Shooting Kids and Shooting Kids

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This past Wednesday, a Sonoma County sheriff’s deputy shot and killed 13-year-old Andy Lopez when Lopez allegedly pointed an assault rifle at him. Only it was not an assault rifle. It was a toy designed to look like an assault rifle. ABC News quotes one angry neighbor, Abrey Martin, as saying, “I’m sure you can […]

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I Don’t Like Mondays

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On Monday, October 21, 2013, a shooting occurred at a middle school near Reno, Nevada. There are few details at this point, but sources agree that a 12-year-old boy returned from fall break with his parents’ handgun. He shot and killed a math teacher, wounded two other students, and then took his own life. Investigators […]

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School Shootings Should Happen More Often

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There are almost 315,000,000 people in the U.S.  About 34,000,000 are 18 to 25 years old. Approximately 8% of 18 to 25 year-olds, roughly 2,700,000, have a serious mental illness.  Of them, only 40% receive treatment. In other words, there are about 1,600,000 untreated, seriously mentally ill 18 to 25 year-olds walking around in our […]

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Kids These Days (circa 1925)

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From The Young Delinquent by Cyril Burt, published in 1925: “…the handling of a juvenile offender is, or should be, a practical application of known psychological principles.  To whip a boy, to fine him, to shut him up in a penal institution, because he has infringed the law, is like sending a patient, on the […]

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