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Gun Control and School Shootings

The beginning date of this writing is May 8, 2019.

That is only one day following the horrific events that occurred Tuesday afternoon at the STEM school near Denver, Colorado.

With that news still fresh in mind, the discussion about gun control today is one held with a heavy heart. It is also spoken with an emboldened intensity.

Yesterday’s tragic events remind us of how important these discussions truly are and how vital it is that we get this right.

What “getting it right” means, is gun control that is smart and effective.

Gun control that empowers law-abiding citizens and enables each one of us with the ability to protect and defend ourselves.

Getting it right means gun control that keeps guns out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have them, whatever those reasons may be.

A story like this might generally include a list of facts and figures to support this argument.

Today, we will look at just a few of those numbers and do so in the light of yesterday’s awful event.

It was another tragic scene in Florida, a little over a year ago that prompted these words: “As emotions morph from grief to anger to resolve, it is vitally important to supply facts so that policymakers and professionals can fashion solutions based on objective data rather than well-intended but misguided emotional fixes.”

Those words from that story can only be echoed here.

It is also here, in the facts, that we will find answers to how we can best prevent these kinds of unthinkable events.

We don’t know much yet about what happened yesterday but we do have some details.

According to the reports, two people walked into the school building (apparently students), one of the alleged assailants was eighteen.

At least one student, based on eye witness reports, walked into the classroom after the period bell rang.

A student said this individual after arriving late to class, appeared to be walking toward their desk before stopping and then brandishing a weapon.

From preliminary accounts, each alleged shooter had a handgun. In all, nine were injured, one fatally.

Although there are many facts and pointers here, it is too early to make any definitive statements.

Perhaps that is okay as well because we should be angry and we may need time to process this pain. We have the right to feel hurt, upset and want answers. Damn it, these are our kids!

At some point, however, as we hear those words of wisdom and reason again, “…solutions based on objective data rather than well-intended but misguided emotional fixes” we must find the strength to move forward and start asking those questions.

If these suspects were eighteen years of age or younger; if these supposed students entered the school with handguns; if these people acted as oddly as they were reported to have been acting.

There will be questions that need answers.

When we get the facts, after we have mourned, investigated and dealt with the crime, then we can continue looking for solutions.

Don’t be surprised, however, if we discover some truths we already know.

93% of guns used in crimes are obtained illegally.

The alleged perpetrators, in this case, were kids.

That means that they took guns from their homes (certainly without permission) or purchased them illegally.

According to studies, almost all mass public shooters have extensive histories of mental health issues… .”

Would any of us be even slightly surprised if either of these young people is discovered to have a mental illness?

This isn’t the day, the time or the place to inundate each other with statistics though.

Today, we join our brothers and sisters, our moms and dads and one another in support of these hurting families.

We can argue facts and truths later, as days go by and as the truths come to light.

His name is Kendrick Ray Castillo.

It was said that this young student rushed the shooter before being fatally struck. CNN wrote up a story earlier today that described this young hero.

I can think of no better way to end our conversation than with those words…

Kendrick was such a nice kid. If you needed something, he would be there for you, Nui told CNN on Wednesday.

That proved true even in the young man’s final moments.

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  27. the key words in the Trump ditty about Surprise Medical bills. Is “Almost believable. ” but certainly not quite. But that includes your statement about gun control. the left has been pushing that for twenty years, and you on the right have been doing lunch with the NRA and blocking any legislation on Gun control. to validate this I am a gun owner. I did pas the test in California to own guns even after I already owned guns. So until I see the right actually doing something about this it’s “almost believable.” the same as Trump actually doing anything about surprise medical bills. He talked the talk, but like everything else his Promise of the first day having the best medical care ever, has been just another of his 10,000 lies.

  28. All of these people had mental issues. I’m sure this wasn’t their first display of it. The way to solve this problem is to detect these issues earlier before something like these episodes happen. Trying to eliminate guns is NOT the answer. If they can’t get a hold of a gun they’ll use something different. You can’t eliminate guns . If more responsible people had them with them at a time like this a lot of this could have been eliminated. The Constitution says the people have the RIGHT to bear arms, you will not eliminate that.

  29. We need to enforce the existing gun control laws. Prospective gun buyers need to properly vetted! All gun owners need to secure and monitor the security of their guns. Anyone predisposed to breaking the law will do so! They will rob, kill and steal. They will text while driving. They will throw lit cigarettes and trash out of the car window. They will violate the laws of the road: speeding, illegal lane changes, tailgating, etc. It is illegal for underage persons to purchase cigarettes, alcoholic beverages, marijuana, vapes, If they want to break the law they will do it! Passing more laws and ignoring our constitutional right to bear arms will create an uprising that these silly politicians, who want to ignore our Constitution, could imagine. We need to enforce our existing, reasonable gun control laws!

