StopTheShootings.org is an information resource on school shooting incidents taking place in the U.S. since 1992. The incidents included in our database are limited to incidents taking place either on school grounds or in the immediate vicinity in a manner that school students are significantly affected (e.g. at the bus stop next to the school). Furthermore, our database is limited to actual shootings, and it does not include threats or other gun-related incidents that did not result in an actual shooting.
Our foundational database was contributed by the National School Safety Center, and it has subsequently been enhanced. Nevertheless, there is little data widely available on school shooting incidents, partly due to the agency that was previously the leader in firearms research issues, the Centers for Disease Control, being prevented from conducting research that would "advocate or promote gun control" (full story at The New York Times).
StopTheShootings.org launched on April 20, 2009 to commemorate the victims of the Columbine shooting on the 10 year anniversary of that tragedy. Although certain shootings, such as the Columbine and Virginia Tech tragedies, have received significant ongoing media coverage, there are hundreds of other shootings taking place in our schools at the local level. Given that there was no authoritative information resource on these incidents, we thought that we would fill a void with StopTheShootings.org. We hope first and foremost that this website will serve as a useful information resource to the public. Various organizations are welcome to refer to this data for whatever purpose they see fit.
We hope that the information on this website will ultimately translate into common-sense action to keep firearms out of the hands of children and students. We are not opposed to the right of Americans to buy firearms, as long as reasonable steps are taken to keep the firearms out of the hands of children and those with backgrounds that would indicate a threat to society.
The website was conceived and created by Alex Algard, who took a more active interest in gun related issues after the Virginia Tech massacre.