The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT)

The rising death toll in U.S. schools

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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 gun-lock 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 commonsens­e 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.

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

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