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Putting school shootings in perspective


John Lott does some analysis of the school shooting hysteria:

Also, some perspective is needed. Contrary to what many people believe, high school shootings have actually been falling over the last two decades. To illustrate this let's compare the five school years 1992-93 to 1996-97 with the five school years from 2008-09 to 2012-13. During the first period, the number of non-gang, non-suicide shooting deaths averaged 25 a year. During the recent five-year period, it averaged less than half that, 10 per year -- and that figure does include the horrific Newtown massacre.

To put these numbers in perspective, there are about 50 million young people between the ages of 6 and 17. Another 21 million people are enrolled in colleges.


Yes, despite the huge amount of attention paid to media orgies of death like Newtown, school shootings are getting rarer.

This entry was published Tue Feb 18 12:02:21 CST 2014 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2014-02-18 16:06:14.0. [Tweet]

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