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The Question No One Is Asking...

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Why is no one asking why do school shooters target schools? Everyone wants to focus on the evils of guns and gun control. Don't get me wrong - I am VERY anti-gun. But I think the US is missing the point. Since the first school shooting - something is driving emotionally unstable kids to target schools. Why? What is it about the school setting that sends some kids over the edge and makes these kids want to target this thing called "school" ?

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Very good question.

Schools used to be places that one learned how to be/behave/maneauver in the public sphere, learn critical thinking skills that made that possible, and also learn the character traits that one needs to be a contributing, useful member of the community. That's about building one's personal sense of individuality and purpose. (My father indicated he had some teachers who taught those things; I experienced several teachers reaching out that way as an adjunct to class lessons. But today's teachers must use the Bush Brothers' testing protocol and have little time for such things.)

I think though that most schools today may not offer children and young adults those things and instead have turned into institutions that send two opposing messages to kids: 1/ Conform (or suffer consequences) and 2/ Compete (or be rejected). REALLY weird.

The school I went to was in a lovely old building even though only in an low-to-average income community. When I see schools now they usually look like abandoned warehouses or, worse, prisons. How can a kid have a good time spending most of their days in such architectural messes? Not 'uplifting' at all! And worse, then go home and see really fancy stuff on TV. More dissonance.

Anyway, a great question. If we treasure our kids, we should do our best to make their learning years the best, most enriching, valuable experience of their lives!

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It's not that difficult. Unstable "kids" shot up the place that they perceived all of their problems stemmed from. At that age just about everyone you hate is at your own school. Teachers, other kids, etc. In the case of Sandy Hook the kid's mom worked at the school. There aren't too many cases of complete strangers picking out a school at random and deciding to shoot it up. There's almost always a connection between the shooter and the school. I'll bet there are more bomb threats to schools than any other institution.

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Could it be that schools are places where the shooter will not encounter resistance?

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Nov. 19, 2011 10:34 am

They're "gun free" zones. Not likely to meet with any resistance. Can do as much damage as possible until the police show up.

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Quote Bush_Wacker:

It's not that difficult. Unstable "kids" shot up the place that they perceived all of their problems stemmed from. At that age just about everyone you hate is at your own school. Teachers, other kids, etc. In the case of Sandy Hook the kid's mom worked at the school. There aren't too many cases of complete strangers picking out a school at random and deciding to shoot it up. There's almost always a connection between the shooter and the school. I'll bet there are more bomb threats to schools than any other institution.

The initial reports said something about the killer's late mother having worked at the school ... the school later said they had no records of her working there. Also, there were reports stating the shooter had not been a student at Sandy Hook.

So both of those "connections" appear to not be true.

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Jul. 7, 2011 12:13 pm

If you think we have too many school kids on Ritalin or Adderall or other drugs for problems like ADHD, wait until you make them attend school under the nose of armed guards or armed teachers or other armed school personnel. The number of kids on various anti-anxiety medications will jump.

I've got an example for you pro-guns-in-schools folks right here showing why this is not such a good idea.

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Could it be that schools are places where the shooter will not accomplishment resistance?

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