In the aftermath of last Friday’s shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School, many are of course asking why the gunman, fifteen-year-old Jaylen Fryberg, killed and injured several classmates before turning his weapon on himself. But little has been said about how the teenager obtained it, writes The Washington Post‘s Editorial Board.

“The source of the gun in the shooting has been almost an afterthought in much of the reporting. But it appears, according to sources quoted in news reports, that the .40-caliber Beretta handgun was legally purchased, registered and owned by Jaylen’s father. That, according to Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, fits a deadly pattern: In two-thirds of the nation’s school shootings, the attackers used guns from their home or a relative’s residence.”

Gun violence is a leading cause of death among children and teens, according to a recent report by the campaign’s sister organization. More needs to be done to protect children from gun violence. We can start by making access more difficult for them.

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