It Happened Again, Folks …

It wasn’t as widely reported as Parkland or Santa Fe, but there was another school shooting last week, this one in Noblesville, Indiana on Friday.  The shooter was a student who asked for permission to leave the classroom and returned armed with two handguns. This time, nobody died.  Care to know why?  Because the shooter was stopped by the unarmed teacher.  A good guy without a gun stopped a bad guy with a gun.  And that, my friends, explains why you may not have heard about this school shooting – it wasn’t sensationalist enough for the media, since nobody died, and it wasn’t in keeping with the NRA’s motto.jason_seamanThe teacher was 29-year-old Jason Seaman, who is being hailed as a hero.  The shooter entered the classroom and immediately began firing, hitting one female student.  Mr. Seaman sprang into action, charging the shooter and knocking him to the ground.  He was shot three times in the process, but has had surgery and is out of the hospital and doing well.  This is his statement:

“I want to let everyone know that I was injured but am doing great. To all the students, you are all wonderful and I thank you for your support. You are the reason I teach.”

Fortunately, the shooter had only handguns and not an assault weapon, else the ending might have been much, much worse.  And fortunately, Mr. Seaman was quick-thinking and courageous.

An editorial in The Washington Post begins …

“The national cable-news shows didn’t air Friday’s media briefings about the latest school shooting. The attack in Noblesville, Ind., was the third in just the span of a week, after all. And only two people were shot. Good news, right?

Wrong. Wrong on so many levels. Wrong that we are becoming accustomed to a world in which our children are potential targets. Wrong that we should have to feel grateful only two people were shot. And wrong to believe those two people were the only victims Friday when a student at Noblesville West Middle School opened fire.”

What is the limit?  What is the number of students that must be injured in a single shooting event before it becomes major news?  Is it 5?  10?  Or … is it only major ‘BREAKING NEWS!’ if someone dies?  After Santa Fe two weeks ago, many people were stunned to read that it was the 22nd school shooting this year so far.  Why?  Because few were covered at any length … a mere mention below-the-fold on page 22.  I have been guilty of this also, in part because if it doesn’t scream in the headlines, it may not come onto my radar, and in part because I feared that too much coverage could lead to the dilution of the topic … that people would begin to take a ‘ho-hum’ attitude.

But we simply cannot allow the shooting of school children to become the norm.  We cannot become complacent.  We cannot afford to simply shrug our shoulders and send our useless, meaningless ‘thoughts and prayers’.  We can no longer simply be thankful that it wasn’t in our neighborhood, wasn’t our own children.

I no longer call on the republicans in Congress who have time and time again blocked any attempts to limit access to guns, especially assault weapons, to get off their posteriors and do what We The People are telling them to do.  Nope … they had their chances … far too many chances.  Instead, I am calling on every person who is eligible to vote in November to do so, to vote for the candidate, whomever he or she is in your state, who promises to fight the NRA, who promises to fight for sensible and serious laws to prevent our children being murdered.

Oh, and by the way … Mike Pence, former governor of Indiana, sent his thoughts and prayers.

56 thoughts on “It Happened Again, Folks …

  1. In my community our kids are taking action daily to initiate change. They have organized, formed student committees with students from all three high schools. They attended the March for Our Lives rally in our state capital, they organized walk outs, die ins, and town hall meetings. They have brought together police, college, law and political officials to meet with the community. And they have taken constant heat and criticism from the alt-right members of our community. The irony of the “pro-lifers” wishing for them to get shot in the next incident is not lost on them. They are meeting with city officials and other activism groups to partner over the summer. They have taken each blow squarely on the chin and stood their ground. Our community has lost way too many to gun violence and they are done with it.

    I watch them, I stand with them and for a change, I have hope.

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    • The young people are making their voices heard, they are saying “ENOUGH”, and I am so very proud of them! I am disgusted by those who criticize them and I really hope they can keep their momentum going through the mid-terms in November. We need change in Congress, else this will never end. Like you, these young people give me hope for the future.

