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Excerpt: "Today's shooting marks the first of the year in Florida. There were three shootings at different schools in Texas, two in different California schools and two in different Michigan schools, according to Everytown's data. There are 10 other states that had at least one shooting."

Parents wait for news after a reports of a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (photo: Joel Auerbach/AP)
Parents wait for news after a reports of a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (photo: Joel Auerbach/AP)

There Have Already Been 18 School Shootings in the US This Year

By ABC News

15 February 18


here have been 18 school shootings in the first 45 days of 2018, according to a nonprofit group.

Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun control advocacy group, had recorded 17 school shootings on their website prior to this afternoon's shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Everytown defines a school shooting as "any time a firearm discharges a live round inside a school building or on a school campus or grounds, as documented by the press and, when necessary, confirmed through further inquiries with law enforcement or school officials," according to its website.

Today's shooting marks the first of the year in Florida. There were three shootings at different schools in Texas, two in different California schools and two in different Michigan schools, according to Everytown's data. There are 10 other states that had at least one shooting.

In eight of the 17 school shootings recorded by Everytown prior to today, a gun was fired but no one was injured.

Two of the shootings were classified as being attempted or completed suicides with no intent to injure another person.

The Gun Violence Archive, which tracks reports of mass shootings -- defined as incidents where four or more people are shot, not including the shooter -- reports there have been 30 mass shooting incidents so far in 2018, including today's in Florida.

Schools have been some of the deadliest sites for shootings in the past.

The third deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history was at Virginia Tech University in 2007, when 32 people were killed, and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, which is tied for the fourth-highest casualty shooting, led to 26 deaths.

Broward County Public Schools superintendent Robert Runcie said that there were "numerous" fatalities in today's shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School.

According to Brad Garrett, a former FBI agent and current ABC News consultant, most school shootings last for about five minutes or less.

It takes much longer to clear the scene, however, since responding law enforcement officers need to methodically go through, room by room, to both secure and de-arm the shooter and to help students and faculty at the school, Garrett explained.

Former New York Police Department commissioner Ray Kelly said that bullying could be a possible factor in today's shooting, though the motive has not been confirmed.

"We've seen it in so many cases," said Kelly, who is now an ABC News consultant.

"We don't know for sure but I'm pretty sure there's an element of that here," he said, noting that the bullying could be "real or perceived." your social media marketing partner


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+15 # bread and butter 2018-02-15 09:49
It's the God-given Constitutional RIGHT of all Republicans to murder as many school children as possible without the inconvenience of reloading!

Right, Republicans?

I guess when it comes to the "right to life", it's secondary to the right to fire at will!

I guess the NRA will need to hold another rally in Florida, huh!

I feel sorry for the NRA. It's getting stretched thin. After all, who's paying for all the travel expenses? It's getting to where they'll need to stage a rally in every state, on short notice, and with very little time in between.
+9 # laborequalswealth 2018-02-15 11:36
The ONLY time the Reich Wing talks about a "right to life" is when they seek to force a scared pregnant woman to give birth against her will.

Stinger missles? Drone bombings? Assassination? Torture? Overthrowing democractially elected governments? Naw. NONE of those count as a desecration of life. Only a fetus has a right to life. The rest of the human population is totally expendable and worthy of mass murder.
+5 # bread and butter 2018-02-15 17:00
I don't think they care about fetuses either, or they'd be a lot more interested in health care for pregnant women and their babies.

The poor women who want health care for their developing babies, but need to go to Planned Parenthood to get it, are taking a great risk. Those babies may very well be aborted by a right-wingers' bomb.
+4 # Jaax88 2018-02-15 10:31
It is about guns and the lack of political courage to challenging the gun culture and NRA's idiot claims that guns for everyone make America safer.
+6 # wilhelmscream 2018-02-15 11:00
+11 # barbell1941 2018-02-15 11:02
"FBI is investigating NRA as a conduit for Russia money into Trump campaign." The NRA is a terrorist organization. Seize its assets, jail its officers and use their assets to buy back every assault style weapon in the USA and melt them all down. NOW!!!
+3 # dotlady 2018-02-15 11:47
Population control by the NRA. I guess the people of this country don't really wish to do anything about it lest their paid delegates lose a yacht or two.
-10 # 2018-02-15 11:49
The statistics used in this article are very misleading. These 18 "incidents" include two suicides, a BB gun shooting at a window (wherein no one was hurt), a gunshot from off campus which hit a campus building (wherein no one was hurt), and a murder at a nightclub which happened to be located on campus. I wouldn't have labeled any of these "incidents" as a campus shooting and several of the others are a bit "iffy" in my view.

We live in a violent culture no doubt but creating laws only addresses the symptoms and not the cause of the problem. Worse, exaggerating the problem only incentivizes more violence.

Lee Nason
New Bedford, Massachusetts
+2 # Caliban 2018-02-15 15:15
A couple of questions for Lee Nason:

1. "A murder at a nightclub which happened to be located on campus": do you mean a nightclub that is on campus grounds for the use of students?

