This book is the result of nearly 3 years of research by reference librarian, Luis Aponte, following the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14th, 2018. This research seeks to find patterns in every school shooting in the United States for the past 30 years in order to help save the lives of children and those who seek to educate and protect our children.
A more comprehensive study of gun violence in schools is long overdue. The results of this research project has revealed more incidents of school shootings than CNN, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, FBI, Secret Service, and Congress ...combined.
This book is dedicated to the countless victims of gun violence in schools – those who are no longer with us and those of us who still suffer daily from the wake of its rippling effect.
Luis Aponte is a research librarian, author, and U.S. Air Force veteran. Luis is also an alumnus of Marjory Stoneman Douglas in Parkland, Florida; where went by his middle name "David" and had to leave his high school a year early due to the threat of gun violence in 1993.
Although he missed all of the rites of passage traditionally associated with a teenager’s senior year of high school, Aponte is grateful to have escaped with his life with an opportunity to give back to his community with his research skills. Aponte is happily married for four years with a goal of one day opening a farm animal sanctuary with his wife.
It is this author's hope that this book will help bring the country together, as one people, in order to help save lives. Our brave children, teachers, and resource officers deserve to feel safe from gun violence in schools.
This book is about studying patterns in every school shooting in the United States over the past 30 years (see definition in "School Shooting Defined" tab above) in order to see how we as a community can find practical ways to prevent gun violence in schools.
Absolutely not! None of the solutions I have featured in my book propose banning or taking guns away from any law-abiding gun owner. Both owning firearms and free speech are protected by our Constitution. Most of the solutions I propose involve addressing education, community engagement, school design, legal loopholes that criminals exploit, crime prevention ideas, as well as improving mental health.
Because none of us can solve the problem of gun violence in schools alone. This book is not about politics or taking away rights from law-abiding citizens. People from all walks of life will have a different perspective on how to address this challenge and we need lots of constructive and creative ideas. My hope is that every school in the country will take these statistics and make their own choices on how to protect students, school faculty, and even school resource officers.
Not exactly. You may be thinking of the FBI study titled, "Active Shooter Incidents in the United States from 2000-2018." The terms "active shooter" and "school shooting" have a different focus and connotation. "Active shooter" events focus on a single type of crime, whereas this book also includes targeted shootings, drive-by shootings, suicides, self-defense, accidental shootings, and stray bullets. The FBI study focuses on 18 years, whereas my book examines 30 years of gun violence in schools.
Not at all. Although there are several incidences in which school shootings were gang-related or resulted from drug-deals or robberies gone bad, many shootings stemmed from regular people who got into heated arguments; couples who had domestic disputes; kids who were afraid to go to school because of bullying; young adults and adults who were rejected by a lover; people who were kicked out of school or denied tenure for a university position; people who suffered from depression; people who suffered from diagnosed mental health issues; and from people (including young children and resource officers) who accidentally mishandled a firearm.
Yes! Your donation to our cause is greatly appreciated! All donations will go toward the goal of sending a physical copy of this book to every school library in the United States. There is a "Donate" tab at the top of the page. Thank you so much!