Editorial: We can't move on

By The Daily Illini Editorial Board

Today is the 278th day of the year. Subtract 13 from that number. That’s the number of mass shootings in the United States so far in 2015. 265 mass shootings in the United States in 278 days. Forty-five of which have been school shootings.

This editorial is redundant. It’s redundant because it could be written any week this year.

Last Thursday nine students were killed at the hands of yet another gunman at a school, and like after almost every school shooting, Facebook newsfeeds filled up with posts of remorse and articles trying to explain or justify the tragedy.

Arguments heated up in the comments sections of blog posts over gun control and mental health care.

These conversations need to happen, but as they stand now, they’re clearly not working.

It’s clear that they’re not working because in a week we’ll go back to posting about cats and TV shows until the next tragedy.

But families at the 45 schools where there have been shootings since the beginning of 2015 don’t have this luxury.

Life will never return to the simplicity of before whatever incident occurred.

The emotional effect of a weapon discharging in what should be as safe as home is scarring for students and their families alike.

So, instead of making a tired point about gun control and mental health care, we encourage you to remember the burden that students and families of the following 45 schools face every day. In a week we might be able to forget about their pain, but their consciousness will never go back to normal.

Wisconsin Lutheran High School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Vanguard High School, Ocala, Florida

Williamson High School, Mobile, Alabama

Royal Live Oaks Academy, Hardeeville, South Carolina

Hand in Hand Christian Montessori School, Roseville, Minnesota

Minnesota State University, Mankato, Minnesota

Frederick High School, Frederick, Maryland

University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina

University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia

Lawson Elementary School, Little Rock, Arkansas

Tenaya Middle School, Merced, California

Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona Beach, Florida

Northwest Passage Alternative High School, Coon Rapids, Minnesota

American International College, Springfield, Massachusetts

Community College of Beaver County, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania

Lane College, Jackson, Tennessee

Everett Community College, Everett, Washington

Wayne Community College, Goldsboro, North Carolina

Seguin High School, Seguin, Texas

Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, North Carolina

Ruthe Deskin Elementary School, Las Vegas, Nevada

North Thurston High School, Lacey, Washington

Willow Elementary School, Cleveland, Ohio

Conyers Middle School, Conyers, Georgia

Corona del Sol High School, Tempe, Arizona

Robinson High School, Robinson, Texa

Flint Southwestern Classical Academy, Flint, Michigan

Everglades City School, Everglades City, Florida

South Macon Elementary School, Franklin, North Carolina

Fort Calhoun Elementary School, Fort Calhoun, Nebraska

Coppell Middle School East, Dallas, Texas

Elolf Elementary School, Converse, Texas

University of Florida – Gainesville, Gainesville, Florida

Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas

Paradise High School, Paradise, Texas

William Velasquez Elementary, Richmond, Texas

Hornsby Elementary School, Augusta, Georgia

Savannah State University, Savannah, Georgia

Sacramento City College, Sacramento, California

Northside High School, Lafayette, Louisiana

Delta State University, Cleveland, Mississippi

Central Elementary School, Statesville, North Carolina

Montana Tech of the University of Montana, Butte, Montana

Harrisburg High School, Harrisburg, South Dakota

Umpqua Community College, Roseburg, Oregon

These are incidents in which a gun was discharged on school grounds, including after hours and self-inflicted gunshots. These do not include instances in which a gun was brought on school grounds but not discharged.