13 school shooting in first 6 weeks of this year, says Mayors Against Ilegal Guns report

Published: February 12, 2014, 10:14 am, by Carol McGraw

 

It’s a chilling report.

There have been at 44 shootings at k-12 schools  and colleges, including assaults, homicides, suicides and accidents. That equals more than three a month.

This year alone there have been 13 incidents in the first six weeks of 2014.  according to an email announcement from the two groups.

Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action have released an analysis  of known  school shooting since  the  tragedy at Sandy Hook .

“We’re only six weeks into 2014, but already 13 schools have been forced to lock down under the threat of gun violence,” stated  Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT). “No parent should have to fear for the life of their child when they drop them off at school. We can do more to prevent these tragedies, and it’s time for Congress to wake up and do the right thing.”

“The numbers are clear: we are not doing enough to keep our children safe at school,”  Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY)., said in the announcement. “We don’t have to choose between protecting the Second Amendment and installing some sensible safety measures that keep guns out of the wrong hands.”

Some of the findings:

  • These school shootings resulted in 28 deaths and 37 non-fatal gunshot injuries. In 49 percent of these incidents at least one person died.
  • Of the K-12 school shootings in which the shooter’s age was known, 70 percent (20 of 28 incidents) were perpetrated by minors. Among those shootings where it was possible to determine the source of the firearm, three-quarters of the shooters obtained their guns from home.
  • In 16 cases — more than a third of all incidents — at least one person was shot after a schoolyard argument or confrontation escalated and a gun was at hand.
  • The shooters ranged from 5 to 53 years of age

The report can be found at demandaction.org/school shootings.

The mayor’s group is the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country. For more information  visit mayorsagainstillegalguns.org  or momsdemandaction.org.