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School Shootings Stats

Updated on August 23, 2017

Statistics by State

Today I will be going over school shootings stats. You will find statistics for school shootings-america as well as a look at worldwide school shootings. We will take a closer look at school shootings that resulted in no deaths. You will also find a visual map of school shootings in the United States.

There is no real profile of a student that is more apt to plan and carry out a school shooting. These shootings are almost always planned.

The one thing that really stands out is that school shootings almost always take place by males. There are only two recorded female school shootings.

Isolation and/or discrimination tend to be what most of the shooters have in common. They are not anti-social but followers that are not typically accepted into the groups they would like to be a part of.

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Why do you think there are so many shootings in the US? - Some people believe violence on TV and in video games plays a role.

Does the violence we are subjected to daily play an impact?

What Does The Term

School Shootings Mean?

The term school shooting can signify either a student or someone outside of the campus that executes the shooting.

Lets Take a Look

Worldwide School Shootings

United States of America / USA - 90 school shootings and 231 deaths, 13 of the 90 shootings did not result in any deaths. The first recorded shooting was in 1966.

Europe - 16 school shootings and 91 deaths, 3 of the 16 shootings did not result in any deaths. The first recorded shooting was in 1913.

Canada - 9 school shootings and 26 deaths, 1 of the 9 shootings did not result in any deaths. The first recorded shooting was in 1902.

South America, Asia, and Australia - 8 school shootings and 29 deaths, all shootings resulted in at least 1 death. The first recorded shooting was in 1997.

School Shooting Statistics by State the List - ~Map that I made based on the below statistics~



