On this epidemic of deadly gun violence

From Quora: Why is America unable to halt this epidemic of deadly gun violence?

Wayne DeWitt

Epidemic?

Do you mean this:

No?

How about this:

No?

How about this:

No?

Well, what DO you mean?

School shootings?

O.K.

How about this:

Did you know:

Our schools have never been safer.

There are fewer killings in our schools than there were 50 years ago.

As far as fatalities are concerned there is no demonstrable increase in “school shootings” fatalities over the past 30 years. They average generally 4–8 per year with several “outlier” years. That’s for 77,000,000 students/faculty.

The School Shootings That Weren’t

Over the past 35 years the average # of children/faculty killed yearly while at school: – 10.

That’s 10 out of >77,000,000 students AND faculty.

School shootings are not the new normal, despite statistics that stretch the truth

There Are Fewer School Shootings Now Than During the 1990s | Ryan McMaken

Schools are safer than they were in the 90s, and school shootings are not more common than they used to be, researchers say

Are Mass Shootings Becoming More Frequent?

There Is No ‘Epidemic of Mass School Shootings’

School Shootings Have Declined Dramatically Since the 1990s. Does It Really Make Sense to Militarize Schools?

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AND, never mentioned by anyone, 35% of criminal school deaths are by knives and blunt objects:

“27 percent included stabbing or cutting, and 12 percent included beatings”

The Incomplete Picture on Weapons Used in School Homicides

Why is that information completely hidden from view?

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Here’s some history:

Just because you didn’t “hear about it” doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. I grew up in the NYC area in the 60’s and 70’s. I remember frequent news reports of stabbings and shootings in NY schools. The fact that people didn’t “hear about it” has more to do with reporting than occurrence. Statistics just weren’t recorded. Schools were much more violent in the 60’s and 70’s than they are today.

“The committee’s report, which was the first national study to name and examine school violence, surveyed 110 school districts around the country and found “sharp increases in specific categories of crime and violence.” The Dodd report, named for Senator Thomas J. Dodd of Connecticut, the committee’s chair, found that the number of homicides in those schools had increased from fifteen in 1964 to twenty-six in 1968. (Those figures are staggeringly high considering that they come from a fraction of all school districts;”

A Brief History of School Violence in the United States (2011)

1964 – 15 deaths.

1968 – 26 deaths.

IN ONLY 110 SCHOOL DISTRICTS!

That’s 0.5% of the total school districts in 1968!

110 out of 22,000!

Number of public school districts and public and private elementary and secondary schools: Selected years, 1869-70 through 2010-11

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Back to the present:

Did you also know:

Worldwide dogs kill 25,000 people every year.

What Animals Kill The Most Humans Each Year?

Pit Bulls alone have killed hundreds of children:

U.S. Children Killed by Pit Bulls – Fatal Pit Bull Attacks – The Archival Record – DogsBite.org

In the U.S. dogs kill MANY more people every year than school shootings.

I am working on a spreadsheet of REAL school shootings. The numbers that people see are heavily contaminated with gang shootings. In researching this I’ve found that at least 1/2 of the reported school shootings are gang shootings outside of the school proper (basketball games, drug deals, parking lots, drive-bys, revenge, etc…). They usually don’t contribute too greatly to the fatality counts – luckily gang members suck when it comes to guns. I’ve found some schools that seem to have a gang shooting at least every other year, this gets into the database.

Anyway, here are some real numbers:

NOTE: Numbers for dog bites for individual years prior to 2007 were not reliable. Instead 5 and 10 year averages from more reliable sources were used and the numbers extrapolated:

Year……..…….School Fatalities…………Dog Bite Fatalities

1989…………………….5……………………………..…21

1990…………….………1………………………………..22

1991…………….….……7……………………………..…16

1992…………….…….…8……………………………..…17

1993…………….….……7……………………………..…16

1994………………..……7………………………………..18

1995……………….…….4…………………………….….17

1996……………….….…8…………………………….…20

1997…………………..…8………………………………..22

1998……………….….…9………………………………..21

1999……………….……14………………………………..21

2000………………….…4………………………….…….20

2001…………….…….…3………………………..………21

2002……………….….…6………………………………..22

2003…………….……….5………………………………..25

2004……………….….…0…………………………..…..27

2005………………..……8……………………………..…29

2006……………….….…7…………………………….…..31

2007……………….…..33…………………………………35

2008……………..…….10…………………………………23

2009……………….……0…………………………………33.….20 children

2010…………….….……3…………..……..………….…..37…. 20 children

2011……………….……..1………….…..……….…………31…..13 children

2012…………………….38……………………….…..……39…..19 children

2013………………..…….1………………………………….32…. 18 children

2014………………………7…………………………….…..43..…20 children

2015……………….…….12…………………………………36…..14 children

2016……………….…..…2…………………………..……..31…..13 children

2017……………….….…6……………………………..…..39…. .15 children

2018…………………….32…………………………………36……15 children

30 year total………. 256……………………………….758

20 year total………..192…………………………….….611

10 year total………..102………………………………..357…. 167 children

2019 (7–28–19)…….….3…………………………….……28…..10 children

Notice the ever-increasing frequency of total killings by dogs vs. deaths in school shootings?

In the early 90’s they averaged in the high teens, today the yearly average for dog bite fatalities is in the high 30’s and rising.

2012 was the worst year EVER for school shootings (38) – and yet the overall dog bite fatality 10 year average is nearly that high (35.7).

Currently 3.5X as many people are killed yearly by DOGS (35.7 10yr. avg.) as die in school shootings (10.2 10yr. avg.) , and that disparity is rising.

Currently an average of 1.7X more children are killed by dogs (16.7) than in school shootings (10.2).

Here’s a visual aid:

NOTE: The numbers for dog bites from 1989 – 2007 had to be extrapolated from 5 and 10 year averages due to the lack of accurate individual year numbers.

Notice the divergence around 2000. It coincides with the rise in popularity of the “Pit Bull”.

Unsurprisingly Pit Bulls now account for >75% of the yearly dog bite fatalities.

Have a gander:

Fatal dog attacks in the United States – Wikipedia

With the exception of 3 “outliers” in the past 15 years school deaths have remained “flat” for the past 30 years.

The same cannot be said about deaths by dog.

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Here are your numbers for “trauma”.

<50 actually wounded every year in school shootings (often in the low 10’s).

Compare to:

4.5 MILLION yearly dog bites.

>700,000 bites require medical treatment yearly.

>300,000 emergency room visits yearly.

>28,000 reconstructive surgeries required yearly.

6–13,000 hospital admissions.

There’s absolutely no comparison.

And that’s why some people (like me) are intolerant of all of the media/political attention given to school shootings.

The “trauma” that children suffer due to school shootings is created by the media and politicians.

[Snipped the rest]

The Right Sort can just say whatever gets them what they want.

Christians are commanded to speak the truth.

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