In the U.S. 27 school shootings have taken place so far this
year and over 200 total mass shootings have happened. This year is not even half over yet.
Below is a portion of an article published today by the NPR News
Service. The entire article can be read here:
“A shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, that
has killed 19 children and two adults marks the 27th school shooting this year.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said the shooter behind Tuesday's incident was killed.
This comes just 10 days after a shooting at a Tops supermarket in Buffalo, N.Y., that took the lives
of 10 people.
The U.S. has surpassed 200 mass shootings this year
The Gun Violence Archive, an independent data collection
organization, has counted 212 mass shootings that have occurred so far this
year, as of Tuesday. It defines a mass shooting as an incident in which four or
more people were shot or killed, excluding the shooter.
The U.S. ended 2021 with 693 mass shootings, per the Gun Violence Archive. The year before saw 611. And 2019 had 417.
As for school shootings, according to Education Week,
2021 had 34 such incidents at educational institutions (the highest since the
organization started its database). In 2020, there were 10 shootings. Both 2019
and 2018 recorded 24 shootings.”
I have very strong opinions about this and not everyone
necessarily agrees with me. As far as I
am concerned there is no price too high to protect our
children. Many changes need to take
place including an improvement in the treatment available for mental illness. On May 17th this gunman bought two
AR-style rifles legally just after his 18th birthday. The next day he bought 375 rounds of
5.56-caliber ammunition. I know our
constitution gives us the freedom to bear arms.
But should that include the right to buy weapons of mass destruction and
large-capacity ammunition magazines?
Those are weapons of war not needed for hunting or target practice. Too many politicians are bought by big
businesses and groups like the NRA (National Rifle Association) and continue to
vote against making these types of rapid-fire weapons illegal. As I said, no price should be too high to
protect our children.