There's Probably Going to Be a School Shooting This Week Thanks to You

school shootingA terrifying statistic has been going 'round the Internet this week. Since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, 2012, there have been at least 74 school shootings in America. That includes the tragedy at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Oregon, on Tuesday, when a gunman entered the school building, killed one student, and injured a teacher.

Compiled by Everytown for Gun Safety, the school shooting report lists not only the number of shootings, but also the casualties. In 49 percent of the incidents, at least one person died.

Teachers. School staff members. Children.

All dying in what amounts to nearly one school shooting every week.

"We should feel secure in sending our children to school -- comforted by the knowledge that they’re safe," the folks at Everytown posted this week.

We should.

But we don't.

We don't because something has happened in America. Something that has nothing to do with the gun control battle that seems to have no end.

Children have become targets and killing children is a means to exact one's revenge on -- it seems -- everyone who has wronged you.

The biggest fear for parents is the notion that their child's school could be next, but almost as scary is the idea that we don't know why it's happening.

Why this shift in American crime? (And it is a shift. According to Stop the Shootings, there have been 387 total shootings in schools since 1992. Take 74 from 387, and that means 19 percent of the shootings in a 22-year span happened in less than 2 years. That's a startling jump. And for parents, a mystifying one.)

Why would anyone want to hurt our kids? How is it that anyone can look at a child and not see something good, pure, innocent, worth protecting? Even during wartime, civilized societies generally agree that children are off-limits. And in emergencies, it's generally accepted that children get the first life-saving treatment.

Children should be precious. So why are they targets?

Granted, the Everytown report and Stop the Shootings' statistics both include child-on-child violence. According to Everytown, the youngest shooter in its list was just 5 years old.

But the oldest? He was 53. And he took a gun into a school.

We need to control the guns in this country. That's absolutely true.

But these statistics tell us we also need to take a long, hard look at our society's attitudes toward children. At what it is that makes these people turn on our society's most vulnerable.

Ours is supposed to be an advanced nation, a nation where our children are given chances they might not get in less developed worlds, where little girls are married off and little boys sent to war. Our children are supposed to get the best we have to offer, to have a global village helping to protect them, to raise them.

We as parents can't protect our kids without society's help. 

What do you make of this startling statistic? Do you feel like kids are now targets?


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Golde... GoldenFlake

Those numbers and that list of school shootings is inaccurate and misleading based on the conclusions you are attempting to draw. You really ought to review the list before simply blogging it. The very first one (like many others in the list) has nothing to do with school safety, students, or staff. This is also the case with many, many other entries in that list. 

Golde... GoldenFlake

By the way, I'm not saying school safety isn't an issue but that list of school shootings does not support the contention that students are a target and really it's irresponsbile to try and frighten parents with that list. 

In fact the news story about the very first few item in the list says,

"The shooting was not associated with the school and no children were hurt."

Research is important so that parents are presented with real data and can make accurate decisions based on accurate information. 

nonmember avatar rebecca

I completely agree with the fact that shootings have become an epidemic in this country. However, it does not merely have to do with "children as targets" and really has EVERYTHING to do with gun control. School shootings are not the only shootings that are happening--mass shootings are happening all the time now in every random place imaginable, not just schools. Not only children are dying, it's random people of all ages. The fact that our country allows people who should not own guns to go ahead and purchase them is, in my opinion, the biggest issue. Second to that is this crazy American mentality that owning a gun somehow makes you safer--nope, instead it allows more people who should not be using guns to access them from their own homes. If an intruder enters your home do you seriously think you will have time to go grab your lock box, enter a code, grab your gun, and shoot them dead? Not realistically--instead, what is realistic and statistically proven is that your child will probably get into that lockbox and go shoot up his school because he is troubled and shouldn't have had access to a gun in the first place. The only thing America cares less about than gun control is mental health and now those two problems have combined to create an epidemic.

Paws84 Paws84

I'm so tired of ppl giving murderers a break because they were 'mentally ill.' It's not an excuse, and I'll tell you right now - if my little girl gets injured or dies because of some sick punk that decided to shoot up kids/classmates at a school, I'm going to his parents' house and killing the family. If you raise a child killer, you deserve to die. If my daughter grows up and kills your child, I'd expect the same thing. Have at it. Ppl don't care about accepting responsibility anymore and it's ridiculous. Everyone just drinks the koolaid and wants us all to give up our guns, our freedom, rely on the government for everything, etc. I'm tired of hearing about gun control. Why don't you raise your kid right and accept responsibility that you're a crappy parent. I'm terrified of sending my daughter to school when she gets older.

Paws84 Paws84

Rececca - I have more faith in my using my gun if an intruder comes in and I have to sit there while I call 911, explain my situation, and just hope that the intruder doesn't get to me before the cops come. Are you kidding me? 'Oh hi Mr. Intruder, I'm not armed so please feel free to rape and kill me since you have all the time in the world. While you're at it, my daughter's upstairs. Go ahead and kidnap her too. Can I make you something to eat?' Lmao you come into my house, and I'm blowing your head off. Why you would be ok with someone coming into your house and messing with your family is beyond me. No thanks.

lovem... lovemykids16

This is just another example of the media trying to use scare tactics to promote the gun control issue.  Obviously, just one school shooting is a tragedy but guns and the right to own them have been around forever.  Why this surge in violence? Maybe we need to take a look at how this country is changing and becoming more tolerant of every type of deviant behavior! If this country went back to its core values and the majority of the population taught their kids those values, perhaps we'd have less violence.  Instead of blaming every wrong thing our children do on something or someone else, everyone needs to start taking personal responsibility.  But back to the so-called 74 school shootings.  When I think of a school shooting, I think of events such as Columbine, Sandy Hook, etc.  The majority of these 74 were not school shootings in that sense.  Many were gang related shootings well after school hours that just happened to be in a school parking lot. If you look at each individual case, you will see that these are being grossly misrepresented.

tbruc... tbrucemom

Rebecca-get your head out of the sand. All other commenters, thank you for saving me the time, you're right on the money.

Frost... FrostyMelted

People who think gun violence is worse today haven't studied our nation's history and the wild west. Americans have been shooting each other for centuries. It happens. Life involves risk. 

Kattey Kattey

No, Rebecca is absolutely right. You gun nuts are dead set that Obama wants to ban every gun ever, and that isn't what gun control is about at all. It's about using your fucking brains!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (there cannot be enough exclamation points after that)

I'm a gun owner. Nice, big, secure gun safe, proper gun safety techniques, and I have a brain that isn't fueled by paranoia and zealousness. Proper gun regulations are imperative for everyone's safety.

Paws, you sound seriously unhinged. I mean, like the exact kind of person who shouldn't own a gun. You do know that the police are trained to deal with shooters and the average person isn't, right? Where do you get off saying that the only two choices in a break in are either invite the intruder to rape you, or call the cops? How about, you call the fucking police, then take your gun into your closet with you. If the intruder comes after you directly, use self defense, but why would you go looking for trouble? You go hunting the guy down, you lower your own odds for survival.

The reason we have so much gun violence? The NRA controls Washington, and you gun crazies are fucking paranoid, your "right to bear arms" is more sacred to you than a child's life.  

Mrseoc Mrseoc

I agree completely with Kattey. "Gun control" is not about banning guns... It's about ensuring that only sane, responisble people with brains and experience in guns; can own and use a gun. It would require you to pass a test, like you have to to drive a car. It would be nice to have some kind of laws to keep deadly fire arms out of the hands of deadly people.

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