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30 May, 2024

Republicans divert education dollars to train teachers to shoot: Mapping the carnage

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Republicans divert education dollars to train teachers to shoot: Mapping the carnage

Ohio is buying mobile shoot houses to train armed teachers

Why is it worth your time to read? It's just one example of the death by a thousand cuts that school budgets are facing as politicians push useless—or even harmful—“security theater” onto campuses. Schools across the country are bracing for widespread teacher and support staff layoffs while purchases like this whittle away a dollars that could be spent on essential items and services. - David Riedman

Check this real time map for Ohio school shootings and the MAGA Republicans getting paid with your tax dollars behind this plan to put bullets before education. Zoom in for details on the MAGA Congressional reps, the Governor, State Attorney General, State house reps and State Senators. And while you're at it, check to see how much they are getting paid by the gun lobby. The dashboard was created with ArcGIS Online using data from the K-12 School Shooting Database. It (sadly) updates with details on new shootings. You can see the latest count of shooting incidents, death and casualty count in the top left hand corner.

Republicans divert education dollars to train teachers to shoot: Mapping the carnage

False Confidence

"Assume that a teacher has taken 4 minutes of tactical training and is armed inside their classroom when there is a call for an active shooter on campus. Is this teacher really prepared to operate in a high stress environment and make split second decisions to shoot/not shoot each student and other staff member they encounter in the hallway?

If they find an assailant in body armor with a rifle who has been practicing and preparing for the surprise attack for months, is a teacher with 4 minutes of shoot house training adequately prepared to “neutralize” the same threat that psychologically paralyzed hundreds of officers with rifles and ballistic shields in Uvalde, TX? - David Riedman

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Podcasts with people touched by gun violence and advocating for gun safety

David Riedman, Founder and Independent Researcher of the K-12 School Shooting Database peels back the layers of the challenges of predicting and preventing school shootings. One significant step is to collect data and fill in the missing pieces to get a better sense of who is most at risk of being involved in a school shooting and actions that can be taken to protect students and staff.

Sandy and Lonnie Phillips, Founders of Survivors Empowered discuss their reaction and activism as a result of the murder of their daughter Jessi, killed in the Aurora Colorado theatre 2012 mass shooting.  Their organization is focused on regulating companies that sell ammunition and repealing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.

Po Murray, Co-Founder and Chairwoman of the Newtown Action Alliance discusses the variations in state and federal laws protecting residents from gun violence. Since Uvalde, there have been changes in the awareness of the need for background checks and holding stakeholders responsible for public safety. Citizen activists are pushing for state and federal legislation to pierce the shield that protects weapon sales. 

TakeAway: Stop the gun lobby using blood money political donations to boost their profits. Vote for President Biden and Democrats to curb the carnage from senseless gun violence.

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