School shootings in the U.S., 1990-Oct 2015. Graphic: James P. Galasyn

2 October 2015 (Desdemona Despair) – In early 21st-century America, death by random gun violence has become a background dread, a bit like fear of nuclear annihilation during the Cold War. U.S. schools have modern “duck-and-cover” training for kids in the form of active shooter drills.

A duck and cover drill in a U.S. school. Photo: Perth Amboy Free Pubic Library

Most Americans probably think that school shootings are getting worse, but are they really?

Fortunately, there’s a Wikipedia page that tracks school shootings, so it’s a pretty easy matter to convert the Wikipedia tables into spreadsheets and graphs.

Deaths in school shootings in the U.S., 1990-Oct 2015. Graphic: James P. Galasyn

It’s pretty clear that school shootings really have been getting worse in recent years. The number of incidents took off in 2012 and (hopefully) peaked in 2014 – but there are still three months left in 2015.

You can get the data and related graphs here: School shootings in the US.xlsx.


  1. Anonymous said...

    "The Gun is good! The Penis is evil! The Penis shoots Seeds, and makes new Life to poison the Earth with a plague of men, as once it was. But the Gun shoots Death and purifies the Earth of the filth of Brutals. Go forth, and kill! Zardoz has spoken."



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