Many years ago in Colombia, while driving some children to school, I overheard their conversation on the current events. They were trying to guess how many days they were getting off school because one of the presidential candidates had just been killed. According to them it could be up to three days, since he was more important than the previous politician killed and then they had two days with no school.
These were children under the age of 10, and I suddenly realized that we had become so used to violence, bombs and killings, that even children were talking lightly about it.
I currently live in the US, and once more I realize that we are becoming numb to the fact that there are so many shootings in the country, that we only ask how many were killed today.
The shooting in Colorado is one more in the long list of shootings in different parts of the country, sometimes at colleges, universities, malls and even churches.
On Oct. 1, 2015, Time published the following: 23 shootings on college campuses in 2015. The shooting at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Ariz., on Friday, which killed one and injured three, is the 52nd shooting on school grounds this year and the 23rd on a college campus, according to a group that advocates for gun reform.
Everytown for Gun Safety has been tracking every school shooting since the 2012 incident at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., which claimed the lives of 20 children and six adults. Since then, there have been 149 shootings at schools.
Here are all the college campus shootings this year:
Feb. 2, 2015 Minnesota State University, Mankato, Minn. 0 injured, 0 killed, shooter committed suicide
Feb. 5, 2015 University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C. 1 killed, shooter committed suicide
Feb. 15, 2015 University of Georgia, Athens, Ga. 0 injured, 0 killed
Feb. 23, 2015 Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona Beach, Fla. 3 injured, 0 killed
April 2, 2015 Community College of Beaver County, Beaver Falls, Pa. 1 injured (man accidentally shot himself)
April 2, 2015 Lane College, Jackson, Tenn. 1 injured
April 4, 2015 Everett Community College, Everett, Wash. 0 injured, 0 killed
April 13, 2015 Wayne Community College, Goldsboro, N.C. 1 killed
April 18, 2015 Delaware State University, Dover, Del. 3 injured
April 19, 2015 Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, N.C. 1 injured
April 19, 2015 Delaware State University, Dover, Del. 0 injured, 0 killed
May 4, 2015 Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah, 1 injured (accidental shooting)
July 27, 2015 University of Florida-Gainesville, Gainesville, Fla. 0 injured, 0 killed
Aug. 8, 2015 Wichita State University, Wichita, Kan. 1 killed
Aug. 26, 2015 Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas, 1 killed, 1 injured
Aug. 27, 2015 Savannah State University, Savannah, Ga. 1 killed
Sept. 3, 2015 Sacramento City College, Sacramento, Calif. 1 killed, 2 injured
Sept. 14, 2015 Delta State University, Cleveland, Miss. 1 killed
Sept. 28, 2015 Montana Tech of the University of Montana, Butte, Mont. 0 injured, 0 killed
Oct. 1, 2015 Umpqua Community College, Roseburg, Ore. 9 dead, 9 injured, shooter committed suicide
Oct. 9, 2015 Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas, 1 injured
Oct. 9, 2015 Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas, 1 killed, 1 injured
Oct. 9, 2015 Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Ariz. 1 killed, 3 injured
To that we can add others like;
July 16, 2015: mass shooting at a military site in Chattanooga, Tennessee, four dead and three injured
June 18, 2015: mass shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, nine dead
Nov. 22, 2015,shooting in New Orleans’ 9th Ward on Sunday
Nov. 28 Colorado shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic, 3 killed, 9 injured.
The use of firearms in this country continues and the public in general can only read about those killed and injured. We continue to see the ‘outpouring’ of people crying, bringing teddy bears, candles and flowers to places where people have suffered a violent death.
We watch the news in places like Paris, Egypt, etc and we see the same scenes of pain.
Where are the arms coming from? Who sells them? How do they reach the hands of users? How can we as a society respond to this continued threat?
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