Yes, School Shootings Are Becoming More Frequent

April 20, 2019 marked 20 years since the Columbine school shooting in Colorado, a horrific event that many Americans saw as a watershed moment. In the two decades since, the country has been rocked by tragedies such as the shootings at Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook and Parkland, among many others.

Are these incidents really happening as frequently as they seem to be, or it is a matter of media focusing on shootings? Sadly, since Columbine, school shootings have indeed been on the rise.

Though most gun violence and mass shootings tend to occur outside of schools, the statistics show that the days between active shooter incidents at schools are decreasing.

For our purposes, an “active shooter incident” includes any time an individual brandishes or discharges a firearm with the intent to kill or cause harm. This data comes from the Center for Homeland Defense and Security’s K-12 School Database, a research project dedicated to tracking school shootings. The CHDS operates as a part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA.

From 1999 until present, there have been 734 such active shooter incidents on school grounds in the United States, with 2018 alone experiencing the largest number, 97. These incidents have resulted in 345 deaths over this period, and 56 deaths occurred in 2018.

Between 2015 and 2018, there were an average of 77 days between these school shootings — a major decrease from the period between 1999 and 2014, when there were an average of 124 days between incidents.

Data doesn’t lie: Shootings on school grounds have not only become more frequent, but they’ve also continued to claim greater numbers of lives. Why should it be any other way? This trend is hardly unpredictable.

According to the FBI, the number of all active shooter incidents has been increasing in recent years. A report from the agency released last year found that from 2016 to 2017, there was a 25 percent increase compared to the previous two years. Data from the Centers for Disease Control shows that in 2017, the most recent data on record, the United States suffered a 20-year high in total gun violence deaths — a 38 percent increase from 1999.

American children are making up an enormous proportion of these gun deaths at ever growing rates. Over the last two decades, more than 2,000 children aged 15 to 18 have been killed by guns every year. In fact, in 2017 the CDC reported that gun violence is now the third leading cause of death for American children.

Lawmakers and their lobbyist-backed campaigns, however, seem more interested in making sure that Americans’ access to firearms remain dangerously unfettered, and that patently ridiculous “solutions” – like arming school teachers – are pursued instead.

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Katherine Chasteen
Katie Chasteen4 days ago

What is the solution? What is different now? Get to the core of the problem,and find the solution.

William T
William T5 days ago


Steven W
Steven W6 days ago

Thank you.

Karen H
Karen H6 days ago

Our politicians offer thoughts and prayers because they truly believe...
Birth control?
Sex Ed?
Ok, look - banning things never works. People will always find ways to get it.

Susanne R
Susanne R6 days ago

Walter K. - So now we're pitting big Pharma against the gun industry. Why is it that people who suffer from mental illness to the point that their illnesses have been diagnosed and they've been put on drugs are able to purchase guns? It doesn't happen in other countries. It is much more difficult for people to obtain guns in all other countries. Why is that?

In a perfect world, people who have sought psychiatric help, were diagnosed with mental illness, and who have been prescribed psychotropic drugs that treat mental illness would NOT be allowed to purchase guns.

Maybe Big Pharma AND the gun industry should work together --with the help of intermediaries-- to make this country a safer place.

Walter Kryshak
Walter Kryshak6 days ago

How many people know that drug maker GlaxoSmithKline secretly settles mass murder cases caused by their 'anti-depressant' drugs?

Still think guns are the problem?

Big Pharma Paid Millions In Secret Settlements After Antidepressants Linked To Mass Murder

"According to reports, the first lawsuit involving a Paxil suicide case went to trial in 2001, and since then, GlaxoSmithKline has paid more than $390 million in settlements or verdicts for Paxil-related cases alone. If that is the price they are willing to pay, then the profit they are making off of the controversial drug must be incredible.

While the cases mentioned are notable because they received significant media attention, there is still an overwhelming number of lawsuits that stemmed from cases in which pharmaceutical companies paid millions of dollars for failing to warn doctors that the antidepressants they were prescribing could drive patients to kill themselves and others."

Walter Kryshak
Walter Kryshak6 days ago

“These adverse (psych) drug effects—including agitation, irritability, hostility, aggressiveness, akathisia, and impulsivity—are an obvious prescription for violence. Akathisia, which I also described in my article, is a psychomotor agitation that is strongly associated with violence.”

—Dr. Peter Breggin, MD, Harvard-trained psychiatrist and former Consultant at NIMH [National Institute of Mental Health]

Harvard Psychiatrist Says: More Psychiatric Drug Treatment Means More Mass Shootings Will Happen

“The FDA Medication Guide for antidepressants warns clinicians, patients and families to be on the alert for the following:
• acting on dangerous impulses
• acting aggressive or violent
• feeling agitated, restless, angry or irritable
• other unusual changes in behavior or mood”

“This list (above) of antidepressant adverse effects from the Medication Guide should make clear that antidepressants can cause violence.”

“The FDA also acknowledges the risk of both psychosis and aggression from the stimulant drugs used to treat ADHD…”

“Dr. Breggin has authored dozens of scientific articles and more than twenty books, including medic

Irene S
Irene S7 days ago

This seems to be logical. The perfect way to get your famous 15 minutes.

Danuta W
Danuta W7 days ago

Thank you for sharing,

Clare O'Beara
Clare O7 days ago

There should be no school shooting ever. In most countries around the world this does not occur.