You may have seen the startling statistics that have been posted on social media:
Between 2001—2013 on US soil, 406,496 Americans have been killed by guns. In that same time period, 3,380 have been killed due to terrorism.
In addition, there have been:
- 137 school shootings in America since Sandy Hook
- 45 school shootings in America this year
- 294 mass shootings in the past 274 days of this year
- 9,957 Americans killed so far this year due to gun violence
- How many new gun laws? 0
We are a country that loves guns and have difficulty passing even the most commonsense laws to make assault weapons illegal or more enhanced background checks.
The latest violence was at Umpqua Community College in Rosewood, Oregon, where a 26-year-old armed with four guns went on a rampage, killing nine and wounding seven others. UPDATE: Two more shootings involving college students--one at Norhters Arizona University and one near Texas Southern University
This follows too many mass shooting incidents to count: the Charleston church shooting, Virginia Tech, Aurora movie theater, Washington Navy Yard, Fort Hood, Texas, Sandy Hook Elementary School
The list goes on and on….
Yet little seems to be done by our elected officials except thoughts, prayers and shock that this could happen. Yet it keeps happening.
What needs to be done? It’s possible to protect people’s right to own guns and still have stricter laws that help deter the violence. For starters, how about laws that allow more thorough background checks and better data collection? A ban on assault weapons? Background checks at gun shows and private sales?
President Barack Obama expressed his remorse and frustration in a speech to the nation, yet nothing will probably get done. If there was any time where something seemed like it might have gotten done, it was after the Sandy Hook shooting in an elementary school left 20 children and 6 staff members. Nothing was done then, and it seems like nothing is going to get done as more and more Americans die at the hand of other Americans.
Bullying and Gun Violence in the Schools
Many of the school shooting stem from kids with access to guns who are bullied and emotionally unstable, clinically depressed or suffer other mentall issues.
This issue is so important to us that we have been partnering with anti-bullying groups and providing help and answers to parents of bullied children. We have a popular free download, Fighting Back: A Legal Guide for Parents of Bullied Children, which provides step by step tips for stopping or preventing bullying as well as letter templates to send to various school officials and employees.
We have also compiled a complete district guide of the anti-bullying contact for every school on Long Island. This contact, as required by the Dignity for All Students Act, is trained in bullying issues and handles complaints about bullying for the school. You can request th contact for your district here.
Have questions, concerns or want more information for a specific case you think you may have? Give us a call at 516-222-4000.