Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Ringing The School Bell

With Gunfire:

On Tuesday, it was a high school in small-town Kentucky. On Monday, a school cafeteria outside Dallas and a charter school parking lot in New Orleans. And before that, a school bus in Iowa, a college campus in Southern California, a high school in Seattle.
Gunfire ringing out in American schools used to be rare, and shocking. Now it seems to happen all the time.
The scene in Benton, Ky., on Tuesday was the worst so far in 2018: Two 15-year-old students were killed and 18 more people were injured. But it was one of at least 11 shootings on school property recorded since Jan. 1, and roughly the 50th of the academic year.
And since most kids have only been back in school for about two weeks since the holidays, we're basically having a school shooting every other day now. 
“We have absolutely become numb to these kinds of shootings, and I think that will continue,” said Katherine W. Schweit, a former senior F.B.I. official and the co-author of a study of 160 active shooting incidents in the United States.
The F.B.I. study that Ms. Schweit helped write examined active shooter episodes in the United States between 2000 and 2013. It found that nearly one-quarter of them occurred in educational environments, and they were on the rise.
In the first half of the study period, federal officials counted 16 active shooter incidents in educational settings, meaning instances of a person “actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area.” In the second half, the number rose to 23. (Many, but not all, of the school shootings tallied by advocates so far this year meet that definition.)
“Any time there’s a school shooting, it’s more gut-wrenching, and I think we have a tendency to react in a more visceral way,” Ms. Schweit said in an interview on Tuesday. “But I really don’t think as a whole, in society, we’re taking shootings more seriously than we were before — and that’s wrong.”
Even so, jarred and fearful school administrators across the country have been placing greater emphasis on preparing for the possibility of an active shooter. According to a report issued by the Government Accountability Office in March 2016, 19 states were requiring individual schools to have plans for how to deal with an active shooter. Only 12 states required schools to conduct drills, but two-thirds of school districts reported that they had staged active shooter exercises.
Which is, pardon my french, the most f'd up thing I've ever heard. Rather than eliminating or tightening gun access around schools, we're putting kids through drills about what to do when an active shooter storms the gates (because that certainly doesn't contribute to their anxiety or anything in the least). 

It's a total abdication of societal responsibility...literally saying to the madmen, the gun nut lobbies, the 2A jerkoffs who push this garbage, and the gutless politicians who support it: "we surrender, we give up, you win."

The rise of these shootings, as I've pointed out time and again on this blog, and which has been shown in the data over and over, is a direct result of the "guns everywhere" legislation which has passed in more than 25 states in the last decade. Open-carry, campus-carry, concealed-carry...guns, guns, and more guns. Why? Because these dopes actually believe that if we have MORE guns, we'll be able to stop the "active shooters."
In Kentucky, lawmakers have grappled with how to address the risk of school shootings. Last year, state legislators considered, but did not pass, a bill that would have allowed people with concealed-carry permits to bring weapons on to public school campuses, where proponents argue they could be used to respond to active shooters. A similar bill, limited to college campuses and certain other government buildings, has been introduced this year. 
Part of that, of course, is Kentucky being Kentucky, but this kind of stupid thinking is everywhere in the U.S. today

It's tiring, frankly. You want to be outraged, you want things to change, you want someone to explain to these grieving parents, of sons and daughters who went to school that morning, like any other morning, why their child came home from school that afternoon in a body bag. But instead, like a lobotomized parrot bug-eyed on crack, the gun nuts squawk: "more guns, more guns, more guns."

You get the carnage you vote for, folks. And if you vote for politicians who support these relaxed laws, the blood is on your hands as well.

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