Speaking of things the media probably won’t tell you about guns: there is no “school shooting epidemic.” While one such shooting is one more than any society should have to endure, school shootings are actually rare, and schools are getting safer. Four times more people were killed in school shootings in the 1990s than today. That claim doesn’t come from the NRA; it comes from a study by a Northwestern University researcher.
Another fact the study discovered that might actually make a difference (and no, it doesn’t involve arming teachers): during the 2014-2015 school year, the ratio of students to guidance counselors was 482-1. With so many students in large schools, there’s unlikely counselors can identify students who need help and may be turning into potential threats. The study’s author suggests that more guidance counselors and mental health programs might be the most effective way to combat school shootings.
Of course, that would also require other public servants doing their jobs. In Florida, there were about 482 warnings that one student was a threat, and not 1 person did anything about it.
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