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A Map Like This Doesn't Exist for Any Other Country in the World

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in a Wednesday interview with PolicyMic that although President Obama has had his share of tough days over the past couple of years, there is one that stands out in particular.

"He talks about Sandy Hook as being the worst day of his presidency."

School shootings, Duncan said, are "by far the hardest issue we deal with. ... We've been able to accomplish nothing legislatively." According to an analysis published on Feb. 12, in the 14 months since Sandy Hook, there have been 44 school shootings in the United States.

Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action jointly released the report, which classifies a school shooting as an incident in which a firearm is discharged inside a school building or on school or campus grounds, as documented in public news accounts. The 44 shootings — which took place between Dec. 15, 2012 and Feb. 10, 2014 — include fatal and nonfatal assaults, suicides and unintentional shootings. 

The incidents reportedly resulted in 28 fatalities: 19 homicides and nine suicides. 

Twenty-eight of the shootings occurred in a K-12 school; 16 were in a college or university. The youngest shooter, whose firearm discharged accidentally inside his backpack at his elementary school in Memphis, Tenn., was 5 years old. No one was killed or injured. The oldest shooter, who killed two people in West Palm Beach, Florida, was 53. The deadliest incident occurred at Santa Monica College on June 7, when five people were killed.

Although the map and list below include only shootings that occurred specifically on school grounds, Duncan emphasized, "This is not a schools problem; this is a societal problem" —one with "devastating, devastating impact." But schools cannot be "inoculated from society," he said.

Duncan, who has two young children of his own, said that during his years as CEO of public schools in Chicago, children were shot and killed far too frequently. "I can't tell you how many homes I went to, how many funerals I went to, how many classrooms I walked into with an empty desk."

Gun violence is an appalling problem particular to the U.S. "Other countries just don't have this," Duncan said. He cites the access and availability of guns as the primary cause. To him, there's no excuse for not keeping our children safer. "We can love the Second Amendment and still keep our babies safe," he said. "We have not had the courage to protect our babies." 

For many people, it's outrageous and disappointing that Sandy Hook didn't incite national change that they hoped it would. So Duncan posed a question that was equally as appropriate as it was upsetting:

"What will it take?"

SCHOOL SHOOTINGS, DEC. 15, 2012 - FEB. 10, 2014

2013

JANUARY
Date: January 8, 2013
City: Fort Myers, Florida
School: Apostolic Revival Center Christian School (PK-4)
Age of Shooter: Unknown
Type of Shooting: Homicide
Fatalities: 1

Date: January 10, 2013
City: Taft, California
School: Taft Union High School
Age of Shooter: 16

Date: January 15, 2013
City: St. Louis, Missouri
School: Stevens Institute of Business & Art (College)
Age of Shooter: 34

Date: January 15, 2013
City: Hazard, Kentucky
School: Hazard Community and Technical College
Age of Shooter: 21
Type of Shooting: Homicide
Fatalities: 3

Date: January 19, 2013
City: Chicago, Illinois
School: Chicago State University
Age of Shooters: 32, 29
Type of Shooting: Homicide
Fatalities: 1

Date: January 22, 2013
City: Houston, Texas
School: Lone Star College North Harris Campus
Age of Shooter: 22

Date: January 31, 2013
City: Atlanta, Georgia
School: Price Middle School
Age of Shooter: 22

FEBRUARY
Date: February 13, 2013
City: San Leandro, California
School: Hillside Elementary School
Age of Shooter: Unknown
Type of Shooting: Homicide
Fatalities: 1

Date: February 27, 2013
City: Atlanta, Georgia
School: Henry W. Grady High School
Age of Shooter: 17

MARCH
Date: March 18, 2013
City: Orlando, Florida
School: University of Central Florida
Age of Shooter: 30
Type of Shooting: Suicide
Fatalities: 1

Date: March 21, 2013
City: Southgate, Michigan
School: Davidson Middle School
Age of Shooter: 13
Type of Shooting: Suicide
Fatalities: 1

APRIL
Date: April 13, 2013 
City: Elizabeth City, North Carolina
School: Elizabeth City State University
Age of Shooter: Unknown

Date: April 15, 2013
City: Grambling, Louisiana
School: Grambling State University
Age of Shooter: Unknown

Date: April 29, 2013
City: Cincinnati, Ohio
School: La Salle High School
Age of Shooter: 17

