The latest incident in America’s escalating scourge of gun v!olence was the mass sh00ting on Monday (27 March) at a Nashville Christian elementary school. This year alone, there have been 17 school sh00tings, according to a Washington Post database.
According to data from the advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety, there have been at least 39 episodes of gunfi*e on school campuses overall in 2023, not counting the sh00ting in Nashville, which resulted in 18 fatalities.
Even though the year is just three months old, 2023 has already seen more gun dea†hs on school grounds than in years like 2016 and is on track to surpass totals from 2020, 2017, and 2014.
According to The Washington Post, children of color are disproportionately threatened by school gun v!olence. Black students are three times more likely than the average to experience it, and Hispanic children are twice as likely. This is true even though most of the de*dliest mass sh00ters are white.
School sh00tings are a part of the general upsurge in gun v!olence in America, where 130 mass shootings have occurred so far this year. That works out to over 1.5 mass sh00tings daily. After the tragedy at the Covenant School in Nashville, which took the lives of three children and three adults on campus as well as the gunman, who was sh0t by police, students, as well as local and national authorities alike, have called for stricter gun legislation.
Alayna Mitchell, a high school student serving as part of the Metro Nashville Public Schools board, said at a school board meeting (as reported by Yahoo)
“Keeping children safe is not political. It is the duty of each and every adult in this country. If you have the power to make change and instead sit back and remain complicit do better.”
President Biden has urged Lawmakers to take additional measures, such as outlawing assault weapons, to make schools safer from mass sh00tings. Mr. Biden said after the sh00ting (According to The New York Times)
“I have gone the full extent of my executive authority to do, on my own, anything about guns.”
Adding that the legislative branch “needs to act” if the US is to have any new laws governing the availability of firearms, particularly the military-style rifles that have become the w*apon of choice for mass sh00ters in recent years.
Meanwhile, others on the right have asserted that nothing can be done to prevent such disasters. Republican Representative Tim Burchett of Tennessee said after the sh00ting (as reported by Yahoo)
“We’re not gonna fix it. Criminals are going to be criminals.”
Following the sh00ting, some people, including Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, have started making baseless assertions about trans people and v!olence as part of a right-wing surge of bills and venomous rhetoric that targets trans people.
You may get more information about the most recent mass shootings by reading about them in our coverage as the frequency of mass sh00tings continues to rise:
- Deputies Say Hillsborough County Man K!lled in “Senseless” Sh00ting
- Who is Shawn Kemp and Was He Arrested for a Drive-by Sh00ting?
For schools, further security measures have been demanded to stop sh00ings from happening again. There is minimal evidence that placing additional police officers in schools prevents mass sh00tings, yet, substantial evidence suggests school officials target children of color for discipline.
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