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American Kids Celebrate End Of School Shooting Year

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AR-15Washington, DC, June 12 – Children across the country are excited for the end of the school shooting term, finally free not to attend the institutions where they are forced to sit in classrooms and are placed at increased risk for being killed or wounded by gunfire.

Since the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre at the end of 2012, 74 school shooting incidents have taken place in the United States. The litany of such massacres has had no impact on gun control efforts, leaving parents, teachers and administrators with no choice but to simply wait for the school shooting year to end and hope that yet another recurrence does not hit them in the meantime.

“Summer vacation is always a challenge, but this year we’re a little relieved the school shooting year is basically over,” said Eugene, Oregon-area resident Alex Mully. “Summer camp might be expensive, but even with all the climbing, jumping, hiking, camping, dirt, and wilderness, it’s still seems safer than school.”

Mully is hardly alone in his sentiments. Parents and teachers in high schools from coast to coast have joined Facebook groups and other social media venues dedicated to counting down the number of days left until a school shooting is no longer a possibility, as least until September. The groups have become a mixture of cheering each passing day, sharing techniques for coping with the sense of danger, and recipes for cupcakes and other treats to keep the children’s mind off the possibility that at any time in the next few days, a disturbed or evil person will kill and maim them with weapons and ammunition that the politicians seem powerless or unwilling to limit.

The Department of Education has put out an online publication urging principals and teachers not to be distracted by the impending sense of respite, and that they continue to shoulder educational responsibilities. “Let us not lose our focus on the goal,” said Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in an introductory message. Our goal was and remains the provision of knowledge and skills for understanding and functioning in the world, and we cannot allow ourselves to be thwarted by the prospect of being pumped full of lead from an assault rifle. We must therefore ignore that threat.”

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Written by Thag

June 12, 2014 at 3:10 pm

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  1. lwk2431

    June 12, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    • …and so what? What idiot decided it’s only dangerous if it’s in the same mold as Sandy Hook? A dead kid is a dead kid.

      Thag

      June 13, 2014 at 9:27 am

      • It is dangerous when Americans get their opinions not from facts, but from propaganda.

        lwk2431

        June 13, 2014 at 2:55 pm

        • It’s only dangerous when there’s a difference in the result. Forest, meet trees.

          Thag

          June 13, 2014 at 2:56 pm

          • “It’s only dangerous when there’s a difference in the result.”

            Kind of makes me think of the line used by many gun-control fanatics: “If it will only save one life, it is worth it!”

            Great insight there. Completely ignores the thousands and thousands of lives saved by guns in private hands every years.

            lwk2431

            June 14, 2014 at 5:44 pm

            • You’re missing the point completely, and adding more nonsense on top of it.

              The point is that it’s stupid to make distinctions between Sandy Hook-type shootings and others. All of them are indications that schools are less safe because of guns. Your added nonsense is the unsupported assertion that guns in private hands save “thousands and thousands of lives every year.” In fact the opposite is true. There are far more fatalities and serious injuries to gun owners and their family members than to those who don’t own them. Guns in private hands make the world a MORE dangerous place.

              Thag

              June 14, 2014 at 8:35 pm

              • You might want to check out:

                Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology
                Volume 86 Issue 1 Fall
                Fall 1995
                Article 8
                Armed Resistance to Crime: The Prevalence and Nature of Self-Defense with a Gun
                Gary Kleck Marc Gertz

                http://scholarlycommons.law.northwestern.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=6853&context=jclc

                It discusses their study and 13 other major studies on defensive use of firearms.

                lwk2431

                June 15, 2014 at 3:22 pm

                • You might want to check out:
                  http://injuryprevention.bmj.com/content/9/1/48.full “Persons who died from intentional violence were more likely than those who died from non-injury causes to have purchased a handgun. No such difference was seen for cases dying from non-gun suicide or homicide.”

                  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/9715182/ “CONCLUSIONS: Guns kept in homes are more likely to be involved in a fatal or nonfatal accidental shooting, criminal assault, or suicide attempt than to be used to injure or kill in self-defense.”

                  http://injuryprevention.bmj.com/content/6/4/263.full “Results—Even after excluding many reported firearm victimizations, far more survey respondents report having been threatened or intimidated with a gun than having used a gun to protect themselves. A majority of the reported self defense gun uses were rated as probably illegal by a majority of judges. This was so even under the assumption that the respondent had a permit to own and carry the gun, and that the respondent had described the event honestly.

                  Conclusions—Guns are used to threaten and intimidate far more often than they are used in self defense. Most self reported self defense gun uses may well be illegal and against the interests of society.”

                  http://econweb.tamu.edu/mhoekstra/castle_doctrine.pdf “Results indicate the laws do not deter burglary, robbery, or aggravated assault. In contrast, they
                  lead to a statistically significant 8 percent net increase in the number of reported murders
                  and non-negligent manslaughters.”

                  Thag

                  June 15, 2014 at 3:40 pm


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