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  2. Dear Jill,

    This time the outcome ended well because of a courageous teacher without a gun.
    You do know if the teacher did have a gun which he used to protect the students against a mass shooter that FOX News would have made this a major news item.
    This is so frightening that these mass shootings at schools are happening too often where this story was almost buried except for peoples like you highlighting it.

    I heard Tom Friedman this morning telling everyone one to just vote for the democratic candidate in November, no matter what.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • Oh yes, Gronda, I do know how the republicans in Congress, Trump, Fox News, and the NRA would have spun this had the shooter been stopped by an armed teacher. Sigh. It’s all a big game with them, isn’t it? The lives of our children don’t really matter at all … they are but pawns in an ugly game.

      That is quite a statement coming from Thomas Friedman!!! I shall have to check that one out. Hugs!!!

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  3. Our new customs slogan, “Welcome to America, I hope you are packing heat.” We dwarf other countries in gun ownership per capita. We dwarf them even more in gun deaths per capita, including gun supportive countries.

    The solution to this problem is not more and easier gun access. We must have thorough background checks and elongated waiting periods on all transctiong as wanted by a material majority of Americans. We must have the ability to confiscate guns by court order if a mental health issue is apparently but allow due process after collected. We must require storage of guns by owners away from children. I would also require finger printed triggers and codifying bullets,. I would go further, but these combined changes would help reduce some gun deaths.

    Suicides are the number one gun death cause by far in the US. Good guys with guns and their children are subject to the same rates of depression as the rest of Americans.

    Keith

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    • Very well said! I think the longer waiting period alone would help significantly reduce the suicide-by-gun rates. And the others are just common sense. I would also add proficiency testing. The gun lobby so often uses the analogy of cars vs guns, but in truth, one must prove they know the rules and can safely operate a car before they can get a license. Why should guns be any different?

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  4. I once said in response to certain a$$holes at work saying they were sorry, etc., that words are great, but actions will tell me if people really want to make a difference. Sadly, that has not happened at work, not does it seem likely to happen in the US government any time soon.

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    • You and I would have worked well together, for I said the same thing more than once. “Put your money where your mouth is!” Few will. And it’s already a proven fact that this, the 115th Congress, is not willing to do anything to rock their own little boats, so we can just keep on sending ‘thoughts and prayers’ to the parents and grandparents whose children are being murdered … murders sanctioned by the U.S. government and the NRA. Grrrrrrrrrrrrr

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  5. You can’t buy courage with a gun. You can’t /teach/ courage with a gun.

    I think the NRA and the gun owners that back the gun madness are either living in a fantasy land where they are the Lone Ranger, or they’re simply power-mad and don’t care about anyone but themselves. They will never change, but I hope your message to ordinary Americans cuts through the spin in November. Something has to change.

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  6. There was a time when it was said : “No, not again!” It has become : “YES, again!” It will continue again and again until some concrete laws are passed and inconceivably it won’t be by the present Congress or President, much less any support from the NRA. I am all for the well meaning thoughts and prayers in some instances, this is not one of them! I agree with your present stance, our votes can hopefully bring about the changes that should have already been made. But, for more children…November may be too far away…may it not be so. Thank-you!

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    • Thoughts and prayers, when they come from a close friend, have much value, for it is an expression of love, of caring. But when uttered by a stranger who has the power to change things for the better but refuses to do so and instead spends all of 2 seconds expressing his ‘thoughts and prayers’, they have less than zero value. Yes, we have to make some staffing changes, and if we don’t do it this year, by 2020 we may not have the option to. Not to mention, how many more children will die next year and the year after. Fortunately most schools are out or will be next week for the summer, so we should get a brief reprieve.

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  7. Even if you don’t usually pray
    The words are easy to say
    I send my thoughts and prayers
    They’re one of those beautiful pairs
    That mean so little today.

    Actions are .meaningful, including the non-action choices. The NRA loves non-actions.

