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Report: 74 school shootings in the United States since Sandy Hook, 1 per week

Ever since the tragedy at Sandy Hook, school shootings have been on the rise in the United States and not many with the power to change the direction of the country are doing enough.

A Reynolds High School student is reunited with his mother after a shooting at her school June 10, 2014 in Troutdale, Oregon.
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In the United States, more than one school shooting has happened each week over the last 18 months, according pro-gun control advocacy group "Everytown for Gun Safety." After Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut in December 2012 and killed 26 people, including 20 children, President Obama stated that "meaningful action" would need to be taken to right the wrongs. Following strong support from nearly 90 percent of the American people, President Obama presented Congress with a simple, common sense background check bill and it couldn't even pass the Senate were Democrats had majority control.

Everytown for Gun Safety also notes that most of the school shootings have happened not at colleges or universities, but rather at elementary, middle and high schools. The latest shooting occurred at Reynolds High School just outside of Portland, Oregon where two people were found dead, including the gunman.

With big money coming from organizations like the NRA, the United States continue to drag its feet unless something drastically changes in Washington.

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