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Twenty-eight killed in 44 US school shootings since Newtown, study finds

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Thirteen school shootings recorded in first six weeks of 2014 alone as study hopes to reignite national debate on gun control

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Connecticut elementary school shooting - one of the worst massacres in US history

On Friday, an Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut experienced one of the worst mass shootings in American history. The massacre took place in the early...

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5 Facts About Guns, Schools, & Violence

In the wake of December's horrific mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, Vice President Joe Biden is chairing a panel of experts that will make gun-control recommendations to President Barack Obama by the end of the month. The president has said that enacting new restrictions on guns will be one of his highest priorities.

No one wants to ever again see anything like the senseless slaughter of 26 people -- including 20 children - at a school. But as legislators turn toward creating new gun laws, here are five facts they need to know.

1. Violent crime -- including violent crime using guns -- has dropped massively over the past 20 years.

The violent crime rate - which includes murder, rape, and beatings - is half of what it was in the early 1990s. And the violent crime rate involving the use of weapons has also declined at a similar pace.

2. Mass shootings have not increased in recent years.

Despite terrifying events like Sandy Hook or last summer's theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado, mass shootings are not becoming more frequent. "There is no pattern, there is no increase," says criminologist James Allen Fox of Northeastern University, who studies the issue. Other data shows that mass killings peaked in 1929.

3. Schools are getting safer.

Across the board, schools are less dangerous than they used be. Over the past 20 years, the rate of theft per 1,000 students dropped from 101 to 18. For violent crime, the victimization rate per 1,000 students dropped from 53 to 14.

4. There Are More Guns in Circulation Than Ever Before.

Over the past 20 years, virtually every state in the country has liberalized gunownership rules and many states have expanded concealed carry laws that allow more people to carry weapons in more places. There around 300 million guns in the United States and at least one gun in about 45 percent of all households. Yet the rate of gun-related crime continues to drop.

5. "Assault Weapons Bans" Are Generally Ineffective.

While many people are calling for reinstating the federal ban on assault weapons -- an arbitrary category of guns that has no clear definition -- research shows it would have no effect on crime and violence. "Should it be renewed," concludes a definitive study, "the ban's effects on gun violence are likely to be small at best and perhaps too small for reliable measurement."

The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting is as horrifing a crime as can be imagined. It rips at the country's heart and the call to action is strong and righteous. But as Joe Biden and his panel of experts consider changes to gun laws and school-safety policies, they need to lead with their heads and not just their hearts.

Over the past dozen years, too many policies -- the Patriot Act, the war in Iraq, the TARP bailouts -- have been ruled by emotion and ideology.

Passing sweeping new restrictions on Second Amendment rights won't heal the pain and loss we all feel but just may create many more problems in our future.

Written by Nick Gillespie. Produced by Amanda C. Winkler. Additional camera work by Joshua Swain.

About 2.30 minutes. Go tohttp://reason.com/reasontv/2013/01/10/reasons-5-facts-on-guns-and-gun-violence for downloadable versions and links to all data cited above.

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Back To School: From Armed Guards To Door Buzzers, Different Takes On Security

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Eight months after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown left 26 people dead, many schools across the state are preparing to welcome students back from summer break with increased security measures in place.


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Schools continue to increase security measures in the wake of recent attacks on schools and colleges in order to keep students as safe as possible.
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Schools take up Rachel's Challenge

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She died more than 12 years ago, the first person killed in the shootings at Columbine High School, but Rachel Scott's life is still touching others.

“My daughter said she wanted to issue a chain reaction that would ripple around the world,” said Rachel’s father Darrell Scott.

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To lock classroom doors or not?

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After the Newtown and Taft shootings, educators in L.A. debate whether teacher transparency or school security is paramount.

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The age and condition of school facilities may determine as much as philosophy on locking doors.

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Connecticut elementary #school shooting: LIVE UPDATES (PHOTOS) & OBAMA'S STATEMENT

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A gunman has gone a shooting spree in a Connecticut elementary school, killing at least 26 people, among them 18 children in what has become one of the deadliest school shootings in US history.

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Securing Our Schools: The Need For Safety in the Classroom

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America has a history of 250 years of violence in schools where 297 people have been killed in 137 fatal school shootings.

