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There Has Been An Average of One School Shooting Every Other School Day So Far This Year -- Bill Moyers

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Last year was supposed to be a year of action to curb gun violence in our schools. But three weeks into the new year, statistics suggest that the problem could actually be worsening.

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Kit B. (276)
Friday January 24, 2014, 6:36 am
Photo Credit: AP Photo/Roswell Daily Record, Mark Wilson

Last year was supposed to be a year of action to curb gun violence in our schools. But three weeks into the new year, statistics suggest that the problem could actually be worsening.

Though the sample size is far too small to draw any definitive conclusions, 2014 is off to a deadly start: in the first 14 school days of the year, there have been at least seven school shootings. For sake of comparison, there were 28 school shootings in all of 2013, according to gun violence prevention group Moms Demand Action.

Purdue University is the most recent, when a 23-year-old teaching assistant fired four shots inside a campus building on Tuesday, killing a 21-year-old senior. One day earlier, a student was hospitalized after being shot near the athletic center on the campus of Widener University in Pennsylvania. And last week, there were at least three other school shootings, resulting in the hospitalization of five students between the ages of 12 and 18.

That number could have been even higher were it not for several near-misses. An eighth grader was arrested in Georgia last week after he brought a gun to school on consecutive days and robbed a classmate. On Tuesday, Portland police rushed to an area high school after a student was reportedly showing off his gun to a fellow classmate during lunch. And early on Wednesday four teenagers were arrested after they were seen pointing a gun at a school bus in Norfolk, Va.

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.

By: Adam Peck | Think Progress | Bill Moyers and Company |

Adam Peck is a reporter/blogger for ThinkProgress at the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

lee e. (114)
Friday January 24, 2014, 6:43 am
Seems that amerika wants it this way - it's the domestic terrorists who are running our country, the NRA, gun lobbyists and manufacturers - plenty of money in it, only at the expense of a few kids' lives - what d'ya want?!

Patricia H. (440)
Friday January 24, 2014, 7:41 am
sadly noted

Sue Matheson (79)
Friday January 24, 2014, 8:11 am
shocking and disturbing

Carrie B. (312)
Friday January 24, 2014, 11:31 am
Go NRA! I'm sure they must be very proud of the statistics.

Kit B. (276)
Friday January 24, 2014, 11:34 am

They are no doubt happy with the gun sales. A black president? Buy guns, lots of guns. Leave them where very small children can use them and kill themselves. The NRA is the loudest but not the largest of the gun lobbies. We can not allow ourselves the luxury of being complacent about school shootings, nor should we think in terms of arming teachers.

Carrie B. (312)
Friday January 24, 2014, 11:39 am
There was a time when I worried more about my son who is career than my son who is a career teacher. Not so anymore.

Carrie B. (312)
Friday January 24, 2014, 11:44 am
Sorry about that ~ career army vs. career teacher.

JL A. (287)
Friday January 24, 2014, 12:19 pm
And still Congress refuses to act to protect our children

Angelika R. (145)
Friday January 24, 2014, 2:51 pm
Perhaps Moyers and WRP should stock up on Whiskey and get together in collective despair.-leave a drop for the rest of the sane nation! Thx Kit!

David B. (38)
Friday January 24, 2014, 3:00 pm
Will Americans ever accept that more guns = more deaths and do something about getting rid of the guns? --- The argument that... 'it's not the guns, but the insane people that use them'... Is INSANE!

To hell with the NRA, just ban them!

Barbara K. (67)
Friday January 24, 2014, 3:31 pm
Thanks, my friend, I hope people figure it out that we need to rid ourselves of the NRA, they are the ones writing the legislation for the states and they make money off every gun and gun-related item sold. They have blood not only on their hands, but on them from head to toe. They are also responsible for the license to murder laws. Destroy them.

Rose Becke (287)
Friday January 24, 2014, 4:57 pm
I hate The NRA

. (0)
Friday January 24, 2014, 5:07 pm
That's terrible! These school shootings need to stop. Thanks for sharing, Kit.

Susan Clay (0)
Friday January 24, 2014, 7:13 pm
Good article.

Dandelion G. (387)
Friday January 24, 2014, 7:48 pm
Please sign the petition I just placed onto C2 with the Campaign to Unload. Thank you.
Campaign to Unload Sign Newtown Dads Petition to Remember Jesse

Dandelion G. (387)
Friday January 24, 2014, 7:58 pm
How do we expect our children to learn in fear? How many children and their educators die before the people take a stand? What is wrong with the people in a Country if they can't speak out about protecting their children?

What kind of a Country that lets it's children go hungry, be shot, a Country that neglects it's Elders by allowing them go hungry too and sit in the cold, a Country that sits back while our lands, foods, and waters are being poisoned.

What kind of a Country are we living in? What is worse, why are the people not shouting from the rafters? It takes more to be a man than carry these guns around. It takes more to being a man than going off to these wars that protect the special interest while leaving their women and children behind to fight the onslaught of Wall Street and a Government that is in bed with them.

Women wake up. Teach your boys well and start taking a stand too and embarrass the men if you have to by doing whatever it takes to protect yourselves, your children, and your Elders.

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Friday January 24, 2014, 8:51 pm
Thank you for the sickening facts. (n, p, t)

jess b (24)
Friday January 24, 2014, 8:53 pm
Abysmal reflection on America and American culture, and America needs to pay attention, and stop brushing it aside!

jess b (24)
Friday January 24, 2014, 9:01 pm
SIGNED Newtown Dads petition for Jesse. thks Kit and Dandelion for posting link. No more shootings, no more deaths, no more guns in America.

jess b (24)
Friday January 24, 2014, 9:03 pm
NRA, TIME TO GO!! I second your comment, Rose.

A F. (131)
Saturday January 25, 2014, 1:57 am
Please, please, write and call congress, anyone, everyone you can think of..let them know THIS IS NOT WORKING AND WE MUST DO SOMETHING TO MAKE IT BETTER NOW!

Winn Adams (218)
Saturday January 25, 2014, 11:37 am
The people throughout the world must think America is a place where we value the right to own a gun over the safety of our children and citizens. Very sad for those lost to gun violence and their families.

Lois Jordan (61)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 5:52 pm
Noted. Thanks, Kit. Signed the petition Dandelion listed. I sign all petitions to rein in guns, and send letters to my members of Congress to please re-instate the Assault Weapons well as stopping the production of multiple clips. I'm sick and tired of the tiny minority of extremists getting their way. Polling shows that 90% of Americans want more gun restrictions passed; but has Congress moved at all? Nope. What does this tell us?

MmAWAY M. (483)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 8:32 pm
TU Kit!-Also, signed petition listed by Dande

Gina Caracci (223)
Friday February 7, 2014, 7:32 pm
Now please dont blast me for this guys! This is just my opinion..
yes the gun violence is out of hand but they WONT TAKE MINE and do you REALLY want them too?.

If they outlaw them the only ones who have them are the criminals and the govt..which is one and the same really! Children and others will STILL BE ABLE TO GET THEM.

the key is to educate youth, make sure children and adults with mental issues are cared for and parents must pay attention to what the kids are doing..
I know Im in the minority here but look at WHY everyone is snapping and Im not talking just kids in schools..some guy shot another over loud music..another over texting in a movie..we are being poisoned on all fronts..people are desperate financially and SNAPPING all over the place and its EXACTLY how they want it..everyone down and stressed so we are easier to control...they take the guns away and its gonna be even worse..

David B. (38)
Friday February 7, 2014, 7:37 pm
Gun control is the first step to sanity in the USA, the second is shut down the NRA once and for all... It really is as simple as that.
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