There have been 18 school shootings in the first 45 days of 2018, according to a nonprofit group.
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Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun control advocacy group, had recorded 17 school shootings on their website prior to this afternoon’s shooting in Parkland, Florida.
Everytown defines a school shooting as “any time a firearm discharges a live round inside a school building or on a school campus or grounds, as documented by the press and, when necessary, confirmed through further inquiries with law enforcement or school officials,” according to its website.
Today’s shooting marks the first of the year in Florida. There were three shootings at different schools in Texas, two in different California schools and two in different Michigan schools, according to Everytown’s data. There are 10 other states that had at least one shooting.
In eight of the 17 school shootings recorded by Everytown prior to today, a gun was fired but no one was injured.
Two of the shootings were classified as being attempted or completed suicides with no intent to injure another person.
The Gun Violence Archive, which tracks reports of mass shootings — defined as incidents where four or more people are shot, not including the shooter — reports there have been 30 mass shooting incidents so far in 2018, including today’s in Florida.
Schools have been some of the deadliest sites for shootings in the past.
The third deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history was at Virginia Tech University in 2007, when 32 people were killed, and…