America Is Averaging Over One School Shooting Per Week Since Newtown

by , Addicting Info –

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Welcome to America where, according to conservatives, being poor is a choice, you’re only protected until you’re born, and mass shootings at our children’s schools are the new normal!

According to data maintained by the Everytown for Gun Safety, there has been an average of 1.37 shootings on school/college campuses every single week since the massacre at Sandy Hook in December 2012. You read that right. A total of 74 school shootings have taken place in the last 18 months, including Oregon’s shooting which killed two people (including the perpetrator) just last Tuesday. The average school year typically lasts approximately 180 days, give or take with snow breaks, which means there have been roughly 270 school days, or 54 weeks, of classes since the shooting at Newtown. With the 74 total incidents over that period, the nation is averaging well over a shooting per school week.

A total of 31 states have become victim to a dark and plaguing epidemic, with Georgia bearing the biggest grunt so far with 10 shootings at schools there since Sandy Hook. Florida follows second with seven, then Tennessee with five, with California and North Carolina tying with four.

But something even more terrifying: The majority of these school shootings, 39, have taken place at K-12 schools. The remainder of them have taken place on college or university grounds.

What gun problem? There’s no gun problem in this country. What do you mean children’s lives trump my right to my guns? Tell me where it says so in the Constitution. Why didn’t people just read the signs that said no guns on campus? Ah, yes you’re right. People don’t obey laws. We should just legalize murder, rape, assault, burglary because, hey, people will do it anyway.

I guess the two police officers gunned down last weekend in Las Vegas were gun free too. I guess the NRA headquarters shouldn’t be surprised about a mass shooting at their building, seeing that it’s a gun free zone and all.

America seems to be in need of a course correction. Right wing extremism and the gun lobby are driving America into the ground. The simple fact is more guns = more gun violence.

Unfortunately this is our weekly payment to the Second Amendment bill that the NRA and the wring-wing fringe groups keep charging…and again, it will not be enough. The bill is due and it must be paid. But how long will it be until one of these lobbyists, one of these politicians, or one of the “gun rights” activists finally say ‘enough it enough?’ When one of their children dies? 

The number of school shootings in Canada, our northern neighbors: 16 since 1884 with 39 deaths in total. The number of school shootings in Mexico, our southern neighbors: 2 in the last two decades with 2 deaths in total. Since 1980, when Sandy Hook happened in 2012, the U.S. had 137 fatal school shootings that killed 297 victims. Now add another 74 shootings and we have the number as of June 10 2014. 

Once more, the rest of the civilized world shakes their head in embarrassment and sorrow at the big-headed country that promises its citizens “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness…”

Unless you’re caught in the spray of bullets from a mass-shooting in a theater…
Or a classroom.
Or a grocery-store parking lot.
Or a place of business.
Or a church.
Or a restaurant.
Or a college campus.
Or a courthouse.
Or a daycare-center.
Or a mall…

It sounds like the line should go “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for your guns and your disorganized, paranoid, pathetic excuse of a militia.”

If these people were zygotes, Congress would have acted a long time ago, and would have passed legislation to arm fetuses. I also find it very ironic that these gun-toting crazies want to carry their assault weapons to little league games, to the mall, to church, to bars etc. However, notice these guys also oppose a universal draft and do not want to serve in the military. They are perfectly fine playing military and scaring people, but don’t want to serve. 

Welcome to America, where 74 school shootings in 18 months is justified because “Second Amendment supporters” want to play hero and macho GI Joe.

Reprinted with permission from Addicting Info