Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Is there a trend in recent school shootings and gun incidents?

One does have to wonder if there is something happening with school shootings and incidents with guns in the last few months. If you but read this blog, there is enough proof that there are too many kids with guns and too many shootings of and by children and teens. This article discusses the Ohio school shooting of today and then lists the other recent incidents. From the article is a list:
On Feb. 10 in Walpole, N.H., a 14-year-old boy shot himself in the face in a crowded elementary school cafeteria. The teen, who police said was upset by a "relationship issue," survived.
On Feb. 20, two teens wielding guns shot at a group of kids at a Murfreesboro, Tenn., school. A 14-year-old student was shot twice in the leg. The shootings allegedly stemmed from a beef between two groups, police said.
On Feb. 22, a .45-caliber handgun a 9-year-old boy in Bremerton, Wash., had stashed in his backpack accidentally discharged, critically wounding an 8-year-old girl in their elementary school classroom. Police said the boy found the gun at his mother's house and brought it to school because he wanted to run away from home.
Those were not the only incidents involving guns in the nation's schools in the first two months of the year.
In Las Vegas, authorities confiscated a 9-mm handgun from a 16-year-old student at a high school on Jan. 30, and on Feb. 2, stumbled upon a loaded .32-caliber handgun when they searched a teenage student at another high school who was suspected of stealing property from a classmate.
In Harper Woods, Mich., near Detroit, a 16-yearold student was showing off the 9-mm handgun he had brought to his high school when it went off. No one was injured, but a search of the campus found two more guns.
In Mesa, Ariz., on Jan. 6, a 7-year-old boy on a school bus inadvertently discharged a handgun hidden in his backpack. The single shot missed the 30 elementary students aboard for the ride home. Authorities said the youngster got the weapon from a closet at home, and had it with him all day at school.
Twelve days later, in the same Arizona city, a 12-year-old boy was caught with a semiautomatic handgun and a loaded magazine at his junior high school. The seventh grader said he got the weapon from his granfather's house, and took it to school because he felt threatened there and suicidal, police said.
This just in two months. We should all find this cause for concern. There should not be guns in schools. Schools should be safe for our children.

For more cases like these, click the "Schools" tag on the right.  At the time I post this, there have been 39 such cases we've documented.

Every gun in the hands of a child or teen must first pass through the hands of an adult.

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