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Gary Horton | Protect Our Kids in Everyday Settings, Too

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Our community is healing from the Saugus school shooting. We’ve come together and are committed to coming out of this a stronger community. This was a huge loss, and thank you to all those working so hard to rebuild shattered and impacted lives.

There is nothing to minimize in the shooting.

And, there also needs to be a recognition that the fear generated from shootings far exceeds the actual risks children face in schools.

Since 2015, there have been only six shooting deaths in California schools, including Saugus. There have been 19 school shooting deaths in the U.S. in 2019. There have been 170 shooting deaths in all U.S. schools since Sandy Hook in December 2012.

We must move past the fear: The risks our children face in daily living very far exceed any risks we perceive about school gun death.

Understandably, parents are hyper-vigilant, fearing more gunfire inside school grounds. Yet, there are so many pragmatic additional ways parents can protect kids from extremely pervasive mortal risks.

The New England Journal of Medicine reports these statistics for adolescent deaths in 2016:

• Motor vehicle crashes: 4,074

• Firearm homicides (outside schools) 1,855

• Firearm suicide: 1,102

• Firearm unintentional: 176

• Suffocation suicides:........

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