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Friday, January 01, 2016

What schools can do to reduce gun violence



In a farewell speech as Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan decided to boo-hoo-hoo about gun violence in America. He wants gun control now, now, now.
Sixteen thousand. In my first six years as secretary of education, that's the number of young people who were killed across our country. That's an average of seven a day. That's a devastating loss.
Well, 16,000 young people in 7 years in a nation of 320 million is far less than the people under 18 we lose to suicide, or car accidents, but gun violence can be reduced. We have to be smart about it.

While there are homicides of teens across America, most of the perpetrators and the victims are black males who live in the ghetto. That is where we should concentrate our efforts.

Gun control is a proven mistake. We have had gun control since 1968 (although federal laws date back to 1934, the 1968 law was the biggy). A Democratic Congress and a Democratic president enacted the law after the assassinations of JFK and Martin Luther King. Both were shot by rifles. The law had little effect on rifles. Democrats went after handguns. The result was disastrous. The homicide rate rose from 6.2 homicides per 100,000 Americans in 1967 (the last full year before the law was enacted) to 10.2 by 1980. It dropped slightly but stayed above the pre-gun control rate for 30 years, falling only after states eased restrictions on concealed weapons permits (Vermont never required a permit).

The government can use schools to reduce gun violence by concentrating on schools where young black males kill other young black males. We already dole out extra money for reading teachers under Title I to these schools, and have for 40 years. OK, the reading scores are worse but that is because they do not attack the real problem. It is not that these kids are stupid, it is that they are undisciplined. Most have no father or any other positive male role model in their life. And yes, that happens to white kids too (I was one) and it sucks too. Race is not the issue. Lack of discipline is.

Schools need to be run by principals who will instill pride and discipline. That means principals should be given free rein to run the schools, and teachers should be given free rein to run the classrooms.

Sadly, we now give free rein to the children.

By discipline, I do not necessarily mean paddling them.  A drop in octave and volume in one's voice has a menacing way of getting a message across. But I do not necessarily mean we shouldn't paddle them.

We should let boys be boys. Recess should be monitored but with the knowledge that boys do stupid stuff. Boys also should be taught to respect their elders and to respect girls. Foul language should be met with a soap bar in the mouth.

What we should give boys in ghetto schools is a safe place called school. They need to teach them at an early age that actions have consequences. It is cheaper than prisons, as the saying goes.

They also need to learn that someone cares about them.

But of course, the Brainiacs in government are going in the opposite direction, pushing to end the racial disparity between black kids who get disciplined at school and white kids. I think Duncan and the others know what they are doing by undermining discipline. Frankly, the Democratic Party must somehow benefit from ghetto violence because every city they run seems to have a Third World-level homicide rate.

17 comments:

  1. Yep! We don't have a gun problem, we have a black males with guns problem. You take out the statistics of black males shooting other blacks and the United States is one of the safest countries on earth. Of course, I'm a racist for pointing this out.

    BTW, this is not a new problem. Back in the 70's, when I fixed typewriters for IBM, majority black schools were some of the most dangerous places to go. One of my fellow workers got clobbered by a chair in a majority black high school when he took a call fixing machines in a typing classroom. And these students sure knew how to break typewriters. Most of the repairs were on machines broken on purpose.

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    1. Selectrics were really fun to work on. Due to my knowledge of 70's typewriters I knew the TANG memos were fakes.

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  3. Gun homicide rates steeply rose during the early part of 20th C during Prohibition, then fell just as steeply after Prohibition was repealed. In more recent times, gun deaths have risen with the increasing use of drugs in mainstream America. The correlation is undeniable: gun deaths are driven by illegal gang activities involving alcohol and drugs. Gun deaths are a symptom of gang violence. Gun laws targeted at law-abiding gun owners have little or no affect on the drug-related gang activities that dominate gun homicide rates.

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  4. Grew up in the coal fields of W. PA, my memory is that about every house you went in had had several long guns stacked in the corner frequently loaded. Yet there was never a gun accident or death in the county during the 22 years I lived there, fathers did actively discipline us for not treating a gun with respect or picking up a gun without permission. (and yeah, that discipline could hurt!) Had one murder-two guys fighting over a woman. Guns were accepted, the high school principal wanted to know what we used for deer and small game and if the gun was in the car he wanted to look at it( yeah, me and my friends were his pets, me and one of those friends graduated first in our university engineering class so I think he liked us). We enjoyed guns, handled them with care, worked hard and busted our butts to get out of the coal mines - and yes I did, have had a great life.

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  5. No one that I have ever known to be a gun owner has misused their firearms. But we have lived in a rural area where traditional values hold sway for now; but I see those slipping away with the younger ones. Heroin use is rampant and gun crimes to obtain money for drugs is on the rise. Gangs are growing in the next county and we are next I fear. Last week I talked to the sheriff and he dumped on me concerning his frustrations about having so many anti-drug programs in play but minimum results. We seem to have all to many young people who have decent parents and lives who can't seem to cope; they go for escape through drugs.
    Our entire society is afraid to enforce self discipline and we are paying for it. Because there is always someone who will find fault with any methodology, those who should be mandating consequences are refusing to make judgement calls so everything has become black or white. Make a gun with your finger or chew such an image with food and the child is suspended. When there is little self discipline taught in schools and at home and few consequences for improper conduct, actions escalate. We have become a broken window society because of this, IMO. It is depressing to look abound my country and see it self destructing. Sad so sad.

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  6. Denny: Did you have a knowledge of IBM Selectric Composers? Because they (including the Magnetic Tape Selectric Composer, MT/SC) could have come very close to producing the TANG memo. (Not that the Texas Air National Guard would have had or used such a machine for typing office memos.)

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    1. Yep. The MT/SC composer could have written the memos but since the composer was very expensive and was only used in print shops the chance of the TANG having one was minuscule. IBM came out with a cheaper version, the Selectric Composer (I was one of the first CEs in St. Louis trained on it) but that was after the memos were supposedly written. An Executive could have written the memos but it would have had to have special typebars for the superscripts used and that would have not been likely either.

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  7. Telling people that their kids are undisciplined is an affront to their basic skills as human beings.Telling an entire subculture that that is true is seen as racism.And the snowflakes grads from the ed schools could never be that.Therefore there has to be another reason for the problem.

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  8. As is always the case with Democrats, they'd rather have the issue than a solution. Never look to a Democrat for the solution to a campaign issue, they'll never give up the issue.

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  9. Telling people that their kids are undisciplined is an affront to their basic skills as human beings.Telling an entire subculture that that is true is seen as racism.And the snowflakes grads from the ed schools could never be that.Therefore there has to be another reason for the problem.

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  10. "I think Duncan and the others know what they are doing by undermining discipline."

    A comment by an Acorn person to the Project Veritas team in their "school for teenage hookers" video still haunts me. "You don't want them to get too smart," she cautioned, like...then you can't control them.

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  11. Right on target, Don. Great piece.

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  12. In the mid 20th century many high schools had gun clubs; target shooting and/or skeet shooting. My how times have changed.

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  13. In the mid 20th century many high schools had gun clubs; target shooting and/or skeet shooting. My how times have changed.

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  14. The cause of most of the gun violence is greed, frustration, moral issues or sometimes self centered attitude of people. Schools should take care of the topic that how people can enjoy the safety device without hurting someone else. It should be presented to them as a safety device not a killing machine.
    Regards:
    MA Gun License

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