74 School Shootings Since Sandy Hook, When Does It Stop?

There have been 74 school shootings since Sandy Hook.  That equals an average of 1.37 school shootings for each school week.[1]

Courtesy of the Washington Post.  This map is of the cities where the 74 shootings place. Note: Blue markers represent incidents in 2014; red markers are for incidents from 2013.

Courtesy of the Washington Post. This map is of the cities where the 74 shootings place. Note: Blue markers represent incidents in 2014; red markers are for incidents from 2013.

Those numbers are unbearable to write.  How is it possible that we’ve watch this unfold weekly and nothing has changed.  Perhaps you’ve seen on Facebook the bullet proof backpack or blanket you can buy your child.  That’s right, to be a good parent you might have to buy a bullet proof accessory to protect them while at school.  Or maybe you’ve participated in the conversation that if more people (even teachers) were armed in schools this would solve our problems.

But rather than developing tools to defend our children from shooters, why are we so scared to create the most useful tool of all? Stronger gun regulations. Immediately following any mass shooting, the media narrative becomes to protect your second amendment.  More people with guns will protect you from other people with guns. Clearly that’s not working.

But what can we do?

Join the Every Town movement.  More than 1.8 million mayors, moms, cops, teachers, survivors, gun owners, and everyday Americans have come together to make their own communities safer. Learn from their resources.

Create safe schools through emergency preparedness. Learn from Safe and Sound, an organization founded by Sandy Hook Parents to help empower communities to improve the safety and security of their schools through discussion, collaboration, planning and sharing of information, tools, and resources.

Take action. Call your representatives in Congress and demand that they support common-sense measures like background checks to curb gun violence. Call the Capitol Hill switchboard at (202) 224-3121.


[1] http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/10/school-shootings-since-newtown_n_5480209.html?1402422950

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