It didn’t take long for the Monday knife attack at Ohio State University to turn into a gun control rallying cry.
First reports and reports throughout the duration of the attack described it as a shooting. Authorities later clarified it was a knife attack. Minutes after news broke that there was an alleged active shooter, Twitter users called for stronger gun control and blamed the attack on lackluster laws.
The school is a “gun free zone,” and instructed students to “run hide fight” and stay in place.
At least eight people have been taken to the hospital, with one critical and another seven stable, according to the fire department. There are also reports at least one person was attacked with a machete.
Columbus police have confirmed one attacker has been killed.
Others pushed back against the immediate politicization.
UPDATE: According to officials, contrary to initial reports of a shooting, the attacker used a car and knife. The campus is secure and classes have been cancelled. The eight people taken to the hospital reportedly have non-life-threatening injuries. This story has been updated to reflect this news.
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