OKLAHOMA: People with specialized firearms training, such as military personnel, would be allowed to carry concealed weapons on Oklahoma's college campuses, under a bill that passed the state's House Thursday. The measure is opposed by college administrators...
Rep. Jason Murphey said his bill was a "commonsense step" to expand Oklahoma's concealed weapons law to combat campus violence. "The concealed carry law is about 12 years old. It worked out very well," Murphey said, "There are more than 60,000 Oklahomans licensed to carry concealed weapons, and there has been no widespread gun violence in the state, which opponents had warned of."
What do you think we should do to protect our campuses? Is this a good solution?
UTAH: Students and staff with permits have been allowed to carry guns on campus since last fall when the Utah State Supreme Court struck down the U's gun ban. The new debate is whether those with concealed permit have an exception that would let them openly carry on a college campus. Once again is the school overstepping it's boundaries and trying to draft their own legislation or do they have a case?
Fear has permeated the ivy covered walls of America's serene campuses, following a recent string of campus shootings and the seemingly random murders of two college students this week...
Noted by Fox News was that both girls were shot in the head. Since I have just completed the series of Yello Dyno Memos, The Recipe for Making Kids Into Killers, Part IV: Violent Behavior is the Solution To Problems: The Video Game Tells Me So, I can't help but wonder why the media chose to focus on this. Certainly it is very disturbing. Had this been a pattern learned by the young men in violent video games where more points are earned for head shots? How much have we, as a society, inadvertently participated in the development of the two men who killed these girls? As we mourn two senseless deaths, we are sure to reap more tragedy because of the patterning of action in a crisis learned through these violent games.
On our campuses today: There were about 42,000 burglaries, 3,700 forcible sex offenses, 7,000 aggravated assaults and 48 murders reported in 2003, the most recent year for which data are available, according to U.S. Department of Education statistics... From Campus Law Enforcement
After a week of deadly shootings across the country, including at least six-high profile rampages that killed 24 people, Americans are asking what made these mass murderers snap. One expert says that the common element in all these horrible crimes is the desire for attention. Is this your read on the situation?
What about shootings becoming an ACCEPTED self-expression? Suicide in Micronesia and Samoa: A Critique of Explanations by Donald H. Rubinstein holds startling information that is highly relevant to our children and our schools.
Yello Dyno's Monthly Memo, 11/06:
Curing the Black Plague of School Shootings gives more insight into these avoidable tragedies.
The real question is: Can we spot them?
|Cho considered Columbine's Dylan and Eric to be martyrs. He has now joined the ranks of school shooters who have chosen this venue to express their rage. In my next Yello Dyno Memo, I will address how as a society we have taken the psychological safety catch off of our children almost as easily as you would switch a weapon from "safe" to "fire."
"... the problem is we are programming these people as a society. You cannot tell me -- common sense tells you that if these kids are playing video games, where they're on a mass killing spree in a video game, it's glamorized on the big screen, it's become part of the fiber of our society. You take that and mix it with a psychopath, a sociopath or someone suffering from mental illness and add in a dose of rage, the suggestibility is too high. And we're going to have to start dealing with that. We're going to have to start addressing those issues and recognizing that the mass murders of tomorrow are the children of today that are being programmed with this massive violence."
2. Cho Seung-Hui's Plays: (pdf)... If you want an inside look: "When we read Cho's plays, it was like something out of a nightmare. The plays had really twisted, macabre violence that used weapons I wouldn't have even thought of. Before Cho got to class that day, we students were talking to each other with serious worry about whether he could be a school shooter. I was even thinking of scenarios of what I would do in case he did come in with a gun..." - Classmate, AOL News, April 17, 2007
2006 - The Worst Year So Far
This Memo is in response to a very recent copycat Columbine attempt at McNeil High School in Round Rock ISD (Texas).
Epidemics, such as the Bird Flu, AIDS and plagues, conjure up universal fear. News of horrific suffering alerts the whole world to take action. In recent years a new class of contagious epidemic has evolved. It is an epidemic of self-destruction, engaged in by youth in the spirit of experimentation, imitation, and rebellion – it is school shootings. But are we taking the necessary action? Or are we accepting that some of our children will die in this epidemic of violence? Is this a price we are willing to pay?
In the media, which uses ratings to decide what is or isn't newsworthy, the 1999 massacre at Columbine High received massive coverage for months, but the second-largest shooting, at Red Lake High School in 2005, received only three days of light airtime. During 2006, the worst year yet, each new massacre has received only a few days of airtime.
As a result of not finding the cause and cure, this plague has continued to incubate. The incubation of school shootings is settling into the minds of our youth (as young as 8 and 10 years old, as you'll read below) as an important form of ACCEPTED self-expression. A historic comparison may help us understand the urgency of this situation...
For the rest of the story, go to Yello Dyno Memo 11_06.
The entire rampage took about 10 minutes at Red Lake High School, second only to the Columbine school shooting in American history. Did we miss survival signals that would have avoided this tragedy?
The flash animation created by Jeff Weise, The Smoking Gun, was literally mental practice for the act he planned to commit. “If you look at the things that Jeff wrote, if you look at the blogs he wrote, it's clear that he was practically predicting what he was going to do." - David Walsh, National Institute on Media and the Family
Our social mind chides us for even momentarily considering that someone we know could be capable of such horrible actions. "We, in contrast to every other creature in nature, choose not to explore - and even to ignore - survival signals..." - Gift of Fear, Gavin de Becker
Did his family ignore survival signals? At six feet and 250 pounds, Jeff Weise also was the target of constant razzing. "Plus he was held back a couple of grades," family member Lorene Gurneau said. - Jeff Weise: A mystery in a life full of hardship - C. Haga, H. Padilla and R. Meryhew, Star Tribune. 3/23/05
Did his teachers overlook survival signals? "Hanging in class was one of Jeff Weise’s pictures, a skeleton wearing a helmet with a swastika on it. It bore the words “march to the death song ’til your boots fill with blood.” In hindsight, didn’t survival signals go off in everyone who looked at that picture? - http://www.thetrenchcoat.com/#...
For the rest of the story, go to Yello Dyno Monthly Memo 4_05.