Saturday, November 22, 2014

New Report on Adam Lanza - Race and Affluence are Factors


A new report asks whether the race and affluence of Adam Lanza's family influenced decisions about how to care for his mental health problems in the years before he committed the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.
Among the findings in the report, which was released Friday by the state office of Child Advocate, is that Lanza's his parents and educators contributed to his social isolation by accommodating — and not confronting — his difficulties engaging with the world.
The report said recommendations from Yale psychologists that he be medicated and undergo rigorous treatment as a child for anxiety and other conditions were rejected by his mother, who eventually took him out of school.
"Is the community more reluctant to intervene and more likely to provide deference to the parental judgment and decision-making of white, affluent parents than those caregivers who are poor or minority?" the report asks. "Would (Adam Lanza's) caregivers' reluctance to maintain him in school or a treatment program have gone under the radar if he were a child of color?"
Lanza's father is a financial services executive. The son and his mother lived in an exclusive neighborhood in the wealthy bedroom community, 70 miles north of Manhattan.
Research has found that upper-middle-class parents are far more likely to be resistant, defensive and even litigious when presented with treatment options suggested by school service providers, said Suniya Luthar, a professor of Psychology at Arizona State University, who has written extensively on the topic of affluence and mental health.

Disgraceful Laws in Washington Which Allow Convicted Felons to Get Their Gun Rights Back

Friday, November 21, 2014

CSGV Executive Director Josh Horwitz and Alex Zaitchik Discuss Larry Pratt, Tyranny and the NRA

No surprise here

Does he teach remedial reading or take it?

Meet Myron May - The Florida State University Shooter - Deceased


The gunman was identified by authorities as Myron May, a 2005 graduate of FSU. He graduated from Texas Tech University's law school in 2009, and practiced law in both Texas and New Mexico, according to Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo. May moved back into the area a few weeks ago.
The school canceled all classes and exams Thursday in the wake of the shooting, offering counseling services to those directly and indirectly affected.
Meanwhile, investigators are surveying the scene and interviewing witnesses -- trying to determine exactly what happened and for what reason. DeLeo, the police chief, hedged when asked whether May had fired at officers, saying investigators still have more witnesses to interview. He said is appears none of the victims were targeted for any specific reason.
"Mr. May had a written journal and videos where he expressed fears of being targeted and that he wanted to bring attention to this issue of targeting," DeLeo told reporters. "A preliminary review of these documents and videos demonstrate that Mr. May was in a state of crisis."

Greg Camp - Still Spinning and Twisting and Lying

Greg Camp's Weblog
In many discussions, there comes a point at which someone rejects not only interpretations based on judgements but facts as well. The facts about guns in the United States are mixed, leaving both sides the opportunity to have valid positions derived from their values–freedom or safety–without being compelled to choose one answer or another to be intellectually honest. For example, some 30,000 Americans die each year from gunshots, while something like 80,000 suffer non-fatal injuries. At the same time, hundred of thousands use firearms to defend their lives annually. 
When describing defensive gun uses, the gun-rights fanatics love to exaggerate in two ways.  First they inflate the actual count, then they call that exaggerated count, uses of "firearms to defend their lives." 

The truth is, these estimates include shootings at snakes and coyotes.  They include innumerable incidents of minor threats that in no way were life threatening. They also include many cases of property crime being thwarted in which no person was in danger at all.

That last link to a Slate dot com article is interesting. Here's a quote:
“Almost all national survey estimates indicate that defensive gun uses by victims are at least as common as offensive uses by criminals, with estimates of annual uses ranging from about 500,000 to more than 3 million per year … in the context of about 300,000 violent crimes involving firearms in 2008,” says the report. 

There are many estimates that come in under that 500,000 figure. Greg knows this, and in fact, has quoted them himself.  But in that typical exaggerating way of his, he selected this misleading article to make his point.

I'm afraid old Greg Camp hasn't changed much in these months since he disappeared from this blog. Some believe he's been commenting anonymously, but I'd like to take this opportunity to officially invite him back. Arguing with Greg never fails to make gun control look good.

In Oklahoma - Accidental Gun Shot Travels Through Wall, Injuring One

Local news reports

One man was treated for minor injuries after a person in an adjoining business accidentally discharged a gun.

Around 2:45 p.m., Owasso Police responded to a shooting at a Billy Sims BBQ. 

Police say that a person in a neighboring business was inspecting a firearm when it was accidentally discharged. The projectile went through the wall and debris or fragments struck a cashier in the restaurant.

The victim was treated and released by medics. Police officers are still on the scene investigating and will determine if any charges will be filed.

IF any charges will be filed???