The study looked at more than 150 school shootings between 2013 and 2015 and found that 55 percent of the shootings were on non-college campuses, 66 percent were purposeful, 99 percent were males, 36 percent were students and 59 percent of the deaths were students.
Thirty-nine states had at least one shooting, but Southern states had the largest numbers: 15 in Georgia, 14 in Florida and Texas, 12 in North Carolina and 10 in Tennessee.
The eleven states without a shooting during that time period were Alaska, Connecticut, Hawaii, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming.
The study found that during those three years, only 17 states plus D.C. required some level of background check and in those states, there were 45 percent less school shootings compared to the other states. In Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts and New Jersey, there are background checks required for people to buy ammunition and those four states have 89 percent lower risk than all the other states.
The researchers caution that with a larger sample to study, the results may look vastly different. As always, correlation is not causation, but these stats may give us something to consider. Discuss
Time magazine's 2016 "Person of the Year" is President-elect Donald Trump.
There wasn't much surprise behind Trump's selection, but the magazine listed him as the "President of the Divided States of America," which he took umbrage to, but said he was honored.
He appeared on the Today show and told Matt Lauer:
It's a great honor. It means a lot. I've been lucky enough to be on the cover many times this year and last year. ...
When you say divided states of America, I didn't divide them. They're divided now. I mean, there's a lot of division, and we're going to put it back together and we're going to have a country that's very well healed.
Nancy Gibbs, Time's editor-in-chief, wrote about the way the choice came together for Donald Trump.
This is the 90th time we have named the person who had the greatest influence, for better or worse, on the events of the year. So which is it this year: Better or worse? The challenge for Donald Trump is how profoundly the country disagrees about the answer.
Trump beat out the short list of nominees made up of Hillary Clinton, who almost broke one of the highest glass ceilings; "The Hackers," a general term for hackers everywhere who hacked into things for good; Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's president who staved off a coup; Beyonce, who Beyonce'd again; and the Crispr Pioneers, who are working on technology to alter and find DNA across species. Discuss
Lawmakers in Ohio have officially passed what’s known as the “heartbeat bill.” The law makes it illegal to perform an abortion if a fetal heartbeat can be detected by doctors. In most cases, that’s at about the six week mark in a pregnancy. It is the most strict abortion restriction in the country, and as the Democratic Women’s Caucus Chair Kathy DiCristofaro told reporters, it does not include exceptions in cases of rape or incest.
Doctors who do not check for a heartbeat before performing an abortion could face a year in prison. Discuss
A few years ago, someone blessed the internet with a photo of a buff Jesus statue. And by “buff” we mean insanely jacked. The statue in the photo hails all the way from Yeongcheon, Gyeongsangbuk-do in South Korea and instantly became a viral sensation back in 2012. It has resurfaced today just in time for the Big Man’s birthday.
As if this picture isn’t perfect enough, the comment section is even better. Here are some of our favorites:
“Jehovah’s fitness.” prontouomo
“Jesus died to save my swole.” dreadpirate
John 2:1-11 New International Bro Bible: Jesus Changes Water Into a Protein Shake.” michaelhunt
“Cross fit” NataliePortwoman
“Do you even lift your name on high bro?” BeerisproofthatgodlovesusandwantsustobehappyDiscuss
Will Ferrell is at it again! By that, we mean he’s making yet another movie in which his character has a uniquely successful job.
In the past, the Saturday Night Live veteran has played everything from a famous race car driver a la Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby to a renowned figure skater in Blades of Glory. This time around Ferrell is trading in his ice skates for a video game controller to star in a film which will take place in the competitive world of video-gaming.
The unnamed comedy will tell the story of a middle-aged man whose unmatched hand-eye coordination allows him to compete on an eSports team with a group of significantly younger players. The film’s plot is already lending itself to make some seriously funny jokes about the generational divide between millennials and the rest of the world—a parody that isn’t too unfamiliar to Ferrell.
There is no word yet on when the film will officially make its debut, but we can’t imagine it doing poorly at the box office. The ever-growing gaming industry already has tens of millions of devoted followers worldwide. Discuss