Mobile 1 death in 2008

Madison 1 death in 2010

Huntsville 3 deaths in 2010


Bethel 2 deaths in 1997


Jonesboro 5 deaths in 1998

Fayetteville 2 deaths in 2000

Conway 2 deaths in 2008


Fullerton 7 deaths in 1976

San Diego 2 deaths in 1979

Stockton 6 deaths in 1989

Olivehurst 8 deaths in 1992

Reseda 1 death in 1993

San Diego 3 deaths in 1996

Santee 2 deaths in 2001

El Cajon no deaths in 2001

Oxnard 1 death in 2008

San Bruno no deaths in 2009

Antioch no deaths in 2009


Littleton 1 death in 1982

Littleton 15 deaths in 1999

Bailey 2 deaths in 2006

Jefferson County 0 deaths in 2010


Portland 1 death in 1982

Middletown 1 death in 2009


Dover 1 death in 2007


Largo 1 death in 1988

Lake Worth 1 death in 2000

Fort Lauderdale 1 death in 2008


Scottdale 1 death in 1996

Conyers no deaths in 1999

Atlanta 1 death in 2009


Winnetka 1 death in 1988

Chicago 1 death in 1992

DeKalb 6 deaths in 2008


Iowa City 6 deaths in 1991


Goddard 1 death in 1985


Grayson 2 deaths in 1993

Paducah 3 deaths in 1997


New Orleans 1 death in 2003

Baton Rouge 3 deaths in 2008

Larose 1 deaths in 2009


Great Barrington 2 deaths in 1993

Cambridge 1 death in 2009


Mount Morris Township 1 death in 2000

Detroit 1 death in 2008

Dearborn 2 deaths in 2009


Cold Spring 2 deaths in 2003

Red Lake 8 deaths in 2005


Jackson 2 deaths in 1970

Pearly 2 deaths in 1997


Manchester 2 deaths in 1983


Reno no deaths in 2006

New Jersey

Florham 2 deaths in 2004

New York

Olean 3 deaths in 1974

Amityville 1 death in 1993

Manhattan no deaths in 2002

East Greenbush no deaths in 2004

North Carolina

Fayetteville no deaths in 1986

Greensboro 1 death in 1994

Hillsborough 1 death in 2006


Kent 4 deaths in 1970

Wickliffe 1 death in 1994

Cleveland 1 death in 2003

Cleveland 1 death in 2007

Columbus 2 deaths in 2010


Fort Gibson no deaths in 1999


Springfield 2 deaths in 1998


State College 1 death in 1996

Edinboro 1 death in 1998

Red Lion 2 deaths in 2003

Nickel Mines 6 deaths in 2006

South Carolina

Orangeburg 3 deaths in 1968

Blackville 2 deaths in 1995


Lynnville 2 deaths in 1995

Jacksboro 1 death in 2005

Memphis no deaths in 2008

Knoxville 1 death in 2008


Austin 15 deaths in 1966

Amarillo no deaths in 1992


Essex 2 deaths in 2006


Chesapeake 1 death in 1988

Grundy 3 deaths in 2002

Blacksburg 33 deaths in 2007

Woodbridge 1 death in 2009


Moses Lake 3 deaths in 1996

Tacoma 1 death in 2007

Seattle 2 deaths in 2007

Tacoma 1 death in 2010


Wauwatosa 1 death in 1993

Cazenovia 1 death in 2006

Lets Look at the School Shootings

that Resulted in Zero Deaths

El Cajon, California 2001

*During this shooting there was an El Cajon police officer at the school making a presentation. They believe the outcome of this shooting would have been far worse if the officer had not been there.

Source and more info on the El Cajon shooting.

San Bruno, California 2009

*This shooting took place in one of the schools parking lots, and a particular person was targeted. The victim was injured, but survived a bullet in the buttocks.

Source and more info on the San Bruno shooting.

Antioch, California 2009

*This shooting happened early in the morning just outside of the school line and was a drive by shooting.

Source and more info on the Antioch shooting.

Jefferson County, Colorado 2010

*This shooting took place just after school. A 32 year old man randomly shot two students. When the shooter was trying to reload his gun a seventh grade math teacher,David Benke, tackled the shooter.

Source and more info on the Jefferson Country shooting.

Conyers, Georgia 1999

*This was a high school shooting. Thomas Solomon Jr. had an array of guns to choose from, yet he took a .22 riffle to school that morning. He unenthusiastically shot up the school -aiming mostly low- injuring six and killing none. He was apparently upset over a breakup with his girlfriend.

Source and more info on the Conyers shooting.

Reno, Nevada 2006

*This was a middle school shooting. A fourteen year old opened fire hitting one boy in the arm. A girl was also treated for shrapnel in her leg. A female teacher coaxed the shooter, James Newman, into dropping the gun and then held him until others arrived to help.

Source and more info on the Reno shooting.

Manhattan, NY 2002

*This shooting took place in a junior high school where an eighteen year old male opened fire in a hallway hitting two victims. They believe this shooting was gang related.

Source and more info on the Manhattan shooting.

East Greenbush, NY 2004

*This shooting took place inside a high school. A sixteen year old gunman fired off three blasts from a shotgun hitting a teacher in the leg. An assistant principal John Sawchuk, stopped the shooting by wrestling the gunman to the ground and taking his gun.

Source and more info on the East Greenbush shooting.

Fayetteville, NC 1986

*This was a high school shooting in which Major Simmons took a handgun to school to settle a feud he was having with a fellow student. The student victim did survive, and Major was sentenced to prison for ninety days.

Source and more info on the Fayetteville shooting.

Fort Gibson, Oklahoma 1999

*This was a middle school shooting in which a thirteen year old boy took his father's handgun to work. This boy was supposedly very popular at the school. He was subdued by a teacher after firing off fifteen shots.

Source and more info on the Fort Gibson shooting.

Memphis, TN 2008

*This was a high school shooting. There was a feud going on between two of the students when a seventeen-year-old took a gun to school, shot the nineteen-year-old victim twice in gym class, and then handed the gun over to the coach.

Amarillo, TX 1992

*After a pep rally a group of students walked up to a student and punched him in the face. The student answered by opening fire with a pistol. Six students were shot and one student was trampled as students fled.

Source and more info on the Amarillo shooting.

School Shootings

in the USA

(USA)School Shootings in the United States of America far outnumber school shootings in any other country.

What about gun control?


