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Schools, statistically anyway, have never been safer. Sure, the nation at large endures a gruesome torrent of gun violence with 31,000 firearm deaths a year. Including 13,000 fatalities from firearm assaults — a staggering level of carnage compared to other industrialized nations. Business Insider calculated that Americans are “more likely to die from gun violence than the combined risks of drowning, fire and smoke, stabbing, choking on food, airplane crashes, animal attacks, and natural disasters.”

Mass shootings, another peculiarly American pathology, left 346 dead last year.

Despite all that. Despite the ghastly impressions left by Parkland, Santa Fe, and Sandy Hook, schoolhouse gun homicides remain relatively rare. Since Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris killed 12 classmates, a teacher and themselves at Colorado’s Columbine High School on April 20, 1999, about 210 students have been shot to death in American public schools. Each murdered kid was a devastating loss to their families and communities, of course, but on the spectrum of mortal dangers, the classroom remains relatively safe.

Harvard’s David Ropeik, author of “How Risky Is It, Really? Why Our Fears Don’t Always Match the Facts,” measured gun homicides against the 50 million kids attending public school at any one time, 180 days a year. “That means the statistical likelihood of any given public school student being killed by a gun, in school, on any given day since 1999 was roughly 1 in 614,000,000,” Ropeik wrote in the Washington Post.

“The chance of a child being shot and killed in a public school is extraordinarily low. Not zero — no risk is. But it’s far lower than many people assume, especially in the glare of heart-wrenching news coverage after an event like Parkland,” Ropeik wrote. “And it’s far lower than almost any other mortality risk a kid faces, including traveling to and from school, catching a potentially deadly disease while in school or suffering a life-threatening injury playing interscholastic sports.”

In a study to be published later this year, Northeastern University Professor of Criminology, Law, and Public Policy James Alan Fox concluded that school shootings have actually declined by 75 percent since the 1990s. “There is not an epidemic of school shootings,” Fox insisted.

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A school shooting may have been narrowly averted on Wednesday — thanks in part to the quick response of a school resource officer, who shot a gunman before anyone else was harmed.

The authorities in Dixon, Ill., said the officer, Mark Dallas, was on duty at Dixon High School near a gymnasium, where students were gathered for a graduation rehearsal, when he heard gunshots at 8:06 a.m. He confronted the gunman, chased him out of the school and pursued him down a nearby street, the police said.

The gunman, a student at the school identified as Matthew A. Milby, 19, of Dixon, shot at the officer but missed, the police said. Mr. Dallas returned fire and struck Mr. Milby, who was taken to a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. ...

But ... increasing school security doesn't work. Right?

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