Let's talk school shootings

Discussion in 'General Education' started by Caesar753, Jan 23, 2018.

  1. a2z

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    They didn't have guns, but there are issues well beyond guns when a child is roaming at night. Yes. They did seek medical treatment for the sleep dysfunction, but the only way to insure the child wasn't getting into something was to take shifts until everything was under control.
     
  2. Caesar753

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    And actually I haven't really said anything about guns other than to point out that your guns are no safer, and are in fact arguably less safe, than anyone else's.
     
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  3. Obadiah

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    I read two troubling articles on CNN yesterday. The first one, "The U.S. Has Had 57 Times as Many School Shootings as the Other Major Industrialized Nations Combined," generated the following statistics. Based on all school shootings that included at least 1 injury and included all schools from elementary through post high school, since 2009 there were 288 school shootings in the U.S.! In Canada, 2, in France 2, in Germany 1, U.K., Italy, and Japan "none identified [in their research]". And that does not include the shootings without injury or the shootings that have been stopped prior to occurring. Further down the article, they report Mexico: 8, South Africa: 6, India: 5, Pakistan: 4, Nigeria: 4, Afghanistan: 3, Brazil: 2, Greece: 1, China: 1, Kenya: 1, Azerbaijan: 1, Russia: 1, Estonia: 1, Turkey: 1, Hungary: 1, Spain, Austrailia, Switzerland, Netherlands, Argentina, 0 incidents identified.

    A second troubling article, again on CNN, "NRA's Incoming President Ties Ritalin to School Shootings, but Here's What the Science Says", Oliver North suggested that Ritalin, used by males since Kindergarten, along with violent media, is possibly responsible. He claimed that many of the shooters had been on Ritalin since Kindergarten. Although I agree that we need to investigate any possible correlations including pharmaceuticals, I'm troubled by this statement. I'm presuming he researched each shooter's medical history prior to making this statement, but even so, correlation is not always equivalent to causation. There are many people on Ritalin who do not shoot others. I know of a pastor who takes Ritalin. But also, although Ritalin is a prescribed stimulant, many, perhaps most people frequently throughout the day use the drug caffeine found in coffee, soda, and chocolate. I feel certain if a statistic was gathered from all prisons, most if not all of the inmates have either drank coffee or soda or eaten chocolate but that correlation probably does not apply to their criminal history. My greatest concern is that this statement will now hit some mass media as positive "proof" that ADHD kids on stimulants are possible future killers, which could lead to ostracism of children whose ADHD or ADD is medicated.

    I've previously seen propaganda in supposedly authoritative media which made statements demeaning ADHD kids as undisciplined and hooked on "tranquilizers". Ritalin is not a tranquilizer: Ritalin is a stimulant. ADHD does not necessarily mean misbehaved; I've taught ADHD students who were the best behaved in the classroom. All kids need to learn proper social decorum. ADHD kids sometimes experience different "misbehaviors" than non-ADHD kids. Sometimes they're just not as good at hiding their misbehavior as other students are due to their spontaneity. And not everyone on Ritalin has ADHD.

    I'm very concerned that we not politicize this issue of school violence, or let it burn out, but that people who make decisions in government and in schools sit down and talk. We don't need political promotions for agendas, we need solutions. And fast, if not sooner.
     
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    You know what else they all had in common? Guns. Lots of guns that are designed to kill lots of people fast.
     
  5. blazer

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    I thought one of the arguments for gun ownership is the gun is needed to protect you from the 'bad guys'. If the gun is in a safe and the ammo in another it sort of makes that argument redundant.
     
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  6. a2z

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    You make a great point here. It also brings up the idea of removing a right by making it so onerous that the right can't be used. I'm all for gun safety and trying to protect a gun from being stolen, but if you own a gun for self protection, have the gun locked in a safe on one side of the house, the ammo in another on the other side of the house, and someone breaks in do you say, "Excuse me please, Mr Criminal. (Always using your best manners.) Please wait until I go open two different safes on opposite sides of the house and load my gun."

    I do think special measures must be taken to ensure young children don't get guns, but at some point regulations can take a right away.

    Blazer pointed out the jist of this, but I'm wondering if those who put more and more regulations on ownership are actually using it as a way to remove the right in a back handed way.
     
