Better Run: U.S. School Shootings, 1991-2014, and 3 Songs: “Jeremy” by Pearl Jam, “Youth of the Nation” by P.O.D., and “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster the People

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Their children murdering themselves and being murdered by firearms in their schools is such a fixture of U.S. life that the Americans routinely consume songs about the subject on their radios.
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Better Run: U.S. School Shootings, 1991-2014, and 3 Songs: “Jeremy” by Pearl Jam, “Youth of the Nation” by P.O.D., and “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster the People

Data from the Wikipedia incomplete “List of school shootings in the United States”:

1991
4 school shootings, with 1 person injured and 8 people killed

1992
4 school shootings, with 15 people injured and 8 people killed

The single “Jeremy” by the band Pearl Jam was released 1992 September 27. On the U.S. Billboard charts, it reached #79 on the Hot 100 chart, #5 on the Modern Rock chart, and #5 on the Mainstream Rock chart.

“Jeremy”

Eddie Vedder

At home, drawing pictures of mountain tops
With him on top
Lemon yellow sun, arms raised in a V
And the dead lay in pools of maroon below

Daddy didn’t give attention
To the fact that mommy didn’t care
King Jeremy the wicked
Ruled his world

Jeremy spoke in class today

Clearly I remember picking on the boy
Seemed a harmless little fuck
Oh, but we unleashed a lion
Gnashed his teeth and bit the recess lady’s breast

How could I forget?
And he hit me with a surprise left
My jaw left hurting, dropped wide open
Just like the day
Like the day I heard

Daddy didn’t give affection
And the boy was something that mommy wouldn’t wear
King Jeremy the wicked
Ruled his world

Jeremy spoke in class today

Try to forget this
Try to erase this from the blackboard

1993
6 school shootings, with 6 people injured and 7 people killed

1994
4 school shootings, with 4 people injured and 5 people killed

1995
4 school shootings, with 4 people injured and 5 people killed

1996
6 school shootings, with 5 people injured and 11 people killed

1997
5 school shootings, with 16 people injured and 9 people killed

1998
6 school shootings, with 38 people injured and 12 people killed

1999
5 school shootings, with 33 people injured and 16 people killed

2000
4 school shootings, with 2 people injured and 4 people killed

2001
4 school shootings, with 19 people injured and 3 people killed

The single “Youth of the Nation” by the band P.O.D. was released 2001 December 25. On the U.S. Billboard charts, it reached #28 on the Hot 100 chart, #18 on the Top 40 Mainstream chart, #6 on the Mainstream Rock chart, and #1 on the Modern Rock chart.

“Youth of the Nation”

Sonny Sandoval, Marcos Curiel, Traa Daniels, and Wuv Bernardo

Last day of the rest of my life
I wish I would have known ’cause I’d have kissed my momma goodbye
I didn’t tell her that I loved her or how much I cared
Or thank my pops for all the talks and all the wisdom he shared
Unaware, I just did what I always do
Everyday the same routine before I skate off to school
But who knew that this day wasn’t like the rest
Instead of taking the test, I took two to the chest

Call me blind, but I didn’t see it coming
And everybody was running
But I couldn’t hear nothing except
Gun blast, it happened so fast
I didn’t really know this kid though I sat by him in class
Maybe this kid was reaching out for love or
Maybe for a moment he forgot who he was or
Maybe this kid just wanted to be hugged
Whatever it was, I know it’s because

We are
The youth of the nation

We are
Youth of the nation

2002
3 school shootings, with 3 people injured and 4 people killed

2003
3 school shootings, with 2 people injured and 5 people killed

2004
4 school shootings, with 6 people injured and 1 person killed

2005
3 school shootings, with 10 people injured and 11 people killed

2006
8 school shootings, with 8 people injured and 11 people killed

2007
4 school shootings, with 29 people injured and 36 people killed

2008
10 school shootings, with 27 people injured and 16 people killed

2009
7 school shootings, with 13 people injured and 2 people killed

2010
8 school shootings, with 8 people injured and 7 people killed

The single “Pumped Up Kicks” by the band Foster the People was released 2010 September 14. On the U.S. Billboard charts, it reached #39 on the Dance Club chart, #38 on the Latin Pop chart, #28 on the Adult Contemporary chart, #3 on the Rock chart, #3 on the Adult Pop chart, #3 on the Pop chart, #3 on the Hot 100 chart, and #1 on the Alternative chart.

“Pumped Up Kicks”

Mark Foster

Robert’s got a quick hand
He’ll look around the room, he won’t tell you his plan
He’s got a rolled cigarette
Hanging out his mouth, he’s a cowboy kid

Yeah, he found a six-shooter gun
In his dad’s closet with the box of fun things
I don’t even know what
But he’s coming for you, yeah, he’s coming for you

All the other kids with the pumped up kicks
You better run, better run, outrun my gun
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks
You better run, better run, faster than my bullet

2011
10 school shootings, with 13 people injured and 7 people killed

2012
14 school shootings, with 18 people injured and 43 people killed

2013
32 school shootings, with 35 people injured and 26 people killed

2014
42 school shootings, with 49 people injured and 28 people killed

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