Fairfax County School Board Passes Resolution On Gun Violence

Miranda Sandoval, Staff Writer

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     17 lives were taken and over 14 were injured during a school shooting that occurred on February 14, 2018, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

     In response to this tragedy and other recent incidents across the U.S. involving firearms, the Fairfax County School Board met on the evening of February 22, 2018, to discuss gun violence prevention within the school system.

     The FCPS School Board Gun Violence Prevention Resolution was released the next day, urging Congress and state legislatures to pass legislation that “regulates access to firearms in the interest of public safety, funds public-health research on firearms-related issues, and advances mental health supports.”

     Ryan McElveen, the board member that proposed the resolution, took to Twitter to “invite school boards across America to adopt resolutions and hold elected officials accountable until they fix this problem.”

By The Numbers: Gun Violence and School Shooting Statistics
2,718: Number of Gun-Related Deaths in 20181
4,645: Number of Gun-Related Injuries in 20181

521: Number of Teens (12-17) Killed or Injured By Gun Violence1
43: Number of Mass Shootings in 20181

39: Number of School Shootings Since 2000 (Including Incident in Parkland, Florida)2
24: Estimated Number Of Children Shot Each Day in the U.S.3

1: Stats taken from wwww.gunviolencearchive.org
2: Stats taken from www.statisticbrain.com
3: Stats taken from www.washingtonpost.com


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