The Analysis of School Shootings study has revealed that at least 28 people have died in school shootings since the Newtown massacre. The Moms Demand Action report cites 44 school shootings since Newtown. In other words, there’s been 1 school shooting every 10 days since December 14, 2012. Although we’ve only just begun 2014, the study states that more than 13 school shootings have occurred since the New Year arrived.
The recent tragedy at Purdue University where a 23-year-old teaching assistant fired four shots inside a campus building, killing a 21-year-old senior was preceded by a student being hospitalized after being shot near the athletic center on the campus of Widener University in Pennsylvania, Think Progress reports. The senseless violence at Widener was followed by at the 3 more school shootings, resulting in the hospitalization of five students between the ages of 12 and 18, TP continues. Another victim, 20-year-old Brandon Robinson, lost his life to gun violence on the campus of South Carolina State University on January 24, 2014.
As many held out hopes that the mass murder at Newtown Elementary School would result in stiffer gun laws, it’s clear that gun control efforts must be enhanced – vastly and immediately. “We are a developed country, and we have to ask ourselves what is wrong with our culture and laws that’s creating an environment where not only do we have 44 school shootings in the past 14 months – but we are doing nothing about it,” said Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action.
Chris Murphy, Newtown local Democratic senator for Connecticut, stated, “We’re only six weeks into 2014, but already 13 schools have been forced to lock down under the threat of gun violence. No parent should have to fear for the life of their child when they drop them off at school,” the Guardian reports. Amen to that.
TP’s Adam Peck wrote, “Gun advocates at the National Rifle Association and elsewhere spent months after the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn., calling for even more guns to be placed inside of schools in the form of armed security officials. And while many schools have indeed introduced so-called “school resource officers” in the last year, there is little evidence they are doing any good at all. Just about the only discernible impact of adding security officials into schools is a dramatic increase in the number of students arrested, sometimes for transgressions such as forgetting to wear a belt. More alarmingly, there have been instances of officers forgetting their guns inside bathrooms used by students or accidentally firing their guns inside of crowded high schools.”
The rationale that ‘things will get worse before they gets better’ holds no relevance when it comes to matters of school shootings, and the like. The notion of worse is relative however. This new study proves that without strict gun measures and policies for school safety in place, we all must continue to be alert and pray there is no downhill from this precarious place we find our children in.