187 is a Fabulous Movie About

Inner-City Violence

Mr. Garfield is a science teacher in an inner-city school in New York, Roosevelt Whitney High School. He gets threatened by a student that is going to fail his class and the principal will not listen to him. He is brutally stabbed in the hallway. He starts over in L.A. hoping that it will be safer, but that's not the case.

One in nine teachers has been attacked in school.

Ninety-five percent of those attacks were committed by students.


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What Shape Are Our Children In?

What is the Cause of Inner-City Violence?

This raises a good question. What do you do when the kids are in such shape? How do they get that way? Is it poverty or lack of parenting? Do they both always go hand in hand? Are we defined by where and to whom we are born? Maybe, to a certain degree. How do you then save these children from their own environment? It's sad. You can't just give up, can you? It's such a waste.

It really upsets me. The people that give the most back continue to get paid the least. Police, teachers, firefighters, and the military. Man, the list goes on. How can that be? How did that happen? The place I grew up, the literal district had the highest homicide rates in Washington State about four years back, and it was mostly related to gang shootings. I haven't checked on it recently. I think back to my childhood. It wasn't the best area ever, but I wasn't afraid to walk around, go downtown, or even to the Tacoma Mall.

It saddens me. Does our generation just not care or is the new generation that messed up? Is it a combination of both? When I was graduating, the Crips and Bloods were just forging a presence in the Hilltop area of Tacoma. My understanding is that they are not in that area anymore because they were trying to clean up the downtown area for businesses. It seems to me like they may have migrated to my old neighborhood; although, the gang names may have changed.

187 DVD is About - School Violence

I don't know that I could do it, and they don't get enough flippin' money for what they do. They play a huge impact on our future generations. Huge, colossal, gigantic! How many other ways can you put it? When we are out working to make ends meet they are helping raise or children.

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Where I live now I look out and I see mountains filled with green trees everywhere. I see a growing corkscrew willow and a hill covered in wild honeysuckle. I hear church bells playing a tune every morning. My son can run wild without fear other than just random freaky chance.

I don't know what else to say.


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What do you think about gun control - gun laws? Will they help or hurt?

What do you think about this issue, period?

These Statistics Raise a Great Question

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      you need to post stats as to where on campus shooting occurred so as to gather

      what area is in need most of security like: are there more ocurrences in the cafeteria

      as opposed to the classroom itself. thank you

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i guess the French forgot that the USA saved them in WW2 because we carry guns. Duh!

      Quick Fix, fatal punishment for anyone that uses a gun or deadly weapon in a crime,period. this would also clean out the prisons, this would help the economy. Wake up America !

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am french and in france we can't have guns. It is forbidden. And we do not have school shooting... When we look to the stats, we see that USA is far the country where there are the most school shooting. Or this is one of the only country having the right of having a gun. I can understand that before, it was a good think because on the beginning USA was a wild country and peaple had to defend themselves. But it is not anymore. Now, USA is one of the more developed countries. I think you should forbid guns. Then maybe, with the time, it would decrease and hopefully stop...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      just have guards at school

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      bobgunn 5 years ago

      Very good lens. These shootings literally make me sick, because I was shot five times and left for dead while managing a Radio Shack. I don't have the answer to stop the madness, unfortunately, and I really don't think there is one.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Gun control laws are really the wrong terminology. They should be referred to as 'victim disarmament laws' - their only purpose being to force law-abiding individuals to comply with assine legislation enacted and passed by hoplophobes, (hoplophobe being a term used to describe someone who has an unreasonable and terrifying fear of weapons or guns), who somehow think it is morally superior for your wife or daughter to be attacked, raped & strangled to death by her pantyhose, than for her to defend herself, using a perfectly legal personally owned firearm in her self-defense, thereby preserving her life, or the lives of family & loved one. Which scenario would you rather come home to? Your wife or family member, dead, raped, strangled, & murdered? Or would you rather come home to find the police questioning your wife or family member about what went on just before she/they were forced to shoot the intuder to insure their own safety. Is this a difficult question for you to understand?

