Monday, January 14, 2013

School Shooters

If we use this threat assessment model judiciously--and we
must, because the risk of unfairly labeling and stigmatizing
children is great--then we will be able to fight, and win, the
war on two fronts. We will be in a position to help those
children who show a propensity for violence, before they scar
themselves (and others) forever. And we will be in a position to
protect innocent school children before they become senseless

--Janet Reno, Attorney General

And all the King's horses and all the King's men,
Could not put Humpty Dumpty back together again.

The Columbine High School shootings occurred in 1999, almost 14 years ago.

The Attorney General of the United States, the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, various Presidents, virtually every senator and congressman have made statements, issued authoritative reports, consulted experts, exhorted the public to place faith in PhD's and MD's and Doctor Phil and we are no closer to preventing a maniac with a gun from shooting the next batch of children in their schools, on a playground, in a swimming pool, at an amusement park, anywhere children or, for that matter, adults gather.

The National Rifle Association has not saved us. The Federal Government has been clueless.

What is wrong with this picture?

Perhaps we ought to consider the concept of "expert" when it comes to destructive human behavior. Perhaps we ought to, in humility, admit we do not know what to do and then do what seems to make sense at the time.

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