Here is an article that gives a little more information. The shooter was someone driving a car. msnbc.msn.com/id/26489339/
Your concern is that people are trigger happy and guns can contribute to violence. That is true it can and does happen.
However, anything can be used as a weapon. A few years ago, a wife ran over her husband with her car and killed him. She claimed it was an accident. However while looking at the security tape it showed that after she hit him, she backed up and hit him a again to make sure that she hit him. So should cars be banned also?
Baseball bats and knives are something else that can be deadly if in the wrong hands.
The answer is not to stick our heads in the sand, but to be vigilant in what we do and what we teach our kids. To be aware of surroundings and how our actions can affect other people. Is the kid partially to blame? Yes. But the reaction was over the top and the shooter needs to be severely punished. People do snap, especially when their pride and joy is damaged. There would have been a confrontation no matter what in this case. It could have been a knife, a bat, or a gun. All of which could have been deadly.
It is a tragedy, but we can take this and use it as a teaching tool to show how bad things can happen. And how some pranks aren’t as innocent as they seem to our kids.
On the other hand, I have first hand experience on how guns can save lives also. On my MIL street, we were all out in the yard with the neighbors. A person was excessively speeding down the street, one of the neighbors acted like he was going to throw something. (There was nothing in his hand to throw.) The guy slammed on his brakes, backed up, jumped out, and pulled a gun. Another neighbor had a gun, and he pulled it out and told the guy to think about it. The guy left before the cops could show up. Who knows what would have happened if the neighbor didn’t have the gun? Granted the whole episode wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for the first neighbor. But with all of the kids out, there would have been no way for this guy to stop.