      The right of self-protection and self-preservation is the first and most basic of all natural rights, not given to us, or ceded to us by some governing body, but inherrent in our very existence. No, the recent shooting tragedies are not symptomatic of lax'gun control' -- but rather lax parenting, lax schools, lax discipline, lax standards, lax expectations and a culture which has become laz to the point of virtual indifference when it come to morals, personal responsiblilty, and critical thinking. Don't let anyone try to convince you otherwise.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @callinsky lm: OK, I have one idea. What about both parents enrolling in an NRA sponsored gun class with their young children? Why not start teaching our children about responsibility and legal gun ownership. I cannot think of any better way to teach our young and instill some pride in them at the same time. Plus the family unit may even learn to talk to each other. As for your comments, I do agree, our mental health care needs a lot of improvement but not more pills for children. We need to learn to have open, honest conversations with our children. Try it. They may surprise you.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: The US has a huge crime rate because we already have so many laws and the criminals have so many rights that the poor police are so overwhelmed. In this country, we have made it so easy and attractive to commit crimes. We already have the laws on the books, why don't we enforce the ones we already have??? These kids could NOT legally bring a gun to school and they didn't even own these guns, so why aren't we dealing with the laws we have? We have so many easy ways to get around a criminal conviction and why should our children listen to anything we have to say about any of this. They will do whatever they choose to do, no matter the law. Consider the examples that everyone in this country sets for our young people. We place so much importance on sports over intellect, on cheating over success. Why should our young listen to us. Fear? Yep, we have that in abundance too, but we still don't teach our children. In fact, the only laws missing are those that ensure people can be good parents. The most important job in our lives and no one seems to care at all. We just let our young fend for themselves. No wonder we lock our doors.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I agree and the root of the problem seems to be that these young men are so desperate to belong to any group in the school that they truly believe shooting others will gain them the attention that they seek. They never EVER THINK beyond the shooting event. However, if they implement more laws against legal gun owners, look out drivers and people. Next, autos will be regulated too because they kill a lot of people due to alcohol, drugs, inattention, bad driving or whatever. It is never the fault of the tool, but let's look at the people and since these shooters are so young, we have to consider the parenting. Maybe we should be considering having people pass a test before they can be a parent. Right now any idiot can become a parent and the poor children suffer for it. Why don't we make parenthood the real issue here? It already is the issue.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      We already have gun control and look at the shootings. What we are missing is parental control of their young sons and the development of these young men into well adjusted individuals. Perhaps, we should stop medicating the sons and just talk with them. Spend some time with these young men and give them a strong sense of a good identity for themselves. Most of these young men don't even know who they are and have no concept of the damage they will do.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Notice most shootings are in area with strict gun control. lol idiots.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Just curious, how many of those 20 who were stabbed in China died?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I believe that is not on which law or how hard they is not legally carry a gun because most of the shootings have been executed by unlicensed shooter. The problem is how responsible the person that legally carry a gun let another person has access to the arm. If I responsibly take care of what I possess, I am sure that less shooting may occur. The laws should be more aggressive to those that possess legally the guns and to those that illegally have one, the laws should be tougher..

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      More laws? Already have dozens of those,locally & nationally. Hasn't stopped or slowed down anything. Improve the NICS system to better detect persons that have been adjudicated mentally unfit. Bans? Will never work. Crooks will have guns & fewer obstacles(armed citizen).

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Gun control laws are impotent, political eyewash. Connecticut has the 5th tightest gun control laws in the US. How much good did that do? They need to stop focusing on the tool and get to the root of the problem. I have read that another deranged person in China stabbed and cut 20 in a school incident. So much for gun control. Too bad the principal in Newtown didn't have a gun.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Elove, you are 100% correct. To answer your question about the principal, she would not be allowed to have a gun in school as the geniuses in Wash took care of that with their last knee jerk reaction to this type tragedy. Even though a person may have a license to carry one, it is against federal law to possess one in a school zone. Food for thought * why do you think a coward who kills children would go to a school to kill? Ahmm...well the chances of him running into a bullet there are slim to none. Why go to a place where someone might shoot back? Either way...I still can't get past the fact that someone...who was supposedly a member of the human race ...could point a weapon at those little angels and pull the trigger. I hope he burns in hell. Oh yea...Timothy McVeigh didn't need a gun huh? You are so right when you say they need to address the real problem...not bans the guns.

