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Something Needs to be done about Shootings at our Schools

We do not own any guns but I know many people who do, I also have no problems with people who want to own firearms. Where I do have issues is with the reoccurring school shootings that have been plaguing our country as of late.

I’m sure that this isn’t the first thing that you have read about gun violence, gun control, etc. but I just couldn’t stay away from talking about it because of something I saw online.

I believe that everyone knows about the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary back on December 14, 2012. It rocked the small town in Connecticut as well as the rest of the country. This tragedy took twenty young children from their loved ones in an all too familiar and violent way.

What I came across was a map that pinpointed all of the school shootings since the Sandy Hook incident, all 74 of them. To put it into a different perspective these shootings only represent the last 18 months and about one every week.

I don’t pretend to have the answers on how to fix this but something has to change. We are already becoming used to these violent acts and hearing about them isn’t shocking us as much as they used to, that is scary.

As a parent I really hope that we start to take this issue seriously and soon, before we have to lose any more kids.

You can see the map here, it was shared on Twitter: https://twitter.com/markgongloff/statuses/476405348744843264

Image credit: Wikimedia Commons Public Domain http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:P14-45_handgun.jpg


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Ketchingup wrote on June 12, 2014, 8:37 AM

A responsible gun owner would want some control over them.

Ruby3881 wrote on June 12, 2014, 12:55 PM

I don't know that gun control is the answer. In Canada we have a lot tighter controls over firearms, and we still have gun violence. Some of the worst massacres we've had here have been committed with legally acquired firearms.

I do know that we need to focus on better screening for both psychiatric disorders and learning difficulties when kids are young, and we need to develop better strategies for dealing with bullying. Smaller class sizes and better learning supports will go a long way towards preventing a wide range of violence and overall negative experiences at school. But there are still a lot of stumbling blocks. Poverty, lack of teacher training, lack of real communities. We have an uphill battle ahead of us....

adjkp25 wrote on June 12, 2014, 9:36 PM

Ketchingup - That is kind of what I think, I doubt the responsible ones want all of this negativity.

adjkp25 wrote on June 12, 2014, 9:38 PM

Ruby3881 - I just want some energy to be spent on this problem. I know eliminating it isn't possible but they have been happening way too often here, it seems like the frequency is actually increasing.