A recent study claims that since the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting, there have been 95 more shootings on K-12 and college campuses in the United States.
As a result of these shootings, 45 people have died and 78 were left injured.
On December 2012, 20 children and 6 adults were killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut in what would become the nation’s deadliest mass shooting at a school, writes Larry Copeland for USA Today. The event caused an increase in demands for Congress to take action on the prevention of future violent gun episodes, although to date, no legislation has been passed to address the issue.
Since the 2012 incident, 49 shootings have occurred at K-12 schools and an additional 45 on college campuses, according to the study performed by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Everytown For Gun Safety. In 23 of those shootings, at least 1 person was killed.
The study, which tracked every instance of a firearm being discharged within school building or on school grounds, did not include three instances were guns were used in self-defense.
The report was released earlier this week in an effort to push political leaders to take action in the prevention of gun violence. The two groups plan to release a video which shows what they say is the new “lock down” culture becoming more prevalent in today’s classrooms.
“The best way to honor their memory is through action against gun violence,” said Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal. “Individual acts of kindness are a very fitting memorial. But the most effective memorial is to make our nation safer and better by making our laws more effective to prevent gun violence and keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people.”
Blumenthal went on to say that 30,000 people in the US have died as a result of gun violence since the Sandy Hook shooting.
“Throughout this week, we’re going to be talking about the hole in our hearts that remains and the need to fill that gaping hole in our hearts by continuing to fight for common sense, sensible (laws) that keep faith with those 26 wonderful children and educators and the more than 30,000 victims who have perished from gun violence since the Dec. 14th massacre.”
According to a recent report by the Office of the Child Advocate in Connecticut, Adam Lanza, the gunman in the Sandy Hook shootings, had numerous mental disorders. In addition, they argue that the school he attended had “unwittingly” caused his mother to “accommodate and appease her son” through a “lack of attention to social-emotional support” and allowing him to complete his schoolwork by himself, assuming he was gifted, when he was not.
In a separate survey performed by the Pew Research Center, 52% of Americans believe it is more important to have the right to own a gun than it is to control gun ownership. It is for the first time in 20 years that this has happened.
In addition, the survey found that 57% of Americans believe guns do more to protect people from crime than they do to put people at risk.