Get advanced information from my new book release, "A Safe Place: Imagining Schools without Gun Violence" by Luis Aponte.
For the first time, A Safe Place: Imagining Schools without Gun Violence and The Ultimate U.S. School Shooting Reference Guide, two companion pieces, will serve as the most comprehensive study on every school shooting in the United States from 1990-2020. These books are for parents, students, and teachers concerned about preventing the next school shooting. In essence, these books offer community-centered solutions that do not require an act of Congress in order to take action now.
As a research librarian, I’ve uncovered more school shooting events in a 30-year period than any report by CNN, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, NPR, Education Week, FBI, Congress, U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Government Accountability Office, Center for Homeland Defense and Security, and even Wikipedia.
These books are dedicated to the countless victims of gun violence in schools – those who are no longer with us and those of us who still suffer daily from the wake of its rippling effect.
Luis' research has been published in the December 2023 issue of EDUCATION, a peer-reviewed education journal published continually for more than 142 years. He has also been published in Florida Libraries, the official journal of the Florida Library Association and self-published 12 technology-based eBooks on Smashwords.com. Sign up for his newsletter on www.ASafePlaceBook.com and subscribe to his podcast by searching for “A Safe Place with Luis Aponte” on Buzzsprout, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music/Audible, iHeartRadio, Google Podcasts, and Deezer.
Luis is currently producing a feature-length documentary film adaptation of his book titled, A Safe Place. His previous films have been featured in the 15 Minutes of Fame International Film Festival (Death of a Gas Guzzler), the Hollywood Florida Film Festival (The Workshop, 1-3), IndieX Film Fest (The Workshop 3), and The 48-Hour Film Project (Student Bodies).You can view other film projects Luis has worked on IMDB.com under “Luis Aponte (III).”
In 1992-1993, Luis was a student of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where he had to drop out during his junior year due to the threat of gun violence on campus. Some 25 years later, the same school experienced one of the worst school shootings in the history of the United States. Since then, Luis has dedicated his research skills as a librarian in order to help find patterns in 1,204 U.S. school shooting incidents in 30 years that could help save the lives of children.
Originally from Savannah; Georgia, Luis received his master’s degree in Library and Information Science at the University of South Florida; bachelor’s degree in Communications – Film & Video from Florida Atlantic University, and associate’s degree in Computer Science from Broward College, all with honors. Whenever Luis is not writing his next book, he enjoys acting in films and training with masters of Olympic-style Taekwondo. He currently lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, Eileen, where they have recently adopted a four-year-old orange and white tabby cat named Ellie into their family from a local animal shelter. Luis and his wife would like to start a small farm animal sanctuary to help people cope with PTSD and other mental health challenges.
It is Luis' hope that this book will help bring the country together, as one people, in order to help save lives. Our brave children, teachers, and resource officers deserve to feel safe from gun violence in schools.
This book is about studying patterns in every school shooting in the United States over the past 30 years (see definition in "School Shooting Defined" tab above) in order to see how we as a community can find practical ways to prevent gun violence in schools.
Absolutely not! None of the solutions I have featured in my book propose banning or taking guns away from any law-abiding gun owner. Both owning firearms and free speech are protected by our Constitution. Most of the solutions I propose involve addressing education, community engagement, school design, legal loopholes that criminals exploit, crime prevention ideas, as well as improving mental health.
Because none of us can solve the problem of gun violence in schools alone. This book is not about politics or taking away rights from law-abiding citizens. People from all walks of life will have a different perspective on how to address this challenge and we need lots of constructive and creative ideas. My hope is that every school in the country will take these statistics and make their own choices on how to protect students, school faculty, and even school resource officers.
Not exactly. You may be thinking of the FBI study titled, "Active Shooter Incidents in the United States from 2000-2018." The terms "active shooter" and "school shooting" have a different focus and connotation. "Active shooter" events focus on a single type of crime, whereas this book also includes targeted shootings, drive-by shootings, suicides, self-defense, accidental shootings, and stray bullets. The FBI study focuses on 18 years, whereas my book examines 30 years of gun violence in schools.
Not at all. Although there are several incidences in which school shootings were gang-related or resulted from drug-deals or robberies gone bad, many shootings stemmed from regular people who got into heated arguments; couples who had domestic disputes; kids who were afraid to go to school because of bullying; young adults and adults who were rejected by a lover; people who were kicked out of school or denied tenure for a university position; people who suffered from depression; people who suffered from diagnosed mental health issues; and from people (including young children and resource officers) who accidentally mishandled a firearm.
Yes! Your donation to our cause is greatly appreciated! All donations will go toward the goal of sending a physical copy of this book to every school library in the United States. There is a "Donate" tab at the top of the page. Thank you so much!