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    Schools are safer than they were in the 90s...

    Recent study finds Schools are safer than they were in the 90s, and school shootings are not more common than they used to be, researchers say.

    The deadly school shooting this month in Parkland, Florida, has ignited national outrage and calls for action on gun reform. But while certain policies may help decrease gun violence in general, it’s unlikely that any of them will prevent mass school shootings, according to James Alan Fox, the Lipman Family Professor of Criminology, Law, and Public Policy at Northeastern.

    Since 1996, there have been 16 multiple victim shootings in schools, or incidents involving 4 or more victims and at least 2 deaths by firearms, excluding the assailant.

    Of these, 8 are mass shootings, or incidents involving 4 or more deaths, excluding the assailant.



    “This is not an epidemic”

    Mass school shootings are incredibly rare events. In research publishing later this year, Fox and doctoral student Emma Fridel found that on average, mass murders occur between 20 and 30 times per year, and about one of those incidents on average takes place at a school.



    Fridel and Fox used data collected by USA Today, the FBI’s Supplementary Homicide Report, Congressional Research Service, Gun Violence Archive, Stanford Geospatial Center and Stanford Libraries, Mother Jones, Everytown for Gun Safety, and a NYPD report on active shooters.

    Their research also finds that shooting incidents involving students have been declining since the 1990s.



    Four times the number of children were killed in schools in the early 1990s than today, Fox said.

    “There is not an epidemic of school shootings,” he said, adding that more kids are killed each year from pool drownings or bicycle accidents. There are around 55 million school children in the United States, and on average over the past 25 years, about 10 students per year were killed by gunfire at school, according to Fox and Fridel’s research.



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    The media sensationalizes it, and it feels like school shootings happen more often as a result. The phenomenon is well-known in the social sciences.

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    When I was in school there were stabbings and beatings daily I carried a stiletto to school. Theres always been violence in schools.

    Liberal media go haywire over them in the hopes they can garner support for greater gun control
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    Quote Originally Posted by Common View Post
    When I was in school there were stabbings and beatings daily I carried a stiletto to school. Theres always been violence in schools.

    Liberal media go haywire over them in the hopes they can garner support for greater gun control
    I was one of the lucky one's; I went through the school system with out any stabbings and/or beatings. Just an occasional fist fight between the greasers (there's a term I'll bet no one's heard of in a long time!) fighting over whose car was faster then the others.
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