The massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School in Parkand, Florida has sparked nationwide outrage. Many people are demanding action of some kind, whether it’s more gun control, arming teachers and or reforming the mental health system.
However, perception is not necessarily reality and despite recent shootings, schools are actually safer today than in previous decades.
That’s according to a study from Northeastern University Criminology Professor James Fox.
“Our schools are safe, very safe. You know, occasionally, we have had awful, horrific tragedies, but for the most part, when you think of the 55 million school children in over one-hundred thousand schools, schools are safe. In fact for some kids, its the safest place for them, even safer than their own home. These events are tragic and we all feel awful for what’s happened, but, let’s keep it in perspective. It’s not an epidemic.”
Mass school shootings in fact, are very rare events. Fox’s research found that on average, mass murders happen about 20 to 30 times per year and about one of those events, on average takes place at a school.
Their research also found that shooting incidents involving students have been going down since the 1990’s.
Fox goes on to say that over the past 35 years, there have been only five cases in which someone who was between the ages of 18 to 20 used an assault rifle in a mass shooting.
Fox was a guest on McIntyre in the Morning.
Sharon Reardon, KABC News