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      bobbyhun1967 5 years ago

      @Tarra99: What stats? I can't view them... Please reply w them... Thanks

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      bobbyhun1967 5 years ago

      @callinsky lm: Thank you! agreed

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      bobbyhun1967 5 years ago

      @jimmyworldstar: Jimmy I like the armed guards idea but they will be the 1st ones shot. It is better than nothing though. They have both back round check and waiting periods now in place. The problem is the people shooting are not rule followers. For the most part they are using unregistered guns. Example: gang members are not going to go register... They are going to buy on the black market and you will never get rid of that... Best bet learn safety and protect your self, your kids and your family with a gun. Just my point of view... Thank you

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      bobbyhun1967 5 years ago

      @MattKay: Great post! Thank you...

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      bobbyhun1967 5 years ago

      @anonymous: To make a comment like that please do your research and know that a "semi" auto gun can not fire hundreds of bullets a second not even close. Unfortunately those kids didn't stand a chance if the shooter had a single shot pistol or a fully auto or a knife for that matter. Unless there was a police officer there to stop him he would have carried on. Even still if they banned every gun in the world then they will move to home made explosives. Let get real here people. Guns protect people. Its been that way for hundreds of years. If you are uncomfortable about guns take a class to familiarize yourself so you might be the one to save your family, children or adults from violent crimes carried out by "bad" people trying to harm good people. Thank you for considering

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Add more gun control=fewer jobs ie closing gun manufacters. More criminals with guns and I never saw a criminal say anything about getting their gun legally.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Well said!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Its interesting to note that the majority of these tragedies happen in gun-free zones. Criminals know they can act unopposed where there are no guns. And we need to stop publicizing these shooters' names. It just encourages the next one.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Now we need to update these stats - please include ages of the victims. Now we need to ge trid of "Violent" Videos of all type, Bevas and Butt Head, Bart Simpson, and any other disrespectful and violent content source that we call "Entertainment!" Now also get back to "God and Judeo-Christian beliefs and RESPECT for LIFE from Conception to Natural Death...Ethical Behaviors and get our heads out of the sand!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Betsy, they make guns that only fire if the fingerprint of the user matches that of the person it is registered to, they are called smart guns. The NRA supports companies that make billions of dollars each year selling products design to do one thing.... kill. They COULD make these products safer but they don't because the NRA is too powerful. Those 18 children didn't stand a chance against a semi-automatic gun that fires hundreds of bullets a second - really, think abou it.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @betsy- we do have lockdown drills. or at least at my high school/middle school we did. and let me tell you, they were useless. essentially the same amount of help as "duck and cover". seriously, they just gathered us all up to huddle in one corner, close the blinds, and lock the door. cinderblock walls don't stop bullets, we would have been fish in a barrel. however, i agree that there still needs to be some better way of preparing us for these situations. as americans we have become so comfortable and "safe", we don't know what to do when a crisis arises. i think rather than hiding like a bunch of helpless lambs we should be taught how to actually STOP the shooter. i know the schools like to say that if done properly no one could be hurt in their current lock downs, but i don't believe it for a second. sacrifices have to be made sometimes, and for those of us brave enough to try to stop them, we should know how to do it.

