Since the beginning of 2016, 361 mass shootings have taken place in the United States in bars, offices, high schools and other public spaces. While some "only" result in injuries, others have turned into real bloodbaths, such as the tragedy at the Orlando nightclub on June 12, where 50 people lost their lives to the bullets of a maniac.
Sadly, American schools regularly fall prey to similar attacks: between 2000 and 2013, one quarter of all mass shootings took place in schools.
Among them, Sandy Hook will forever remain in our memories as one of the most tragic: on December 14, 2012, 20-year-old Adam Lanza killed 28 people at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty of the victims were children ages 6 and 7 years old.
Alarmingly easy access to guns
In response to the horror of Sandy Hook, numerous organizations were created to do everything in their power to prevent this kind of tragedy from happening again. Among them was Sandy Hook Promise, who released a chilling video today aiming to prevent future gun violence.
The video presents profiles of the killers, and elements like social exclusion and troubled relationships with parents are a common theme. According to the organization, it is possible to identify some of these tendencies in advance in order to prevent further massacres.
Access to guns is alarmingly easy in the United States. In 2012, Adam Lanza was able to obtain three weapons (two shotguns and an automatic rifle) from his mother's house. The excess of weaponry available to him sparked further debate on the legitimacy of gun laws in the US.
Lobbying by the highly influential National Rifle Association blocked all progress on the matter, but the numbers speak for themselves. Mass shootings in schools are a phenomenon that mostly happens in the United States. No fewer than 205 school shootings took place between 2013 and 2016, the equivalent of one school shooting every two weeks.