John Tierney's Amazing Facts about School Shootings
To save lives we need lifeguards more than armed school guards.
The always brilliant John Tierney on school shootings in the current “City Journal”:
“[Le]t me suggest a more practical and immediate way for Americans to cope with [the Uvalde] tragedy: turn off the television.
— “[School shootings] actually occurred more often in the 1990s than recently—but back then, there wasn’t an army of satellite trucks competing around the clock to chronicle the horror.”
— “[T]he annual odds that an American child will die in a mass shooting at school are nearly 10 million to 1, about the odds of being killed by lightning or of dying in an earthquake.” [Fact from James Alan Fox, criminologist at Northeastern University].
— “Those are also about the same odds that any American will die in a mass public shooting like the recent one in Buffalo.”
— “[T]he active-shooter drills now conducted in over 95 percent of the nation’s schools … are associated with higher levels of depression, stress and anxiety.”
— In the past decade, the total number of students killed by any sort of gunfire at school each year: 10 out of 50 million students. Total number of children killed by drowning every year: hundreds.
Read the whole thing here.