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      Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Today, December 14, is the Newton School Shooting in CT, currently breaking news. That's how I found your article. I was not at all surprised to see that there have been 90 shootings in our excessively violent country, but only a handful by comparison in the entire rest of the world, including countries that we Americans would be quick to label "violent." Shame on us, and God have mercy on us. Condolences and prayers to all the families in Connecticut who will be grieving such loss this and every Christmas.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      thhings like guns hurt why have then i don't like guns

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I don't think that it is a matter of gun control. The problem persists and will continue. One thing that can be addressed however is education. Schools have fire drills and tornado drills yearly. There is sufficient evidience to prove it is now time to implement armed invassion drills. Lockdown is an adminkstrative call. But these kids need to learn to react. They will be in stress and fear if placed in that situation. And if they learn that school, they will be able to use it at other locations. Malls, theaters etc... I is ignorant to think that to making more strict gun control laws is going to make it a cure. So quit bickering about what to serve my kid at school, and teach her how to save her life!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      And for example it's a proven fact that Most Canadians do not lock their doors. Being an American with two locks on my door I was surprised by this, but in interviews they said that they simply had no reason to lock their doors because they weren't afraid and didn't feel the need to. I can't even sleep without making sure my doors are locked. Why? Because in the U.S they keep is scared to keep us in order.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The u.s is different because our nation is in constant fear. Watch the documentary bowling for columbine, it's very insightful and eye opening. It doesn't hurt to have a fresh point of view. And I'm not saying other nations aren't in constant fear but if you think of the places that are in fear they also have a huge crime rate.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The u.s is different because our nation is in constant fear. Watch the documentary bowling for columbine, it's very insightful and eye opening. It doesn't hurt to have a fresh point of view. And I'm not saying other nations aren't in constant fear but if you think of the places that are in fear they also have a huge crime rate.

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      MattKay 6 years ago

      @Krafick: I think you are 100% correct.

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      MattKay 6 years ago

      People consist of three elements - Body, mind and spirit. I suspect that in the majority of school shooting cases either the mind or the spirit of the perpetrators are corrupted. Take one look at the TV. The quality of information that is popular is indicative of the quality of our people.

      I'm NOT a proponent of gun control in any way, shape or form. I will always have my gun to protect myself and my loved ones from the morally bankrupt individuals who are among us. They may be few but they can do lots of damage to the innocent. I WILL NOT be a victim.

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      jimmyworldstar 6 years ago

      I wonder what it is about America that gives us greater chances of school shootings. Is it the easier access to guns? Our culture? I think gun control laws may help with preventing access to guns such as background checks and waiting periods. It might be best for some schools to have heightened security measures like metal detectors and armed security guards on campus.

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      WriterJanis2 6 years ago

      It's such a sad situation. Very well done lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      European countries have had pretty strict gun control for a very long time now. As a result, there is way less guns in circulation. So it is way harder for a minor to get his hands on a gun. And mass stubbing or mass clubbing is much harder to commit than mass shooting. That being said, I believe that ownership of firearms by the general population is a good thing and a basic personal liberty. Is there a price to pay for it? Sure there is.

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      Krafick 7 years ago

      It's the society which is sick and needs to be cured.

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      callinsky lm 7 years ago

      @kimark421: I don't see the gun control happening in the US either. I don't know that it would solve the issues anyway. I think solutions lie in parenting and appropriate health/mental care. When it comes to mental health care we have a lot of room for improvement.

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      kimark421 7 years ago

      Good lens on a really tough subject. There is a fine line between the realities of the 21st century and that roughly 230-year-old document with a vague qualifier that guarantees the right to bear arms. Personally, I don't believe we'll ever see strict gun control in this country...right or wrong.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Wow, even worse than I thought. These are staggering numbers and well, way too close to home for me.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This is excellently done with hours and hours of work and I would guess much of the time spent in tears, thank you. This is very sobering.

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      Tarra99 7 years ago

      interesting lens...scary stats :o( thanks for researching ...and thanks for popping into my Scrabble Tile Pendant lens...I appreciate it!

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      callinsky lm 7 years ago

      @LizMac60: Hello, Liz. Thank you so much for stopping by. I appreciate it. (O:

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      Liz Mackay 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      A fascinating lens

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      callinsky lm 7 years ago

      @Sylvestermouse: Hello, Thank you for visiting. It is a hard question. I personally don't believe video games are the cause; although, they may sometimes be one of many factors. I think it's can be a lot of different things.

