Average School Shootings In 2014: One Every Other School Day


The latest school shooting left one dead at Purdue University on Tuesday, meaning 2014 now averages one school shooting every other school day.

There were at least seven school shootings in the first 14 school days of 2014, ThinkProgress reported. In 2013, there were only 28 school shootings total.

The Purdue suspect, 23-year-old Cody Cousins, was reportedly only targeting one student when he opened fire at the school’s electrical engineering building. Andrew Boldt, 21, a senior from Wisconsin, was shot and killed.

"This appears to be an isolated and intentional act," Purdue Police Chief John Cox said. "The victim appeared to have been targeted by the suspect, and it was no more and no less than that."

Another student was shot Monday at Widener University in Pennsylvania. The injured student was shot near the school's gym and taken to Crozer Chester Medical Center where he is listed in critical condition,CNN reported.

"All indications are that this was not a random act of violence," said university spokesman Dan Hanson in a written press statement.

Many schools have introduced armed security officials or “resource officers,” but school shooting incidents don’t appear to be decreasing. Since resource officers have been instated, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of students arrested, according to ThinkProgress.

In the wake of the shooting at Newtown, Conn., in December 2012, President Barack Obama pushed for tougher gun control laws.

The universal background checks proposal Manchin-Toomey did not garner enough votes to avert a Senate filibuster in April.

Sources: ThinkProgress, CNN


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