Firearms-related homicides declined 39 percent between 1993 and 2011, the report said, while nonfatal firearms crimes fell 69 percent during that period…
Overall, the Justice Department report said, firearm-related homicides dropped from 18,253 homicides in 1993 to 11,101 in 2011, while nonfatal firearm crimes declined from 1.5 million in 1993 to 467,300 in 2011.
This is something that Murdoc tries to make sure everyone understands when we talk about guns, gun violence, and gun control:
The drop extended to schools: Homicides at schools declined from an average of 29 per year in the 1990s to an average of 20 per year in the 2000s.
I’m not sure that one person I’ve ever told that gun violence in schools is down has ever believed me for a second.
Murdoc didn’t watch the news tonight, but he’s positive, positive, that this was the lead story:
An interesting fact somewhat buried is that when you combine the number of people who said a solution would be ‘very effective’ and ‘somewhat effective’, more people favored “arming at least one school offic” officia” over “banning the sale of semi-automatic weapons” by 64 to 63.
No matter what state regulations dictate, college and university officials, faculty, staff, students, parents, and everyday taxpayers all have something to say about whether or not concealed handguns and other weaponry should be allowed on campus. Compelling arguments exist along the spectrum, but specific schools in particular seem to pop out whenever the subject materializes — sometimes, of course, for matters outside their control.
A recent spike in crime on a university campus in Atlanta has renewed the debate about students being allowed to carry guns.
Robert Eager and Kyle Wilkins are leading the charge to bring guns to Georgia Tech’s campus with their campaign Students for Concealed Carry.
Police arrested a Kitchener, Ont., father outside his daughter’s school because the four-year-old drew a picture of him holding a gun.
Jessie Sansone told the Record newspaper that he was in shock when he was arrested Wednesday and taken to a police station for questioning over the drawing. He was also strip-searched.
“This is completely insane. My daughter drew a gun on a piece of paper at school,” he said.
Officials told the newspaper the move was necessary to ensure there were no guns accessible by children in the family’s home.
Officials also searched the man’s home and took his wife and three children down to the police station for questioning by Family and Children’s Services. Officials were especially concerned because the the girl who drew the pictures said her dad used the gun “to shoot bad guys and monsters.”
Via Glenn Reynolds, who calls for tar and feathers for the police and school officials. Murdoc thinks the police and school officials should be glad that the dad doesn’t shoot ALL the bad guys and monsters…
Via Uncle: Parents outraged that one of their daughter’s spelling words is “gun”:
Many parents are concerned about gun violence, so Lawrence Gillman almost hit the ceiling when his 5-year-old pulled out a surprising homework sheet.
“I looked at it and I seen the word ‘gun’ on it. The first thing I thought was ‘oh no no no,’ I don’t want you reading it, I don’t want you spelling it. I don’t even want you looking at the picture,” said Gillman.
Once you stop laughing at this idiot and think about it for a second, you’ll see the stupidity in his insistence that his daughter never even learn what a gun is.
How can she never touch one? She has no idea what that thing is.
How can she do whatever a criminal with a gun tells her to? He’s just holding some odd-looking thing; maybe it’s an iPhone6.
Isn’t she going to wonder what all those loud noises are in movies and television shows? “Daddy, why did those bad guys just lie down?” “Because they’re tired, honey.”
The mom’s got the best bit, though:
“You’re teaching them that guns are okay because you’re putting it in their homework, you’re teaching them that robbing is okay because you’re putting it in their homework,” said Takiema Reynolds, the girl’s mother.
Takiema needs to realize that just because you learn how to spell a word does not imply approval.
The teacher had to apologize for using that worksheet and the school is now going to monitor things so nothing similar happens in the future.
Parents: Get your kids out of public school if you can at all manage it.
The idiots at David Youree Elementary School in Smyrna, Tennessee, have sentenced a 10-year-old boy to lunch at the “silent table”
for allegedly waving around a slice of pizza some say resembled a gun.
Yes, he’s getting punishment because of a piece of pizza. The school says he’s in trouble not because of the pizza, but because of the threats they say he made.
Threats with a piece of pizza.