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    • Very well said. Their ‘thoughts and prayers’ have less than no value when they could be doing something to prevent future incidents. My hat is off, though, to Jason Seaman … he is worth more than all the NRA combined. It’s a good thing schools are out or soon will be for the summer … perhaps we can have a brief reprieve?

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      • But it also gives the potential shooters 2 or 3 more months to plan their actons, and 2 or 3 more months to grow their hate. Not a good way to look at things, but it is just so different today than it was when we were kids. I was bulied. I wss abused by fellow students. But I never thought once about killing anyone. I often spent hours figuring out new ways to get home in order to avoid the bullies who waited for me on my usual routes, but even then I never wanted to hurt them. When they caught me I just went limp and waited till they had their jollies and tired of beating on someone who refused to fight back. I got my revenge by crushing them with my grades in school. And they were crushed, most of them ended up in lower grades than I did, or quitting.
        But something happened between then and now. I sure wish I knew what it was…

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        • ‘Tis true that it gives plotters more time to formulate their plots, but I wonder how many of these kids come up with the ideas more or less on the spur of the moment. Now, Columbine was obviously months in the planning, but some of the more recent ones seem very spontaneous.

          But why, my friend, were you bullied in school? I was picked on because of thick glasses, leg braces, and being a Jew in a Catholic school, which is where I first found my fighting spirit. Past 1st grade, nobody picked on me, even though I was nearly the smallest in the class! They knew I was vicious! D 😀 😀 But to the point, no, I never considered inflicting more harm that perhaps a bloody nose. But times were different then. What happened between then and now? I don’t know either. Something to ponder on, for sure.

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          • Why wasn’t I bullied? I was a straight A student from kindergarten on, lol. Teacher’s pet right off the bat, but I didn’t know why till at least grade 3, when I broke into my teacher’s desk to find out why I was so coddled. (200+ IQ, they were trying to groom me from 6 years old). Not that I understood IQ in grade 3, but my name was in red print, while everyone else in my class was in black ink. Besides that, I was from the poorest family around, I was always dressed in hand-me-downs that never quite fit me. My ears stuck out from the side of my head like wings, not helped by the bowl haircut and bangs my father gave me every second week. And besides all that, I was skinny as a broom handle and weak as a wet paper bag. I was a bully’s paradise, and right from grade one I had 3 bullies fighting over who was going to bully me first.
            I’m glad you learned how to take care of yourself, I took a different path. As I said above, I never fought back. I learned I had the gift to talk my way out of most situations. And the weirdest thing, when I could not talk my way out of a situation and got pounded by someone, one of my personal bullies would get his friends together and pound the guy or guys who pounded me. I led a semi-charmed life in a lot of ways. I got beat up a lot, but I was also one of the best-defended kids in any school I ever went to…

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            • Oh my!!! You had quite an interesting childhood! Had we been in school together, I would have championed your cause and come to your defense with my generally well scarred fisticuffs! In fact, I still have a few battle scars! For me, I was too stubborn not to fight back, and I cannot tell you how many pair of glasses I had broken in the process. And people refer to childhood as ‘carefree’ … HAH!

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  8. This teacher is a hero rushing to the aid of his pupils. I’m sorry the same can’t be said about members of Congress who only rush to the NRA’s aid. Though some of course do send thoughts and prayers which somehow seem an inadequate defense against more attacks.
    Cwtch

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    • He is indeed a hero … and so modest, so humble about it. Y’know … if a close friend tells me he/she is sending my thoughts and prayers, I am honoured, even though you know my views on religion. But in that case, I see it as an expression of love and caring, and it has value. But when a politician, a lawmaker who has the power to do something that would actually help stop these abominable crimes sends a casual ‘thoughts and prayers’ … to me, that has less than no value. If I were a parent of one of the Parkland or Santa Fe victims, I would be inclined to go pay a visit to those sending thoughts and prayers, just so I could spit in their faces. And notice that the NRA didn’t have a single thing to say about this one, while they are still busy tooting their horns about Oklahoma. Sigh.
      Cwtch

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