Students and Guns Are NOT A Good Mix!

March 3, 2012 at 8:53 PM (childcare and child protection, current news, historic review, human life issues, legal issues, political atmosphere, social opinion, web gossip)

A recent online posting asks about why shootings within schools across The United States have become so seemingly commonplace?  It states the fact that The U.S. leads the world in school shootings, and it asks about why this is a fact.  I have theories, yet I would like to know the answer, as well.

I was a high school student just at the point when shootings within U.S. schools was reaching a point of extreme elevation.  During the 1990’s, reports state that gun violence within United States educational institutions reached a peak.  It was my senior year of high school when there were forty-two murders and fifty-one overall deaths which resulted from gunshots within U.S. schools.  That particular school year saw eight campus shootings across the nation, with 55 deaths resulting from school gun attacks.  It was toward the end of the 90’s when gun violence within schools declined, yet the shootings did continue.

The most horrific incident of gunfire assault at a school occurred during 2007.  It was during April of that year when thirty-two students were murdered at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech).  This tragedy was followed in numbers by the tragedy at The University of Texas at Austin during 1966, where sixteen people were killed by a sniper atop the campus’ iconic tower, and the horror at Columbine High School of Littleton, Colorado, where thirteen students were gunned down during 1996.

All of these unfortunate incidences have been thrust into recent public spotlight, due to what has happened during February 2012.  Two U.S. schools suffered through the injustice and inhumanity of having children assaulted by firearms last month.  The shooting at Walpole Elementary School of Walpole, New Hampshire was a self-inflicted gunshot, to the face, and by a fourteen year-old (the campus has classes up to the eighth grade).  Yet, last week’s attack at Chardon High School of Chardon, Ohio left three students dead, with a nation still reeling.

Is it going to become necessary to place metal detectors at the entrance points to schools?  Will students need to be prepared to undergo random pat-downs for the maintenance of security to themselves and their campuses?  What greater measures need to be put into motion to ensure that firearms DO NOT wind up within the hands of our young people?!?!

  • National Map of School Shootings as of May 16, 2001.  Click on red buttons to learn more about them.

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Just A Thought……


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