  30. We do not need gun control. What we need is Criminal control. We need Democraps to stop stripping laws of the ability to punish criminals. When someone gets life and they get ill with cancer or another deadly illness just keep them comfortable but let them die. Those who get death should be fast tracked when there is clear proof they did the crime. Those who there are question about should also get faster treatment. Not to kill them but to make sure the guilty party is found and punished. Those caught in the act should go straight to punishment and executed as their victims died. That is how all killers should die. Rapists should be Physically CASTRATED with a shotgun blast no pain killers, boiling tar to stop bleeding again nothing for pain. Dropped into the worst prison on earth and their crime told allow the inmates to do as they please except kill them. To stop Crime we must make it a NASTY NASTY PUNISHMENT if you commit one. That is the only way to stop crimes anywhere not just at schools.

  31. I was under the impression, (apparently wrong), That ONE of the lessons learned was “control entry”. Why were these two allowed to enter LATE and just ‘wander’ around. They should have been FORCED to enter through a ‘controlled’ space and NEVER been allowed to wander around unsupervised. I went through school in the 1930’s and 40’s and this was ALWAYS the rule — if you were late, it was through the school office and ONLY WITH AN ADMIT SLIP were we allowed to proceed to a classroom when late OR returning from an absence. NO WONDER we have these problems — all MORAL controls are being abolished and apparently, just simple logic is ‘out the window’. God help us (even if He isn’t appreciated either).

  32. It says my comment is awaiting moderation which means they don’t like it which means you won’t get to read it

  33. Those who are intelligent & clear headed know most gun crimes are done with illegal guns. Leftists don’t want to accept or admit this. Why? Because most of the criminals, in all crimes, are leftists, & they don’t want to punish family

  34. Why do we need kids to go to physical buildings anymore? Online studies are available now. A large number of students all ready use online studies.

  35. I wish there were an “EDIT” function on this site!!

    yet the shooters were able to injur and kill 10 people.**injure**

    I thought I caught all errors before clicking “COMMENT”!

  36. One very, very important statistic left out of this article is that 99% of these MASS SHOOTINGS are in so called “gun free zones”!! Or better known as TARGET RICH ZONES!!

    What do you truly expect will happen when you take away the very right to self defense?!?!

    If you can’t defend YOURSELF you can’t defend ANYBODY!!

    Allow those school staff that want to and can be vetted to CONCEAL CARRY after training for active shooter events to carry in the classroom!!

    Israel has NO school shootings because THEIR TEACHERS ARE ARMED!!!!

    In this incident, the police were reported to be on campus in TWO MINUTES, TWO MINUTES yet the shooters were able to injur and kill 10 people.

    HERO Kendrick Ray Castillo.SLOWED THEM DOWN AND SAVED UNKNOWN NUMBERS OF LIVES!!

    Imagine what would have happened if just 2 or 3 school staff had been armed!

  37. If the kids are the ones under 18. The parents should go to jail. My reason is that the parents are not in complete control.

  38. Dear Sir, Madam.
    I wish l had the answer, yes l do believe teachers will have to be armed.
    The only other thing l could suggest airport style detectors, where everyone would have to pass through. Perhaps disguised in some way. Security at the gates. You probably do that anyway now.

  39. I don’t understand why people can not see where
    these shootings are taking place if they would just
    open their eyes and look they would see that they
    are taking place in NO GUN ZONE’S AT LEAST THE
    BIGGEST PART OF THEM!! Schools, Churches, Movies
    anywhere guns are not allowed , these IDIOTS THAT
    ARE TRYING TO MAKE A NAME FOR THEMSELVES .
    SAYING “LOOK AT ME I JUST SHOT A BUNCH OF
    PEOPLE WHO DIDN’T ANY GUNS, SO I DIDN’T HAVE
    TO WORRY ABOUT GETTING SHOT BACK AT”
    We need to change that and make firearm training
    mandatory in those places and allow properly trained
    people to have guns to protect themselves, also they
    need to be checked for dope and background checked
    before they are issued a permit to carry..

  40. Gun control isn’t the answer , it’s whats in the heads of these shooters that matters. Stop the sale of guns here and they will flow over the border just like the illegal imagrents. These people that want to kill will use any means to get the job done.

  41. Schools need to return to the “old days”. When I was in school, we had “assembly” with all the students every Friday. We had the Pledge of Allegiance, Sang America the Beautiful or God bless America. Then the National Anthem. General announcements were made by the school Principal And we had the 10 Commandments posted in the main hallway . Remember “Thou shall not kill”. And I as in a public school. We didn’t have school shootings in those days.

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