10 years later, Columbine's shadow remains strong


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Columbine is still shocking, and it's even more shameful nothing has been done to reign in guns and lower the number of massacres that occur in the US. Instead, in fact, it seems April 17th to 20th is kind of like a regular massacre time. Columbine - April 20th, V-Tech - April 17th, the recent California shooting - April 17th. I'd say perhaps the 18th or 19th should be made a massacre holiday or something, but they happen so many other times throughout the year as well that it would be pointless.

The US needs better gun control and less guns, PERIOD.

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Too many idiot rednecks in the USA are so paranoid of some distant race war, that for now, the NRA, KKK, etc..will have the power to keep all of these horrible guns legal and making sure that many future Columbine type massacres happan again and again. When the hell will America learn that guns do kill people and that people with guns kill a hell of a lot more people?

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Research has determined that from the Moment of Commitment (the point when a student pulls their weapon) to the Moment of Completion (when the last round is fired) is only 5 seconds. If it is the intent of a school district to react to this violence, they will do so over the wounded and/or slain bodies of students, teachers and administrators.

Educational institutions clearly want safe and secure schools. Administrators are perennially queried by parents about the safety of their schools. The commonplace answers, intended to reassure anxious parents, focus on the school resource officers and emergency procedures. While useful, these less than adequate efforts do not begin to provide a definitive answer to preventing school violence, nor do they make a school safe and secure.

Traditionally school districts have relied upon the mental health community or local police to keep schools safe, yet one of the key shortcomings has been the lack of a system that involves teachers, administrators, parents and students in the identification and communication process. Recently, colleges, universities and community colleges are forming Behavioral Intervention Teams with representatives from all these constituencies. Higher Education has changed their safety/security policies, procedures, or surveillance systems, yet K-12 have yet to incorporate Behavioral Intervention Teams. K-12 schools continue spending excessive amounts of money to put in place many of the physical security options. Sadly, they are reactionary only and do little to prevent aggression because they are designed exclusively to react to existing conflict, threat and violence. These schools reflect a national blindspot, which prefers hardening targets through enhanced security versus preventing violence with efforts directed at aggressors. Security gets all the focus and money, but this only makes us feel safe, rather than to actually make us safer.

Some law enforcement agencies use profiling as a means to identify an aggressor. According to the U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Department of Education’s report on Targeted Violence in Schools, there is a significant difference between “profiling” and identifying and measuring emerging aggression; “The use of profiles is not effective either for identifying students who may pose a risk for targeted violence at school or – once a student has been identified – for assessing the risk that a particular student may pose for school-based targeted violence.” It continues; “An inquiry should focus instead on a student’s behaviors and communications to determine if the student appears to be planning or preparing for an attack.” We can and must assess objective, culturally neutral, identifiable criteria of emerging aggression.

For a comprehensive look at the problem and its solution,

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Yes, its "shadow" is strong. And many in the media intend to keep it that way. That's why they misrepresented and grotesquely embellished the original incident.

Greg Toppo, USA TODAY:

'They weren't goths or loners. The two teenagers who killed 13 people and themselves at suburban Denver's Columbine High School 10 years ago next week weren't in the "Trenchcoat Mafia," disaffected videogamers who wore cowboy dusters. The killings ignited a national debate over bullying, but the record now shows Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold hadn't been bullied — in fact, they had bragged in diaries about picking on freshmen and "fags." '

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Second Amendment as strong as ever.

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teleprompter: Second Amendment as strong as ever.

Fine. Now if concerned parties such as yourself could take your minds off your paranoia that everyone is trying to take away your guns (must be, given your mentioning of the second amendment), and focus on a way to regulate them (your car is far more regulated. How riduculous is that?), then we might be able to prevent a lot of these incidents from happening.

For example, a teenager should not have unrestricted access to firearms and bullets, even if they are not goths or loners. (Please not that I did not just suggest that everyone's firearms be taken away, m'kay?)

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"but the record now shows Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold hadn't been bullied — in fact, they had bragged in diaries about picking on freshmen and "fags." "

Hmmm, so they were most likely latents, as$holes and bullies.

I'm not sure what point you're trying to make, but I don't think it's helping....

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I began to follow these mass shootings in 2002. Did you know there has been a mass murder in Japan caused by the same problem that causes them in the United States? In June 2008 Tomohiro Kato rented a two ton truck, drove it into a crowd, jumped out and stabbed seventeen killing seven.

He was a temp worker and video game player. He had the opportunity for Subliminal Distraction exposure. Several other mass killers had this problem.

No one in their right mind plans and executes an attack like Columbine.

The Columbine killers were heavy computer users. The court sealed all information so that none is available to connect Subliminal Distraction. But the Virginia Tech, Redlake School, Joleka Finland School, and Atlanta Day Trader killers all created this problem.

Computer use in a location where there is repeating detectable threat-movement in peripheral vision will cause psychiatric symptoms. With enough exposure in a compact time frame there will be a mental break. The problem is known but those who work in Systems Furniture, cubicles, believe it is only a harmless temporary episode. It is unknown in any area of mental health services.

These killers are having Subliminal Distraction exposure. Then they have the subtle mental event in which they believe and act out the delusions. Only Barton in Atlanta understood he was having a mental break. Both Columbine killers were having psychiatric problems that match the symptoms of serious Subliminal Distraction exposure.


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Gun control is part of the problem. Where you have gun control, there are more shootings. Ask Canada (where gun control has recently been relaxed); ask Britain; ask Australia; ask Virginia. Gun control did not stop these (prescription) drugged-out, gay psychopaths (hmm, why is that never mentioned) from shooting up Columbine. When armed students have stopped school shootings, the press mysteriously is silent. Why is this?

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As eluded to before, the USA Today article that came out this week is a very good read. If they had been better bomb builders the library would have collapsed on the cafeteria and the bombs in their cars would have killed more later. =None of those bombs went off.

-these were planned attacks only limited by the resources and intellect of the attackers. Thankfully they were inept.

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Dubya: "Gun control did not stop these (prescription) drugged-out, gay psychopaths (hmm, why is that never mentioned)..."

'Psychopaths' is a term I believe has been attributed to these boys on quite a few occasions, and rightfully so. 'Gay psychopaths' is clearly something you yourself have decided is somehow relevant to why the shot the school up, and smacks of simple discrimination. Were they gay? And if so, who cares? What does that have to do with what happened?

"...from shooting up Columbine. When armed students have stopped school shootings, the press mysteriously is silent. Why is this?"

Show me ONE example where 'armed students' have stopped a school shooting, bud. And your ludicrous idea that countries with stricter gun control laws have more shootings is absolutely insane. Yes, there have been cases of shooting rampages, but the death toll from guns is still more than 10000 times less in those countries than in the US, if you take the number of shootings into account from the time of Columbine to now. At about 10,000 per year gun deaths in the US, since Columbine there have been 100,000 killed by guns. Put that rate at 1000 for the next highest, and it's pretty clear the 1% (percentage of deaths in other countries from the number of those in the US) in other countries compared to the US is proof that gun control works and the lack of does not. Of course, we all know that there are years with well over 10,000 gun deaths in the US, so that's being conservative.

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