More thoughts…and ramblings

The following is just a summary of articles and associated thoughts in a stream of consciousness fashion. Apologies for it’s disorganization:

Firstly, here is an article regarding “What really makes schools safer?”

http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/15/us/connecticut-school-safety/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

The article states that Sandy Hook had a security system, sign-in, doors were locked at 9:30am, they did lockdown drills. None of this made Sandy Hook safe.

“these incidents is they’re over so fast, a law enforcement response almost never accomplishes anything”

Agreed, there is NO WAY for law enforcement to respond in time.

Truthfully, I feel that we do not have a comprehensive plan of safety for our schools. I believe every school should have an armed security guard.  I believe teachers should be able to secure their classrooms. And have diligent emergency plans.  But really, having a trained security guard or others who can respond immediately is necessary for such incidents. Sadly.

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Mental Health – the real culprit

“The New York Times observed: “They give lots of warning and even tell people explicitly what they plan to do.”
http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/17/opinion/frum-leadership-newtown/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

We are failing to report incidents to the background check. Failing to report at all in many cases. Truthfully, I believe it’s an issue of sensitivity. We are concerned and fearful because reporting is only allowed when we fear “there is an immediate danger to self or others”.  But what if we’re unsure of the immediate danger? Do we report an individual? ruin their life? have them forcibly committed? and lose their rights? – all because we had a feeling?

No, and therefore many never get reported.  But I wonder if we brought some moderation to the system. And allowed healthcare, educators, perhaps even employers, etc. to report a yellow flag.  Yellow flag meaning “It could be nothing, but something set me at unease.”  Now a single yellow flag or two would not necessarily trigger an alarm. But if a few were reported on the same individual, especially if reported by multiple separate institutions. Then an alert might be issued for an intervention.  The database would have to be very restricted, perhaps under one monitoring agency that was a combination of health professionals and law enforcement. But could a softer approach help eliminate these incidents?

Consider a soldier returning from Iraq with PTSD.  Raises a flag with family, raises another at work.  He needs help. But right now the option is often all or nothing.  You agree to be committed, or are forcibly committed and lose your rights. Who wants to do that to a man or woman who served our nation faithfully and is now struggling.

But if you could just say, “Hey, I think my patient/friend/co-worker/student/parishioner/etc needs help.” 
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“The ability to hunt is part of our culture.”

I really don’t give a damn about hunting. I think it’s a good tradition. Good family bonding.  But to be seriously, I do not think it’s a constitutionally protected right. I care about the right to protect myself and the family I love.

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Thoughts on the media: The media is doing everything they can to leverage this event.  And have gotten a fair amount of derision in the process (a lot of backlash in Connecticut as reporters hound classmates of the victims). Hype and agenda, how can today’s two bit media not leap at the bit.

 

Article on how school shootings potentially re-shape public opinion. And from the sound of the article, the future is a further divided nation politically.

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/12/17/new-poll-suggests-elementary-school-shootings-may-be-changing-public-opinion/?hpt=hp_t2

Article on the quality of the media during such incidents. Also documents all the mis-information the media spews in a rush for headlines. Wrong name of shooter, wrong Facebook photo (blamed the brother by mistake), wrongly stated mother was a teacher at the school.
http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/17/opinion/kurtz-media-newtown/index.html?hpt=hp_bn7

It is also sad how quickly the media starts spewing misinformation and stereotypes on the regular targets: Gun owners, goths, Asperger’s disorder.
Call for reason or is it?
http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/16/opinion/cornell-gun-control/index.html?hpt=hp_bn7
This one is the typical misinformation, such as English Common law requiring duty to retreat. Which was only in cases of tavern fights/disputes. Not from a felon actively engaged in crime. Praises restrictions that allowed only the rich to travel armed, kind of like NYC today.
“In Chengping, Henan, China today, a deranged man slashed 22 schoolchildren with a knife. None died.”
http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/14/opinion/zuckerman-connecticut-shootings/index.html?hpt=hp_bn7

That may be true. But many have died in other attacks since 2010. He fails to mention: March 2010 (8 children dead), April 2010 (16 students wounded, and another 28 students stabbed in a second incident), May 2010 (9 dead, 7 were children, and 11 others injured), August 2010 (3 children + teacher killed), August 2011 (eight children injured)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/School_attacks_in_China_(2010%E2%80%932011)

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Published in: on December 17, 2012 at 9:48 pm  Comments (2)  
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