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Erin Larcey's curator insight, December 5, 2013 9:15 PM

I really like this article. I know that it's not very long, but the information is good. Just think about having 297 people killed in 137 shootings over a span of 250 years. That number just seems so amazing to me. It poses the question what are we doing now that we weren't doing back then, as well as what should be done in the future to further prevent these incidences from occuring. This is what I hope to explore in this particular newspaper. This article states that now schools are implementing the use of metal detectors as well as armed police officers being stationed in school. It also states that the way to avoid these unfortunate events it by being aware of those in the school. I find this an interesting concept however. It seems to me that so many people enter a school within a single day. Anyone from students and teachers, to parents and board members, even people in the community looking to offer support in volunteer positions and delivery people who stock the kitchens and vending machines. Granted in any school you enter you are required to report to the office and sign in. With the use of backpacks, students, or anyone really could easily conceal weapons if they so choose. Now how they get those weapons (whether they steal them from a parents or older sibbling or find them or buy them illegally) is a completely different question. This leaves the question how do we keep students from bringing in such items. Do we ban backpacks? If so how do students transport books and note taking materials and such? Or does new technology like ipads make those materials irrelevant? So maybe we don't need backpacks in this new era of technology and can eliminate any need for backpacks. Lockers would still be required to hold jackets and lunch boxes and such, but maybe banning backpacks in schools could start a new wave of safety. Of course then you have to wonder for the female students how do we distinguish between a backpack and a purse, but maybe that is a standard that each school needs to determine based on their students and students' needs.

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US school shooting sprees continue

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A report shows the number of school shootings in the US continue to grow after the Sandy Hook tragedy in 2012.

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Teacher From Greenwich Who Survived Sandy Hook Speaks About Hope in Forum Organized by Newport Academy

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STAMFORD, Conn., -- In a powerful speech in Stamford, a teacher from Greenwich who survived the Sandy Hook School shootings nearly two years ago said sh ...

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We have to keep in mind that much good is found in the midst of tragedy. -Lon

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Amid an epidemic of school shootings, some teachers are being trained to shoot back

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Since Sandy Hook, several states have approved legislation that allows teachers to carry guns. Though well intended, the proposals are folly at the core, said G.A. Buie, principal of Eudora High School in Kansas and president-elect of the 20,000-member National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Arming teachers could not be more wrongheaded, he said.

“We would be asking school officials, trained as educators, to make a quick transition from teacher to SWAT member, arrive on the scene, assess the situation, overcome the severe nervousness that naturally accompanies a deadly force incident and take immediate action before blood is shed,” Buie said.

“It’s a bit more than you can cover in a typical teacher in-service.”


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Post-Newtown, Sales Boom for Kids' Body Armor

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"Basically, there's three models," says Derek Williams. "A SwissGear that's made for teens, and we've got an Avengers and a Disney Princess backpack for little kids."

Williams is the president of Amendment II, a Salt Lake City-based company that manufactures lightweight body armor for law enforcement and military use. But lately they've moved into a different market: body armor for kids. Six months ago, Amendment II introduced a new line of backpacks, built with the company's signature carbon nanotube armor, designed to keep kids safe in the event of school shootings. Since Friday's massacre at a Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school, sales have gone through the roof. "I can't go into exact sales numbers, but basically we tripled our sales volume of backpacks that we typically do in a month—in one week," Williams says.

With thoughts of defenseless children seared into the national consciousness, the company doesn't plan on letting the crisis go to waste. "We want to be sensitive to how we do that, but we are gonna try to get the word out that this product does exist that there are ways to at least provide our children with some protection," Williams says.....


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'I am the devil': Former classmate reveals Adam Lanza had 'online devil worshiping page' as childhood barber recounts how he never spoke and just stared at floors

'I am the devil': Former classmate reveals Adam Lanza had 'online devil worshiping page' as childhood barber recounts how he never spoke and just stared at floors | School shootings | Scoop.it

'I am the devil': Former classmate reveals school gunman had 'online devil worshiping page' as childhood barber recounts how he never spoke and just stared at floorsMedical examiner enlists help of geneticist to see if there is a biological reason behind massacreNewtown resident raises possibility that Adam Lanza, 20, was angry and may have snapped over mother's possible plans to commit himNancy Lanza, 52, was shot to death in her own bed by her son before the Sandy Hook killingsLanza killed 20 children and six adults in the school before killing himself as police closed in

Lanza's worshiping page had the word 'Devil' written in red, Gothic-style letters against a black background, Trevor L. Todd said, something which he said was 'weird' and 'gave him the chills'.

The Sandy Hook gunman worshiped the devil and had an online page dedicated to Satan, a former classmate revealed, as his childhood barber recalls Adam Lanza never spoke and would stare at the floor every time he had his hair cut.

 

 

A friend told the New York Post that Nancy was overwhelmed.

'It was really hard for her as a single mother. It’s hard enough raising an autistic child, just me and my wife. I couldn’t imagine doing it alone,' said Rich Collins, 54, a Lanza family friend who has an autistic son, Jeffrey, 17.

'I think it’s important to get the part of the story out — that an unmarried woman was trying to raise an autistic child on her own. I think she needed more support.'

 

 

 

 

 

Fox News quotes a neighborhood figure, whose father works as the pastor of an area church, as saying that the 20-year-old shooter found out that his mother was in the legal process of having him committed and was upset.

