform law across all states that prohibits ghost guns or requires a license to assemble them?
- Short Answer: What is a ghost gun and why is it considered untraceable?
Current Events Quiz
1.) According to CNN, there have been ______ school shootings in 2019.
2.)Which of the following statements pertaining to ghost guns is true?
a. they can be made from plastic parts
b. they do not require a background check
c. most do not have serial numbers
d. all of these
3.) Ghost guns are also referred to as _____ guns.
a. 60 percent
b. 70 percent
c. 80 percent
d. 90 percent
- Ghost guns exist completely outside of the regulatory scheme of federal and state law. (T/F)
- Under federal law, “ghost guns” are illegal. (T/F)
- The ATF can shut down the people who are selling the “ghost gun” parts. (T/F)
Featured Image: MagicMarc5/wikimediacommons