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Old 04-18-2007, 03:14 PM   #281
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My condolences to the families of the victims.
This tragedy occured in a 'gun free' zone.
As the father of 3 teens how does one prepare the family for violence like this?
We talk about what happened.
Does anyone think this is going to happen again?
I am afraid that this is just the beginning.
God have mercy on us.

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Yes it will happen again it always happens again. This kid was in his own zone and laws and life had no meaning to him.

I have a 13 year old and I will tell you how I have protected him from guns, not crazy people with guns. My wife, my son, and myself have all gone through the CC course and a defensive shooting course. My son is too young to have a CCL and my wife will not carry but both know what I will do if I am faced with a situation that I have to use a weapon, we have had the same training at the same time. My son knows how to handle, shoot, and secure a weapon properly. My son knows that when one of his friends sneaks a gun out what to do and is not interested enough it to touch it as he has his own which I control access to.

I live in New Orleans; you just have to watch the news to know what we are facing in this area. The criminal and crazy do not abide by the same laws you and I do. It is my duty to protect my family to the best of my ability and I will.

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My condolences to the families of the victims.
This tragedy occured in a 'gun free' zone.
As the father of 3 teens how does one prepare the family for violence like this?
We talk about what happened.
Does anyone think this is going to happen again?
I am afraid that this is just the beginning.
God have mercy on us.

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Rob, I suppose the best preperation is making sure your kids (and you) know that it is not a perfect world and bad things which cannot be justified happen. Supporting one another in tough times like this goes a long way in the face of senseless violence.You can take some comfort from the actual facts* and not what the media suggests is the case. The facts: school violence and violence committed by young males is, and has been for an extended period of time on the DECLINE in the US. There are cases of violence yes. They stick out because they are amplified in the media. Will sad cases occur again? No doubt they will. But the truth is, they are rare and on the decline.


* Disclosure: Nerd hat on- I teach statistics and psychology. A major theme in my classes centers on why we fear what we do. Because events like this are so emotionally charged they stick in our memory. By contrast, the vast number of days in which there are no school shootings do not. By our nature we overestimate the risk of school violence. Another example, many people fear flying and terrorism. In order for the year-long risk of dying in a plane crash to equal that of dying in a vehicle crash; an additional 50 planes would have had to been hijacked and destroyed on 911. Yet we tend to fear flying and terrorism and discount the daily danger of driving or riding in a vehicle. This is for the same reasons I mentioned above. We frequently drive with no ill effect, but safe plane trips never reach our awareness (unless you are on the plane) and when we hear of a crash the event is emotionally laden. Nerd hat off
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School shootings are not a new or recent phenomenon (although the frequency may be increasing). Here is a list of school massacres that begins in 1764:
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School shootings are not a new or recent phenomenon (although the frequency may be increasing). Roger
I noticed that you included school shootings from all over the world. Believe me, I abhore violence of any kind. Including the verbal and mental violence that is visited on victims for expressing differing opinions.

Now, once we eliminate all of these, going back to 1764 doesn't yeild that many. I did leave the Red Lake Minnesota school shooting in for a reason. There was a school guard on the campus. He was UNARMED! What good it that??? The shooter gained access to the weapons from a law officer as well.

You might also notice that many of the ones still listed were terrorist atrocities. I believe that these should be considered differently.

Not being arbitrary. Just trying to be objective.
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Old 04-18-2007, 07:46 PM   #285
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Ever think about the other side of the coin?
Every state in the union except maybe Vermont guarentees that no one in a public school will be able to shoot back. What better place for an unbalanced individual to go to murder people for what ever reason.
Just this last legislative session the Virginia Legislature denied the population of our colleges (teachers included) the right to carry a weapon concealed even if the person(over 21, passed a safety course, proven proficency with the firearm) has a valid concealed weapon permit.
On October 16, 1991 a deranged individual drove his vehicle into a cafateria in Killeen Texas and killed 23 people and wounded 20.
On December 18, 1991 three armed men entered a resturant in Anniston Alabama. The patrons and staff were ordered into the cooler. One of the patrons did not go. He shot and killed one of the fellons, wounded another and the third one ran.
One firearm in the hands of a responsible individual individual made all the difference.
The police of every town in this country does not have the responsibility to protect individuals, just the public at large.
For those who believe no one should have firearms, there are two countries where firearms are only in the hands of the Police and Military and you already speak the language. England and Australia. Just keep in mind that when those laws took effect, personal violence esclated and continues to increase and it will. Why? Because the right of the population has had the right to defend its self against the criminal element.
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1. Of all the concealed weapons issued in the United States less than 2% have been recended for what ever reason.
2. The NRA does not, nor has it ever maintened that every one in this country should have a firearm, but that the decision to have one should be up to the individual, and having passed scrutiny.
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I could not agree more. In the area of my property and where I will eventually live you have to defand yourself and then call the police and let them clean up the mess. Closest Police station 30 miles.
Very unlikely I will ever face this though.
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I noticed that you included school shootings from all over the world.

