The school year in the United States registered a record in its first half compared to recent years, according to the report of an organization released four years after the massacre in Parkland, Florida, the largest massacre in a school in this country.
According to Everytown for Gun Safety, between August 1 and December 31 of last year, there were 136 firearms incidents on US school campuses, a number that is almost four times the average for that period since 2013, when the organization started its accounting.
Three out of four perpetrators got the weapon at home
The 136 shootings in schools resulted in 26 deaths and 96 injuries, the report states, adding that three out of four of those who unleashed the shots obtained the weapon at home.
“It has been a devastating first half of the school year and without meaningful action from all levels of government, more students and teachers will be fired, more communities will be traumatized and more children will spend their days worrying about gun violence,” said Shannon Watts. , founder of Moms Demand Action, which is part of Everytown for Gun Safety.
Sari Kaufman, a survivor of the shooting of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, criticized that “too often, legislators see the pain and trauma of survivors and do nothing.”
Monday marks four years since the massacre in Parkland, Florida, the largest massacre in a school in the US
Next Monday will be four years since the massacre that occurred in the South Florida high school, for which its confessed author, the young Nikolas Cruz, pleaded guilty last year and awaits sentencing in a prison in South Florida.
The young man was 19 years old when he entered his old school armed with a rifle and carried out the massacre, an act for which he faces life in prison or the death penalty.
Cruz, who was expelled from that center for misconduct, has been detained ever since and has had problems in prison, where he got into a fight with a guard.