Tag: Mass Shootings

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The story hardly needs telling yet again. We have all seen the movies, documentaries, read the books, visited the inumerable websites. For my purpose, though, some essential facts need repeating. The night of April 15, 1912, RMS Titanic is speeding across the North Atlantic at 23 knots (26.14 mph, or for the metrically impaired, 42.1 […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America have mixed reactions to the news that West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin is not going to run for governor of his state in 2020 and will remain in the Senate until 2024. They also shudder at the obvious warning signs surrounding the latest mass […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Israeli Lessons for Mass Shootings

 

The recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, have given rise to an anguished national discussion over how to best respond to domestic terror. There is an aching awareness that punishing individual criminals after the fact is, to invoke the famous Churchill phrase, too little, too late. The social objective is to prevent these useless deaths from ever happening, which is why choosing the proper mix of preventive measures is rightly the central topic of debate.

Yet it is precisely on these questions that people who share a common end have the greatest disagreement. There is no single metric that can determine the optimal strategy for harm prevention. But that does not stop the introduction of a vast number of ingenious approaches to solve the problem. Today, most of the proposed solutions are top-down. They seek to prevent violent individuals from getting their hands on guns, often forgetting that determined killers can resort to cars, bombs, and even knives. My approach is the opposite. Any mass killer is a random outlier whom it is rarely possible to identify in advance. I think that it is impossible to do anything more that will prevent these people, or indeed anyone else intent on wreaking havoc, from obtaining weapons.

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In light of the recent shootings in El Paso and Dayton, John McCormack has an article in National Review discussing Federal “red-flag” legislation, which would allow family members to obtain a court order to take firearms away from people who are showing symptoms of behavior that could lead to violence against themselves or others. This […]

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A friend (a liberalish Millenial, while I’m a Gen-X right-winger) posted this on his Facebook wall; I found it interesting & thought provoking, so thought I’d share it here. Thoughts? More

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What, exactly, motivates someone to waltz into a public place and gun down scores of innocent people he’s never met?

Well, that may be the wrong question. In the shooter’s mind, there are no innocents — only sinners and reprobates of all kinds; jerks, dunces, philanderers, drunkards, and bullies. That 16-year-old grocery bagger might seem nice enough, but he likes to torture the nerds at school — and, besides, he stole the girl I fancy. That 36-year-old mother of two may look innocent, but she’s actually part of an ethnic invasion which seeks to destroy the country as we know it. Et cetera. For people who think this way, each killing is an act of revenge against a world the shooter believes has wronged him. It is, in his warped and woeful understanding, a type of justice.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America wade through a very somber day on the Three Martini Lunch. They recoil at two horrific weekend mass shootings – one in Texas and another in Ohio – and where we stand as nation. They also evaluate how President Trump is responding and not […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Guns Aren’t the Problem. We Are the Problem.

 

Guns are not the problem. We are the problem.

If you look at the Wikipedia page about mass shootings in the US, you will find that five out of the seven accepted causes are psychological and cultural. Five. Out of Seven. Even they recognize that gun accessibility is only worth two points of discussion.

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Every school shooting is a catastrophe. For every child that dies, a family is severely wounded. Many school districts have taken steps to to protect their children:

In 2016, the CDC found nearly 90 percent of public schools had a written plan for responding to school shootings, and 70 percent of those schools had drilled students on the plan.

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Max Eden joins Seth Barron to discuss recent mass shootings in American high schools and how misguided approaches to school safety can play a role. In the aftermath of horrific shootings at high schools in Florida and Texas, the political debate has focused largely on the role of guns in American society. Mostly ignored is how school districts fail to take […]

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I am part of the Employee Safety Committee for my work area. A big part of our responsibility has been training staff in what to do during attacks on our facility. Included in the training are presentations by the security supervisors, videos, posters, and tabletop simulations. As part of this, I produced a memo outlining procedures for our specific unit. After the event in Florida, a resident MD (who is active-duty military with combat experience) and I updated the guide. I left some descriptions of specific locations in our area as an example; these, of course, are not applicable to every workplace.

With Las Vegas, Kentucky, and Florida in the news, I’m again going to address a scary possibility: An active shooter in the hospital. We all should have had the class from Security and have seen the posters. You, therefore, know the strategy: Run, Hide, Fight. I will be discussing the specific tactics for our department.

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I know it’s been a long time since I did anything on Ricochet. Life has been difficult lately but the tide has turned as it usually does. Hope you like this. Thoreau wrote “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” You may remember something about their song dying inside them as well. Thoreau […]

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Last February President Trump rescinded one of Obama’s executive orders regarding gun control. Basically, Obama ordered the Social Security Administration to report people who were no longer in control of their finances to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System that Trump chose to nullify. I can’t imagine why he did this or why Congress supported […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Gun Control and the “Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc” Fallacy

 

It always irks me when I read an article about the supposed effect of a policy change, say a gun ban in the UK or Australia, by looking at the effect on some variable (gun deaths, mass shootings, etc.) after the legislation was passed. The problem is that you can mistakenly conclude a causal relationship between the policy and its impact when none exists. It’s the post hoc ergo propter hoc fallacy, “after this, therefore, because of this.”

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There have been seven mass shootings (so far) in 2017. By comparison, between 1980 and 1989, there were only eight mass shootings. More

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In discussions of mass shootings the standard rebuttal to a ban on “assault weapons” is that other guns have the same ammunition capacity, rates of fire, etc., or that even more destruction could be wrought with another type of weapon like a bomb. That’s true: the two deadliest school attacks in US history were committed with handguns (Virginia Tech, 2007) […]

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Over the past week you’ve undoubtedly read stories or tweets about how “mass shootings” claim more lives than terrorist attacks or that they happen more than once per day in 2015. I know my Facebook feed is clogged with waiters, bartenders, and college dropouts* who know exactly how to end the epidemic of mass shootings […]

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shutterstock_10465210By now, you’ve likely heard of yesterday’s shooting in California. I generally don’t delve into the news on these mass shootings and I feel no particular desire to do so here. I’m sorry for the people hurt but — if it’s remote from me — I remember that it’s a big world with a lot of evil, and I don’t have to feel personally involved in all of it.

But I’ve noticed something about both the reactions by the news and by other people to attacks: when the public reaction to the attack could be aimed against your “side” on some issue — generally because the attacker fits your demographic slot in one way or another — there’s a tension and awkwardness about discussing the attack itself. When the public reaction could go against the other side, then there’s an enthusiasm for every snippet of information or wild speculation.

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So—-at the recommendation of one of my favorite Rico-Gun-Nuts, I’m reading John R. Lott, Jr.’s More Guns, Less Crime. Terrible title, by the way. It makes a very densely argued, scholarly book sound like a screed, which make the anti-gun ad hominem attacks easier. Never mind: I’m learning a lot. Still, I want to be sure […]

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