Tag Archive: School Shootings


We Need To Talk About Sandy Hook

 

 

 

 

Published on Dec 1, 2014

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  Independent Media Solidarity is a loose knit group of independent journalists that have come together to tackle the issue of Sandy Hook. We are normal people with normal lives, who have families, children, and jobs. Although many of us haven’t physically met each other, we are united. All we seek are answers to the many inconsistencies. But most importantly, we just want the truth made available to all who might seek it.

  Over the past 2 years, efforts to explain and expose the Sandy Hook event may seem to have slowed down. We never slowed down. “

 

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Are School Homicides ‘Becoming The Norm’?

 

 

 

” In the aftermath of yesterday’s shooting at an Oregon high school, the president worried that such slayings are “becoming the norm.” I’ve written skeptically in the past about whether the number of mass shootings in America is actually increasing, as the word becoming implies—see my posts herehere, and here—but there’s always a haze of uncertainty around those numbers, thanks to the varying definitions of “mass shooting” that different people use.

  But maybe that isn’t the best thing to be measuring in the first place. The Oregon incident isn’t a “mass” shooting at all—the gunman killed two people, and one of those was himself—but it obviously speaks to the same sorts of fear and grief. If your son was just shot, after all, it’s hardly a comfort that his classmates survived. A map darting around the Internet this week claims to show all the school shootings since Sandy Hook. Note the modifier: school, not mass.

  So how frequently are people killed at school? The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) keeps a running count of such homicides, with “at school” defined to include deaths not just on school property but “while the victim was on the way to or from regular sessions at school or while the victim was attending or traveling to or from an official school-sponsored event.” You might quibble about whether those off-campus killings belong in this category, but still, it’s a straightforward definition that doesn’t get bogged down in how many people die in one attack or, for that matter, what weapon was used to murder them.

  (Of the 74 incidents listed by Everytown, 35 occured on or near a college campus.**) The map also includes nonfatal shootings, including accidental discharges and at least four events in which no one was injured at all. And some of its items qualify as “school shootings” only under a rather broad understanding of the phrase. While this killing, for example, did take place in an elementary school parking lot, it happened at night, long after the students and teachers had gone home. The victim was 19.

  This much is clear: If you’re wondering where kids are likely to die, the answer plainly isn’t a classroom. (Quoting the BJS report one more time: “During the 2010–11 school year, 11 of the 1,336 homicides among school-age youth ages 5–18 occurred at school.“) And in the period for which we have clear data, the school homicide rate moved in the same direction as the overall homicide rate: downward. To bring it still lower, the first question to ask is what happened to get us that far.”

 

Jesse Walker at Reason has more details

For further reading on the subject of American mass shootings see below:

 

 

The ‘Ugly’ Truth About Mass Shootings

Mass Shootings in America: Moving Beyond Newtown

The Facts About Mass Shootings

The Truth About Mass Shootings and Gun Control

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bloomberg’s Latest Stats On School Gun Violence Ignore Reality

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Are schools and colleges dangerous places, with lots of gun violence?

  Some groups paint a picture of these places being particularly unsafe. Supposedly both murders and firearm suicides are very common at educational institutions. Last Wednesday, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s two groups, Moms Demand Gun Sense in America and Mayors Against Illegal Guns, jointly released a report that received massive , uncritical , news , coverage .

  They claimed that 44 shootings occurred in schools and colleges nationwide since the Newtown, Conn. massacre on Dec. 14, 2012 and Feb. 10 of this year. Out of the 44 shootings, a total of 28 died. To dramatize their numbers, Bloomberg’s groups emphasized that one of these attacks occurred every 10 days.

  But their statistics are not what they seem. Included in the numbers are suicides. Also included are late night shootings taking place in school parking lots, on their grounds or even off school property, often involving gangs. As “shootings,” they also include any incident where shots were fired, even when nobody was injured.”

 

    To illustrate their biased point of view in pursuit of their anti-gun agenda they have grossly misrepresented what constitutes a “school shooting” along the very same lines they use when talking about the deaths of “children” from guns . Below are some of what Bloomberg considers “school shootings” …

 

 

” • A student at Eastern Florida State College retrieved his gun from his car when two men attacked him. One of the men was striking the student with a pool cue, and the student fired his gun wounding him. The gun was legally stored in the student’s car and the police found that he had acted in self-defense.

• A 19-year-old was killed at 9pm in a field near the Hillside Elementary School in San Leandro, California.

• A professor at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology committed suicide in an empty classroom.

• A 23-year-old man committed suicide late at night on school grounds when no one was around the Algona High/Middle School in Iowa.

• A 38-year-old man was shot to death at 2am on the grounds of the Clarksville, Tennessee High School.

• A 19-year-old man committed suicide in the parking lot of a Portland, Maine high school. No one at the school was threatened.”

 

   But even when the Statist media bends the statistics to suit their agenda they still cannot prove their contention that schools are becoming increasingly commonplace .

