Lewis Diuguid

June 11, 2014

Gun violence in schools is a growing problem in America

The school shooting Tuesday in Troutdale, Ore., might normally merit little national attention except for the data shared by Everytown for Gun Safety.

The fall off in public concern is because of the frequency of shootings at schools. A teen with a rifle on Monday shot and killed a 14-year-old freshman, Emilio Hoffman, , wounded a teacher, 50-year-old Todd Rispler, and then likely killed himself at Reynolds High School. The shooter was found dead in a restroom at the school.

But what got people’s attention was Everytown for Gun Safety reporting that since the Dec. 14, 2012, shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where 20 children and six educators died, the nation has been traumatized by 74 school shootings — or 1.37 instances of gun violence in schools each week throughout the U.S.

Instead of the deadly problem going away, it has remained as mom and American as apple pie. That’s a national disgrace.

Everytown for Gun Safety lists the dates, cities, states, school name and whether the school is kindergarten through 12th grade or a college/university. The number is evenly divided between colleges/universities and K-12.

No preschool is listed. That’s a relief.

But armed with such troubling data, this country should seriously consider protecting every school against guns as much as it invests in security to protect airports against people carrying weapons onto commercial flights. If the nation truly valued children, it would be a natural step.

If not, if gun laws continue to be liberalized, then legislators will continue to show that they put more stock in guns than kids.

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