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"An adult shot at another adult today before an afternoon high school baseball game in southeastern Arizona, but missed and instead wounded a nearby student, authorities said."
So this occurred after the school shooting in Charden, Ohio last week. With rights come responsibilities. Since the shooting in Ohio, many responsible adults are writing about gun control, or the lack thereof, school shootings and kid shootings in general. There is a lot of talk with little action coming from the "adults in the room." This one, for example, written by a journalist in Milwaukee for JSOnline, refers to a meeting called by the Milwaukee school Superintendent concerning youth gun violence in that city. Kane is right. This is a community-wide problem. This is a country-wide problem. This is not a problem of black children vs. white children or the black culture vs. the white culture. This is our problem- all of us together must face it and do something about it. From the article:
Every time there is a school shooting we write and ask questions. The adults get all concerned, as did this journalist, about the safety of our children. He is saying that if you look at the major mass school shootings, most of them have been carried out by white students. But the Black community is affected greatly by shootings of and by kids. From this Brady Campaign article:Due to all the handguns in society, it's scary to know your children might be attending school with other kids with easy access to a deadly weapon. But it's just as disturbing for anyone to believe one group of kids with guns is scarier than the other.Thornton was right; like it or not, it's everybody's problem. Just like in Ohio.
Speaking of gun violence and its' affect on all races and all ages, one of my commenters- Dan, over at "son of the revolution"- has called me a racist. He sent me a nice little comment telling me that because I called the man who very purposely brought a gun into a school during the Michigan primary election last week a jerk, that I was being racist. What? Here it is:African-American children and teens are almost five times as likely as their white peers to be killed by firearms (11.30 per 100,000 African-American youth vs. 2.31 per 100,000 white youth) (NCIPC)).African-American males ages 15 to 19 are almost 5 times as likely as their white peers and more than twice as likely as their Hispanic or American-Indian/Alaska Native peers to be killed by firearms (Children's Defense Fund, p. 16, 2009).
Like a petulant kid, er um adult ( is he over 17?) he is going to see me and raise me. If I call someone on his side of this "debate" a jerk, he's going to call me a racist. Really? Whatever. Back to the guy in Michigan. As it turns out Michigan law allows people to carry guns into schools. That should be scary enough for all adults in the room. Does that mean we can't stop someone who actually does intend harm from bringing his or her own gun into a school? Oh yes, only when they are openly carried so we can see the gun. So what's to stop a felon or a person with an order for protection in a domestic case from openly carrying his gun onto school grounds? How will we know the difference between someone who means no harm and someone who does mean harm? Anyone can get a gun from a private seller at a gun show or from other places where private sellers sell guns without background checks. That person could buy a holster and carry his gun around openly in public. But we, as the public, are not supposed to panic and wonder what he/she is up to? The Michigan incident ( I referred to it in my previous post) happened the day after the school shooting in Ohio. People were hypersensitive about guns in schools. And this man shows up at a polling place in a school to make a point that he can carry his gun if he so chooses? On that particular day? How is that a good idea? I suggest that this is not a good example- particularly for kids. The man was provocative in his actions and his response to being stopped.It is STUNNING how it completely escapes you and others on your side that using your EXACT language, substituting the subject/person (gun carrier) and replace with " negro" , "black", or "homosexual" and the underlying bigoted attitude is EXACTLY the same argument used against " those people " How dare that , "negro", "homo" , "black person" do something completely LEGAL that makes others uncomfortable !And then Ladd and others go onto ridicule the idea that your side arent open bigots. Thanks, I'll be building my next article around that quote of yours and revealing just how revolting the mindset is of those on the Gun Control side
I have an idea for the man. Go home and have your lunch. Don't bring your gun into a school to test out the law. People don't want guns in schools, period. But let's talk a little more about my being a racist. Such a hateful statement cannot go unchallenged. Here is what I participated in yesterday in my community- a peaceful rally in protest of a group of White Supremacists coming to Duluth to make trouble about our Unfair Campaign. I am involved in other anti-discrimination, anti-racism and anti-violence efforts in my community. So, Dan, what are you thinking? Where does your hate for what I do come from? We can disagree on the merits and disagree because we come from two entirely different mind sets about guns and gun violence prevention. But dragging in the word racism is out of bounds when it comes to "discussion" on this blog. I posted one more of your comments, Dan, but now I am done with you. You can spew your hatred in your own blog, which is apparently what you intend to do. I suggest though that you set a better example for your two children and stop with the vitriol and hate. It is not becoming for a grown man.He was told Looman came into the school through an entry designated for voters, then after voting, walked into the main portion of the school with a weapon clearly visible. He was stopped at that point by a school worker.Helmholdt said visitors should know not to bring a weapon into a school.“Our number one issue is school safety,” he said. “Common sense tells you don’t bring a gun into a school.”But Looman says he believes his rights as a voter were violated on Tuesday when school staff and authorities confronted him at a polling location. He’s taking a stand in hopes authorities will take a closer look at what the laws are.“It became a civil liberties infraction because it was a voting day, and that’s disappointing,” he said. “I just wanted to go home to have lunch.”