“I realize some might say we are going overboard but the principal is just trying to use an abundance of caution and send the message that we don’t play about guns and it’s not something we joke around about,” [James Evans, spokesperson for the Rutherford County School District] said.
The school’s principal is Steve Luker. He decided that this was an appropriate response.
If the threat had been made with a banana instead of this improvised gun-shaped piece of food, would Principal Steve Luker have locked the place down and called the tactical response unit?
Thank God David Youree Elementary School in the Rutherford County School District is watching out for our kids. You might think they’ve gone “overboard,” but if it saves just one kid from being shot to death with a piece of pizza, it will be worth it.
Let this be a warning to those who would shoot others with gun-shaped pieces of pizza.
What idiots. Being paid with public funding.
Richard Mann’s 11-year-old son contributed to a sidebar on dry-firing for publication in Rifle Firepower magazine, but because the accompanying photo includes a firearm, it violates the local school’s zero-tolerance policy on weapons.
Thank goodness that educational policy is effective in barring paid and published work by 11-year-olds being shown in English class. Not only have all the childrenses been sheltered from the traumatic and harmful images of a gun, but they’ve been protected from the idea that working and producing something gets your photo in a magazine and a nice little paycheck.
The campus of Virginia Tech, the site of a 2007 mass shooting that left 33 people dead, was under lockdown Thursday after juveniles attending a summer camp told authorities they had seen a man carrying what looked like a gun.
“Out of an abundance of caution, we are asking people to stay indoors for now,” Larry Hincker, associate vice president for university relations, said at a news conference.
The kids saw a man with something “covered with a cloth.” Probably an assault rifle. Or maybe a broom.
Authorities haven’t found anything.
A New York City third-grader and his father have been arrested after the boy sold a loaded 9mm pistol to a classmate for $3, police said on Friday…
Father-son criminal charges include three counts each of criminal possession of a gun. An additional charge of acting in a manner to injure a minor was filed against Galvin, the legal owner of the pistol.
This is what should be expected in states like New York, where lax firearms regulations and an overabundance of backwoods hillbillies means every household contains a large number of guns.
Instead of reporting to school each morning, 15-year-old Byron Preston is reporting for work in his father’s barber shop and nail salon. Byron was expelled from Laurel High School three months ago. He was found with a device called a “tattoo gun” in his possession.
A tattoo gun fires no bullets or other projectiles. Like a solder gun or a caulking gun, it is a tool.
“They said it was a weapon because it could inflict bodily harm,” explained the high school sophomore, who added he had no intention of tattooing himself or anyone else. Byron said he just wanted to practice tattooing on pieces of fruit.
Haaris Khan is a complete jackass: Student investigated for hateful tweets
Canada (via Instapundit):
The McGill administration is currently investigating Haaris Khan, a McGill student who, using Twitter, threatened to shoot a roomful of other students last week at a campus film screening.
Khan made the threats at a screening of “Indoctrinate U,” a documentary, on March 8 hosted by Conservative McGill and Libertarian McGill. “I want to shoot everyone in this room,” he tweeted at one point during the film, adding, “I should have brought an M16.”
“I’ve infiltrated a Zionist meeting,” Khan wrote in his first tweet, at 6:04 p.m., shortly after the event began. “I feel like I’m at a Satanist ritual.”
“Oh man, a Muslim girl just appeared,” he wrote in his next post. “I thought, like me, she’s a freedom fighter. Unfortunately, she’s a co-conspirator. Traitor.”
About half an hour into the screening, Khan’s tweets turned violent.
“My blood is boiling,” he wrote at 6:38 p.m. “I want to shoot everyone in this room. I’m frightened, alarmed, and downright pissed. Never been this angry.”
“This experience has hardened me into a soldier for freedom and truth,” Khan wrote about an hour later.
The next day he tweeted
The jihad begins today.
When turned in by, he said he didn’t mean any of it and he was just funning around. And that his sister-in-law is Jewish so he doesn’t even dislike Jews or anything. He isn’t terribly religious and claims not to have “much attachment to Islam.”
His texts, he claims, were “taken out of context.”
We’re just waiting to hear about the correct context that makes wanting to shoot up a room full of people with an automatic weapon okay.