The phenomenon of mass shootings in the United States dates back years; decades even. Most historians point to the 1966 Austin, Texas, incident when a former Marine shot 18 people dead from his perch atop the clock tower at the University of Texas. At the time, that was the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history. But by today’s standards of mass murder in a shooting spree, the Texas clock tower massacre is ‘only’ the 8th deadliest.
And in the last 3 years, we’ve seen a marked increase in the body count in mass shootings.
2012 - Sandy Hook – 27 dead.
2016 – Pulse nightclub – 49 dead
2017 – Sutherland Springs Texas church – 25 and an unborn baby dead
2017 – Las Vegas concert – 58 dead
2018 … 2 weeks ago … Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida – 17 dead.
The Parkland massacre shared many of the same traits as most of the others – missed warning signs, emotionally troubled perpetrator, questionable access to firearms and a soft target.
But, the Valentine’s Day massacre in Parkland has one unique characteristic – The murder of 17 people at the end of the school day has given birth to an actual national discussion on what can be done to prevent this from happening again. Led by students who made it out of the school alive and joined by political parties, labor unions, special interest groups and the power of the internet, #NeverAgain is born.
And for two hours Tuesday, News 96.5 WDBO and Channel 9 Eyewitness News will serve our community by leading a discussion we’re calling #NeverAgain - Solutions to prevent the next shooting massacre in the United States.
Join Joe Kelley, host of Orlando’s Morning News, joined by co-hosts Marsha Taylor and Tony Marino from News 96.5 WDBO and news anchor Greg Warmoth from Channel 9 Eyewitness News.
We’ll be joined by the community’s leaders in law enforcement, education, psychology and security and by YOU – the listeners of News 96.5 WDBO and viewers of Channel 9 Eyewitness news. You can watch our discussion online on the WBDO Facebook page.
President Trump met with Parkland survivors and the families of victims. Mr. Trump is driving hard the idea of arming some teachers and banning bump stocks. Governor Rick Scott has rolled out a 3-part plan for reducing the frequency of school shootings in Florida.
The 3 pillars of the plan are gun laws, school safety, and mental health.
And those are the 3 main issues we’ll discuss Tuesday (February 27th) from 10:00am - 12:00 noon on News 96.5 WDBO.