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DANA D. KELLEY: Stoking irrational fears

By Dana D. Kelley

This article was published May 25, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

The seventh-grade student said last week that she was afraid to go to school. Her desk in homeroom, she told her parents, was near the classroom exit into the hallway. If someone burst into the room with a gun, she might be one of the closest targets.

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Razrbak says... May 25, 2018 at 7:38 a.m.

"An Israeli-style machine-gun-wielding guard at the school door would make students safer. That may not be a feasible or desirable idea, but it's a fact." Time to put down the pipe Dana, you're two tokes over the line.

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JakeTidmore says... May 25, 2018 at 7:55 a.m.

From PoliceOne website regarding the varied definitions of gun-free zones and why reports differ depending on which definition is used:
"Here’s where things get muddy. In a 2013 report, Mother Jones found no evidence that any of 62 mass shootings that occurred between 1982-2012 were at sites targeted specifically because of a gun ban. Many of the attackers had a personal connection to the site of their rampage, such as their place of work.

A study by Everytown for Gun Safety found only 13 percent of mass shootings between January 2009 and July 2015 occurred in gun-free public spaces, as pointed out by Newsweek.

On the contrary, an oft-cited 2014 study by John Lott, economist and president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, found that 98.4 percent of mass public shootings from 1950 to July 2016 occurred in gun-free zones.

A big reason it’s hard to verify whether these claims are factual is because of the various definitions of what constitutes a “mass shooting,” a “gun-free zone,” and the differences in gun prohibition from state to state.

As reported by Politifact, not all "gun-free" zones are completely free of firearms, which researcher Louis Klarevas used in part to argue against Lott’s study. For example, armed security was present at military sites categorized in Lott’s findings as “gun-free.”
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Dana is more than two tokes over the line. He has put on blinders and reported only a narrow, prejudicial view of the "facts". Dishonest and disingenuous make for poor opinion writing and this is definitely poor work, indeed.
Just google gun-free definitions and spend some time looking at the variety of definitions, what differentiates them, and what the research in toto says. Look at the cherries Dana left out of his pie. Dana's result is more like one of those cheap cherry fried pies you get in the store - mostly a thin paste with a lot of artificial ingredients. One serious bite will reveal how little flavor and natural ingredients are actually there.

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hah406 says... May 25, 2018 at 8:10 a.m.

Dana, you are wrong this week, in so many ways. Your "gun-free zone" comment is completely false, as stated by Jake. Your comments about redefining what constitutes a school shooting is dishonest as well, as an accidental discharge can shoot a student dead just as easily as a targeted shooting. Finally, I wouldn't call any of this "entertainment." David Hogg and others were reporting the reality on the ground just as surely as reporters on the battlefield in Vietnam were showing the realities of war. The facts are that these kids are scared, and they should be. That is because the adults in the room refuse to take the concrete actions that could protect them.

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DoubleBlind says... May 25, 2018 at 8:12 a.m.

I’d like to pistol whip Kelley when he writes shlt like this. I’m sure he wouldn’t consider it actual ‘gun violence.’

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LRAttorneyCrime says... May 25, 2018 at 8:58 a.m.

The main issue presented by Kelley is overlooked by all of the responses here. Kelley is stating, with facts, that CNN bolstered their report (FAKE NEWS) to scare teenagers into activists. CNN has learned that anyone who says anything negative to a scared teenager, whether that fear is based in reality or not, will be shot down and ridiculed by the public at large. I mean, who wants to tell a teenager that their fears are irrational. Kelley specifically showed that, in reality, there has not been 22 "school" shootings in 2018 and to say there has been is akin to yelling "fire" in a crowded theater, when in fact there is no fire.

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WhododueDiligence says... May 25, 2018 at 9:06 a.m.

An Israeli-style machine-gun-wielding guard at the school door would make students safer. That may not be a feasible or desirable idea, but it's a fact."
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That is not a fact. That's Kelley's belief--his opinion expressed in his opinion column. In reality, the guard could be the first person shot and the machine gun could be used at an extremely high firing rate against students. The United States is not Israel. In Israel, schools are fenced-in with guarded gate entry. In Israel gun ownership is rare among civilians and gun ownership is very strictly regulated. The Feb 2018 Washington Post article "Why school shootings are so rare in Israel, where guns are such a common sight" states that only 3.5 percent of Israelis are allowed to own guns. Military service is mandatory and military service members carry weapons in public. At the guarded school fence gates, backpacks aren't even checked because civilians civilians rarely own guns and--unlike the US--unstable individuals aren't allowed to own them. If "Israeli-style" is meant to imply the US should adopt Israel's style of allowing only 3.5 percent of the population to own guns, then Kelley's opinion would be much closer to a fact, but it's doubtful Kelley meant that.

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PopMom says... May 25, 2018 at 9:11 a.m.

People who watch CNN are well educated and know that there have not been 22 school shootings of the magnitude of the ones in Texas and Florida. Dana just wants to please his bosses by writing an anti CNN and pro gun piece. His attitude that parents and children should just sit back and allow the gun nuts to have unfettered access to guns is disgusting. People are more important than guns. We need to limit access to weapons.

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Packman says... May 25, 2018 at 9:14 a.m.

Better be careful, Dana, you're gonna pi$$ off the gun grabbers by confusing them with facts.
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Sadly, pretty much all the gun grabbers have is fear-mongering because facts and logic defeat their narrative. The silly call for a ban on sporting rifles is a prime example. Over the last ten years (according to the CDC) sporting rifles have accounted for less than 1% of homicides in the US while handguns account for almost 40%. If the gun grabbers were serious they would be calling for a ban on the device used in almost 40% of the time instead of less than 1%. But as we all know, they are only serious about promoting a political narrative.
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Regarding the Parkland attack it's being reported the inept school resource officer who failed to act and potentially cost many kids their lives covered up a sexual attack by Sheriff Israel's son a few years back, which explains why Israel covered for the guy. The cover up was facilitated by Broward County School's sanctuary schools policy.
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Speaking of Parkland, the pro 2A kid Kyle Kashuv was recently ranked first in his junior class of some 900 students! Congratulations Kyle!
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Meantime, the anti 2A Parkland kid Emma Gonzalez was dropping F bombs during a televised event. Congratulations Emma!

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LRAttorneyCrime says... May 25, 2018 at 9:16 a.m.

PM..."People who watch CNN are well educated and know that there have not been 22 school shootings of the magnitude of the ones in Texas and Florida." Then why put a headline that is false, because unlike you, I do not believe that "people" who watch CNN are necessarily "educated." Just like this girl in the article, she sees a headline and takes it as truth. CNN knows as does most educated writers, that the bulk of the story will not be read and the headline will be what is shared with everyone else. It is exactly what people (at least a third of them) are yelling about when they say fake new.

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JakeTidmore says... May 25, 2018 at 9:37 a.m.

LRAC - "CNN knows as does most educated writers, that the bulk of the story will not be read and the headline will be what is shared with everyone else...."
Please back this up with research and evidence. So far you've done neither on any of your statements.
And get a real name and/or get a real job where you don't spend most of the day on a blog spouting political propaganda.
No name cowards are neither brave nor free. Just folks with their heads stuck in the sand telling you what they see.

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