  7. Obadiah

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    I just did a search on Google News. I entered "student guns found". It brought up the following headlines. Dateline: Today: "Student Brought Gun and 5 Rounds...West Harrison High". Dateline: Yesterday: "Guns found at 2 schools, threats reported at 3 schools near Santa Fe....", "Hargrave High School Placed on Lockdown after Student Found with Gun", "Appoquinimink...Student arrested for Brandishing a Gun", "Student arrested for bringing unloaded gun to League City Intermediate". These are just the most recent headlines. Here's an interesting one from May 2. "Semi-automatic rifle, shotguns, handguns seized from teen with Franklin High 'hit list'". Again, since 2009, 288 school shootings have injured at least 1 person. But the total number of actual incidents involving firearms is much higher.
     
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  8. Janedo5513

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    You may think our guns are just "laying" around but they are in places where it's not easy accessible. Also our AR's that are in their gun cases are under the bed. The only load gun that we have is in my husband nightstand. Our nightstand is kinda hard to explain. You have the two drawers but there is a small hidden compartment that can come out. If you step back and are just looking at it, you wouldn't know the small hidden compartment. That is where he has the gun, it is for any intruders. We are in FL. So we have that right that if someone comes and breaks in we legally can use force if we have to. That is the only gun that is loaded in our household. It's not like we have guns just laying around the house and being irresponsible because that is what you Caesar753 and a2z are portraying me as. Like I said we, do not have kids because I can't have any. We are homebodies and do not have any people that come over, which is how we like it. When my niece does come we do take precautions.

    But these school shootings when it's from a parents gun, a parent needs to held responsible to a degree. We do when a student becomes a truant and the parent has to come in and in some cases a fine is imposed. Why is this any different? Parent needs to start stepping up.
     
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  9. a2z

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    No, we are not portraying you as you claim. Not at all. You made absolute statements regarding punishing parents if their children manage to get their guns. You 100% had no leeway in your statement. Kid gets the gun, you get prosecuted. No ifs, ands, or buts. Horrible parents if a child gets a gun. You then went on to explain how you took extra measures to "secure" your guns from a visiting family member and pointed out you have yet to buy the safest method to secure your guns and claimed your method was at acceptable measures. But for a parent, what you do would not be enough in your eyes. You also ignored our comments about how sneaky, smart, and crafty kids can be when finding things in homes.

    Our point, if I can speak for Caesar too, was that there is no foolproof method to keep a kid from finding guns in a home or from a thief from finding them in the house and stealing them. You can make it harder but it is not foolproof. That was our point. Not that you let guns lay around willy nilly.

    Now, in the post you quoted, I am pointing out how the laws are at odds with self protection. In order to be safe and not prosecuted if the gun is used by a child or someone else, you need to make it inaccessible and unusable when needed. In my mind that is a tactic to remove guns from people without actually removing guns.

    You do realize after what you have just explained, according to your desired new laws, your husband could be prosecuted if someone broke into your house when you were not there and took that gun from the nightstand because it really is unsecured even if it is hard to find.

    Somehow you want to believe that I'm saying you are doing something wrong. I'm not. What I am saying is your absolute about holding parents accountable is extreme, especially when you don't have your gun secured to the extreme level. Your insistence that you can safely hide a gun from a child or teen is ridiculous and somehow negligent of the parent if the child ever ends up finding it. You might be able to have eyes on your guest 24 x 7 for a short period, but parents cannot have eyes on their children 24 x 7 nor would it be healthy for any parent to do so.
     
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  10. Obadiah

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    Please bear with me as I twist these articles from my Google News search this morning and create my own mythical article.

    The Ebola outbreak continues in the U.S. Last week, it was stopped before it could spread to any students at Dixon High School in Illinois. This week, a threat for the disease was also reported at Mount Vernon High School, but it might have only been a distasteful hoax; nevertheless, officials are investigating. Surprisingly, the disease has also appeared at a school in North Yorkshire in the United Kingdom reports the BBC. These are in addition to the recent Ebola threats found at West Harrison High, Hargrave High, Appoquinimink, League City Intermediate, Franklin High, and several schools near the Santa Fe school where an outbreak actually did occur.

    Again, please pardon my distortion of actual news events concerning school shooting/bombing attempts. I am not writing this as a pun or a joke. I've just been wondering. If we were dealing with Ebola rather than school shootings, would we be confronting the situation more seriously?
     
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    Seems to me in all cases we would be trying to keep the sick student away from the school. The police, school, and FBI had multiple chances with the Parkland shooter. How may times can sick people be on the radar of multiple authorities and be allowed to roam the community? Talk to them later.... I know he had blood running from his eyes, but I just thought it was the common cold.
     
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    And... just since this thread has opened there have been how many school shootings?
     
