SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Thirty-seven, that’s how many school shootings there have been in the U.S. this year. “Everytown for Gun Safety” calculated the findings. Some parents say the statistics are alarming.
‘We saturate ourselves in violence too much, our whole culture, and it just seems like you can’t do anything about it,” said David Michalak of Agawam, Massachusetts. “It’s like throwing a wiffle ball into the wind.”
That includes shootings resulting in death, suicide, wounded victims and unintentional shootings. Minors were responsible for 70 percent of the K-12 school shootings.
“I think the cause is video games, music, things that are just being pushed on the youth,” said Chad Howard of Amherst.
While such incidents nearly always result in calls for stricter gun laws, many Americans want to keep their right to bear arms.
“The guns don’t kill people, it’s people that kill people,” said Shawn St. George of Chicopee. “If you had some crazy lunatic run out and start shooting, he or she would probably think twice knowing everyone else around them also had a gun.”
Below is a map of all 74 school shootings since the Sandy Hook Massacre: