On Monday, violence struck again in San Bernardino, CA with a school shooting at North Park Elementary. A man walked into a special needs classroom with a high-caliber revolver and immediately started shooting. While there were 15 children in the room and 3 adults, he was targeting his ex-wife, the primary teacher in that classroom. The man shot and killed the teacher, critically injured two students behind her, and then shot himself in this terrifying murder-suicide. After being airlifted from the school, 8-year-old Jonathan Martinez died from gunshot wounds.
— Sharon (@IsSharonHomeYet) April 12, 2017
This tragic event is just one of many in America. Since 2013, we have averaged nearly one school shooting a week, with over 200 school shootings according to research byEverytown for Gun Safety. Security experts say it’s very difficult to prevent such shootings given how many guns are in America. There are more guns owned by civilians in the U.S. than any other country in the world with 88.8 guns for every 100 people. This also helps explain why there are more mass shootings in the U.S. than in any other country in the world.
“If people have guns, people are going to use guns, so it’s literally the price that we pay for that freedom,” said John DeCarlo, a criminal justice professor at the University of New Haven and the former chief of police in Branford, Connecticut.
Parents and students alike are standing up to this huge injustice in an effort to end gun violence. After the Newtown, CT shooting, a mother founded Mom’s Demand Action for Gun Sense in America to help fight the epidemic that is killing nearly 7 youth every day.
What can you do to prevent gun violence in your school? How can we protect our communities against guns and ensure that everyone has the right to safety at work or school?