Not being arbitrary. Just trying to be objective.
Actually, I wanted to show that this isn't a uniquely American phenomenon, nor is it unique to our current society. They're all terrorist incidents. Some of them are done for political reasons, some done because the shooter was deranged; but they are all done with the idea of spreading terror: and unfortunately, it's effective.

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The more you read about the VT shooter the more you realize it is not the gun laws, which are the problem. The University knew that Cho Seung-hi was a problem. Out of class of 70 only 7 showed up to attend a class he was enrolled in because of his behavior. One Professor had a code word to use to have her assistant call for help if needed when he was present. It sounds as the policies and laws governing the campus are the problem.

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It looks like the VA psych system also dropped the ball in 2005. I don't know if VA has laws that allow medicating someone against their will or not. Some states do, some don't. Clearly this was a very troubled soul and no one helped him. Prehaps the laws would not allow it, prehaps it would have been too much trouble, prehaps they were just too afraid and didn't want to upset him. In any case respecting his rights cost others their lives.

That he was able to buy a hand gun 18 months after a court ordered eval is stunning.
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While not want to go back to the "Wild-Wild West", I am told that even among people who had little formal etiquette training, manners have never been better. I donít advocate resorting to violence of any kind over an insult, but the possibility of everyone doing it is a sobering influence.

Seriously, if you ever do need one for self-defense, it is a poor time to shop.
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Actually, I wanted to show that this isn't a uniquely American phenomenon, nor is it unique to our current society. They're all terrorist incidents. Some of them are done for political reasons, some done because the shooter was deranged; but they are all done with the idea of spreading terror: and unfortunately, it's effective.

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I certainly agree Roger. I am a permit holder, but I am selective where I carry a gun. At a town meeting where I might get angry, I do NOT. Not that I don't trust myself, I do. I am just very catious.

Actually, I have been told that certain individuals were nicer to me because they thought I was armed, and I was not, but they didn't know. It does have an effect.

Someone said that bullets should cost thosands of dollars each. that would make people think first. Well, if you do shoot someone, or just discharge the weapon in some circumstance, you will spend more than that in legal fees protecting yourself even if you were justified.
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Being one room away from an exit, our classroom plan of action was to just get out of the building if necessary.

Sure beats having all 3,500 students at my college armed & ready to shoot.

I have absolutely no patience with people who oppose gun control.
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I'm sure that was the same type of attitude of most people in the South during the Civil Rights struggle. The had absolutely no patience with people who wanted to recognize African-Americans' civil rights.

Gun ownership and the right of self defense ARE civil rights! You want to deny us these rights!

It is naive to believe that the left in this country wants only "common sense gun control". Their ultimate goal is to disarm everyone and outlaw possession of all guns. This is how they can have absolute control of the people. Just look back at legislation proposed (and some passed) in Congress during the last 30 years.

Virginia Tech was a "gun free zone". I hope you noticed that the campus police (and local police) did not protect anyone. They never engaged the killer. They showed up after it was all over and safe to enter the building. The same thing happened at Columbine HS. I would much rather be around law-abiding citizens carrying concealed weapons than be absolutely and totally defenseless like those poor students were.

I would never even consider going camping without a firearm. If the gun laws prevent me from legally being armed, then I find some other place where I can be armed. I would like to bring my Airstream to Arkansas, it is a beautiful state, but in the wisdom of their legislature, they will not recognize my state's concealed weapons permit. By By Arkansas. Tennesee is also a beautiful state that does recognize my permit and would appreciate my money spent on vacation.

And oh, by the way, what if that door you had planned to exit was chained and locked like the doors at Virginia Tech?
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Great list. Thanks. Click on Pearl High School. It is about 5 miles as the crow flies from where I am sitting right now. Here is something interesting:

"Woodham drove his mother's car to his high school, wearing a long coat to hide his rifle. When he entered the school, he began firing rampantly, killing his ex-girlfriend Christina Menefee and her friend Lydia Dew, and wounding 7 others before Joel Myrick, the assistant principal, retrieved a pistol from the glove compartment of his truck and subdued Woodham. When Myrick asked Woodham of his motive, he replied "Life has wronged me, sir"."

Since it is illegal here in Mississppi to have a gun in your car on school property (OK if you are just picking up a student), this principal parked his truck off campus and had to run about 1/4 of a mile each way to retrieve his gun. If he was allowed to have it on campus, he may have been able to stop the carnage even earlier. It was speculated that Woodham was heading to Pearl Junior High to settle the score there when Myrick stopped him.

I think this is pretty good evidence that schools should not be "gun free zones", or as I like to call them "potential shooting galleries".
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reilly, as stated before, i don't have the patience to bother with you.

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I share your feeling, I have no patience with people who support gun control.

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