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What's the best way to protect students in school? Rob Astorino, Westchester County Executive talks about the School Safety Symposium and various proposals involving safety, security, prevention and emergency response.
To cut through all the notorious NRA propaganda posted below, read "10 Pro-Gun Myths, Shot Down"
@CaptainDrG"Anti-depressants (SSIs) have been a factor in 95% of mass shootings.SSIs are less effective than placebos at reducing depression."
Not so, Captain...These anti-depressants actually work to the point of having the homicidal or suicidal actually take action on their dark fantasies. What is needed is better monitoring of the patient while the drugs are taking effect. But that costs more than just handing out the pills.
PS: Not suggesting XBox® is THE culprit.
Rather, simply pointing out the ABSURDITY of Astorino acclimating his young children to ULTRA violent video games whilst trying to "tackle" the issue of school violence.
The true issue is parental DISCONNECT!
...that, and punctuating the stupidity of yet another hack politician.
On the SAME DAY as the Newtown Massacre, a madman with a knife attacked an elementary school in China - in Guangxi, I think. There were 23 wounded, two of whom subsequently died.
The difference between China and Newtown is access to efficient killing hardware. High-powered pistols and rifles firing bullets designed to tumble or fragment on impact. How can we let citizens buy such weapons without even an assurance that they know how to store the damn things properly when not in use?
We could cut the carnage IN HALF in less than a year if every GUNOWNER made it their RESPONSIBILITY to either store their weapons at the range, store them in a gunsafe - not a cabinet, not trigger-locked; or partially disassembled if access by others cannot be prevented. Failing that, an accessory charge should follow every shooting resulting from loose gun safety practice.
Accidental discharge and unintended shooting insurance may also become a requirement for legal ownership in a country that has a Second Amendment. However, my preference is to see that amendment itself amended so that a gun safety course is a requirement. One thing the draft did was teach all the men how to handle a gun - including how to store it safely.
As far as I am concerned, violent video games and violent media are a red herring. Millions more partake of violent games, TV, movies and Internet than commit the insane act of pointing a weapon at a crowd of people and firing until the weapon is empty. These things might be useful for profiling but banning them will do little to cut the carnage.
the role of antidepressants in mass shootings is being ignored in the coverage I have seen, read, and heard. Overprescription of these substances generally, esp. to young people, has resulted in suicides and violence, and is rarely discussed. Perhaps this is because of vested interests and denial, not only among mental health professionals but their dependent patients. While there is no question these substances help many people in need, their widespread use in treating young patients is irresponsible. personal note: lost a close friend to suicide trying to wean himself from Paxil.
We've got CaptainTinFoilHat, right here!!
Brian, a bit of a digression, but why don't you have representatives form groups like the gun owners of America (GOA)? It might be me, but it seems that your pro gun guests have been either the "foaming at the mouth" types (like Thomas King) or the "tin foil hat" types (like Wayne LaPierre).
HEY!! Idiot!! How about getting the XBox® out of your house!!!
"During a search of the Lanza home after the deadly school shootings, police found thousands of dollars worth of graphically violent video games."
TUNE IN, UNPLUG!!
Anti-depressants (SSIs) have been a factor in 95% of mass shootings.SSIs are less effective than placebos at reducing depression.
Most mass shootings, with many dead, take place in gun-free zones.Schools are gun free-zones.
The average number of people killed in mass shootings, when stopped by police, is 14.29 dead.The average number of people killed in a mass shooting, when stopped by a citizen, is 2.33 dead.The average number of people killed in a mass shooting, when stopped by an unarmed citizen is 2.6 dead.The average number of people killed in a mass shooting, when stopped by an citizen with a gun is 1.8.
So the best way to prevent mass shootings with many dead, is to enable armed citizens to be in most crowds.This is best accomplished by allowing the law-abiding to carry guns.
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