The ris­ing death toll in U.S. schools

Stamford Advocate (Sunday) - - Opinion -

Sandy Hook Ele­men­tary School Dec. 12, 2012 Death toll: 26

What we wrote: “How did this mass mur­der hap­pen? The an­swer is the same as ev­ery other time. A pro­foundly dis­turbed in­di­vid­ual got his hands on pow­er­ful killing ma­chines — some­thing that is so easy to do in our coun­try — and he turned them on the in­no­cent, in this case, the most in­no­cent. The shock still vi­brates, but the dis­cus­sion on steps we need to take to tighten con­trol on guns needs to start in earnest.” Ed­i­to­rial, Dec. 15, 2012 Santa Mon­ica Col­lege (Cal­i­for­nia) June 7, 2013

Death toll: Five What we wrote: “In the days fol­low­ing Sandy Hook, many prom­ises and pre­dic­tions were made re­gard­ing what was be­lieved to be cer­tain pas­sage of com­mon-sense fed­eral gun laws. Af­ter all, if the tragedy in New­town did not tip the scales in fa­vor of laws that would pro­tect Amer­i­can cit­i­zens, noth­ing would. Well, it turned out that most Repub­li­cans in the U.S. Se­nate were ei­ther so fear­ful of reprisals from the Na­tional Ri­fle As­so­ci­a­tion or so in­tent on block­ing any leg­is­la­tion fa­vored by Pres­i­dent Barack Obama that not even a wa­tered-down bill on back­ground checks could make it through.” Ed­i­to­rial, June 14, 2013

Marysville Pilchuck High School (Wash­ing­ton) Oct. 24, 2014 Death toll: Four

What we wrote: “The states may well end up tak­ing the lead on gun safety through univer­sal back­ground checks, which polls show 90 per­cent of the Amer­i­can pub­lic sup­ports. The New­town ef­fect in Con­necti­cut led to some of the strictest gun safety leg­is­la­tion in the coun­try in 2013 . ... The Con­necti­cut Gen­eral Assem­bly does not have to wait in­def­i­nitely for Congress. And should not.” Ed­i­to­rial, Nov. 7, 2014 Um­pqua Com­mu­nity Col­lege (Ore­gon) Oct. 1, 2015

Death toll: Nine What we wrote: “It is a fine line to walk — sup­port­ing a gun­lock pro­gram in­tended to re­duce child­hood ac­ci­dents, but ob­ject­ing to the fed­eral gov­ern­ment giv­ing a pow­er­ful gun lob­by­ing group $2.4 mil­lion to fund it. Though we see value in the pro­gram, our foot in this fine-line walk comes down on the side of the New­town Ac­tion Al­liance that sees dis­so­nance in tax­pay­ers’ money go­ing to the well-heeled trade as­so­ci­a­tion for the coun­try’s firearms in­dus­try.” Ed­i­to­rial, Oct. 1, 2015 Mar­jory Stone­man Dou­glas High School (Florida) Feb. 14, 2018

Death toll: 17 What we wrote: “Con­trary to a pop­u­lar claim, it’s not too soon to dis­cuss gun safety af­ter a tragedy; it’s too late.” Ed­i­to­rial, Feb. 25, 2018

Santa Fe High School (Texas) May 18, 2018 Death toll: 10

Where it stands:

Too many mem­bers of Congress con­tinue to de­bate com­mon-sense gun leg­is­la­tion con­sid­er­ing the weight of cash from gun lob­by­ists in one hand and lives in the other. Their in­ex­cus­able in­er­tia is leav­ing those same hands cov­ered with the blood of Amer­i­can chil­dren.

Mark Mul­li­gan / Hous­ton Chron­i­cle

Po­lice and FBI carry tools to­ward a home be­lieved to be re­lated to the fa­tal school shoot­ing ear­lier in the day at Santa Fe High School on Fri­day in Santa Fe, Texas.

Ted S. War­ren / Associated Press

A young woman holds her head in her hand in Marysville, Wash­ing­ton, Oct. 24, 2014, af­ter a me­mo­rial vigil held for peo­ple af­fected by a shoot­ing at Marysville Pilchuck High School.

A sus­pected mass shoot­ing gun­man en­ter­ing the Santa Mon­ica Col­lege li­brary June 7, 2013.

Associated Press

A bul­let cas­ing at Um­pqua Com­mu­nity Col­lege.

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