President Barack Obama commented on the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting on December 14, 2012, “As a country, we have been through this too many times. Whether it’s an elementary school in Newtown, or a shopping mall in Oregon, or a temple in Wisconsin, or a movie theater in Aurora, or a street corner in Chicago — these neighborhoods are our neighborhoods, and these children are our children. And we’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics,” Obama said.
From 1960 to today, the most extensive shootings have taken place in public environments, and most of the victims are random bystanders.
Since the Sandy Hook school shooting on December 14, 2012, there have been 34 more shootings in schools across the nation, including colleges, high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools.
Some of the best known school shootings include the Columbine High School shooting in 1999, where Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold opened fire throughout the school and then committed suicide, resulting in the death of 15 people.
Another widely-known school shooting is the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007, where Seung-Hui Cho opened fire on the campus before committing suicide. This resulted in death of 33 people.
The most recent school shooting in Florida occurred at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. The gunman, Myron May, was a 31 year old who lived in the area. May shot and injured two students before being shot and killed by police.
In light of the mass school shootings that have been occurring recently, some teachers are taking precautions by bringing guns to school in an effort to protect themselves and their students from harm. In 2013, at least 33 states suggested over 80 bills related to arming teachers or school staff.
However, there is some controversy concerning whether or not it is safe for teachers to be carrying guns in schools. This is why some school districts and schools boards require school staff to get training before they are allowed to carry a gun.
Violence has not only increased in schools, but in other public facilities as well. On January 6, a gunman opened fire in a veterans’ clinic in El Paso, Texas. One man was shot and killed and the shooter was as well.
As the violence progresses, debates continue to rage over the amount of gun control in the United States, especially in Florida, where the Stand Your Ground law is becoming a precedent for other conservative gun states, and the NRA has a strong hold on politicians. Thirty two people have been killed in school shootings since Sandy Hook. Some people ask when the violence will end. Others do not want their guns to leave their safes.