      I don't know that I'm for gun control. I don't believe that will solve the issue either. I think a lot of it comes down to good communication and a good home environment. Kids today can be mean. A child needs to be able to communicate with someone. They need to know that someone is always there for them. I don't know. It is a very tough subject.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      I think it would be impossible to point at any one thing and say it is the reason for the school shootings. I have heard opinions that range from broken homes to working mothers being the problem; I have heard that those children were outcasts seeking revenge; as you mentioned, violence on tv/games to abusive parents have been blamed; and of course the entire gun control issue. I submit that killing is an age old problem. There have always been wars, violence, bad parents, unpopular students, and I might add, obtaining and keeping guns in the US is much harder now than ever before. No, I don't think we can pick one issue and say it is the problem or even the majority of the problem. Nor do I think we can correct one issue and expect it to correct the entire problem. I believe each individual who picks up a gun, a knife, an ax, a shovel, etc for the purpose of killing another human being, exhibits an indifference to human life and they selfishly consider than concerns more important than someone else.

      To directly answer you first question here, I don't think additional gun control laws is the answer either.

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      callinsky lm 7 years ago

      @VarietyWriter2: Thank you for the blessings. It is appreciated. The girls at Fresh Wonders, especially Dom, helped me with this lens a lot. She gave me a lot of ideas.

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      VarietyWriter2 7 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      justholidays 8 years ago

      It is a big question, Cindy. I presume the authors of those school shootings have been profiled afterwards and while not probably top notch profiling, I suppose some precise profile should have been made. However, not sure that, as simple citizens (and to me as a foreigner living overseas) those profiles are published. Are they used to rework the educational system and the laws? Not sure either, especially when Americans do love their "liberty" so much! Anything that might help protect your lives is considered as liberty violation. So, in this case how is that possible to make things change?

      I don't know exactly how things are going and working in your country but seem to be a bit like "walk or die" (step or chill?). I noticed that American kids and teens get the same kind of education than adults. However, kids shouldn't because they're kids and childhood is one of the most important time of a life (it's the moment a kid is "built") and teenagers are so fragile. You don't have to tell them a lot of horrible things to get them depressed and depression, for teenagers is worse than the one of an adult. Being naïve, they can get some kind of refuge in any solution - and some are the worst.

      When you're good at something at school, you have all advantages. For example, even if you're stupid for as long as you're good in a sport, you'll get graduated - maybe caricatural but it's necessary.

      So, if you're both bad student and sportive, what can you do? There are some solutions: the ones who don't care about all of this and will keep live a normal life. Those that care about it and will get depressed when growing up.

      And the last category, those that were hurt and will commit suicide; in this last category there is a very small number of teens that will look others that think alike, that will support them, who have the same "enemies", who share the same thoughts, same problems, same nightmares and they are going to convince each other. Next they'll kill their enemies and themselves.

      To this last paragraph, you can mix TV series and movies they watch since their early childhood, where carrying a gun is praised, where heroes kill others ; those video games that teach how to kill, bullying and many other elements that just bring violence.

      Most European shootings have been done by adults and students in their adult ages. The massacre of a day-care in Belgium, one or two years ago, was done by a teen, depressed, who should have been interned in psychiatric hospital for a long time.

      Mostly, I think the 20th and 21st centuries brought a lot of advanced comfort and technologies, money and opportunities for everyone to live a comfortable life, too much freedom, too few rules and duties; above all, one forgot to bring an human side to this new way of life.

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      callinsky lm 8 years ago

      @Ram Ramakrishnan: Hello, Ram. Thanks for visiting. So, you are speaking of the yin yang type of theory or for every action there is always opposed an equal reaction? I guess I still don't get why we have so much more? Are you suggesting that it could be the karmic result of the US involvement in things that aren't really honorable or something along those lines? Did I kind of grasp it?

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      Ram Ramakrishnan 8 years ago

      I believe that no incident can be analyzed in isolation. Every great looking happening comes along with its apparently ugly looking counterpart. The very same attitudes, preferences, and values that have resulted in the supposed advancement of humankind in recent times, have been the initiators of these seeming negative tendencies as well. They cannot be wished away nor contained without curbing their twins on the other side of the notional divide. Don't you think so?


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