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an American tragedy

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

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Buy a truck, get a free AK-47 …

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

A used car dealership in Florida has launched an unusual promotion to help it through the sluggish US economic recovery: a complimentary AK-47 with every purchase.

The dealership has more than doubled sales since the offer was announced last week, according to Nick Ginetta, the general sales manager.

A poster in Nations’ office window proclaims “FREE AK-47” above a large illustration of the gun, which is by far the biggest-selling assault rifle of all time.

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Suburban Schools Reject Metal Detectors

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Schools in the Washington district decided to install metal detectors in 1991 after one pupils stabbed another one.

No other school system in the region has embraced the technology, even as metal detectors have multiplied in courthouses, museums and other public buildings across the region over the past two decades.

Many school officials view metal detectors as costly, impractical and fallible. To suburban parents, they conjure up images of armed camps.

Other safety measures have proliferated in this decade, an initiative fed by fears of terrorism, the 2002 sniper attacks and several other school shootings. Security cameras, school-based police officers and locked entryways all are far more common now than a decade ago, according to the latest Justice Department findings on secondary school security, released in 2007.

Metal detectors appeared in urban high schools in the 1980s as a response to rising gang violence. The devices were common in New York, Detroit and other large cities when the D.C. school board embraced them 17 years ago, after a pair of stabbings at middle schools. Now they are in every D.C. middle and high school, along with X-ray machines, added in 1998 to scan book bags, coats and purses.

D.C. school officials say the detectors are a proven deterrent. They note that no firearm has been discovered inside a District school this academic year.

The trend toward metal detectors never spread much beyond a core group of urban schools, however. Nationwide, the share of secondary school students who walk through metal detectors at school has increased only slightly, from 9 percent in 1999 to 11 percent in 2005, according to the Justice Department.

The argument against metal detectors in schools starts with the bottleneck they can create at the front entrance, which might have to accommodate 2,000 students in 15 minutes. Then there’s the matter of staffing the machine over the course of the school day.

Suburban school officials are quick to point out that metal detectors have not completely stemmed the flow of weapons into D.C. schools. In February 2004, James Richardson, 17, was shot and killed near the cafeteria of Ballou Senior High School, a campus equipped with both metal detectors and X-ray machines. The shooter sneaked the gun in through a side door.

Metal detectors have yielded both success and failure. In February 2004, a D.C. police officer caught two students who were trying to sneak guns into Wilson High School after they were seen conspicuously avoiding the metal detector. But in September 2003, twin brothers were arrested only after they had brought a loaded handgun into the Dunbar High School cafeteria, apparently smuggling it in through a side door.

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Gun violence : facts

Monday, March 9th, 2009

Voici quelques informations et chiffres publiés par le NEAHIN (National Education Association/ Health Information Network.

 Statistics: Gun Violence in Our Communities

School Safety
Less than 1% of all homicides among school-aged children (5-19 years of age) occur in or around school grounds or on the way to and from school. (Centers for Disease Control, 1997)

Children and Gun Violence
In a single year, 3,012 children and teens were killed by gunfire in the United States, according to the latest national data released in 2002. That is one child every three hours; eight children every day; and more than 50 children every week. And every year, at least 4 to 5 times as many kids and teens suffer from non-fatal firearm injuries. (Children’s Defense Fund and National Center for Health Statistics)

America and Gun Violence
American children are more at risk from firearms than the children of any other industrialized nation. In one year, firearms killed no children in Japan, 19 in Great Britain, 57 in Germany, 109 in France, 153 in Canada, and 5,285 in the United States. (Centers for Disease Control)

School Safety

  • Between 1994 and 1999, there were 220 school associated violent events resulting in 253 deaths – – 74.5% of these involved firearms. Handguns caused almost 60% of these deaths. (Journal of American Medical Association, December 2001)
  • In 1998-99 academic year, 3,523 students were expelled for bringing a firearm to school. This is a decrease from the 5,724 students expelled in 1996-97 for bringing a firearm to school. (U.S. Department of Education, October 2000)
  • Nearly 8% of adolescents in urban junior and senior high schools miss at least one day of school each month because they are afraid to attend. (National Mental Health & Education Center for Children & Families, National Association of School Psychologists 1998)
  • The National School Boards Association estimates that more than 135,000 guns are brought into U.S. schools each day. (NSBA, 1993)

Children and Gun Violence

  • America is losing too many children to gun violence. Between 1979 and 2001, gunfire killed 90,000 children and teens in America. (Children’s Defense Fund and National Center for Health Statistics)
  • In one year, more children and teens died from gunfire than from cancer, pneumonia, influenza, asthma, and HIV/AIDS combined. (Children’s Defense Fund)
  • The rate of firearm deaths among kids under age 15 is almost 12 times higher in the United States than in 25 other industrialized countries combined. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

America and Gun Violence

  • Every day, more than 80 Americans die from gun violence. (Coalition to Stop Gun Violence)
  • The rate of firearm deaths among kids under age 15 is almost 12 times higher in the United States than in 25 other industrialized countries combined. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • American kids are 16 times more likely to be murdered with a gun, 11 times more likely to commit suicide with a gun, and nine times more likely to die from a firearm accident than children in 25 other industrialized countries combined. (Centers for Disease Control)

Guns in the Wrong Hands

  • The American Medical Association reports that between 36% and 50% of male eleventh graders believe that they could easily get a gun if they wanted one.
  • In 1998-99 academic year, 3,523 students were expelled for bringing a firearm to school. This is a decrease from the 5,724 students expelled in 1996-97 for bringing a firearm to school. (U.S. Department of Education, October 2000)

  • According to a report by the Joshephson Institute of Ethics (2000 Report Card: Report #1), 60% of high school and 31% of middle school boys said they could get a gun if they wanted to (April, 2001).

Updated: June 17, 2005