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    Add another one. Noblesville Middle School, a teacher and a student were shot and injured and the high school also received a bomb threat (and students and staff prepared for an active shooter). The local TV station, www.wishtv.com, interviewed several students. Fortunately, teacher Jason Seaman was able to disarm the student and his action rescued many students.
     
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    BBC News, www.bbc.com , had an interesting article yesterday, June 8, 2018, "US School Shootings: Lullaby Used to Teach Drills". A prospective parent for a Massachusetts Kindergarten classroom noticed the following song taped to the board, to the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star":

    Lockdown, lockdown
    Lock the door
    Shut the lights off
    Say no more
    Go behind the desk and hide
    Wait until it's safe inside
    Lockdown, lockdown
    It's all done
    Now it's time to have some fun

    Just as I was posting this, CBS Philly also appeared on Google News with the same article, adding that the school is Arthur D. Healey Elementary School in Somerville.

    Wow. I learned the alphabet to that tune. Now kids need to learn how to protect themselves from becoming the next school shooting victim, (again, since 2009, over 288 shootings that weren't stopped in time). When I was in Kindergarten, my biggest concerns were how did Timmy's toenail get so big (he brought a clipping in for show-and-tell), what will happen to Uncle Wiggly in today's story, and when are we going to the cafeteria for our snack? My biggest fear in Kindergarten was being sent to the corner. My neighborhood fears were bees and the mean lady five houses down. My parents taught me safety lessons: look both ways before crossing the street, don't talk to strangers, and don't go past these points on the sidewalk. My only memory of guns was being taught by my dad to never point my cap gun at anyone. I still remember standing in the living room while we discussed this.

    That was 1963. We've progressed since then. Now we don't know which school will be the next target for shooting practice. Now we have bump stocks turning rifles into machine guns. Now we're wondering if teachers need to carry guns during class. Now someone even tried to sell a video game about shooting up a school, (is it becoming a recreational sport now)??? Now it's reached a point where even the students feel they need to speak out, (and in return what have they received? Viral cyber bullying from a professional journalist about nothing even related to David Hogg's protests).

    In 1963, we sang

    If you're happy and you know it clap your hands
    (Clap! Clap!)

    Now it's listen out for snap, snap of the rifle.
     
  15. Obadiah

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    Today is the last day of July. Most school districts are about to reopen in August. How much has been constructively accomplished in keeping schools safe this next school year? I realize that much cannot be discussed openly in a public forum, but I still ask the question, how much has been constructively accomplished in keeping schools safe this next school year? I paused after writing this last sentence, and in my mind, a sudden crack of a rifle sounded. I shuddered. A tragedy is only one rifle shot away.
     
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    Fla. is putting an armed person in every school or requiring it. Training is going on as we type. Not sure it will be the answer.
     
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    Some counties are saying they simply don't have the funds. St. Lucie County was just in the news on the topic.
     
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    I was thinking about this yesterday. Many ideas are just too expensive to implement, but I would think it would be beneficial for commercial enterprises to donate funds. I don't mean this in a cold-hearted manner, but by donating to schools, they are protecting and enriching the education of their potential customers and employees. They are also developing protection for their own stores; new ideas to protect schools can be applied to stores. But many businesses and entrepreneurs donate for humanitarian reasons; donating to school safety is a pressing and essential cause.
     
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    Not that I'm against an armed guard at a school. Our school system is also implementing that. But I agree with your thought on this; I'm not sure that is the total answer, either. The guard, in most cases, won't be able to do anything until something happens, after the fact. The exception would be if something suspicious occurs that would cause the guard to investigate. I'm hearing people say, if perpetrators know the school is armed, they won't try anything. Yet in many cases, the perpetrator commits suicide prior to police interference of the shooting; in other words, they are more concerned with committing violence against others than protecting their own lives. And outside of school shootings, other acts of violence do occur in areas with armed personnel. It probably is a deterrent, but perhaps other deterrents need to be discovered and implemented.

    I keep thinking, there's probably something that can be done that nobody has thought of yet. I hear a lot of arguments, but arguing only results in a counter argument. We need discussions where everyone's ideas are considered. It's the collection of ideas that lead to workable ideas. And ideas need to come from all sources, not just government, not just school boards, but from many people. And I had another idea last night. Students' ideas should be considered.

    Some of the perpetrators, and I can barely stand the thought of this, but some of the violence comes from students themselves. Who better to understand students than students. Perhaps student generated ideas will lead to workable ideas to provide even greater protection.
     
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    There is no real "fix" to the problem without addressing the real problem. The problem lies within the a broken society. Until the society fixes itself, only an army of guards at every location will deter shootings at locations. They it will just move into the streets.
     

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