That news, coupled with his jealousy of the time she allegedly spent with a group of kindergarteners at Sandy Hook, is thought to have served as the basis of the killing.

A number of factors are still unconfirmed in the theory, and it appears that they may remain as such for some time. 

Records of conservatorship filings, which Nancy Lanza would have needed to make in order to commit her son since he is over 18-years-old, are sealed by the courts so if any such filings were made they will not be released publicly.

'Adam Lanza believed she cared more for the children than she did for him, and the reason he probably thought this (was the fact that) she was petitioning for conservatorship and wanted to have him committed,' Joshua Flashman told Fox News.

 

Targeted: All but one of the students in this first grade class were killed by gunman Adam Lanza, prompting the theory that he chose them because his mother worked with that group as a volunteer

 

 

As a teenager, Adam Lanza would come in for a haircut about every six weeks without speaking or looking at anyone and always accompanied by his mother, said stylists at a Newtown salon.

He stopped coming in a few years ago, and the employees at the salon thought he had moved away, said stylist Bob Skuba.

Adam in the chair: Hairstylist Diane Harty said Adam was difficult to deal with.

'It’s just weird that I actually touched him. I'd tried to joke with him,' Skuba said. 'He wouldn’t even look at me. He would just be looking down at the tiles the whole time.

'I wish I would have killed him then. Or he should have killed himself a long time ago. He would have saved us all the trouble.

'I should have slit and stabbed him by accident. It would have been a lot better for those people.'

Cutting Adam Lanza’s hair 'was a very long half an hour. It was a very uncomfortable situation', stylist Diane Harty said. 

She said that she never heard his voice even once and that Nancy, a divorcee, also hardly spoke - only to tell Adam what to do as he would not listen to anyone else.

 

The comments from him and his colleagues were among the first describing how the Lanzas interacted with each other. Investigators have found no letters or diaries that could explain the attack, one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history.

Cutting Adam Lanza's hair 'was a very long half an hour. It was a very uncomfortable situation,' stylist Diane Harty said. She said that she never heard his voice and that Nancy Lanza also hardly spoke.

Another stylist, Jessica Phillips, echoed their descriptions of the Lanzas and added that Nancy Lanza would give her son directions about what to do and where to go.

Adam would move only 'when his mother told him to,' Skuba said.

'I would say, "Adam, come on." He wouldn't move,' Skuba said. 

'And his mother would have to say, "Adam, come on, he's ready." It was like I was invisible.'



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He was definitely a very disturbed individual based on the first hand accounts of those who knew him and his mother. Someone should have encouraged her to get professional help sooner. He needed 24 hour supervision and treatment in an institution not at home and he definitely should have never been around guns nor trained how to use them considering he would act out and was known to be unstable. I hope laws are passed to stop people from owning such weapons if they live with someone who is unstable. I also hope more people take their children's behavior problems and social issues more seriously and get them the help they need sooner rather than later. You can't be expected to deal with all of these issues on your own, especially when they are posing a danger to themself or others. She didn't like to leave him alone and even had a babysitter for him in his teens! This is not normal behavior...sadly the mother's love and time was not enough to cure a mental illness...he needed institutionalization to keep him away from the public. 

 

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 'I am the devil': Former classmate reveals school gunman had 'online devil worshiping page' as childhood barber recounts how he never spoke and just stared at floorsMedical examiner enlists help of geneticist to see if there is a biological reason behind massacreNewtown resident raises possibility that Adam Lanza, 20, was angry and may have snapped over mother's possible plans to commit himNancy Lanza, 52, was shot to death in her own bed by her son before the Sandy Hook killingsLanza killed 20 children and six adults in the school before killing himself as police closed in
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A week after Connecticut school massacre, new details emerge about gunman and his mother

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NEWTOWN, Conn. - As the U.S. paused to mark a week since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, new details emerged Friday about the gunman, Adam Lanza, who acquaintances said was able to take apart and reassemble a computer in a matter of...

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Mass shootings are central to American history - New York Daily News

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Here are all the mass shootings in the United States since the Columbine High School massacre in 1999: Dec.


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In wake of CT School Shootings - conversation turns to school security

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Schools are reviewing security procedures, increasing police presence, and grappling with students’ questions three days after a massacre at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school left 26 students and staff members dead.

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Mel Riddile's curator insight, December 17, 2012 1:47 PM

Superintendents and principals nationwide offered parents assurances of safety.

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There Have Already Been At Least 11 School Shootings This School Year | The Nation

There Have Already Been At Least 11 School Shootings This School Year | The Nation | School shootings | Scoop.it
Despite increased security programs, school shootings persist.

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Curse of Newtown: How We Cope With School Shootings - ABC News

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You could tell from a mile away. The brisk walk--the straight ahead stare. As I pulled my car along-side her I could see her face, flushed red and eyes locked on a phone—waiting for a ring.
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