Everytown.org reports that since the December 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 children and six adults were shot to death, there have been at least 74 school shootings in America.
Here are a few of those incidents (Please note: CNN.com counts these cases as similar to Sandy Hook, so I added them here to provide readers with detailed accounts of school shootings that have not been widely reported on. But for the best coverage on the subject, go to Everytown.org):
January 10, 2013 — Taft Union High School in Taft, California: A 16-year-old student opened fire in class. He was targeting two classmates who he felt had bullied him, law enforcement said. One student was injured. The shooter was placed into custody after a teacher and campus supervisor persuaded the student to put down his firearm.
April 12, 2013 — New River Community College in Christianburg, Virginia: An 18-year-old student drove to the school’s campus inside a mall and began shooting at 1:55 p.m. on a Friday, police said. He wounded two women.
October 21, 2013 — Sparks Middle School in Sparks, Nevada: A 12-year-old opened fire with a handgun he took from his parents, police say. Jose Reyes injured two students and killed Mike Landsberry, a teacher and Afghanistan war veteran, authorities said. Reyes killed himself.
This is absolute chaos. In America, we pride ourselves on being a politically stable nation without the kind of armed civil strife that takes place in war-torn nations. But what would you call this? We may not be fighting a civil war, but our children are in fear for their lives at school.
“Stable” and “safe” are no longer words to be used for this country. We can cross them off the list of what makes us proud to be Americans. I love this country, but I’m not proud of who we are right now.