All Adults Are the Protectors of All Children

How many teachers signed up to pack a weapon when they entered the profession?  Turnover in education is already a huge problem.  Packing a gun is what police and soldiers do. Shooting someone takes training – shooting the right person takes extensive training.

Arming teachers, the commonality of school lock downs and active shooter student training and placing the army or police force inside of our schools are extreme measures creating fear in students and make teaching more like combat than educationWiki list of school shootings in America. List of Mass U.S. shootings;1,624 in 1,870 days. 2017 record year for U.S. gun deaths.

This Report Tallied the Human and Economic Toll of Gun Violence in All 50 States. The Cost Is Staggering.

By Dartunorro Clark, NBC News

19 September 19   2017 marked the first time firearms killed more people than motor vehicle accidents, the report said.

un violence hits America’s youth and rural states the hardest and has reached the highest levels in decades, a report released Wednesday by Democrats on Congress’ Joint Economic Committee has found.

U.S. teens and young adults, ages 15-24, are 50 times more likely to die by gun violence than they are in other economically advanced countries, according to the 50-state breakdown.

In 2017 — the year of a mass shooting in Las Vegas that killed 58 and injured hundreds — nearly 40,000 people died from gun-related injuries, including 2,500 school children, the report said, noting that six in 10 gun deaths in the U.S. are suicides.

How the marketing arm of the NRA has come to own the issues of public health, public safety and education is hard to understand.  No other industrialized nation has anywhere near the mass shootings, gun violence or child death by guns.

 *Kids and Guns: Shootings Now Third Leading Cause of Death for U.S. …    Jun 19, 2017 – Few stories are more heartbreaking than those involving children who are injured or killed by gunshots.

Guns kill nearly 1,300 US children each year –  Jun 19, 2017 – Guns kill nearly 1,300 US children each year, study says …. Boys accounted for 82% of allchild firearm deaths and about 84% of all nonfatal …

Key Gun Violence Statistics* | Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence › Gun Violence  Every day, 7 children and teens die from gun violence:4 are murdered2 die from … years of complete data from death certificates (2011-2015) and estimates of …

Guns Are the Third Leading Cause of Child Death in America – Fortune  Jun 20, 2017 – A new CDC report finds nearly 1300 American children are killed by guns each year. But suicides and mental health are a big contributor.

Race is a huge factor in child gun deaths – VICE News Jun 20, 2017 – Nearly 1300 children are killed by guns every year in the United States and another 5800 are wounded, making firearms the third-biggest killer …

Gun deaths: When kids find guns, should parents be blamed?…die…gun…/101568654/  May 24, 2017 – Children die from gun accidents in the U.S. about once a week. Almost every deathbegins with the same basic circumstances. And each ends …

Gun Violence: Facts and Statistics | Violence Prevention Initiative…/gun…/gun-violence-facts-and  American children face substantial risk of exposure to firearm injury and death according to scientific literature. Learn more about gun violence today.

Images for guns and child deaths   Easy to understand graphics and charts;

These facts and statistics tell a gruesome story about the depth and scope of gun ownership and violence in America.
Now that school lock downs,  active shooter training, military and policing agencies and the arming of teachers have become a growing part of elementary and high school student experience, we must ask ourselves what the better answers are. No other industrialized nation suffers from the killing crisis America lives with on a daily basis.

KARA has been reporting and speaking on critical issues impacting abused and neglected children for many years.

this article submitted by long time CASA guardian ad Litem Mike Tikkanen

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