The recent horror show in Parkland seems to have generated new sentiment that something needs to be done to stop mass shootings at schools. This is fine, but it remains up in the air as to whether the measures chosen will prove effective. History offers cold comfort.
Murder Weapons. FBI statistics for 2015 (the most recent year for which these figures have been compiled) show:
As to mass shootings, CNN compiled a list of the deadliest (34, ranging from 8 to 58 killed) from 1949 to the present; in all, 531 perished, an average of nearly 16 per event. Other numbers: There have been 12 mass school shootings (defined as those in which as least four were killed, not counting the shooter) since Columbine 1999, totaling 136 deaths; there were over 100 total shootings in the past five years, if one includes those with less than four dead.
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