Most Grade K-12 School Shootings Involved A Minor Taking Gun From Home


School shootings in the two years since the Newtown, Ct., massacre often involved a minor taking a gun from home and using it in a confrontation that started out as an argument, says a report by two groups who are advocating political action to prevent gun violence. USA Today says the groups compiled a list of 95 shootings in 33 states; 23 of the incidents resulted in at least one death. All told, the shootings caused 45 deaths and 78 gunshot injuries, said Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

“Passing comprehensive background checks is the first step,'” said Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA), head of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. Forty-nine of the shootings were at K-12 schools and 46 on college or university campuses. Of the 16 shootings in grades K-12 where it was possible to determine the firearm’s source, 10 of the perpetrators got their guns from home. “Two years ago, the [National Rifle Association] called for arming teachers … said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety. “Instead, we can and should do more to prevent gun violence. That’s why we’re fighting for common-sense public safety measures that respect the Second Amendment and keep guns out of the wrong hands.”

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