Sunday, December 9, 2018

Violence Begets Violence

As I wrote about in my last post I don't think there is a rise in Anti Semitism but there is simply a rise in hate. Period. Hate. We are at a breaking point when it comes to suppressed rage in this country and while most of it has been at the hands of angry white fucks who hate Jews, Black People, Women, Cops, Gays, Country Music, Yoga practioners, Church goers, Grocery Shoppers, Walmart Shoppers, Mall Shoppers, Drivers, Politicians, or just anyone really as we have a problem that crosses all of that - the access and availability of guns.

It has long been pronounced by my favorite right wing fringe group - the NRA - that good people with guns will stop bad people with guns. Well guess that doesn't work out as a good person with a gun was mistaken as a bad person with a gun and killed by the Police.  Then the Police who went in alone and possibly reduced the number of deaths in a mass shooting became a casualty but not  at the hands of a gunman but of his own.  That friendly fire thing we hear about.

Or how about those killed during wellness checks?  Well that solves that mental health crisis.  No Cops are not exempt from overusing their fire arms.

Is there such a thing as friendly fire?  If PETA wants to stop violent expressions about animals could they add this oxymoron to the list?

No guns are friendly and few times do they work out to stop and/or prevent mass shootings.  That is what they are made for to kill or be killed.

And the rise in children and guns has become the tipping point.  Kids with guns come from homes with Adults with guns and nothing says crazy more than Daddy shooting Mommy for kissing Santa Claus.  The rise in Domestic Violence around the holiday times cannot be ignored and here in Tennessee which has dropped to apparently number five in the country with deaths associated with Domestic Violence (although these last few weeks may change that. We can do this Nashville!) it shows that families that shoot and kill together stay together.  Brings new meaning to that vow, "Until death we do part." Guess not.

We have school shootings on the rise and I suspect much of it is also a need for infamy and fame. The reality is that kids have zero filter and little self control. I work in Nashville's public schools and while I can attest that as true you should really see the adults here.  Again hit the highways that should be sufficient to see road rage.

The last week a student at Maplewood high found with gun and at Donelson Middle school a kid brought a gun to the school dance.  I recall my last holiday sub gig there and I was so freaked out by it I lied and said my cell phone was stolen. It was in my rental car. I just wanted out of there I could not take even the last hour of the day being confined in the room with these kids.  Two days of being with kids who have major discipline issues, carts being wheeled around with treats of which none shared with them, movies and parties ongoing and none where we were included and then the last insult literally slop served to them in brown bags for lunch. Yes what kid does not want to eat broccoli with Velveeta as a nice Christmas lunch?  By the end of the day I was losing my mind but I don't feel compelled to arm up. But most kids don't have that much self control.  Welcome to my world. It is why I note where the exit doors are and my escape route the minute I walk in.

2018 is worst year on record for gun violence in schools, data shows

Research cited by Sandy Hook Promise counted 94 incidents, a near 60% increase on the previous high, 59, set in 2006

Jamiles Lartey
Sun 9 Dec 2018

Two women attend a vigil in Boca Raton, Florida, on 16 February for the 17 people killed at a school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

This year has been by far the worst on record for gun violence in schools, the advocacy group Sandy Hook Promise said, citing research by the US Naval Postgraduate School (NPS).
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The NPS Center for Homeland Defense and Security counted 94 school shooting incidents in 2018, a near 60% increase on the previous high, 59, an unwanted record set in 2006.

The NPS database goes back to 1970 and documents any instance in which a gun is “brandished, is fired, or a bullet hits school property for any reason”, regardless of the number of victims or the day of the week.

In 2018, high-profile attacks in Parkland, Florida and Santa Fe, Texas, have intensified a national conversation about gun violence in schools.

Seventeen students and staff members were killed in Parkland. Ten students and teachers died in Santa Fe.

“This is beyond unacceptable,” said Nicole Hockley, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise. “It is inexcusable. Everyone has the power to stop violence before it starts, and we want to arm as many people as possible with the knowledge of how to keep their schools and communities safe.”

Hockley’s six-year-old son, Dylan, was shot dead at Sandy Hook elementary school in Connecticut in December 2012, with 19 other children and six adult members of staff.

In response to the NPS findings and to mark the sixth anniversary of Sandy Hook, on 14 December, Sandy Hook Promise will release a jarring public service announcement.

The short film, the group says, “reveals the many warning signs and signals exhibited by an at-risk individual that can lead to gun violence – signs that SHP wants to train individuals to recognize and intervene upon before a tragedy can occur”.

The video, made by director Rupert Sanders and Oscar-winning cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, among others, shows a series of interactions between high school students from a first-person perspective. Near the end, a student appears to retrieve an assault rifle from a bag.
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In a statement, the group said: “While the scene is set with excited students in the hallways, there is another story unfolding simultaneously: a shooter planning to attack the school and exhibiting the warning signs of impending violence.

“These signs happen amongst peers and educators who could have identified these signs and intervened before it was too late. An astonishing 80% of school shooters told someone of their plans prior to taking action – yet no interventions were made.”

The spot is an extension of the Know the Signs program, which Sandy Hook Promise says has been used to train more than 5.5 million people from more than 10,000 schools in all 50 US states.

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