A little dose of reality in a sea of media hysteria . . .
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) clearly show that school-age children die every year in far greater numbers outside of school in a variety of ways.
Take a look at the raw data. According to statistics compiled by The Washington Post, 80 students died in shootings at elementary, middle and high schools from 2000 to 2016. That includes 11 students who committed suicide.
Considering there are more than 50 million schoolchildren, that makes homicide victims in schools vanishingly rare.
Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe Warns Dems Pushing Trump Impeachment: ‘You Have to Shoot to Kill’
Remember when Sarah Palin was excoriated for encouraging violence for using targets on an electoral map?
Tribe explained that the impeachment is not about “garden variety crime,” but “abusing the authority that we give to high officials like the president.” The professor went on to give examples of offenses that Trump could commit that would not constitute crimes, but would be impeachable, including failing to protect the country in favor of enriching himself personally.
“But it will be available only if we don’t use it loosely, and ring the bell every time something looks amiss,” Tribe said. “You can’t be the boy who cried wolf and have a viable impeachment power. You can’t use it over and over again against the same president.”
“If you’re going to shoot him, you have to shoot to kill,” Tribe said. “And that requires an overwhelming majority of a bipartisan kind. Otherwise you’re just going to nick the guy, and make him feel empowered and vindicated.”
Paul Allen, the Civilian Disarmament Industrial Complex’s 12th man . . .
The latest donation went to support Initiative 1639, which supporters say would create a background check system for semi-automatic rifles similar to the one for handguns, along with requirements for training and safe storage. The measure needs 260,000 signatures on petitions to get it on the ballot in 2018.
He announced the donation on Twitter, and issued a statement of support.
“Initiative 1639 is a reasonable and necessary measure that will improve the safety of our schools and our communities, which is why I have contributed a million dollars to the campaign,” he said. “I hope people throughout the state will support the campaign, so that we can qualify and pass this important initiative into law.”
A rare glimpse of sanity from Chicago. Of all places . . .
Focus on the guns. If we can just keep everyone’s attention on the guns and the homicides, we don’t have to think about all the children whose lives have been destroyed in Chicago by drugs.
All we have to do is get rid of assault weapons. That’s it. And maybe outlaw bump stocks.
Focus on the guns and you don’t have to think about all the children on the streets whose parents are sitting in prison cells, which may actually be better for the kids than living with them.
Of course, some of these parents are only children themselves. They were 14, 15, 16 or 17 years old when they had their babies. High school dropouts. Gang members. Drug addicts.
Kimmel? No. He’d never. Surely you’re mistaken . . .
“The US has had 57 times as many school shootings as the other major industrialized nations combined,” Kimmel tweeted, citing a CNN report.
The school shooting statistics in America are indeed extremely grim, and the U.S. far surpasses all other industrialized nations. Simply presenting the true numbers is sobering enough. However, as the left-leaning PolitiFact has been repeatedly forced to admit, CNN and other left-wing outlets continue to far inflate the numbers, including incidents that no rational person would describe as “school shootings” in their list.
4% of the world’s population
42% of the world’s guns
31% of mass shootings
216 school shootings since Columbine.
These statistics should horrify every American.We have a gun violence epidemic in this country that can only be addressed with commonsense gun reform.
— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) May 22, 2018
Meanwhile, here in the real world, while the number of firearms in the US increased by more than 50%, this is the “epidemic” that resulted: