In the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, many statistics began to circulate online. Some sources have cited as many as 18 shootings since the beginning of 2018, while other sources cite as few as 9. Using a strict set of parameters, CNN identified 12 school shootings that have occurred in 2018. Despite the disagreements between the precise number of school shootings, one thing is painfully clear: any school shooting is one too many.
Following the shooting in Parkland, the impassioned response from the student victims of the shooting has been palpable. The survivors have rallied, attracted national media coverage, and have loudly pressured legislators to do something about the continued recurrence of American gun violence.