JUNE
Date: June 7, 2013
City: Santa Monica, California
School: Santa Monica College
Age of Shooter: 23
Type of Shooting: Homicide
Fatalities: 5

Date: June 19, 2013
City: West Palm Beach, Florida
School: Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts (high school)
Age of Shooter: 53
Type of Shooting: Homicide
Fatalities: 2

AUGUST
Date: August 15, 2013
City: Clarksville, Tennessee
School: Northwest High School
Age of Shooter: Unknown
Type of Shooting: Homicide
Fatalities: 1

Date: August 20, 2013
City: Decatur, Georgia
School: Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy
Age of Shooter: 20

Date: August 22, 2013
City: Memphis, Tennessee
School: Westside Elementary School
Age of Shooter: 5

Date: August 23, 2013
City: Sardis, Mississippi
School: North Panola High School
Age of Shooters: 17, 21, 21
Type of Shooting: Homicide
Fatalities: 1

Date: August 30, 2013
City: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
School: Carver High School
Age of Shooter: 18

SEPTEMBER
Date: September 28, 2013
City: Gray, Maine
School: New Gloucester High School
Age of Shooter: 19
Type of Shooting: Suicide
Fatalities: 1

OCTOBER
Date: October 4, 2013
City: Pine Hills, Florida
School: Agape Christian Academy (K-12)
Age of Shooter: 17

Date: October 15, 2013
City: Austin, Texas
School: Lanier High School
Age of Shooter: 16
Type of Shooting: Suicide
Fatalities: 1

Date: October 21, 2013
City: Sparks, Nevada
School: Sparks Middle School
Age of Shooter: 12
Type of Shooting: Homicide/Suicide and this
Fatalities: 2

NOVEMBER
Date: November 1, 2013
City: Algona, Iowa
School: Algona High/Middle School
Age of Shooter: 23
Type of Shooting: Suicide
Fatalities: 1

Date: November 2, 2013
City: Greensboro, North Carolina
School: North Carolina A&T State University
Age of Shooter: Unknown

Date: November 3, 2013
City: Stone Mountain, Georgia
School: Stephenson High School
Age of Shooter: Unknown

Date: November 21, 2013
City: Rapid City, South Dakota
School: South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (college)
Age of Shooter: 37
Type of Shooting: Suicide
Fatalities: 1

DECEMBER
Date: December 4, 2013
City: Winter Garden, Florida
School: West Orange High School
Age of Shooter: 17

Date: December 13, 2013
City: Arapahoe County, Colorado
School: Arapahoe High School
Age of Shooter: 18
Type of Shooting: Homicide/Suicide
Fatalities: 2

2014

JANUARY
Date: January 9, 2014
City: Jackson, Tennessee
School: Liberty Technology Magnet High School
Age of Shooter: 16

Date: January 14, 2014
City: Roswell, New Mexico
School: Berrendo Middle School
Age of Shooter: 12

Date: January 15, 2014
City: Lancaster, Pennsylvania
School: Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School
Age of Shooter: Unknown
 
Date: January 17, 2014
City: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
School: Delaware Valley Charter High School
Age of Shooter: 17

Date: January 20, 2014
City: Chester, Pennsylvania
School: Widener University
Age of Shooter: Unknown

Date: January 21, 2014
City: West Lafayette, Indiana
School: Purdue University
Age of Shooter: 23
Type of Shooting: Homicide
Fatalities: 1

Date: January 24, 2014
City: Orangeburg, South Carolina
School: South Carolina State University
Age of Shooter: 19
Type of Shooting: Homicide
Fatalities: 1

Date: January 28, 2014
City: Nashville, Tennessee
School: Tennessee State University
Age of Shooter: Unknown

Date: January 28, 2014
City: Grambling, Louisiana
School: Grambling State University
Age of Shooter: Unstated

Date: January 30, 2014
City: Palm Bay, Florida
School: Eastern Florida State College
Age of Shooter: 24

Date: January 31, 2014
City: Phoenix, Arizona
School: Cesar Chavez High School
Age of Shooter: Unknown

FEBRUARY
Date: February 7, 2014
City: Bend, Oregon
School: Bend High School
Age of Shooter: Unknown
Type of Shooting: Suicide
Fatalities: 1

Date: February 10, 2014
City: Salisbury, North Carolina
School: Salisbury High School
Age of Shooter: Unknown

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