Tag: Mass Shootings

Columbine High School Could Be Demolished: Is That a Wise Decision?

 

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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How to Survive an Active Shooter

 

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Last February President Trump rescinded one of Obama’s executive orders regarding gun control.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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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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Shooting from the Hip

 

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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Obama on Oregon Shooting: ‘This Is Something We Should Politicize’

 

Obama-Umpquah-ShootingPresident Obama delivered an angry statement on the Thursday shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, OR. “Each time we see one of these mass shootings,” he said from the White House briefing room podium, “our thoughts and prayers are not enough.

In a 15-minute statement, Obama stressed that the US is “the only advanced country on Earth that sees these kinds of mass shootings every couple of months.” He praised the gun control efforts in Australia, a nation that conducted a mass confiscation of firearms from its citizenry.

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