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-====== School Violence ====== 
-I recently made this comment on [[https://​www.facebook.com/​sean.faircloth23|Sean Faircloth'​s wall]]: 
-I'll say something I tend to keep quiet about: I am nominally pro-2nd amendment. When I look at the statistics, I see both sides of the debate cherry picking with reckless abandon, so I tend to leave it alone. 
-I think firearms law reform can and should be discussed, and some meaningful action should be taken. There'​s a negotiated line already in place about what kind of weapons it's safe for people to own or not, and that discussion should continue. 
-However, the facts of the matter make it clear that even eliminating firearms of all kinds won't prevent broken people from committing terrible acts-- the pro-gun lobby has been waving around that Chinese incident like a shield. But it is worth talking about: less people die when it's a knife versus a carbine, but it's also clear that gun laws will mitigate this kind of terror, not eliminate it. 
-To eliminate it, we have to look at the source, which again as the pro-gun lobby likes to say, is the person, not the gun. If we could remove the stigma from mental health care, and provide a medical infrastructure that actually served citizens and society, we'd be a lot closer to eliminating the problem. As a progressive,​ that continues to be my focus. ​ 
-It's a real shame that the people most opposed to socialized medicine tend to be the same people who think the 2nd amendment is the most important thing in the world. 
-Becky is an educator, so I have to admit that school violence is a subject with a personal edge to it for me. Personally, I don't care what kind of weapon it is-- I want it kept as far away from use in a school as possible.