Myron May identified as the FL State University Shooter

by Emily N. Fish for CT Against Gun Violence                                     


Tallahassee, FL – Three Florida State University (FSU) students were shot and wounded early Thursday morning by a gunman identified as Myron May, an attorney and graduate of FSU who later attended Texas Tech University’s law school. Of the three wounded, two were immediately taken to Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare hospital, and the AP reported that one is in critical condition and the other is stable. The third wounded student was grazed by a bullet, and was treated and released at the scene.

May produced a handgun and opened fire in Strozier Library, where approximately 300 students were studying for finals, at about 12:30 am. Police Officers found May on an access ramp outside the library near the entrance, and after he refused to drop his weapon and fired a shot at the officers, they returned fire, killing May.

May had been staying with family friend Abigail Taunton in nearby Wewahitchka, FL, in a guest house on her property. Taunton told the Tallahassee Democrat that “he was a little down,” and that “he had some financial problems. Just going from a big law job to a smaller law job.” But she added that “We thought he was doing better and feeling better about himself. We’re just in shock like everybody else. This is just crazy.”

Keith Jones, a Kansas Teacher, was May’s roommate and friend throughout their college years. Jones told the Tallahassee Democrat that although there weren’t any signs that May would do something like this, “There is more to his mental health (status) that may have caused some of this. He was taking medications which caused paranoia. He used to see a therapist on a regular basis. He thought people were spying on him.”

John Thrasher, the President of FSU, is only in his 9th day in office. Previously, as a state senator, Thrasher helped block an NRA-sponsored bill that would allow open carrying of weapons on school campuses, preschool through university.

It Was a Great Night for Gun Reform

Read, It Was A Great Night For Gun Reform, by George Zornick for The Nation:

There weren’t many bright spots for progressives on Tuesday, but if you back stronger gun laws, things went even better than you could have reasonably expected.

The big news was in Washington state, where a ballot initiative implementing tough universal background checks on gun purchases and transfers passed with nearly 60 percent of the vote. The vote was already projected to pass and came on the heels of a mass shooting at a Seattle-area high school that left four students dead.

To read the entire article click here.

Once Again, Guns

Here is the NY Times editorial, Once again,guns, by Gail Collins:

It’s evening and a mom is tucking in her baby. Getting a nice text from dad, who’s away on a trip. Then suddenly — dark shadow on a window. Somebody’s smashing the front door open! Next thing you know, there’s police tape around the house, blinking lights on emergency vehicles.

“It happens like that,” says a somber narrator. “The police can’t get there in time. How you defend yourself is up to you. It’s your choice. But Mary Landrieu voted to take away your gun rights. Vote like your safety depends on it. Defend your freedom. Defeat Mary Landrieu.”

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