A report released last month by Moms Demand Action and Mayors Against Illegal Guns states that forty-four school shootings have occurred since the Sandy Hook massacre. In the report, a school shooting is classified as “an incident in which a firearm is discharged inside a school building or on school grounds.” The total includes fatal and non-fatal assaults, suicides, and unintentional shootings.
The incidents, which took place over a fourteen-month period, reportedly resulted in twenty-eight deaths: nineteen were homicides, while nine were suicides. Twenty-eight of the shootings occurred at K-12 schools. Sixteen were at a college or university.
Secretary of State Arne Duncan believes gun violence affects the United States on a level different from other countries, and says the access to and availability of guns are the primary reasons for this. “We can love the Second Amendment and still keep our babies safe. We have not had the courage to protect our babies.”