The word 'gai' is a good way to spot a Belgian : we use it a lot to say it is fun 'c'était gai ? Tu t'es bien amusée ?'. The French don't use that word often. So for us at least we feel that male homo are fun people ;-) I've been starting to understand a little more of the problems the homos face since I became friend with one who posts a lot on FB... Actually I had been friend with him for several years, but in a professional context and hadn't realized he was gay. I guess it means I don't pay attention. Should I ? (I also just realized some of my friends are ... black !).
Post by mickthecactus on Feb 15, 2018 13:48:07 GMT
In all, guns have been fired on school property in the US at least 18 times so far this year, according to incidents tracked by Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun control group. In eight of these cases, a gun was fired on school property, but no one was injured. Another two incidents were gun suicides, claiming the lives of one student and one adult on school property.
The repeated tragedies and frightening incidents continue to spark deeply divided political responses, with some Americans urging tighter laws on gun sales and ownership and others advocating for putting more armed guards in schools, or making it easier for teachers and parents to carry their own concealed weapons. Experts caution that the toll of gun violence on children and teenagers falls heaviest outside of schools. Youngsters are much more likely to be shot in their own homes or neighborhoods than at school, according to research by the school safety expert Dewey Cornell.
President Trump, please listen to a Sandy Hook mom on gun reform
But the emotional impact of school shootings has sparked a booming school safety industry. In 2017, the market for security equipment in the education sector was estimated at $2.68bn, according to industry analysts at IHS Markit. Some companies have capitalized on parents’ fears by selling bulletproof backpacks or whiteboards, as well as offering ways to fortify school buildings themselves against attack.
While refusing to pass substantive gun control restrictions, Congress has approved hundreds of millions of dollars in federal spending to help put police officers in public schools, including $45m in 2013, the year after the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting.
Some gun rights advocates have pushed to expand gun-carrying in schools further. Andrew McDaniel, a state legislator in Missouri who introduced legislation last year to make it easier to carry guns in schools, told the Guardian that, in rural schools where it might take 20 or 30 minutes for law enforcement to respond to a school shooting in progress, it made sense to have other armed citizens ready to step in.
... others advocating for putting more armed guards in schools, or making it easier for teachers and parents to carry their own concealed weapons.
I would say this kind of breathtaking stupidity makes me want to weep, but really it more provokes blind fury. We are a nation engaged in self-murder by civilians on a grand scale and are doing nothing about it.
The venal, obscene hypocrisy of lawmakers offering their frigging "thoughts & prayers" even as they maintain & bolster the conditions that allow shootings is beyond bearing. They might as well be pulling the triggers themselves. What can be done to elevate the consciousness of large portions of the population out of their gun-toting lunacy, I do not know.
I was imagining taking the reasoning a step further. Obviously if such a programme were put into place, quite a few teachers would refuse to bring a weapon to the classroom. Parents would split into two camps :
1. I refuse to send my child into that classroom unless the teacher has a gun. 2. I refuse to send my child into that classroom because the teacher does not have a gun.
I was just listening to an interview with the Governor of Florida, Rick Scott. He did everything he could to NOT say he would support discussions regarding changes to gun laws such as why an 18 year old can legally buy an assult weapon like the AR15 but yet he is legally not old enough to buy a beer until he is 21? Not responsible enough to drink but responsible enough to own an ASSULT weapon.
He talked about many issues that do need to be addressed but when pressed about gun control changes he quickly pivoted to, "It's a lot of things." He says he will bring everyone together to talk about how to prevent this from happening again and how much he loves his grandchildren, daughters, nieces and nephews but I never felt he really answered gun law questions or concerns.
I find it difficult to listen to these politicians pleading for the necessity for change and how they will make sure it never ever happens again and how much love they have for the children but then will turn themselves inside out to defend their rights to own these assult weapons in spite of all children.
Raise gun access to age 25. Anybody assisting younger person to access a gun to be prosecuted (Dealers, parents, intentionally or not, friends and gangs) Anyone who supplies or gives access to a weapon to a person under 25 who goes on to do a school shooting is charged as being an accessory to the shooting.
At least it may get dealers and parents more aware of their responsibilities.
Educate people to observe their peers and watch out for signs of stress or strange behaviour.
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Why give gun access at 25? Why not restrict access as much as possible to everyone, except police. I agree with Bixa and Mich, and all of you in fact: the USA is crazy when it comes to guns, with that never-ending nonsense about constitutional right to bear arms. Yeah, let them have 18th century muskets that have to be reloaded after each shot and see what they do.