Despite safety emphasis, school shootings continue

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  • Northern Logan, UT
    Feb. 3, 2014 9:47 a.m.

    Spare us the anti freedom anti constitution rhetoric.
    Owning a firearm is and always will be your best chance at defending yourself. It at least gives you the chance to act.

  • Eliyahu Pleasant Grove, UT
    Feb. 3, 2014 8:06 a.m.

    @DN Subscriber:
    "The only thing that stops a bad person with a gun is a good person with a gun"

    Spare us the trite NRA slogans. Until the retired cop in the Florida theater shot someone for texting, he was the "good person with a gun." In fact, until most of the shooters started shooting, they would have fit the description of being the "good person with the gun." When cops arrive on scene and see a shootout going on, how will they know which one is the "good guy" and which one they should shoot at? Or, for that matter, when other armed citizens see a shootout, how do they decide who to shoot at?

    And despite the oft-made claim that violent video games are the cause of this, the reality is that hundreds of millions of people play them daily without incident. Any correlation between games and shootings in real life is so low as to be statistically non-existent no matter how much you want to put the blame there.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 2, 2014 8:30 p.m.

    Evil exists and festers when families cease to exist, male role models are absent, misbehavior is tolerated, and right and wrong are no longer accepted as valid concepts.

    Destruction of our families, and the political correctness which has replaced true education by most teachers are large factors.

    Plus, the appealing, but fatally flawed notion that if you just ban guns from schools that juvenile killers will see a sign and turn around is a simplistic and always wrong solution.

    The only thing that stops a bad person with a gun is a good person with a gun. More states should be like Utah and not just allow, but encourage eligible and willing school staff members to carry legal self defense weapons. That does far more to discourage random violent individuals than all the gun bans in the world.

    The use of psychotropic medications seems to be have a very high correlation with these types of incidents and needs careful study to see how it can influence behavior.

    Finally, it is ludicrous of Hollywood to insist the a 30 second TV commercial will influence people to buy a product, but claim that hours of violent video games are merely "harmless entertainment."

  • Clarissa Layton, UT
    Feb. 2, 2014 12:35 p.m.

    Once more we expect the government to help fix a social problem. The government has an awful record in this. I would be curious to know how many of these young men come from broken homes. I'm willing to bet that there are a lot.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Feb. 2, 2014 11:46 a.m.

    The 'safety emphasis' didn't work because it didn't address the problem. Most everyone here is going to say we need more guns in schools and less in hands of criminals. Neither of those concepts is really likely to take off. Few will offer anything but ridicule to the idea that we need fewer guns in the nation, and less gun in our societal attitude. So, nothing has changed, nor will it.

  • wYo8 Rock Springs, WY
    Feb. 2, 2014 10:59 a.m.

    No other success (policy, law, program, etc.) will compensate for the failure in the home. It is more important to talk about a woman's right to choose than to address the issues of a broken home.