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Eighteen years of gun violence in U.S. schools, mapped

It’s not really the case, as you may have seen reported elsewhere, that there have been 18 school shootings in the United States this year. That data point comes from a gun-control-advocacy organization called Everytown for Gun Safety and includes any discharge of a firearm at a school — including accidents — as a “shooting.” It also includes incidents that happened to take place at a school, whether students were involved or not.

Perhaps these meet your standard for a school shooting, but generally, the term refers to something more specific: the targeting of students or teachers at a school. By Everytown’s standard, there has been a shooting every 2.5 days this year. Using a stricter standard, there have been at least seven school shootings in 2018 — more than one each week. Shootings near New Orleans and Los Angeles. Shootings in Kentucky, Arizona and Texas. And, on Wednesday, a shooting in Parkland, Fla., that has left 17 people dead and an undetermined number wounded (as of writing).


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