school shootings and gun stats

It feels bad, but it’s hard to get a clear picture when there is so much lying about the numbers. Another claim, 22 school shootings, counts an incident with a BB gun, an accidental discharge in a gun safety class, domestic violence in an apartment on a campus, domestic violence in a dorm room on a university campus, a suicide in a school parking lot at night when nobody else was there- and arguably, that is *not* what most of us are thinking about or talking about when we call something a school shooting. We’re talking about school children in school being targeted by a crazed shooter who wants to kill a lot of kids.

And we aren’t allowed to investigate fully any of the factors- is it related to single parent households? Mental illness? Specific medications- those are questions nobody wants askd, they are dismissed instantly, with hostility rather than reason.

What about the attention factor- how much of a role does the media play in this, when they repeatedly feed on the shooters’ desire for publicity by publishing the name and photographs of the shooters, splashing them with pseudo-glory all over the media? And how much of our fear is not because things are really that much worse, but because with social media and the internet we receive, and search out for ourselves, a constant stream of information on them. Before the internet, we weren’t flooded with a deluge of information and details and speculation.

One school shooting is one too many. But if we’re going to change the Constitution, limit the Constitutionally protected rights of millions of law-abiding citizens, we shouldn’t do that based on lies, misinformation, misunderstandings, and emotional reactions which may not even actually address the real issues.It feels bad, but it’s hard to get a clear picture when there is so much lying about the numbers. Another claim, 22 school shootings, counts an incident with a BB gun, an accidental discharge in a gun safety class, domestic violence in an apartment on a campus, domestic violence in a dorm room on a university campus, a suicide in a school parking lot at night when nobody else waIt feels bad, but it’s hard to get a clear picture when there is so much lying about the numbers. Another claim, 22 school shootings, counts an incident with a BB gun, an accidental discharge in a gun safety class, domestic violence in an apartment on a campus, domestic violence in a dorm room on a university campus, a suicide in a school parking lot at night when nobody else was there- and arguably, that is *not* what most of us are thinking about or talking about when we call something a school shooting. We’re talking about school children in school being targeted by a crazed shooter who wants to kill a lot of kids.

And we aren’t allowed to investigate fully any of the factors- is it related to single parent households? Mental illness? Specific medications- those are questions nobody wants askd, they are dismissed instantly, with hostility rather than reason.

What about the attention factor- how much of a role does the media play in this, when they repeatedly feed on the shooters’ desire for publicity by publishing the name and photographs of the shooters, splashing them with pseudo-glory all over the media? And how much of our fear is not because things are really that much worse, but because with social media and the internet we receive, and search out for ourselves, a constant stream of information on them. Before the internet, we weren’t flooded with a deluge of information and details and speculation.

One school shooting is one too many. But if we’re going to change the Constitution, limit the Constitutionally protected rights of millions of law-abiding citizens, we shouldn’t do that based on lies, misinformation, misunderstandings, and emotional reactions which may not even actually address the real issues.s there- and arguably, that is *not* what most of us are thinking about or talking about when we call something a school shooting. We’re talking about school children in school being targeted by a crazed shooter who wants to kill a lot of kids.

And we aren’t allowed to investigate fully any of the factors- is it related to single parent households? Mental illness? Specific medications- those are questions nobody wants askd, they are dismissed instantly, with hostility rather than reason.

What about the attention factor- how much of a role does the media play in this, when they repeatedly feed on the shooters’ desire for publicity by publishing the name and photographs of the shooters, splashing them with pseudo-glory all over the media? And how much of our fear is not because things are really that much worse, but because with social media and the internet we receive, and search out for ourselves, a constant stream of information on them. Before the internet, we weren’t flooded with a deluge of information and details and speculation.

One school shooting is one too many. But if we’re going to change the Constitution, limit the Constitutionally protected rights of millions of law-abiding citizens, we shouldn’t do that based on lies, misinformation, misunderstandings, and emotional reactions which may not even actually address the real issues, which we cannot even discover when people are more interested in pumping up numbers and calling people who disagree with them callous murderers who don’t care about dead kids.

More here: https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/05/21/school-shootings-santa-fe-texas-columbine-stoneman-douglas-parkland-column/627183002/

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2 Comments

  1. K Wilde
    Posted May 22, 2018 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

    This post has a few repeat paragraphs. You may want to edit it so that it is clearer. It would help immensely if all the factors you stated were able to be investigated fully. Then society might get somewhere and stop this great evil.

    • Headmistress
      Posted May 22, 2018 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

      You’re right about the editing. I just don’t have time- my youngest two kids are coming to visit us in the Philippines, haven’t seen one of them in nearly 2 years, and they’ll be here in an hour. I was just spitballing my concerns.

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