Tuesday afternoon/early evening, I scrolling though Facebook and I saw a link to a list of how many school shootings there’s been between January of 2013 and as of yesterday. I don’t remember what post it was. But it seems that several websites and Facebook pages have produced maps to show where the last 74 shootings have occurred:
And some of the maps, like the one below that I took from The Huffington Post, Probably the most tragic thing about the whole situation is that as a society, we’re becoming numb to this kind of violence.
Last night, I was watching the 7th Heaven episode “Johnny Get Your Gun” where Simon is threatened by a fellow student with gun violence. I had watched this episode while I was a kid, and teenager, but never looked passed it beyond the entertainment value.
The most noticeable gun shooting/violence episode of any TV show I have seen comes from One Tree Hill (OTH). In episode 3.16 of OTH, the viewers of the show witness what long-term bullying can do to a person in terms of reaching a breaking point.
In the same episode, a deleted scene probably hits home the best of why we seem to move past one school shooting to another:
And I’m sure as teen drama TV shows, keep showing up, we’ll continue to have episodes that deal with this issue.
By no means, do I think that we should do a blanket removing of people’s right to bear arms. But it’s clear that something needs to be done. After all, the most well-known school shooting – Columbine - happened over 15 years ago now and it seems that the rate of school shootings have only increased.
While reading though the Wikipedia page for the Columbine shooting to find any useful sources, I found that the Secret Service did a study and released the in 2002. From what I read in the report, the earliest documented case, if it could be called that, of a school shooting in 1974 and the study focused on 34 school shootings that happened between then and Columbine.
So it seems that there is a fair amount of research that has been done, discussions that have happened, and plenty of theories on how to prevent school shootings.
The problem lies in the fact that there yet seems to be any actual solutions to have surfaced. I’m sure many schools have policies in place on how to handle a shooting, if it ever occurs. I know that my high school started doing drills in the off-hand chance that there was ever a shooting.
But at the end of the day, what are we actually doing to protect our schools?