News 4 Webcast: Why does the U.S. lead the world in school shootings?

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Updated: 2/28/2012 12:52 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & - Why does the US lead the world in school shootings? And...the death of a 10 year old L.A. girl is now ruled a homicide. Buying insurance may be as simple as going to the nearest strip mall. Reno Native and "the Voice" contestant Whitney Myer joins us and gives a live performance.

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straitshooter - 2/28/2012 3:50 PM
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Why we lead the world in school shootings is contributed by a number of factors. Each is a "contributing factor" mind you, not the sole reason so don't flame me for the obvious. One: Gun Access. The FBI estimates that there are over 200 million privately-owned firearms in the US. Two: Violent society. We live in a violent world according to our media. Watch the nightly news, Video games, network television, magazines, etc. etc. Three: Lack of parental care. The majority of American families work these days, very different from the era of the 50s where a mom might be a home maker. Today in modern American its common to have most of the adult family members working long hours which means less family time and certainly less teaching time. Four: Mental Health Culture. Our ability to treat and diagnose emotionally or mentally disabled people is lacking behind other civilized countries. We have a hard time admitting we might have a problem, and we ignore syptoms because of culture. IE: it's not good to see a shrink, it's frowned upon to cry to a counselor, etc. etc. Five: ammunition availability. I saw in the wal-mart 5 teenagers who brought a older friend. The older friend was apparently buying shooting ammunition for his younger friends. With just $30 dollars they bought a impressive range of ammunition. Yes you can buy certain guns in wal-mart. Six: Ineffective conflict resolution training. Schools are quick to teach math and english, but don't teach many fundamentals such as basic conflict resolution, taxes, check book balancing, etc. etc. Its not academic to teach such things, but 1st grade teachers teach kids how to piss properly in the bathroom. Maybe we should make a wide arrangement of education available? Ooops, no money for French language at UNR. I guess we can't afford to fix it. Seven: Finances. Our state, county, and city budgets don't allow for much experimental development. Choked funds can't bring in innovation or new ideas. So it's a mix of these IMO.

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