Oregon School Shooting Was the 74th Since Newtown
How many more? How many more deaths? How many more family destroyed? How many more days before legislators stand up to the gun pushers and do the right thing?
“Today is a very tragic day for the city of Troutdale and Reynolds School District,” said Troutdale Police Chief Scott Anderson. “I’m very, very sorry for the family, and for all the students, and everybody who will be impacted by this tragic incident.” Details about the shooter’s motive are not yet known.
The attack with what police said was a semi-automatic weapon — “Shooter dressed in all black w AR-15 and vest and helmet. Cornered in bathroom by officers,” according to Good Day Oregon’s Kate Cagle — was the 74th since December 2012, when Adam Lanza killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. That’s one about every eight days.
In 2014 so far, there have been 37 school shootings. As of February, about half of the incidents were fatal.
Georgia tops the dishonorable list, with ten shootings reported since Newtown, while Florida is next with seven. Overall, 31 states are represented on the list.