Late last week, Moms Demand Action and Mayors Against Illegal Guns released data about the number of school shootings that have taken place in the US since the Newtown tragedy. You can read the full report here, but you don’t need to read the report to know that school shootings remain a significant challenge and hindrance to the safety of children nationwide.
Did You Know?
- In the fourteen months since the mass shooting in Newtown, CT, there have been at least 44 school shootings including fatal and nonfatal assaults, suicides, and unintentional shootings — an average of more than three a month. In the first six weeks of 2014 alone, there were 13 school shootings including one eight-day period in which there were four shootings in K-12 schools.
- These school shootings resulted in 28 deaths and 37 non-fatal gunshot injuries. In 49 percent of these incidents at least one person died.
- Of the K-12 school shootings in which the shooter’s age was known, 70 percent (20 of 28 incidents) were perpetrated by minors. Among those shootings where it was possible to determine the source of the firearm, three-quarters of the shooters obtained their guns from home.
- In 16 cases — more than a third of all incidents — at least one person was shot after a schoolyard argument or confrontation escalated and a gun was at hand.
- The shooters ranged from 5 to 53 years of age.
Despite these alarming statistics, the U.S. Congress has failed to pass any meaningful legislation that would make it more difficult for school shootings to take place. The most common argument against gun control is that it would infringe upon the second amendment right to bear arms. Gun rights groups even say that this applies to owning assault weapons. Read “Now is the time to do something about gun violence,” for more information.
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“We’re only six weeks into 2014, but already 13 schools have been forced to lock down under the threat of gun violence,” said Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT). “No parent should have to fear for the life of their child when they drop them off at school. We can do more to prevent these tragedies, and it’s time for Congress to wake up and do the right thing.”
“The numbers are clear: we are not doing enough to keep our children safe at school,” said Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY). “We don’t have to choose between protecting the Second Amendment and installing some sensible safety measures that keep guns out of the wrong hands.”
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