That was since Newtown. Of all things the US should protect, why is it that it’s their children they can’t!?
‘A student was shot and killed at a high school outside Portland, Ore., on Tuesday morning. That comes just five days after a student was shot and killed at Seattle Pacific University, which itself came on the heels of a shooting that severely injured a 10-year-old Wisconsin girl on an elementary school playground.
‘Here’s a particularly depressing number that highlights just how often school shootings are occurring: The shooting near Portland is the 74th school shooting since the Newtown massacre in December 2012, according to the group Everytown for Gun Safety, which is aimed at promoting gun control measures. Fully half of those shootings have occurred so far this year, and it is only the second week of June.
‘That list is limited to school shootings where a gun was fired inside a school building or on a school’s campus, and it does include times when guns were accidentally fired, the group reports. That list does not include times when people brought guns to school and didn’t fire them on the school’s grounds. That list is just focused on school shootings the group finds through media reports, so the organization warns that it’s likely under-counting the number of school shootings that may have occurred during this time span…’
Myth vs. Fact: Violence and Mental Health
‘After mass shootings, like the ones these past weeks in Las Vegas, Seattle and Santa Barbara, the national conversation often focuses on mental illness. So what do we actually know about the connections between mental illness, mass shootings and gun violence overall?
‘To separate the facts from the media hype, we talked to Dr. Jeffrey Swanson, a professor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Duke University School of Medicine, and one of the leading researchers on mental health and violence. Swanson talked about the dangers of passing laws in the wake of tragedy ― and which new violence-prevention strategies might actually work.
‘Here is a condensed version of our conversation, edited for length and clarity.
‘Mass shootings are relatively rare events that account for only a tiny fraction of American gun deaths each year. But when you look specifically at mass shootings ― how big a factor is mental illness?…’