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Ohio Shooting: Three Teens Now Dead. A Few Facts On Guns.

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Yesterday’s tragic shooting at a Chardon, Ohio high school left one teen dead at the scene. Now, reports have come that a second and a third teen are dead, including one who was pronounced brain dead earlier today.

The students who have now passed away are Daniel Parmertor, Demetrius Hewlin, and Russell King Jr., the student who earlier was pronounced brain dead.

Reports state that the accused shooter, T.J. Lane, 17, came from a “violent” home. This examination, while irresponsible in the conclusions and assumptions it draws, provides more information about the relationships of the students.

This may not be the time to pass judgment or to politicize this event, as we do not yet know the condition of the two remaining teens who were injured by a fellow classmate. One classmate who knew the shooter and the victims had said yesterday the victims were targeted. Hopefully we’ll be able to learn more soon and learn from this.

Then again, I cannot imagine that the parents of those children would be upset that people were trying to ensure this never happens again.

The one lesson that does not nor ever will come from this is what the right has been saying all along: If there were more guns in schools, this couldn’t have happened.

That, in fact, is a lie.

In America, 100,000 people are shot with a gun every year. And sadly, many are children. And, sadly, like these three teens, in a high school cafeteria, early one winter’s morning, a great many die.

More guns are not the answer. More guns are the problem.

So are trying to put guns in kindergarten classes.

A few fact courtesy of the Brady Campaign:

DID YOU KNOW? In one year on average, almost 100,000 people in America are shot or killed with a gun.

  • Gun violence impacts society in countless ways: medical costs, costs of the criminal justice system, security precautions such as metal detectors, and reductions in quality of life because of fear of gun violence. These impacts are estimated to cost U.S. citizens $100 billion annually (Cook, 2000).

DID YOU KNOW? Where there are more guns, there are more gun deaths.

  • An estimated 41% of gun-related homicides and 94% of gun-related suicides would not occur under the same circumstances had no guns been present (Wiebe, p. 780).
  • Keeping a firearm in the home increases the risk of suicide by a factor of 3 to 5 and increases the risk of suicide with a firearm by a factor of 17 (Kellermann, 1992, p. 467; Wiebe, p. 771).
  • Keeping a firearm in the home increases the risk of homicide by a factor of 3 (Kellermann, 1993, p. 1084).

DID YOU KNOW? On the whole, guns are more likely to raise the risk of injury than to confer protection.

  • Guns are used to intimidate and threaten 4 to 6 times more often than they are used to thwart crime (Hemenway, p. 269).
  • Every year there are only about 200 legally justified self-defense homicides by private citizens (FBI, Expanded Homicide Data, Table 15) compared with over 30,000 gun deaths (NCIPC).
  • A 2009 study found that people in possession of a gun are 4.5 times more likely to be shot in an assault (Branas).

See also this list of attacks related to secondary schools.

And then there is this list, via Wikipedia:

