A lone gunman walked onto a high school campus outside of Portland, Ore., Tuesday morning and shot down a student before taking his own life. Last week, a similar event unfolded at Seattle Pacific University. Another shooting occurred days earlier at an elementary school in Wisconsin.
It’s time to face facts: Our nation is at war with itself when every few days someone walks into a public place armed with a gun and indiscriminately kills, motivated by some warped desperation.
Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun control advocacy group, has kept a running tally of campus shootings since the Sandy Hook massacre that left 20 little children and six adults dead. The total: 74.
Counting only the school weeks in session, that’s 1.37 campus shootings a week over the past 18 months. And it doesn’t even count mass shootings at malls, work places or other common areas. It doesn’t include the shooting and stabbings by Elliot Rodgers that left six dead last month near U.C. Santa Barbara or the cop-killing spree by a deranged Cliven Bundy-loving couple in Las Vegas this week.
No other country in the world has a school-shooting or random mass shooting scourge of this magnitude. Not even close.
Every time—every week, actually—the media train their eye on the killers, who increasingly leave behind dark confessions on social media, and we wonder how these things happen and what we can do stop them.
The answer can’t continue to be some trite cliche about only a good guy with a gun can stop a bad guy with a gun. There’s too many bad guys. And too many guns.