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Shootings: Perception vs Reality

From Mises.org:

And when it comes to things like homicides, there is no evidence that things are getting worse. It is indeed true that things aren’t like they were “when we were kids,” but that’s a good thing. There were far more homicides in the United States during the 1980s and 1990s than there are today. Things were even worse than that during the 1970s. In fact, the homicide rate in the US was cut in half between 1991 and 2014. And while the homicide rate has inched up over the past two years, it is nowhere near where it was “when we were kids.”

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We Are The First-Responders, We Are The Guardians

Two conclusions from the 9-11 Commission Report that always stand out in my mind are;

  1. From now on, the first-responders are going to be ordinary citizens.
  2. Many of the failures leading up to 9-11 were the result of a lack of imagination.

Below is an essay from a School Superintendent in rural Texas who has taken those lessons to heart. The result is something he calls the “Guardian Plan”.

From: David Thweatt, Special to CNN

Good parents protect their children. We protect them from the wind, sun, fire, cold, sickness, from animals, harmful philosophy, other children, predatory adults, injury when possible, their own faulty reasoning and anything else that we see as a dangerous risk to their health and well-being. They are the future, and they are precious.

At the Harrold Independent School District in Texas, we believe we’ve done everything possible to protect our children. We use cameras, electronic security and emergency plans, and some of our staff members are armed.

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“Shootout Drills” for Mexican Schools

“MEXICO CITY – Schools across Mexico are teaching students to dive to the floor and cover their heads as urban gunfights between drug gangs multiply in the violence-torn country.

At least nine shootouts have erupted in school zones since mid-October, three of them in the past month. On June 15, soldiers and gunmen battled for an hour just 60 feet from a preschool in the central town of Taxco.

Several Mexican states are now requiring “shootout drills” and are incorporating them into summer teacher-training courses, which begin next week. School ends Friday in most of Mexico.”

http://www.borderlandbeat.com/2010/07/shootout-drills-for-mexican-schools.html

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