As the nation awaits a verdict in the second trial of the Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz, news out of the small West Virginia town of Wheeling raises a larger question about school safety: Where has all the progress we’ve made over the past decade toward making school safer plateaued, and why is it that every time we find a moment to come up with solutions and implement them, more gun violence erupts?
Between 2012 and 2018, 18 people were shot at US schools and colleges. A federal study of that number showed that the death toll from school shootings has remained high (nine people in 2012 and 2016 and at least one person each year from 2008 to 2016). The same study found that for every school shooting, 63 other people were killed by firearms.
In the face of these tragedies, the United States has made gains. In 2007, 18 percent of high schools had at least one gun on campus, but by 2016, 42 percent did. Yet the spread of firearms remains great. According to the Washington Post, there are more than 300 million firearms in America.
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