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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The Challenger

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Today is the 25th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.  This morning on NPR, Carl McNair shared stories about his brother, Ronald McNair, who was one of the astronauts onboard the Challenger that day. The coverage of the anniversary and Mr. McNair’s poignant stories about his brother have me thinking about my last post […]

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Perverted Ohio

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This afternoon I called my friend and leading public policy theoretician, Thomas Catlaw, to ask him what term would apply to public acts (i.e., those of government or nonprofits) that have the intended and actual consequences of undoing the intended and actual consequences of other public acts.  Tom suggested “perverse consequences,” which is a type […]

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Bullying Our Kids

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Bullying is a real problem.  The best research indicates that about 13% of tweens and young adolescents are involved in moderate or frequent bullying, an additional 11% are bullied, and a troubling 6% both bully and are bullied.  Moreover, the consequences of bullying for both the bullied and the bullies can be dire. It is […]

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I don’t do math.

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Last week, I had the privilege of interviewing a number of poor students at a community college in the southwest.  By “poor students,” I do not mean that these individuals have faulty study habits; I mean that they are broke.  These are individuals who are living below our Nation’s poverty line, and who have come […]

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