REMINDER: Worst School Massacre in U.S. History Done with Explosives

It’s forgotten because it doesn’t fit the narrative.

The worst school massacre in U.S. history didn’t happen in Parkland, Florida, Newtown, Connecticut, or Littleton, Colorado, it happened near Lansing, Michigan, over 90 years ago. Disgruntled school board member Andrew Kehoe, 55, killed 38 elementary school children and six adults (44 total) not with a gun, but with dynamite and firebombs.

Kehoe spent months wiring explosive devices under the Bath School as revenge for his bank foreclosing on his farm and the fact that the Bath Township raised his taxes to pay for the school. Before driving to the school to set off the bombs, Kehoe destroyed the buildings on his property with the same explosives he carted in trips to the school. He had also murdered his wife in the days before the massacre and left her body to be burned at the farm. After killing all of those children, Kehoe blew himself up in his truck just outside of the school. (Reportedly, an 8-year-old survived the school blast, but was killed by flying debris from the truck explosion.) The only time a gun was used was when he fired his Winchester bolt-action rifle at his truck rigged with dynamite. 

Amazingly, this horrific incident is often left out of tallies of mass killings by the media most likely because it wasn’t carried out with a firearm. Since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, the mainstream media has been on a daily attack against guns and the National Rifle Association, as if it had something to do with the tragedy. 

The shooter in Florida used an AR-15 to kill 17 people and the Left has demonized the weapon — almost humanizing it so they can blame the gun and push for its ban. The death toll at Columbine was 13. The two student murders used Tech 9s and other banned firearms in the 1999 attack. Then there’s Sandy Hook, where 20 first-graders and six adults were killed by a semi-automatic rifle. The media often sites these examples as how much damage firearms can do. Yet, Kehoe didn’t use a gun at all and killed far more children. The closest incident to the 1927 school massacre was the Virginia Tech shooting in which 32 people were killed. However, that shooter didn’t use a “scary looking” rifle but two common-caliber pistols owned by millions of Americans. Meanwhile, the media pushes the narrative that only these military-looking rifles are capable of mass carnage and so, they go after them hard. Handguns are fine, they posit, but NO ONE needs an AR-15. The Left hasn’t come to grips with the fact that all guns are potentially deadly if they are in the wrong hands.

Using leftist logic, one could argue that trucks should be banned in the wake of the Bath School massacre because that’s what helped carry the explosives to the school. Without the truck, how would Kehoe have been able to haul so much material clear across town? Trucks are also used in Islamic terror attacks today and Democrats never call for vehicle bans. The media is in lockstep with the Left and never escalates a truck bombing to the same status as a mass shooting, nor echoes calls for truck bans.

Time magazine reported on the Bath School massacre two years ago, admitting the incident has been forgotten too quickly. However, as the media does, it explored the "real" reason behind Kehoe's murderous rage and found a common thread leading to modern massacres:

The story made national headlines immediately, but quickly disappeared. It did not prompt a broader conversation about explosives, or school safety, or mental health, as such an attack today would. Everyone outside Bath Township seemed to forget about it altogether.

Part of the reason Kehoe’s crime was forgotten was that he just did not fit most people’s ideas about terrorists…

Anarchists were scary — but they were also characterized as shady foreigners… White men in small towns did not fit the mold.

Today, Kehoe does fit into a defined role for a dangerous individual — we might see him as part of a continuum of angry white men, including the Unibomber and Timothy McVeigh—but in the 1920s, that was not a commonly known archetype.

So, if the U.S. could get its “continuum of angry white men” under control, and repeal the Second Amendment, mass murders would cease. That’s just good old leftist logic.

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