The Banjo is Mightier than the Gun

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As a person who studies and writes about school and institutional violence, I constantly encounter arguments about the Second Amendment. A popular argument in favor of the broadest interpretation of the Second Amendment (i.e., the interpretation that the Second Amendment protects citizens from any limitations on the types or number of firearms they own) is […]

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Protecting Kids from the Second Amendment

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In 2009, 7,391 children and youth were hospitalized for firearm-related injuries.  Death occurred in just over 6% of the cases.  This is from a new study released today by Pediatrics, the journal with which I continue to have a dysfunctional relationship.  For example, Pediatrics says that it is important that I know this number, but […]

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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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Our Kids are Killing Us

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Of the 17 richest countries in the world, the U.S. has the shortest life expectancy, and it is getting worse.  This is according to a wonderful report that came out yesterday from the National Resource Council, called U.S. Health in International Perspective: Shorter Lives, Poorer Health. Why this discrepancy compared to other rich countries?  It […]

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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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Drano Bombs

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I typically and deliberately write to an audience of parents of tweens and teens or to professionals who work with tweens and teens.  However, I am addressing this post, the first since my summer hiatus, to my aunt and my own mother who circulated this e-mail: Kids are putting Drano, tin foil, and a little […]

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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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