Cycle of Vicious Futility

The school shooting in Florida marks the eighth school shooting in the U.S. to have resulted in death and/or injury during the first seven weeks of this year. That’s right. In only seven weeks, we have endured eight mass shootings. Not all of the shootings have been mass shootings – a couple were suicide. Not all have resulted in any injury whatsoever, but highlight the danger that schoolchildren now face. There HAS to be SOMETHING that can be done other than inaction and sending thoughts and prayers, or declaring that a flag will be hung half-staff in their honour. There are children that will never again be seen by their parents. Husbands and fathers, wives and mothers. These PEOPLE – HUMAN BEINGS matter more than a lobby… And yet all that we get is inaction. Criminals will just find ways around laws, they say. That may well be, but we could certainly make it harder on them, rather than justifying allowing them to walk in and buy a gun because it’s their right, and then repeating the mourning cycle after they massacre our young.

Those below in red, indicate that the victim died. Those below in orange indicate that the victim was injured. Those below in green indicate no injury, no death.

Jan. 3, St. Johns, Michigan

The first school shooting of the new year, at East Olive Elementary School in St. Johns, Michigan where a 31-year-old man died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the former school’s parking lot.

Jan. 4, Seattle, Washington

A gunshot was fired at the New Start High School in Seattle, Wash. The round entered an office window and ended up lodged in a three-ring binder. No one was injured.

Jan, 10 Sierra Vista, Arizona

A teen was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a Coronado Elementary School bathroom.

Jan. 10, San Bernardino, California

At least one shot was fired, shattering a California State University classroom window. No injuries were reported.

Jan. 10, Denison, Texas

A bullet was accidentally fired through a classroom wall at the Grayson College Criminal Justice Center. No one was injured.

Jan. 15, Marshall, Texas

Gunshots rang out on the Wiley College Campus in Marshall. A bullet went through a residential hall’s dorm room. No injuries were reported.

Jan. 20, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

A Winston-Salem State University football player was shot and killed at an event at Wake Forest University.

Jan. 22, Italy, Texas

A teenage girl was wounded at Italy High school after a 16-year-old suspect opened fire with a semi-automatic hangun.

Jan. 22, Gentilly, Louisiana

A shooting outside The NET Charter High School injured a 14-year-old boy.

Jan. 23, Benton, Kentucky

Two people were killed and another 15 were shot at Marshall County High School.

Jan. 25, Mobile, Alabama

Murphy High School student Jonah Neal fired a gun on campus. No one was injured.

Jan. 26, Dearborn, Michigan

Shots were fired from a car in Dearborn High School’s parking lot. No injuries were reported.

Jan. 31, Pennsylvania

Gunshots erupted as a fight broke out outside of Lincoln High School. A 32-year-old man was shot twice and later pronounced dead.

Feb. 1, Los Angeles, California

An accidental shooting injured five children at the Salvador B. Castro Middle School in downtown Los Angeles.

Feb. 5, Oxon Hill, Maryland

A teen was shot outside of Oxon Hill High School. The victim survived.

Feb. 5, Maplewood, Minnesota

A third-grader pulled the trigger on a police officer’s gun, firing a shot at the Harmony Learning Center. No one was injured.

Feb. 8, New York, New York

A teen was taken into custody after a shot was fired inside Metropolitan High School. No one was injured.

Feb. 14, Broward County, Florida

A former student killed 17 people at Stoneman Douglas High.

This is absolutely insane. This comes on the coattails of what has been dubbed the most deadly year in United States history for mass shootings. According to Gun Violence Archive, there have been 345 mass shootings in America in 2017 alone. What’s unfathomable, is that two of the five deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history occurred within 35 days of one another. The first being the Las Vegas massacre which occurred on October 1, 2017, and the second being the Texas church shooting which occurred on November 5, 2017.

It has gotten to the point that statistically, Americans are more likely to die from gun violence than the are to die from many of the leading causes of death combined, with more than 11,000 people in the U.S. killed by attackers wielding guns each year. The Gun Violence Archive, which defines a mass shooting as four or more people shot in one incident, reports more than 14,000 people were killed and more than 29,000 people were injured in gun violence in 2017. Here’s a complete list of 2017’s mass shootings in the U.S., compiled by Gun Violence Archive.



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