There were some other comments that beg credulity and make me wonder about the "adults in the room" and what kind of example they are setting for children.
- "You're talking about this 17 year-old as if he is a child. This is a young adult whom the state trusted to operate a motor vehicle. This young man was intent on killing someone. Had he not had a firearm, he certainly could have used his car."
- "Car accidents happen all the time.and yet you are so nonchalant about that.Same is true with teens and guns. They shouldn't have them, period. I don't understand the logic. It's ok for a teen to operate a motor vehicle but not a firearm even though cars kill more than firearms?.."
Meanwhile real live adults are dealing with the shooting death of their sons as a result of a troubled teen with a gun. Here is an article and photos of the funeral of the first victim to die, Daniel Parmertor. From this article:
Parmertor's family said they planned to bury him with his first paycheck — still unopened — from his new job at a bowling alley, The Plain Dealer reports.Wow- families should not be burying their children after they are shot to death. They shouldn't have to be picking out coffins and thinking of how they will pay for a funeral for their child. They shouldn't have to pay for their child's funeral with his first paycheck from his new job.
Another article about the funeral has some interesting quotes from those who came to honor Parmertor.
"It's just horrible to think that you send your kid off to school and then you don't see him again," said Lou Keim, a relative attending Parmertor's wake. "It's not something I like to think about, but we probably have to protect every school child by having metal detectors in the schools just so we're safe, and that's a horrible thing to come to but that's probably where it's going."Indeed. Does anyone realize that we wouldn't need metal detectors in our schools if we didn't have so many school shootings or so many people carrying guns in our schools? How would this work for the folks who want to legally carry their guns into our schools? Will they be allowed to go through the metal detectors and say they are legal so they should be able to carry their guns? Why do people want to carry guns into schools in the first place? Raise your hand if you feel threatened when you walk into a polling place in a primary election. Schools should ban guns, period.
John Railey, journalist from the Winston-Salem Journal says it more eloquently. The adults should be more responsible for protecting our children from other children ( yes children) from gaining access to guns in the first place.
We can debate possible factors in the shooting, including a lack of an adequate mental-health-care system, a lack of God, poor communication between teenagers and their parents, and too-easy access to guns. I like the gun one, figuring that you never hear about the weapon in any of these school killings being a knife, a kitchen sink or anything but a gun, for that matter.And he goes on:
Somebody has to. Because ever since Columbine, we've argued about the reasons for that school shooting and all the ones that have followed. And while we adults have argued, more children have been killed. Democrats have failed at finding solutions, Republicans have failed at finding solutions. So have independents. There's no nationwide movement to stop our children from being killed in the schools where we take them to learn. There aren't even many community-wide movements to do that.
(...) Many of us are guilty of what a wise old preacher once called "a wicked silence." That, and apathy, and any other number of reasons. Whatever the case, the shootings go on.
We're not protecting our most precious resource, our children. We've failed at our biggest job.Indeed. Where is the real adult conversation and why isn't it happening? When the pro gun extremists distract by raising questions about whether a 17 year old shooter is an adult or a kid, we have a problem. When pro gun extremists claim that the shooter could have done just as much damage with a car, we are in trouble. When a pro gun extremist calls me a racist for saying that someone who carried his gun into a school to make a point is a jerk, we have a problem. The real problem is this- real kids, teens and adults are being shot to death every day in senseless shootings that are preventable. Where is common sense?