Guncontrol_guide_final2. Americans are becoming numb to gun violence. For teachers, it's all too real. As a teacher, I expected to return to my classroom after the holidays refreshed and ready for the second half of the year.
That's happened to a certain extent, but I can't ignore the ongoing violence in America's schools. On 14 January, a 12-year-old boy in New Mexico came to school with a sawed-off, 20-gauge shotgun and opened fire, wounding two students before a teacher was able to persuade him to put the gun down. On 17 January, two high school students were injured at a charter school in Philadelphia when another teen opened fire. On 20 January, a student sitting in the parking lot of Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania was injured by an unknown gunman.
On 21 January, a teaching assistant was killed by a gunman at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. All this horror in the the first weeks of January alone. Not one of these events has prompted the national uproar America saw after the Sandy Hook shooting on 14 December 2012. We are frustrated as a nation.
NRA: full statement by Wayne LaPierre in response to Newtown shootings. The National Rifle Association's 4 million mothers, fathers, sons and daughters join the nation in horror, outrage, grief and earnest prayer for the families of Newtown, Connecticut ... who suffered such incomprehensible loss as a result of this unspeakable crime.
Out of respect for those grieving families, and until the facts are known, the NRA has refrained from comment. While some have tried to exploit tragedy for political gain, we have remained respectfully silent. Now, we must speak ... for the safety of our nation's children. Because for all the noise and anger directed at us over the past week, no one — nobody — has addressed the most important, pressing and immediate question we face: How do we protect our children right now, starting today, in a way that we know works? The only way to answer that question is to face up to the truth.
And in so doing, they tell every insane killer in America that schools are their safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk.
NRA.ORG. Refuting Anti-Gun Control Arguments. © Josh Sager – January 2012 The recent rash of mass shootings in the United States is simply part of a long-term trend of gun violence unique to our country.
The Sandy Hook school shooting is tragic—it caused the death of 20 children—but the true tragedy is that such a shooting is only the tip of the iceberg of our country’s gun problem. According to FBI statistics, 46,313 Americans were murdered with firearms during the time period of 2007 to 2011. To put this death-toll into perspective, this translates to an average of 9,263 murders per year, or 25 murders per day. When we look at this average death toll in relation to the Sandy Hook Shooting—a nationally shocking tragedy—we see that a Sandy Hook sized tragedy happens every day, yet nobody covers it. No other developed country on earth has as lax gun laws or more weapons than the United States. 1.
First, here is the text of the 2nd Amendment: 2. 3. Guns don’t kill people; people kill people. Twelve facts about guns and mass shootings in the United States. When we first collected much of this data, it was after the Aurora, Colo. shootings, and the air was thick with calls to avoid "politicizing" the tragedy.
That is code, essentially, for "don't talk about reforming our gun control laws. " Let's be clear: That is a form of politicization. When political actors construct a political argument that threatens political consequences if other political actors pursue a certain political outcome, that is, almost by definition, a politicization of the issue. It's just a form of politicization favoring those who prefer the status quo to stricter gun control laws. Since then, there have been more horrible, high-profile shootings. If roads were collapsing all across the United States, killing dozens of drivers, we would surely see that as a moment to talk about what we could do to keep roads from collapsing.
What follows here isn't a policy agenda. 1. Mother Jones has tracked and mapped every shooting spree in the last three decades. Disarming the Myths Promoted By the Gun Control Lobby. Businessinsider. Gun control: Data suggest guns do in fact kill people. Battleground America. Just after seven-thirty on the morning of February 27th, a seventeen-year-old boy named T.
J. Lane walked into the cafeteria at Chardon High School, about thirty miles outside Cleveland. It was a Monday, and the cafeteria was filled with kids, some eating breakfast, some waiting for buses to drive them to programs at other schools, some packing up for gym class. Lane sat down at an empty table, reached into a bag, and pulled out a .22-calibre pistol.