It’s February 14th, and there have already been 18 school shootings in the United States this year.
The Parkland, Florida school shooting is the 18th school shooting in the U.S. in 2018.
While the Republican-led Congress and President Trump offer nothing but weak prayers in lieu of actual legislation that might protect our children, there have been 29 mass shootings and 17 school shootings if you count the discharge of a gun in a school.
There have been almost 300 school shootings since 2013.
“Of shootings perpetrated by minors at primary and secondary schools and for which the source of the firearm was known, more than half of the kids obtained the gun at home — likely because an adult did not store it locked and unloaded.
“Twenty-four shootings — nearly one in six — occurred after a confrontation or verbal argument intensified, because of the presence of a gun rather than in spite of it,” gun control advocacy group Everytown USA wrote in an analysis of school shootings.
Here is a list of some of the worst U.S. school shootings in the last 20 years
The list was compiled on January 23, 2018, after the Marshall County High School shooting by Ian Simpson for Reuters:
BENTON, Kentucky, Jan. 23, 2018 – A 15-year-old boy kills two fellow students, both also 15, at Marshall County High School in western Kentucky with a pistol and wounds 13 others. Authorities give no motive for the attack.
AZTEC, New Mexico, Dec. 7, 2017 – A 21-year-old man disguised as a student enters the local high school, kills two students and then shoots himself to death.
SAN BERNARDINO, California, April 10, 2017 – A man dies of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after killing his estranged wife at North Park Elementary School. An 8-year-old student is also shot to death.
ROSEBURG, Oregon, Oct. 1, 2015 – A man opens fire on the campus of Umpqua Community College, killing nine people before he is shot dead by police.
MARYSVILLE, Washington, Oct. 24, 2014 – A freshman at Marysville-Pilchuck High School fatally wounds four students in the cafeteria before killing himself.
SANTA MONICA, California, June 7, 2013 – A one-time digital media student fatally shoots his father and brother, sets their house on fire, and then kills three people at Santa Monica College. The gunman kills himself.
NEWTOWN, Connecticut, Dec. 14, 2012 – A man fatally shoots his mother, then kills 20 children and six adults before killing himself at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
OAKLAND, California, April 2, 2012 – A former nursing student kills seven people and wounds three at Oikos University, a Korean Christian college.
CHARDON, Ohio, Feb. 27, 2012 – Seventeen-year-old student at Chardon High School kills three students and wounds three in school cafeteria.
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama, Feb. 12, 2010 – A biology professor at the University of Alabama at Huntsville opens fire during a staff meeting, killing three faculty members and wounding three.
DEKALB, Illinois, Feb. 14, 2008 – A former graduate student kills five students and wounds 16 at Northern Illinois University before taking his own life.
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana, Feb. 8, 2008 – Nursing student at Louisiana Technical College kills two classmates and herself in a classroom.
BLACKSBURG, Virginia, April 16, 2007 – A gunman slaughters 32 people and kills himself at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, popularly known as Virginia Tech.
NICKEL MINES, Pennsylvania, Oct. 2, 2006 – A gunman kills five girls in a one-room Amish schoolhouse, before killing himself.
SHEPHERDSTOWN, West Virginia, Sept. 2, 2006 – A 49-year-old man shoots himself and his two sons to death during a visit to the campus of Shepherd University.
RED LAKE INDIAN RESERVATION, Minnesota, March 21, 2005 – A 16-year-old high school student kills seven people and wounds several others in a shooting rampage after killing two people off campus. He then kills himself.
COLD SPRING, Minnesota, Sept. 24, 2003 – Fifteen-year-old student fatally shoots a freshman and a senior at Rocori High School.
TUCSON, Arizona, Oct. 29, 2002 – A failing student shoots and kills three professors and then himself at the University of Arizona School of Nursing.
GRUNDY, Virginia, Jan. 16, 2002 – A recently dismissed graduate student kills a dean, a professor and a student at the Appalachian School of Law and wounds three others.
SANTEE, California, March 5, 2001 – A student at Santana High School kills two students, wounds 13.
LITTLETON, Colorado, April 20, 1999 – Two teenagers rampage through Columbine High School, fatally shooting 12 students and a teacher and wounding more than 20 others before killing themselves.
JONESBORO, Arkansas, March 24, 1998 – Two boys, ages 11 and 13, fire on their middle school from woods, killing four girls and a teacher and wounding 11 others.
The only thing people can do to make a change is activate their power as voters and citizens. Vote. Write. Call. Do not let up until the toxic NRA dollars are kicked out of Congress, no matter which party they belong to.
Every NRA voting coward needs to be replaced in Congress with a real patriot, someone who will care about your kids more than they do the NRA’s money.
Image: Tiffany Moreland and her daughter Emily Moreland attend a prayer vigil for students killed and injured after a 15-year-old boy opened fire with a handgun at Marshall County High School, at Life in Christ Church in Marion, Kentucky, U.S., January 23, 2018. REUTERS/Harrison McClary