- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 21, 2014

January 20, 2014

Edwardsville Intelligencer

Something must be done - soon

There are heroes and there are victims. There are those who go to prison and those who take their own lives.

The scenes of police officers surrounding school buildings have become common. Much too common.

Guns and students don’t mix.

But lately, they have become regular headlines.

In 2013, there were 29 shootings at elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and colleges across the country.

Those 29 incidents left 26 people dead and 35 wounded.

In 2012, there were 14 incidents - including the Newtown, Conn., tragedy - which left 44 dead and 17 wounded.

For comparison’s sake, there were three such incidents in 1992, with seven deaths, and three in 1993, with four deaths.

And already in 2014, there have been three school shootings resulting in five injuries.

Pretty sobering numbers.

We’re guessing the numbers for shopping malls are similar and movie theatres, for some reason, see more than their share of violence.

All of these instances are troubling, but the school shootings weigh heaviest. These are children.

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