There Have Been School Shootings Every Other Day So Far in 2014

Written by Adam Peck

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 7 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.

This post was originally published in ThinkProgress

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Judith C.
Judith C4 years ago


Heather M
Heather Marvin4 years ago

Those who live by the sword die by the sword. Must be a better way. Too many innocent lives lost. Violence begets violence. Time for a Spiritual Awakening?

Berny p.
berny p4 years ago



Marie W.
Marie W4 years ago
How do we reduce gun crime and Aurora-style mass shootings when Americans already own nearly 300 million firearms? Maybe by allowing more people to carry them.

Linda McKellar
Past Member 4 years ago

John B - There were definitely two gun manufacturers who protested to Guns & Ammo about Metcalf & said they would no longer patronize it or advertise in it as long as Metcalf was employed. As for the readers, if they disliked his comments, which were perfectly valid ones, all they had to do was stop buying the magazine. If the market was not there then I guess the magazine would fold. If the magazine supported their writer they would have at least shown some ethics in doing so but it is a business after all. So much for FREEDOM of the press, another so called beloved freedom. The point is the gun manufacturers are the main stimulus for gun rights. They don't really care about the public's guns rights per se, only making money based on the 2nd amendment. As for expecting a response, this forum is about discussion & posing questions so why would I not expect a response to a question posed?

Amy L.
Amy L4 years ago

DECATUR, AL, 1/20/14: Huntsville Hospital has confirmed that a 17-year-old Decatur High School football player died Monday after being shot.... UPDATE: Kedrick's stepmother, Cynthia Bowman, told police she was holding a .380 semi-automatic pistol that had been having mechanical issues when it fired without the trigger being pressed, according to Crouch. "His mother fired the shot accidentally, according to all witnesses," he said. "Everyone present said it was accidental and the family is cooperating fully." The gun had previously malfunctioned by firing without anyone pulling the trigger, the family told police.

How many innocents have to die either accidentally, on purpose - whatever before we have a cultural shift to get serious about gun control. Enough of the crazy "I love my gun and don't you try to remove it from me". You would think after Newtown would have been enough.

Alina Kanaski
Alina Kanaski4 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

John Browning
John Browning4 years ago

Linda M. I am not sure why you have an expectation to have someone comment on every statement you make but I will address the firing of Dick Metcalf. According to Guns & Ammo he was not fired simply because of gun manufacturers. There is no doubt they are part of the chain but ultimately readers and gun owners were the driving force. From that response:

"Dick Metcalf’s “Backstop” column in the December issue has aroused unprecedented controversy. Readers are hopping mad about it, and some are questioning “Guns & Ammo”’s commitment to the Second Amendment. I understand why."

Just search for it if you want to see the rest. It refers to the readers in some way multiple times. The response from the actual source does not fit your narrative. Metcalf and the editor were already on their way out before this happened. Perhaps a connection to how this happened? Hmm, could be... The reader response to this being published made them decide to get them out quick for one simple reason - prevent further loss of revenue.

Among the gun owners I have talked to the biggest specific problem cited was him acting like he did not know the meaning of well regulated as it is used in the 2A. He has been a published gun writer for a long time. If he wasn't acting as though he was ignorant he has severe memory loss and neither promotes facts or truth.

Context is everything and it takes a cursory study of the papers from the people that made sure the 2A

Linda McKellar
Past Member 4 years ago

Funny how these spammers are never first person. It's always a neighbour's mother in law or a room mates cousin.

Panchali Yapa
Panchali Yapa4 years ago

Thank you