My sincere thanks for this excellent article.
We have become hysterical about school shootings. Worse, we are terrorizing our children with our overblown fears and too many are using the kids for political advantage to advance one agenda or another. Neither side is guilt-free.
Children between the ages of five and eighteen are 17 times more likely to die in a fire; 36 times more likely to be killed as a pedestrian; 43 times more likely to drown and 64 times more likely to die as a passenger in a motor vehicle than they are to die in a shooting at a K-12 public school.
Over the past 25 years, 99.8% of K-12 public schools haven’t had a school shooting at all. That’s counting every incident where a gun was fired on school grounds or school transportation, even if nobody was struck. In terms of mass shootings, 99.992% of U.S. K-12 public schools have not had one in the past quarter-century.
How much of our daily life is governed by fear of a mass shooter? Do we go to our places of employment? Do we shop? Do we visit friends and go out to eat or see a movie? How many of us jog while wearing earbuds? Our lives are at higher risk than our children’s lives at school.
We not only need to quit being afraid of the boogeyman, we need to quit making him even more frightening.