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Roundtable group takes on school shooting fears

Original post made on Jun 10, 2013

It hasn't happened here, but community members met last week to discuss the possibility of a school shooting in Mountain View.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, June 10, 2013, 10:42 AM

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Posted by tommy_g
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jun 10, 2013 at 12:05 pm

Liberalism at it's best......of course everyone feels safe, cause it hasn't happened here.....yet....will it....who knows....but I bet Sandy hook felt safe......please people do not let liberalism stand in the way......

9/11 a perfect example of liberalism...........

after rreading this article.....I'm scared...........

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Posted by Old Coot
a resident of Rex Manor
on Jun 10, 2013 at 2:28 pm

If you're going to use ellipsis...
Please use it correctly; otherwise it just looks odd.

How does "Liberalism" evoke so much terror?

Of course, if you throw in a vague reference to 9/11, that will make it all suddenly clear.


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Posted by James
a resident of Whisman Station
on Jun 10, 2013 at 2:38 pm

I wouldn't worry too much about this, school shootings are very rare. I've only seen a firearm discharged once in 52 years and that was at a target when I was a kid, and other than law enforcement I've only seen a firearm one other time.

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Posted by Parent
a resident of Willowgate
on Jun 10, 2013 at 2:40 pm

I have seen a couple of the schools do emergency preparedness drills and I think that the staff is well trained. We are much more likely to have an earthquake than a gunman.

I have two kids in elementary school and I think that they are safe. Additionally, I wouldn't trade our freedoms for the safety of a maximum security school. I want my kids to operate in a free country w/o armed guards, and I want to teach them to keep their eyes open and be smart.

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Posted by Zee
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 10, 2013 at 3:08 pm

I am absolutely amazed at the level of carelessness with which Superintendent Goldman says that everyone is safe just on the basis that students 'think' they are safe!! Just because it hasn't happened already doesn't mean it can happen ever. This is not a liberal or conservative issue. I am a liberal and agree with tommy_g. I can label it as conservative mindset, but that will lead to nowhere. The point is that I am absolutely shocked how blithely people are waving the possibilities away, and not taking 'ANY' steps.

Kolander has the stats all made up, but he has good points about popular culture. All of Kiritz points are great.

I want to attend these meetings in future as a parent of a young child, and a relatively new resident of mountain view. Where can I get notifications of such meetings ?

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Posted by ShepherdsChapel
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jun 10, 2013 at 4:38 pm

Take God out of the schools, and the devil will surely move in

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Posted by Editor
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jun 10, 2013 at 4:53 pm

Hey Old Coot:

I appreciate the effort, but you got it wrong. If you use points of ellipsis at the end of a sentence, you need to add the period as well, like this....

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Posted by USA
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 10, 2013 at 5:45 pm

If you are interested in "civility" why start with a loaded question like "Could Sandy Hook happen here?" That's just fodder for the "guns are the cause of crime" people.

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Posted by Otto Maddox
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jun 10, 2013 at 8:08 pm

We should all remain calm. All schools in the United States are "Gun Free School Zones."

It is illegal to have a gun within 1000 feet of any school K through 12 in the United States of America.

Problem solved? Well obviously not.. yet some people think more laws are the answer.

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Posted by OK, I will pry it out
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 11, 2013 at 3:50 pm

We don't need to separate guns from people, we need to separate people illegally possessing guns from their guns. Current laws are fine, what we need are HUGELY tough sentences for the offenders. Once these criminals are separated from society, gun violence will go down over the years. No more new laws, just lock up the current gun fondling offenders for 15 years mandatory for 1st offense, life for the second. Its the law, lets get tough. We could sweep the streets of all kinds of garbage, but I bet the NRA would still oppose it. Glad gun owners are shying away from that money grabbing scam org.

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Posted by Political Insider
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 11, 2013 at 4:50 pm

Amazing how naive some of our educational and community leaders are. Sure it could happen here. Take a look at what just happened in Santa Monica. Without campus police, it could have been worse.

Our open campuses offer no protection from someone walking onto campus and wreaking havoc.

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Posted by James
a resident of Whisman Station
on Jun 11, 2013 at 9:19 pm

Gun violence and gun ownership has in fact been declining over the past 20 years. A large percentage of gun deaths are suicides and these mass shootings are suicide by cop. Improving mental health might help.

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Posted by George
a resident of Rex Manor
on Jun 12, 2013 at 11:12 am

WRONG: Gun ownership and the NRA are on the upswing, and we are lucky for that.
Enforce the current laws and make mental health the target. We let these nut cases go for years without either cures or actions.

Locks on steel classroom doors would be a good start also. Train and arm any teacher that wants it (No Nutcakes please).

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Posted by ron
a resident of another community
on Jun 12, 2013 at 3:24 pm

A school shooting seems to me to be somewhat like a random natural disaster like a tornado or a major earthquake. An unpredictable and very rare occurrance, but very catastrophic if it does happen.

If we have "civil defense" measures for things like major earthquakes, hurricanes, etc. it seems to reason that we could come up with similar measures for a school shooting based on input from police/SWAT and military consultants.

I don't think it's possible to 100% prevent some random nutjob from harming people if they're dead set on doing it. However, I think there are ways to minimize the damage if it does happen.

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Posted by James
a resident of Whisman Station
on Jun 12, 2013 at 3:28 pm

Data shows gun ownership, violence, gun culture waning. Perhaps people are wising up to the fact that it's likely guns will be used on family members and/or the owner. I expect the NRA & gun manufacturers are concerned about the trends.

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Posted by The only thing we need to fear is fear itself
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jun 13, 2013 at 4:20 pm

"The only thing we need to fear is fear itself"

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