 

” Contrary to what many people believe, high school shootings have actually been falling over the last two decades . To illustrate this let’s compare the five school years 1992-93 to 1996-97 with the five school years from 2008-09 to 2012-13. During the first period, the number of non-gang, non-suicide shooting deaths averaged 25 a year. During the recent five-year period, it averaged less than half that, 10 per year – and that figure does include the horrific Newtown massacre.

  To put these numbers in perspective, there are about 50 million young people between the ages of 6 and 17. Another 21 million , people are enrolled in colleges.”

 

 

It’s all about the narrative … truth doesn’t enter into it . The story continues at Fox News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Social Construction Of A Mass Shooting Epidemic

 

 

 

 

 

” The killings of 20 first-grade students and six adult staff members at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14, 2012, obviously constitutes a terrible, newsworthy event. But the news coverage did more than report the details of what happened at Newtown. It also sought to classify this incident as an instance of a larger problem. The initial news reports described what had happened as “the second deadliest school shooting,” “another mass shooting,” and a “mass killing” (all in stories in the next day’s New York Times) and as “the second deadliest shooting event in U.S. history” (The Washington Post). The Post’s website ranked the 12 “Deadliest U.S. shootings” (the earliest case on their list occurred in 1949), while the Mother Jones website added Newtown to its page “A Guide to Mass Shootings in America” (which included only cases from 1982 to 2012).”

 

    The categorization of “mass shootings” , “mass murders” , “workplace violence” or whatever other clever nomenclature that happens to be in vogue are decided upon by the media that reports on the stories and we would do well to remember that the present day media , the so-called mainstream anyway , are anything but dispassionate observers and reporters of fact .

 

” According to The New Republic, there were 70 mass shootings between 1982 and 2012, leaving 543 people dead. The magazine does not say whether this death toll includes the shooters, who often—but not always—also die. But let us assume that only the shooters’ victims were counted. (Amy Sullivan, the New Republic article’s author, says she believes that is the case.) That works out to about 2.3 incidents and 18 victims’ deaths per year. Last year was an unusually bad year, with 68 people killed in seven mass shootings—a terrible toll, to be sure. But in the context of some 2.5 million deaths from all causes last year, mass shootings, while dramatic, are simply not a major cause of death. And because these events are quite rare, and their number fluctuates from year to year, it is difficult to determine a clear trend. The horrors of 2012 made it easy from some commentators to claim that mass shootings were on the rise, but should there be fewer cases in 2013, it is unlikely that people will note that the problem is growing smaller.”

 

 

    As with most any news items today , how events are portrayed in the media is really more an issue of what particular ax the reporting organization has to grind than it is a fair illustration of the facts .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Authorities’ new advice to schools: Confront shooter

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” Law enforcement authorities are increasingly advising school officials — and even young students — to physically confront suspects in future campus attacks as a final line of defense.

The advisories, now included in training videos and documents prepared by police, represent a major shift in tactics for law enforcement officials who have traditionally counseled potential victims to flee and hide while waiting for authorities to answer calls for help.”

NBC’s David Gregory Mocks NRA Chief For Proposing Armed Guards At Schools . . . Fails To Mention He Sends His Kids To School Protected By Armed Guards…

 

 

 

Yeah, but his kids are more important than ours.

Via Weekly Standard:

David Gregory mocked the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre for proposing that armed guards be at every school in America. But the NBC host seems to have no problem with armed guards protecting his kids everyday where they attend school in Washington, D.C.

“You proposed armed guards in school. We’ll talk about that in some detail in a moment. You confronted the news media. You blamed Hollywood and the gaming industry. But never once did you concede that guns could actually be part of the problem. Is that a meaningful contribution, Mr. LaPierre, or a dodge?,” asked Gregory.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Today I went to Capitol Hill to deliver a message that every American needs to hear.

After you watch this, I hope you’ll send it to as many people as you can.

Thank you.

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Wayne LaPierre
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P.S. I’m also interested in YOUR thoughts on this extremely important issue, so please feel free to send me a personal email to this address: WayneLaPierre@nra.org. Thank you again.

 

 

 

NRA Presser

“Best Selling Author” Calls for Law to Stifle Media in Wake of Mass Shooting

 

Media Violence

 

 

 

” Writing for Forbes, Joseph Grenny stated the following in the wake of today’s mass shooting in Connecticut where a man named Adam Lanza used his mother’s gun to kill her along with 26 people, including 20 children, which followed another mass shooting in Oregon earlier this week in which a man killed two people in a shopping mall:

This week, I watched in horror with most of America, as yet another person unleashed a furry of bullets in a busy Portland, Oregon, mall killing two and injuring others. But my horror was twofold. The first misery came as I heard the names and numbers of victims and thought about the pain they and their families will endure for the rest of their lives. The second dose came as I held my breath, hoping and praying the media wouldn’t amplify the violence.

But they did. “

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