Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence
For Immediate Release
Contact: Brendan Kelly, bkelly [at] bradymail [dot] org
NEW REPORT REVEALS 558 GUN INCIDENTS IN AMERICAN SCHOOLS THIS YEAR
More than 2/3 of guns used in school shootings come from shooter's home or that of a relative
WASHINGTON - New data confirms: America's schools have a gun problem. From fatal shootings to middle schoolers packing more than books in their backpacks, there have been more than three gun incidents a day, and at least 558 total, during in the 2016-2017 academic year so far. A gun does not always need to be fired to frighten people, to bully students, or to disrupt the school day.
Brady's report includes various case studies on fatal shootings and close calls.
- There have been nearly 90 school shootings this academic year. That's more than one shooting every other day.
- More than 2/3 of all guns used in school shootings come from the shooter's home or that of a relative.
- 1.7 million children have access to an unlocked, loaded gun in their homes.
Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign, said, "Two-thirds of our nation's schools are holding active shooter drills, jarring lessons that teach our students their hallways might not be so safe, that barricades of desks and chairs are 'the best we can do.' But we can do better. When parents send their kids to school, they shouldn't do so with fear that their classmates are armed.
"We can prevent school shootings. Keeping students safe starts with parents and gun owners alike. Any gun in the home must be locked away with ammunition stored separately. Our children's safety depends on it.
"The findings in this report are concerning, but they're not surprising. The gun industry pushes guns into the hands of children with twisted fairytale re-writes and aggressive, youth-oriented marketing campaigns. This report makes the results of those shameless tactics disturbingly clear."
Parents have a fundamental role to play in averting school violence. Tragedies can be avoided if parents take simple steps to ensure these guns are not accessible to their children. Parents who are considering owning a gun should be aware of the dangers of keeping one in the home.
The mission of the Brady organization and its Million Mom March is to create a safer America by cutting gun deaths in half by 2025. For more insight on gun violence prevention, follow us on Facebook and Twitter @BradyBuzz.
About Us: The Brady Campaign and Center, united with the Million Mom March, is a national network of over 90 grassroots chapter affiliates mobilized to prevent gun violence at the community level. The network has played a vital role in expanding Brady background checks in the six states that have passed legislation since the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut and produced the largest national protest of gun violence in U.S. history - The Million Mom March, Mother's Day 2000.