To date, there have been a total of 45 shootings on school grounds in 2015, with 17 occurring on college campuses. The shooting in Oregon at Umpqua Community College is by far the worst. Gunman Chris Harper-Mercer is the man behind the most recent cowardly act which claimed the lives of 13 and injured at least 20. Communities all over the country live in fear of gun violence, but parents should feel secure when they send their children to school not worried if they will be the next victim of a senseless slaying.
A group that advocates for gun reform, Everytown for Gun Safety, has tracked every shooting which occurred on school grounds since the dreadful Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre of 2012. Since that tragic December day in Newton, Conn there have been at 142 shootings in the United States on school property. These incidents were recorded and classified as school shootings when a firearm was discharged inside a school building or on the grounds of a school or campus after being documented by the press or confirmed through further inquiries with law enforcement.
After a man entered a plane in December 2001 with bombs in his shoes the security laws for aircraft were forever changed, however after all of these shootings on school grounds the gun laws have yet to be affected. Terrorist Richard Reid was restrained by passengers aboard American Airlines Flight 63 while traveling from Paris to Miami after attempting to set off explosives in his shoes. He was subsequently arrested and indicted. In 2002, Reid pleaded guilty in U.S. federal court to eight criminal counts of terrorism, based on his attempt to destroy the commercial aircraft in-flight. This unsuccessful incident changed the way Americans gain access to flights, but how many more school killings need to happen before leaders pass common-sense laws which at least attempt to prevent gun violence and save lives?
The recent shooting in Oregon is by far the worst to take place on a college campus this year, but too many have occurred causing panic and alarm as students seek to gain an education across the nation. Umpqua trumps them all as the first mass shooting at a college in 2015, but here are the other college campus shootings this year.
- Feb. 2, a shooting took place at Minnesota State University resulting in zero deaths with the exception of the shooter who committed suicide.
- Feb. 5, a shooting occurred at the University of South Carolina, where one was killed and the shooter committed suicide.
- Feb. 15, at the University of Georgia, a shooting took place which claimed zero lives.
- Feb. 23, a shooting took place at Bethune-Cookman University, where three people were injured with no fatalities.
- March 30, at American International College, a shooting occurred with no injuries.
- April 2, a man accidentally shot himself at the Community College of Beaver County.
- April 2, one person was injured during a shooting which occurred in Jackson, Tenn. at Lane College.
- April 4, a shooting occurred at Everett Community College with no injuries reported.
- April 13, one person was killed during a shooting which took place in Goldsboro, NC at Wayne Community College.
- April 19, one person was injured during a shooting in Charlotte, NC at Johnson C. Smith University.
- July 27, no injuries were reported after a gun was discharged at the University of Florida-Gainesville.
- Aug. 8, one fatality was reported after a shooting at Wichita State University.
- Aug. 27, one person was killed at Savannah State University after a shooting took place.
- Sept. 3, one fatality, and two injuries were reported after a gun was fired at Sacramento City College.
- Sept. 14, one person was killed at Delta State University during a shooting.
- Sept. 28, no injuries occurred after a shooting at Montana Tech of the University of Montana.
- Oct. 1, the worst of them all took place in Oregon at Umpqua Community College, resulting in 13 fatalities and at least 20 injuries.
The most recent shooting at a college campus was carried out by a single gunman who targeted Christians. His contempt for religion was confirmed after he joined an online dating site and became a member of the Doesn’t Like Organized Religion group. Harper-Mercer singled out those who professed the Christian faith and allegedly told them they were going to see God in about one second before he discharged his weapon and killed them.
The 26-year-old responsible for the rampage at Umpqua Community College idolized the IRA and Nazis and often spoke about the fame a person could gain from a mass killing. During an interview which followed the killings, law enforcement refused to mention the assailant’s name, stating he would receive no glory from this cowardly act.
The U.S. continues to be jolted from mass shooting to mass shooting causing the gun control debate to become depressingly routine. Nonetheless, Americans are again left to mourn unnecessary killings as President Obama continues to request that common-sense gun laws be implemented in the United States. The leader of this great country said:
At some point we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries. The United States of America is the one advanced nation on earth in which we do not have sufficient common sense gun-safety laws. Even in the face of repeated mass killings.
Advocates of tighter restrictions on firearms invariably call for better background checks, banning multiple measures that would make gun deaths less likely. Gun enthusiasts believe this is not the answer because even the most common-sense reforms are irrelevant and would not have prevented the mass shootings that have horrified the nation. To date, there have been 17 college campus shootings in 2015 and Oregon trumps them all.
By Cherese Jackson (Virginia)
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