The Short of It
Do you remember what you were doing on the day of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.? I think of it every morning when I send my girls off to school. Nearly 100 school shootings have occurred since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012. Parenting changed for all of us on that day forever.
A report, sponsored by anti-gun violence groups Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, has counted 94 school shootings in 33 states since Newtown, when gunman Adam Lanza murdered 20 children and six educators.
Despite the public demand for stricter gun control that followed the Sandy Hook shootings, the threat of gun violence in our schools is still very real. Forty-five deaths and 78 nonfatal gunshot injuries have resulted from shootings since the massacre.
We now live in a world where we need to discuss school shootings with our children. Our kindergarteners have to run drills at school that teach them how to react if a crazed gunman comes into their school to kill them. It's sad and sickening.
The groups that released the report hope to bolster support for stricter gun laws. But no matter where you stand on the gun control issue, please take a moment on this second Newtown anniversary this weekend to remember the tiny souls we lost on that terrible day in December 2012.
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