The latest incident in America’s escalating scourge of g*n violence was the mass sh00ting on Monday 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 G*n Safety, there have been at least 39 episodes of g*nfire 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 g*n deαths 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 colour are disproportionately threatened by school g*n violence, with Black pupils being three times more likely than the norm to experience it and Hispanic children being two times as likely.
This is true even if most of the deαdliest mass sh00ters are white.
School sh00tings are a part of the general upsurge in g*n violence in America, where, according to the G*n Violence Archive, 130 mass sh00tings 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 shot by police, students, as well as local and national authorities alike, have called for stricter g*n legislation.
“Meanwhile, shootings on K-12 campuses are on pace to reach 400 in 2023, outpacing last year’s 273 according to the 53 years of data updated daily by the K-12 School Shooting Database.” pic.twitter.com/3mL3Jdhltz
— K-12 School Shooting Database (@K12ssdb) June 24, 2023
“Keeping children safe is not political. It is the duty of each and every adult in this country,” At the Metro Nashville Public Schools board meeting on Tuesday, high school student Alayna Mitchell made a statement. “If you have the power to make change and instead sit back and remain complicit, do better.”
President Biden has urged Congress to take additional measures, such as outlawing assault weapons, to protect schools from mass sh00tings.
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“I have gone the full extent of my executive authority to do, on my own, anything about guns,” After the massacre, Mr Biden added that the legislative branch “needs to act” if the United States is to enact any new regulations controlling the availability of firearms, particularly the military-style rifles that have recently become the weapon of choice for mass sh00ters.
Meanwhile, others on the right have asserted that nothing can be done to prevent such disasters.
“We’re not gonna fix it,” Tim Burchett, a Republican representative from Tennessee, spoke out following the tragedy. “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 violence as part of a right-wing surge of laws and venomous rhetoric that targets trans people.
For schools, further security measures have been demanded to stop sh00tings from happening again.
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