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Last Month Was The First March Since 2002 That Didn't Have A Single School Shooting In America

Last Month Was The First March Since 2002 That Didn't Have A Single School Shooting In America

It is quite devastating to realize that it takes a nationwide school-shutdown to have no cases of school shootings. 

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The deadly virus has brought the world to a grinding halt.  However, thanks to the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of the Coronavirus, there have been a few unintentional positive consequences. For starters, the air quality has drastically improved, animal rescue shelters are empty for the first time as people have adopted cats and dogs. But perhaps the major silver lining in this cloud has been the lack of school shootings. Yes, you read that right.  March 2020 was apparently the first month in America without a single school shooting since March 2002, reports CBS News. Several schools across America were shut down in a bid to flatten the curve. 



 

 

A study published by the New England Journal of Medicine states that gun violence is the leading cause of death for children in the US right after car crashes. Everytown for Gun Safety, an organization that tracks gun violence in the US, noted there were seven shootings on school campuses in March 2020 alone. However, four were accidental discharges, one took place between adults on a high school football field, and two shootings reportedly occurred on college campuses, but involved no students. It is devastating to realize that it takes a nationwide school-shutdown to have no cases of shootings, which should not be occurring to begin with.



 

 

Even though we are only in our fourth month of the year, Everytown's report shows that there have been at least 33 incidents of gunfire on school grounds in 2020, resulting in ten deaths and 15 injuries. In 2019, there were at least 130 incidents of gunfire on school grounds, which led to  32 deaths and 77 injuries. What's even more surprising is the fact that sales of guns have shot up ever since the first cases of COVID-19 appeared in the US. The FBI had to conduct 3.7 million background checks in March 2020 alone, the highest total since the instant background check program began in 1998, reports BBC.  



 

 

 March saw the sales of nearly 2 million guns. The figures are the highest since December 2015 when sales skyrocketed after the Obama Administration raised the possibility of restricting assault rifles after a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California. Given the increase in sales. there's no guarantee that kids are going to have it easy once they get back to school.  When this pandemic ends and we emerge from this physical distancing reality, the guns will remain, wrote Guns Down America executive director Igor Volsky on Twitter. Will there be increased mass shootings, school shootings, shootings at home, at work, at concerts?  



 

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