School shootings some thoughts

I don't have much new to add to the school shootings other than note that all three took place in gun free zones. For a general discussion, see this op-ed and academic research.


Blogger saturdaynightspecial said...

The problem still exists: the media is refusing to spread the truth. But there are some small indicators that this is changing.

10/03/2006 5:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Although no amount of pro or anti gun argument would likely have made any difference to the Amish shooting (they have an agrarian view of firearms, not tactical/combative), it always strikes me as odd that the reflexive response to Columbine-like shootings is always to focus on the *tool* used to inflict the damage.

Rather than taking futile steps to further render the population naked in the face of criminal predation, how about asking how we *all* can help defuse the environment within which such terrible events occur?

How about simply being nicer to each other? How much taunting, emotional bullying, ridicule, humiliation does it take for a human to 'snap' and vent themselves in bloody carnage? How about *not* engaging in such torment? How about parents stepping up and doing a better job raising civilized kids that don't act in ways that can incite violence?

We do not live in a consequence-free world, and as horrific as these murders are, we must not wallow in our grieving victimhood...we can all be better people and contribute to a more peaceful society.

Yet be responsibly armed in preparation for the inevitable failures, despite our best efforts...

10/06/2006 12:59 PM  

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