Data on mass shootings at school don’t live up to the hysteria

Data on mass shootings at school don’t live up to the hysteria, by David Unsworth.

Since March of 1998, there have been 298 people killed in school shootings in the United States, or 14.9 deaths a year. …

Of course even one is too many, but this is hardly the national epidemic of school-related violence that the Second Amendment-hating Left and partisan Hollywood celebrity supporters would make it out to be.

The aspiring heroes of the “March for Our Lives” claimed that “they are going to be the kids you read about in the history books” because they are going to end gun violence in schools. But how, exactly, are they going to do that? To physically keep guns out of schools would require that schools lock all first-floor windows at all times and have metal detectors at all entrances during school hours. We could do that, but it would be an incredible inconvenience in order to prevent against the extremely unlikely. A cost-benefit analysis would reveal its impracticality.

Given that over the past 118 years, 4.7 people per year have died at the hands of school shootings, and 14.9 per year over the past 20, perhaps there are more serious issues that they should worry about. …

A typical year in the US usually records 33,000 gun-related deaths, two-thirds of which are suicides. The 12,000 gun-related homicides a year are, unsurprisingly, heavily concentrated in inner-city neighborhoods afflicted by drugs, gangs, and crime. …

The next argument that liberals love to make: School shootings only happen in the United States. Nonsense. Even the most cursory examination of the data shows that it is a global problem, including in countries with stricter gun control laws. …

If it is wrong for Trump supporters to call for sweeping anti-Muslim public policy every time a Muslim commits a terrorist attack, it is equally wrong to blame the right to keep and bear arms, and those who peacefully exercise it, for school shootings.

And school shooters aren’t even part of a thirteen-century-old death cult that avows to conquer the world. They’re just random people in need of help with mental health.