Name Location Date Year Number of Victims
Walpole Elementary School Walpole, New Hampshire February 10 2012 1 self inflicted injury [77]
Chardon High School shooting Chardon, Ohio February 27 2012 3 killed, 2 wounded (one still critical.) [78]
Martinsville West Middle School Martinsville, Indiana March 25 2011 0[70]
Millard South High School shooting Omaha, Nebraska, United States January 5 2011 2[69]
San Jose State University San Jose, California May 10 2011 3[73]
Pearl City Middle School Pearl City, Hawaii May 23 2011 1[74]
Ross Elementary School Houston, Texas April 19 2011 0[72]
Worthing High School Houston, Texas March 30 2011 1[71]
2011 Virginia Tech shooting Blacksburg, Virginia December 8 2011 2 [76]
Cape Fear High School shooting Fayetteville, North Carolina October 24 2011 0[75]
Belleville Township HS East Belleville, Illinois August 17 2010 1[61]
Ohio State University Columbus, Ohio March 9 2010 2[60]
Birney Elementary School? Tacoma, Washington February 26 2010
Deer Creek Middle School Littleton, Colorado February 23 2010 0[59]
University of Alabama in Huntsville Huntsville, Alabama February 12 2010 3[58]
Discovery Middle School Madison, Alabama February 5 2010 1[57]
Kelly Elementary School Carlsbad, California October 8 2010 0[66][67]
Marinette High School Marinette, Wisconsin November 29 2010 1[68]
University of Texas at Austin Austin, Texas September 28 2010 1[62]
Alisal High School Salinas, California October 1 2010 1[63][64]
Mid-Atlantic Christian University Elizabeth City, North Carolina October 3 2010 1[65]
Covina High School shooting Covina, California April 30 2009 0[54]
Hampton University Hampton, Virginia April 26 2009 0
Henry Ford Community College shooting Dearborn, Michigan April 10 2009 2
Northern Virginia Community College Woodbridge, Virginia December 8 2009 0
Wesleyan University1 Middletown, Connecticut May 1 2009 1
Canandaigua Academy shooting Canandaigua, New York May 5 2009 1
Harvard University Cambridge, Massachusetts May 18 2009 1[55]
Larose-Cut Off Middle School shooting Larose, Louisiana May 18 2009 1
Skyline College shooting San Bruno, California September 2 2009 0
Atlanta University Center Atlanta, Georgia September 3 2009 1[56]
Deer Valley High School shooting Antioch, California September 16 2009 0
Dillard High School shooting Fort Lauderdale, Florida November 12 2008 1
Davidson High School Shooting Mobile, Alabama March 9 2008 1
Central High School shooting Knoxville, Tennessee August 21 2008 1
Henry Ford High School shooting Detroit, Michigan October 16 2008 1
2008 University of Central Arkansas shootings Conway, Arkansas October 27 2008 2
Louisiana Technical College shooting Baton Rouge, Louisiana February 8 2008 3
Mitchell High School shooting Memphis, Tennessee February 11 2008 0
E.O. Green School shooting Oxnard, California February 12 2008 1
Northern Illinois University massacre DeKalb, Illinois February 14 2008 6
SuccessTech Academy shooting Cleveland, Ohio October 10 2007 1
Delaware State University shooting Dover, Delaware September 21 2007 1
Virginia Tech massacre Blacksburg, Virginia April 16 2007 32
Henry Foss High School shooting Tacoma, Washington January 3 2007 1
Herbert Henry Dow High School Midland, Michigan March 8 2007 1
University of North Carolina at Greensboro Greensboro, North Carolina March 24 2007 0[53]
University of Washington shooting Seattle, Washington April 2 2007 2
Orange High School shooting Hillsborough, North Carolina August 30 2006 1
Essex Elementary School shooting[52] Essex, Vermont August 24 2006 2
Pine Middle School shooting Reno, Nevada March 14 2006 0
Amish school shooting Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania October 2 2006 6
Weston High School shooting Cazenovia, Wisconsin September 29 2006 1
Platte Canyon High School shooting Bailey, Colorado September 27 2006 2
Campbell County High School shooting Jacksboro, Tennessee November 8 2005 1
Red Lake Senior High School massacre Red Lake, Minnesota March 21 2005 8
Columbia High School shooting East Greenbush, New York February 9 2004 0
Fairleigh Dickinson University shooting Florham Park, New Jersey April 4 2004 2
