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336th Mass Shooting In United States This Year

November 15, 2019

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Yesterday’s school shooting was the 366th mass shooting in the country so far this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive, an independent data collection, and research group.

The police said a suspect described Nathan Berhow as a 16-year-old male student at the high school who went there on Thursday morning, pulled a handgun from a backpack and shot five people before shooting himself in the head. Thursday was his birthday.  

Katie Holt, a choir teacher at Saugus High School, nursed two gunshot wounds on one of her students.

“I don’t think I should have had to process this. I don’t think my kids, especially, should have to process this,” said Holt.

“A really big change needs to happen,” she said. “I held a bleeding child today in my classroom, in my music classroom.”

So where does that leave us?

First, no one is surprised that a mass shooting took place, or that it occurred at a school.  The ones who feel the shock are the students and staff at the school along with their families.  The rest of the nation is growing numb to the carnage—the very preventable carnage.   What happened at Saugus High School will happen again because there are not enough reasoned voices in Congress to pass the bills we know would start to make a difference with these mass shootings.  The NRA is damaging the fabric of this nation by controlling members, and too many of my fellow citizens seem resigned to that fate.

It’s not a leap to say that no 16-year-old should have ready access to a firearm.  Yet this teenager was able to do just that very thing.  What is staggering to ponder is the fact that about 1 million students show up at school carrying a firearm. Since 2010 there have been 142 mass shootings committed by people age 17 and younger.

The fact that too many guns are manufactured, there is too easy of a process to buy guns and ammo, and the laws are not strict enough to prevent many of our youth from obtaining a gun are issues that our nation could start to resolve if we wished to do so.    We know the availability of guns remains the main problem.

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