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How many school shootings have there been in the US?

How many school shootings have there been in the US?

Even the worst school shootings massacre in US history seems to be forgotten after a few days. On May 20, 1927, Charles Lindbergh is the first human to fly nonstop and solo over the Atlantic. His flight goes down in history, and, at the same time, makes no one else in the US talk about the attack in Bath.

Total School shootings in US

Since 1970, when current records began, there have been 2,052 school shootings in the United States that have left 661 dead. Last year’s figures reached an all-time high with more than 250 incidents recorded, an increase of 120% from the previous year when 114 incidents were recorded.

Two days earlier, on May 18, 1927, 45 people died in a massacre at a school in that town in the state of Michigan. for an attack with explosives; most of them were schoolchildren from first to sixth grade. The perpetrator of the attack was Andrew Kehoe, a member of the school committee, who believed that a tax increase to benefit the school would have bankrupted it.

In the last decade alone there have been nine massacres of this nature, although this number increases to 19 if we go back to 1989.

Perpetrated by adolescents or young people -the average age is just 21 years-, most of the murderers suffered from psychological problems and used a family member’s firearm to carry out the crime, although there were also those who acquired it in person or online.

42 of the 50 states in the United States have recorded a mass shooting since 1966, according to data from The Violence Project. California is the state in which the most shootings have been recorded, with 27, followed by Texas, with 20, and Florida, with 13. In addition, they are also the three territories in which the most deaths have occurred due to shootings, in Texas 201, in California 178, and in Florida 130.

The massacre in Uvalde (Texas), committed by Salvador Ramos (18 years old), was the third-worst shooting in an educational center in the North American country. The bloodiest massacre was that of Virginia Tech University (2007), in which 33 people died and 23 were injured.

From 1966 to today, a total of 178 large-scale shootings have been reported, 12 of which have occurred in elementary schools, according to data from The Violence Project. The K-12 School Shooting Database project has also documented when a gun is displayed, fired, or a bullet strikes school property for any reason, regardless of the number of victims, as detailed on its website.

212 mass shootings this year

The Gun Violence Archive, an independent data collection organization, has counted 212 mass shootings that have occurred so far this year, as of Tuesday. It defines a mass shooting as an incident in which four or more people were shot or killed, excluding the shooter.

Data on the mass shootings that have occurred so far this year can be found here.

The United States ended 2021 with 693 mass shootings, according to the Gun Violence Archive. The previous year saw 611. And 2019 had 417.

As for school shootings, according to Education Week, in 2021 there were 34 such incidents in educational institutions (the highest since the organization started its database). In 2020 there were 10 shootings. Both 2019 and 2018 recorded 24 shootings.

Who are the victims?

Hundreds of students, teachers, bus drivers, police officers and parents have lost their lives in school shootings in the United States.

Age data is available for 97% of the victims and figures show that 67% were under the age of 18, while 33% were over the age of 18. This includes people who were killed or injured during shootings.

Excluding the most recent shooting in Texas, historical figures show that at least 423 children and adolescents have died (39 of them under 10 years of age), 1,383 have been injured (40 under 10 years of age) and 82 have suffered minor injuries.

The youngest victims were barely a year old.

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