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US-CRIME-SCHOOL SHOOTING

Since the Sandy Hook massacre, gun violence in America has only gotten worse.

In fact, 554 kids under the age of 23 have died from gunshots in the three years since the horrific crime, according to an NBC News analysis. But that number may very well be larger, as suicides often go unreported.

Since Sandy Hook, an American youth has died by a gun every other day. In a study conducted by MSNBC, data shows that while gun deaths along with violent crimes have been steadily declining, there’s no solid evidence kids are any safer now than they were three years ago.

Shannon Watts, a stay-at-home mom who’s behind the Facebook group Demand Action for Gun Sense, believes that while progress has been very slow, the Sandy Hook shooting – in which Adam Lanza killed 20 children and 6 adults – will one day mark a turning point. “I wouldn’t wake up and spend 12 hours a day working on this if I didn’t think we were winningI’m just so saddened by the lives we’re going to lose in the meantime,” she said.

As the conversation about gun control continues to pick up steam in the U.S., especially as we come upon an election year, it’s clear that much work still needs to be done.

SOURCE: MSNBC | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty

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