The word Columbine strikes fear in parents all over the world. The tragic 1999 shooting in Colorado was every parents’ worst nightmare. We send our children to school, expecting them to be safer there than on the streets, but sometimes they don’t come home…ever again. Since school shooting statistics are not showing signs of improving any time soon, we can’t help but ask ourselves, “Has this become a way of life in America?”
Shannon Watts is the founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. She tells U.S. News that shootings in the United States show “…a gun epidemic out of control…. The idea that you’re going to ask a teacher, who did not sign up to be in the military, to become a sharpshooter is asinine.” The sad truth is that our gun violence statistics are only getting worse, which proves that America is still a ‘Columbine Nation.’ Here are 15 more reasons why this tragic truth still stands.
1. Unsecured guns.
If we want the school shooting statistics to lower, we need to look at the root causes. According to Everytown for Gun Safety, more than 2 million American children live in homes with unsecured guns.