A terrible trend involving violence is emerging in America to start the year off in the worst way possible.
Everytown for Gun Safety, an organization that advocates for the control and regulation of firearms conducted its own study recently to determine the current rate at which gun violence has occurred in American schools in 2018 thus far. The February 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida occurred 45 days into the year.
Also, there were 18 mass shootings in America during that 45-day period. Out of those 18 mass shootings, 17 of them were school shootings. Everytown for Gun Safety’s study backtracked in recent history to find out that 290 school shootings have occurred since 2013. However, the trends being set so far this year represent an abysmal turn.
In the 45-day period, which transpired this year, a school shooting has occurred every 63 hours on average. This sobering and deeply disturbing reality has the nation’s public unnerved and feverishly concerned about what the United States government and all of its state governments are going to do about gun violence.
In a published copy of Everytown’s study report, a very well-written introduction is present before the study starts to get to the numbers and data. The introduction partially reads as follows:
“Consistent with expert advice and common sense, Everytown uses a straightforward, fair, and comprehensive definition for a school shooting: any time a firearm discharges a live round inside or into a school building or on or onto a school campus or grounds, as documented by the press and, when necessary, confirmed through further inquiries with law enforcement or school officials. Incidents in which guns were brought into schools but not discharged are not included. The database is updated as new shootings occur or as new evidence emerges about prior incidents.”
You can read Everytown’s entire study and view the data charts by visiting the research source link given for this article.
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