Additional information on school shootings in the United States
Schooling shootings in the United States have been a regular occurrence in the country. The frequency of these instances relative to other developed countries highlights a potentially systemic problem. Although the country has fallen victim to numerous mass shootings in previous decades, evidence suggests educational institutions are commonly chosen as the target of mass shootings.
President Barack Obama spoke out against the issue a number of times during his presidency in response to the fears among the American people surrounding the causes and frequency of mass shootings in schools. Each incident has brought the availability of firearms into the spotlight resulting in the prominence of the gun lobbyists in the United States being highly criticized. Shootings such as the Virginia Tech massacre and the Columbine High School massacre have gained worldwide attention. However, unlike countries such as Australia following the deaths at Port Arthur, the United States reacted with minimal policy changes to gun ownership and sale within the country.
As the statistic above shows, shootings at colleges and universities have occurred more often than those at schools for younger students. Although the ages of the attacker and their victims vary, there appears to be a larger risk of older students committing such acts at the later stages of the country’s educational system.