The sad reality is that shootings in schools happen. And they happen more frequently than any of us want to believe. It seems every few weeks there's another one. Yet the "gun debate" rages on. Both sides raise good points - "If we only had better mental health facilities" or "If we could only do away with guns altogether."
Yet there is no solution in sight.
27 school shootings between 2000-2013.
According to the FBI's "A Study of Active Shooter Incidents in the United States Between 2000 and 2013": The 27 school incidents resulted in 57 individuals killed and 60 individuals wounded.
The gun debate has raged continuously since 2000, yet as we know from the statistics above, not much has changed. If anything, the problem of school shootings has gotten worse.
There was Frederick, Maryland, on February 4th of this year. Harrisburg High School in Harrisburg, South Dakota, on September 30th. Roseburg, Oregon. Flagstaff, Arizona.
Even just yesterday at the Winston Salem State, North Carolina, campus there was another shooting. 153 school shootings, in fact, since 2013.
Our conclusion? The gun debate is important to continue, but it's not keeping our kids safe right now.
Until there are no more school shootings, #FundErase.
On November 9th, we will launch the ""Early Response To Active Shooter Events" (E.R.A.S.E.) crowdfunding campaign to raise money to get lifesaving Guardian technology installed in 50 schools, one in each state.
We realize we are not going to completely solve the problem with this campaign, but we are determined to mitigate the risk of an active shooting event for these 50 schools. SDS, the inventor of Guardian, is kindly offering the technology at cost (no profit to their company) to these 50 schools. The technology pinpoints the location of the shooter and notifies emergency responders and school officials instantly, reducing response time from 18 minutes to just a few.
You can help. Please contribute what you can to our campaign when we go live on Indiegogo on November 9. In the meantime, please share our blog posts, "like" our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, and sign up for our email list.
It's critical to get the word out this week leading up to our big launch. Thanks in advance.
We can #FundErase on November 9. But we can only do it with your help.