Map Charts Widespread Nature of School Shootings

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A map plotting all of the school shootings in the United States since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on December 14, 2012.
Everytown for Gun Safety/Mark Gongloff

The June 10, 2014 shooting at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Ore., which left one student dead along with the shooter, increased to 74 the number of school shootings since the December 14, 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.

Using data from a gun control advocacy group called Everytown for Gun Safety, the map above was created and sent out on Twitter by Mark Gongloff, editor of the Huffington Post. It plots all school shootings since the Sandy Hook tragedy. Colleges and universities are colored purple; K-12 schools are shaded red.

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While the map suggests no discernible geographic pattern for the shootings, its markings capably illustrate, in sheer numbers, the widespread nature of the problem. In 2014, there have been 37 school shootings, about half of which included fatalities.

The infamous Sandy Hook shooting, in Newtown, Conn., saw 20-year-old Adam Lanza take the lives of 20 children and six adult school staff, before taking his own life.

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