Shots fired: school shootings leave the US dealing with another epidemic

Shots fired: school shootings leave the US dealing with another epidemic

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November 30 2021, a student at Oxford High School in Michigan killed four students in a shooting. The suspect, 15-year old Ethan Crumbley, also left seven others injured, making it the deadliest school shooting since may 2018. This recent shooting belongs to a collection of many similar incidents, taking place all over the US. It awakens a deep-rooted discussion in the American society, but talks about gun control shoot down any possibility of a solution; gun violence is part and parcel of American life.  

The shooting at Oxford High School does not stand on its own. In 2021, there were 34 school shootings. The large number of shootings, over 90 since 2018, seems to have been interrupted by Covid-19. But despite a decrease of gun violence at schools, the rise in shootings after September 2021 shows that the trend line is picking up again.

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