Mapping surge in school shootings as Republicans push book bans but block gun safety reforms
School children die in the Republican culture war that bans books in schools while blocking gun safety measures that could save lives.
We analyzed 2,217 school shooting incidents along with state with the most school book bans.
> Have school shooting incidents increased? Do shootings happen more frequently?
> How old are the shooters and their victims?
> What was the shooter’s motivation? Weapon?
> Where and when do schools shooting occur?
> Who are the Republicans pushing book bans? Blocking gun safety reform?
This map use the K-12 School Shooting Database by David Riedman and includes details on hundreds of shootings including those at Columbine, Sandy Hook, Santa Fe, Parkland, Uvalde.
Republican culture wars claim student casualties
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There has been a steady increase in the frequency of school shootings. Click on the TIME SLIDER icon to see and pause that trend.
The number of capacity of guns has also increased. Click on the INFO icon for details on that.
Click on the LAYERS icon to see details of the states with the most book bans.
Click on the map for details of individual shooting incidents and the Senators representing that state.
What guns are used?
“The Buffalo suspect was taken to a hospital last year for a mental health evaluation, but the incident didn’t trigger New York’s “red flag” law and he was still able to purchase a gun. The Texas suspect’s mother told ABC he gave her an “uneasy feeling” at times and could “be aggressive … If he really got mad.” But authorities say he had no known criminal or mental health history. The state has no such red flag law.
They are just the latest suspected U.S. mass shooters whose ability to obtain guns has raised concerns. In some cases shooters got guns legally under current firearms laws, or because of background check lapses or law enforcement’s failure to heed warnings of concerning behavior. After the shootings, which together left 31 people dead, President Joe Biden renewed calls for stronger gun laws and questioned whether people as young as 18 should be allowed to purchase firearms. In the past, Biden has called for banning assault-style weapons and expanding background checks. Many Republicans oppose the measures.” – US News
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What is a school shooting?
The K-12 School Shooting Database is an open-source research project that documents when a gun is brandished, is fired, or a bullet hits school property for any reason, regardless of the number of victims, time, or day of the week.
There is widespread fear and panic at the school. The campus needs to be locked down. Police, fire, and EMS respond. Law enforcement personnel systematically search and clear building(s). Children are escorted to safety. The media begins continuous coverage. Frantic parents scramble to find their children. Public officials need to make statements and assure everyone’s safety. After action reports are written. Policies are put in place to prevent a similar future incident. This type of response occurred following both the February 2018 indiscriminate shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in which thirty-four people were either killed. – K–12 School Shooting Database
Since the launch of this public database in 2018, David has led the research and continued development of the project. He regularly contributes to the public discussion and with Dr. Jill Peterson and Dr. James Densley from The Violence Project. David has published article on school shootings for the PBS News Hour, The Washington Post, CBS News, LA Times, Star Tribune, Education Week, Sun Sentinel, and The Tennessean (USA Today).
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TakeAway: Hold politicians putting student’s lives at risk for their culture wars accountable for their actions.
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