crux wrote:100,000 folks don't die each year in this country to "domestic gun violence". George is wrong.
fangz1956 wrote:This is also a society that continually falls prey to the fear card every time it's trumped. People who live in unrealistic fear and paranoia will arm themselves to the teeth.
Massad Ayoob wrote:Go back to the year 1764, in what is now Franklin County, Pennsylvania. The first: during Pontiac’s Rebellion in the wake of the French and Indian War, four “warriors” entered a schoolhouse and slaughtered the headmaster and some ten children...in 1927, a crazed monster beat his wife to death, then triggered a bombing in an elementary school in Bath, Michigan, killing some 38 kids and several adults.
Who can doubt that fire codes, improvements in construction, and regulations requiring sprinklers BEFORE an emergency have saved far more lives than frantic efforts to stave disaster afterwards?Massad Ayoob wrote:...if we simply prepared teachers to handle this type of crisis the way we teach them to handle fires and medical emergencies, the death toll would drop dramatically. We don’t hear of mass deaths of children in school fires these days: fire drills
These after-the-fact interventions are somewhat helpful even though most victims of such medical emergencies do not survive. These actions are not NEARLY as effective as preventive measures such as smoking cessation and general health maintenance.Massad Ayoob wrote:...knows CPR; most schools have easily-operated Automatic Electronic Defibrillators
Wise One wrote:If every teacher in every classroom in America were packing heat, I promise you some kids will get their hands on those guns and start blasting away. Miss Lucy, my kindergarten teacher and nice person, would have been less than useless. Most other teachers are the same.
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