Randallstown High School shooting Randallstown, Maryland May 7 2004 0
Rocori High School shooting Cold Spring, Minnesota September 24 2003 2
Red Lion Area Junior High School shootings Red Lion, Pennsylvania April 24 2003 2
Case Western Reserve University shooting Cleveland, Ohio May 9 2003 1
John McDonogh High School shooting New Orleans, Louisiana April 14 2003 1
Appalachian School of Law shooting Grundy, Virginia January 16 2002 3
Martin Luther King, Jr. High School shooting Manhattan, New York January 15 2002 0
University of Arizona Nursing School shooting Tucson, Arizona October, 28 2002 4
Santana High School shooting Santee, California March 5 2001 2
Granite Hills High School shooting El Cajon, California March 22 2001 0
Buell Elementary School shooting Mount Morris Township, Michigan February 29 2000 1
University of Arkansas shooting Fayetteville, Arkansas August 28 2000 2
Lake Worth Middle School shooting Lake Worth, Florida May 26 2000 1
Fort Gibson Middle School shooting Fort Gibson, Oklahoma December 6 1999 0
Heritage High School shooting Conyers, Georgia May 20 1999 0
Columbine High School massacre Littleton, Colorado April 20 1999 13
Parker Middle School dance shooting1 Edinboro, Pennsylvania April 24 1998 1
Westside Middle School shooting Jonesboro, Arkansas March 24 1998 5
Thurston High School shooting Springfield, Oregon May 21 1998 2
Heath High School shooting Paducah, Kentucky December 1 1997 3
Pearl High School shooting Pearl, Mississippi October 1 1997 2
Bethel Regional High School shooting Bethel, Alaska February 19 1997 2
Hetzel Union Building shooting State College, Pennsylvania September 17 1996 1
San Diego State University shooting San Diego, California August 15 1996 3
Hamilton High School shooting Scottdale, Georgia February 2 1996 1
Frontier Middle School shooting Moses Lake, Washington February 2 1996 3
Blackville-Hilda High School shooting Blackville, South Carolina October 12 1995 2
Richland High School shooting Lynnville, Tennessee November 15 1995 2
Wickliffe Middle School shooting Wickliffe, Ohio November 7 1994 1
Margaret Leary Elementary School shooting Butte, Montana April 12 1994 1
Grimsley High School shooting Greensboro, North Carolina October 12 1994 1
Amityville High School shooting Amityville, New York February 1 1993 1
Reseda High School shooting Reseda, California February 22 1993 1
Fairfax High School shooting Los Angeles, California January 21 1993 1
East Carter High School shooting Grayson, Kentucky January 18 1993 2
Central Middle School shooting Sheridan, Wyoming September 17 1993 1
Wauwatosa West High School shooting Wauwatosa, Wisconsin December 1 1993 1
Simon’s Rock College of Bard shooting Great Barrington, Massachusetts December 14 1992 2
Edward Tilden High School shooting Chicago, Illinois November 20 1992 1
Berkner High School shooting Richardson, Texas November 6 1992 1
Palo Duro High School shooting Amarillo, Texas September 11 1992 0
Lindhurst High School shooting Olivehurst, California May 1 1992 4
University of Iowa shooting Iowa City, Iowa November 1 1991 6
Cleveland School massacre Stockton, California January 17 1989 6
Atlantic Shores Christian School shooting Chesapeake, Virginia December 16 1988 1
Hubbard Woods School shooting Winnetka, Illinois May 20 1988 1
Pinellas Park High School Largo, Florida February 11 1988 1
Pine Forest Senior High School Fayetteville, North Carolina May 6 1986 0
Goddard Middle School shooting Goddard, Kansas January 21 1985 1
Portland Junior High School shooting Portland, Connecticut December 10 1985 1
Parkway South Middle School shooting Manchester, Missouri January 20 1983 2
Deer Creek Middle School shooting Littleton, Colorado April 7 1982 1
Cleveland Elementary School shooting San Diego, California January 29 1979 2
California State University, Fullerton massacre Fullerton, California July 12 1976 7
St. James Grammar School Penns Grove, New Jersey February 24 1975 1 killed 2 wounded
Princeton Day School Princeton, New Jersey April 3 1975 1 wounded
Olean High School shooting1 Olean, New York December 30 1974 3
University of Texas Massacre Austin, Texas August 1 1966 16
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