And If so, wouldn't such an incident be a "campus" shooting?

2. "Creating laws only addresses the symptoms and not the cause of the problem": Okay -- so what from your perspective is the cause of school shootings?

Clarifications, please.
+5 # bread and butter 2018-02-15 17:03
Yeah, you're right Lee.

I don't know what everybody is so concerned about!


I think we could apply your logic to all law enforcement, right?

Why do we have prisons? They only address they symptoms of a violent culture. Don't exaggerate. Mass murderers can murder EVERYONE. Eventually, they ALL need to reload.

+6 # bread and butter 2018-02-15 18:48
Other opinions we could expect from Lee Nason of New Bedford, MA ----

on 9/11:

"Most of the buildings in NYC were NOT bombed. So stop exaggerating."


on grief counseling:

"Mrs. Johnson, I know your 5-year-old was just murdered. But, let's look at the bright side. At least I wasn't hurt!"


on the Holocaust:

"The good news is that most of the Jews outside Europe were NOT gassed, or burned in ovens!"


on rape:

"Hey! If you look at it from the rapist's point of view, this was just a successful date!"


on the Black Death:

"Fifty percent of the population of Europe, DIDN'T die! Hurray!"


on venereal warts:

"Look at it this way! Now, you're ribbed for HER pleasure!"


on cancer:

"That mysterious growth makes you look more muscular!"


Lee, You should go back to selling used vans to homeless people.
+5 # Benign Observer 2018-02-15 12:48
We can't wait for leadership from Congress. It's not coming.

All they care about is money. We need to divest from arms manufacturers -- and the US has hundreds. The AR-15 is made by many companies and -- for those on a budget, it can be assembled from parts:

Bravo Company Mfg.
Daniel Defense
Heckler & Koch
Knight's Armament
Lewis Machine and Tool
Midwest Industries
the 'Freedom Group' that owns Remington etc.

Columbine is not even in the top ten shootings anymore. The killings are getting worse and they are becoming more frequent. One of the things I hated the most watching coverage today was how used the students are to it. They know what the terminology is. They know how to behave when the police get there. Mass shootings are becoming normalized.

And why the fuck is the msm interviewing kids?

NRA members and Southerners need to stand up to the gun manufacturers. We need to show up at representatives ' offices with the same passion we put into other issues.

Imagine what our kids are seeing .. ANOTHER mass shooting of children -- and we DO NOTHING. When Newtown happened I told my kids something would finally be done. But even then money was more important than any number of children of any age. Instead Wayne 'Killer' LaPierre says we should arm and train teachers!

Congress just cut back on mental health spending and we don't even have school nurses let alone safety equipment in schools.
+1 # ddd-rrr 2018-02-15 13:11
Part ONE:

WHEN will it be OBVIOUS that the US Constitution's 2nd Amendment DOES NOT
cover such weapons as those that COULD NOT have been intended for inclusion
by the Founding Fathers while writing the original Bill of Rights since they had
not yet been invented (or even conceived of) at the time of its writing?!

The weapons (firearms) known to the Authors were limited to muzzle-loaded,
single-shot devices ONLY! NOT INCLUDED for coverage were multi-shot
automatic (or even semiautomatic) firing weapons, SINCE THESE

In the future, a hand-holdable, automatically-r epeating, rapid-firing gun
with target-seeking ammunition capabilities may exist, and would
that then also be covered under the 2nd Amendment as
being protected for individuals' ownership and
use under the US Constitution?

In the more distant future, perhaps a hand-holdable planet-destroyi ng
weapon will also be available -- and, would even that then also
qualify for protection under the 2nd amendment??

Even during our own time, it is (PROPERLY!) illegal for an individual
to own a miniaturized atomic bomb, a poison-gas weapon, or other
armament-means for the mass killing of people, yet other devices
capable of mass killings of types not imagined by the
Founding Fathers ARE protected???
0 # ddd-rrr 2018-02-15 13:14
Part TWO:

And, for those who profess adherence to the "original intent" of the Authors,
but who also insist that the ownership and use of such weapons of mass-killing
capability ARE protected under the US Constitution, are NUTS or HYPOCRITS,
and THEY MUST BE IGNORED! To do otherwise is to be complicit in
the causing of the resulting deaths and destruction!

AND USE! There is no valid purpose or reason for permitting private ownership
of these weapons of mass killing -- and delaying this ban WILL result
in more needless deaths!

It is worth noting that in countries that do ban private ownership of firearms
not used for sport or hunting, their citizens still have sufficient means for
preventing or overcoming overreaching governments, and
these don't require the use of military weapons.
-4 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-02-15 16:03
This article forgot to mention that this dramatic increase is the result of Trump. Someone he along with his Russian masters is causing Americans to go out and shoot each other. At least that is how Adam Schiff is explaining it.
+2 # bread and butter 2018-02-15 21:31
Whomever is funding the NRA is directly responsible for this.

I don't care if it's Russia, or Rush Limbaugh. It needs to be stopped, and they need to be called out for the terrorists that they are.

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