Updated Feb 14, 2018
Not one, but two school shootings occurred today. The first one was in Kentucky where a 15 year old boy shot and killed two other students. He injured 17 others. https://goo.gl/q8dxzM
The second shooting took place in Florida, where a former 19 year old student walked on campus killing 17 adults and children. 17 innocent people died. https://goo.gl/9K2Qm2
There have been 18 school shootings in the first 45 days of 2018, according to a nonprofit group, Everytown Gun Safety.
Updated: Feb 2, 2018
Los Angeles school shooting: 4 students were injured during a shooting at a Los Angeles middle school. Luckily all of the victims are expected to live. https://goo.gl/iPYZTf
Updated: Jan 24, 2018
Kentucky school shooting: 2 students killed, 18 injured. A 15-year old was arrested at the scene and will be shared with murder and attempted murder. https://goo.gl/XMx51d
Nov. 14, 2017
Another day and another mass shooting. The question rings in my head again, how many more people have to die before we finally say we had enough? On Nov. 6th I shared a CNN article on my Facebook page, Why Americans don’t give a damn about mass shootings.
CNN article: We Don’t give a Damn about Mass Shootings.
I’m writing this article on Nov 14th and there was yet another mass shooting. According to the article, “A mass shooting is defined as an even where at least four people are shot. We have one every day in America if you adopt the broad definition used by the Gun Violence Archive.”
ABC reports there have been over 317 mass shooting this year. While the president keeps telling the press, keeps telling us, “Now isn’t the time to talk about gun control.”
When is the time?
A few weeks ago I met a group of people from Australia at a conference. This was a week after the shooting in Las Vegas. Gun control comes up during our lunch break conversations. They told me that there are strict gun laws in Australia. Not only are citizens restricted to the type of guns they can own. But they also have very strict guidelines on how to store those guns. These laws were set after a 1996 mass shooting that killed 35 people and injured 23. The most interesting part of their story was that Australians embraced the changes.
Over 88 people have died in a mass shooting in the last 48 days in the United States.
88 people. Let that sink in for a minute. 88 people, 48 days.
According to research and the CNN article states, “Until gun violence impacts your family directly, you won’t care enough to do something about it.”
Are Americans less empathetic than the rest of the world? I’m sure those 35 people in Australia weren’t family members of every Australian. And what about the people in the UK? They launched a public petition for gun control after a gun massacre that killed 16 five and six-year-olds and their teacher.
The UK made a change after 16 innocent deaths. Australia made a change after 35 people were killed.
We are at 88 in the past 48 days. How much more will it take for Americans to say, enough is enough. How many more will it take for 45 to finally say, “let’s talk about gun control?”
Let’s hope the research is wrong. Americans will come around and start to empathize with gun violence and victims. Before they become a victim themselves. until it hits close to home.