DOJ: Murders of School-Age Children Down 42%; Only 1% Take Place at School

Murders of school-age children—those between the ages of 5 and 18—declined by 42 percent between the 1992-93 school year and the 2008-2009 school year, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, and only about 1 percent of the school age children murdered during the 2008-2009 school year were murdered at school.

In February 2012, the Bureau of Justice Statistics published a report—“Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2011”—that included statistics on homicides committed at schools for the school years from 1992-93 through 2009-2010. The report also included the total number of all school-age children who were murdered at school or elsewhere from the 1992-93 school year through the 2008-2009 school year.

The report showed a decline over an 18-year period in both the number of school-age children murdered and the number murdered “at school.” The Justice Department defines “at school” to “include the school building, on school property, on a school bus, and going to and from school.”

During the 1992-93 school year, 2,719 school-age children were murdered in the United States. Of these 2,719 murdered children, 34 were murdered at school. That means 1.25 percent of the school-age children murdered during the 1992-1993 school year were murdered at the school building, on school property, on a school bus, or going to or from school.

By the 2008-2009 school year, the number of school-age children murdered in the United States had dropped to 1,579—a decline of 42 percent from the 2,719 school-age children murdered in the 1992-93 school year. Also in the 2008-2009 school year, the number of children murdered at school dropped to 17—a decline of 50 percent from the 34 children murdered at school in the 1992-93 school year.

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Austin Gun Store Owner Offers Teachers A Discount

An Austin-area gun store owner is joining the gun rights debate with a controversial offer for teachers in light of the tragic shooting in Connecticut.

Crocket Keller of Kellers Riverside Gun Store says if educators want to get a concealed handgun license, he’ll give them a discount.

“As we do with veterans, I would offer them a discount. Our normal rate is $110.00, so I would give them a rate of $90.00,” said Keller to KRLD. “If they are teachers, we would be more than happy to do that.”

Keller’s offer comes as a debate wages over whether or not educators should be allowed to be armed on school grounds. He believes they should.

“We need to start thinking out of the box and deal with this violent culture,” said Keller. “We need to lobby our various state governments to allow teachers to be armed.”

But not everyone is on board with Keller’s controversial ideas or his offer to teachers.

“I knew this would come up at some point, there would be people who think the answer is to put guns on campus. Frankly I think it’s absurd,” says Gayle Fallon with the American Federation of Teachers. “In a lot of cases, the perpetrator is a kid. Look at Columbine, it was a 14-year-old kid. You tell me a teacher is going to look in the eyes of a 14-year-old and pull the trigger — it’s not in their emotional make up.”

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Judge to force girl to have ‘mark of the Beast?’

A ruling is expected in days from a federal court in the case of a student in Texas facing possible expulsion over her decision to contest a mandatory “spychip” implemented by her school district, a system she and her family call “the mark of the Beast” spoken of in the Bible.

The Rutherford Institute today requested an injunction before U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia in San Antonio to prevent the disciplinary action planned by the Northside Independent School District in San Antonio.

The district’s program, called the “Student Locator Project,” is to boost public funding for the district by increasing student attendance rates.

The plan has some 4,200 students at John Jay High School and Jones Middle School wearing mandatory “SmartID” card badges embedded with an RFID tracking chip which allow school officials to track students at all times on campus.

Rutherford today said the request for a preliminary injunction was taken under advisement, and a ruling is expected within days.

A lower court’s temporary restraining order has been maintained against the district, and officials say it remains in effect until the judge issues his decision.

Andrea Hernandez, a 15-year-old sophomore in a science and engineering magnet school housed in John Jay High School, has refused to wear a school-mandated RFID tracking badge based on religious objections.

Both Andrea and her father, Steven Hernandez, testified they believed the electronic system was a sign of the Antichrist described in the New Testament book of Revelation.

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Eddie Nimibutr, Owner of the Thai Noodle House in Austin Texas: ‘I DON’T CARE IF A BUNCH OF WHITE KIDS GOT KILLED’

The owner of Thai Noodle House in Austin, Texas has been bombarded with criticism after he posted a racially-charged and offensive Facebook status regarding the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. On Friday, a gunman opened fire at the school, killing 20 innocent children and six adults before he took his own life.

“I don’t care if a bunch of white kids got killed,” the restaurant’s owner Eddie Nimibutr wrote on his Facebook page shortly after the shooting occurred. “F**k Post-Racial bullsh*t. When kids from minority groups get shot, nobody cares. When Israel launched missiles at the school on Gaza, everybody was too busy jerking off. Why should i care about people who dont give a damn about me?”

NBC News Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel Missing in Syria

NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel is reportedly missing in Syria. He hasn’t been heard from since Thursday.

The Daily Mail reported:

NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel, one of the most prominent and accomplished international correspondents in the world, is reportedly missing in Syria.

Turkish newspaper Hurriyet reports that Engel, together with Turkish journalist Aziz Akyavaş, were last known to be in Syria and haven’t been in contact with NBC News since Thursday morning.

While the Turkish media have been circulating the report for several days, American outlets had been operating under a news blackout requested by NBC until today.

Stats Prove Gun Control Does Not Work

Just this week, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Illinois’s ban on carrying concealed weapons and gave the state six months to draft a law that legalizes concealed carry. Despite having the toughest gun control laws in the country Chicago remains one of the most violent and deadliest cities. A concealed carry law will make Illinois better and safer.

Gun control advocates just need to look at Virginia. Between 2006-2011 gun sales went up by 73% and at the same time gun-related violent crimes fell 24%. Virginia Commonwealth University professor Thomas R. Baker, who specializes in research methods and criminology, said this proves that more guns do not in fact cause more violence.

“While there is a wealth of academic literature attempting to demonstrate the relationship between guns and crime, a very simple and intuitive demonstration of the numbers seems to point away from the premise that more guns leads to more crime, at least in Virginia,” said Baker.

Baker examined six years of data from the Virginia Firearms Transaction Center that broke down the number of gun transactions for every federally licensed firearm dealer in Virginia. Background checks went up from 243,251 in 2006 to 420,829 in 2011. In 2006 there were 23,431 violent crimes in Virginia and dropped to 18,196 in 2011.

Handgun purchases increased 112% between 2006-2011 and violent crimes committed by people using handguns dropped by 22%.

Guns are a major part of Switzerland’s culture. Instead of a standing army they have a militia. Men between the ages of 20 and 30 are put into the militia and undergo military and weapons training, which means Switzerland has one of the highest gun ownership rates in the world. Yet, Switzerland has a low crime rate. In 2010 there were only 40 gun homicides.

It’s estimated that two to three million guns are in circulation, but the number cannot be confirmed since there is not a national firearms register. The men are required to keep their guns in their home. Enlisted personnel receive the 5.56x45mm Sig 550 rifle while officers, medical and postal personnel could receive that gun, but also the 9mm SIG-Sauer P220 semi-automatic pistol. When their service is over the can opt to keep their weapons and other items. The rifle is sent to a weapons factory where the fully automatic function is removed, thus making it a semi-automatic or self-loading rifle. These same people keep hunting rifles and pistols in their houses as well.

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First Photo of Marine Jailed in Mexico Sent to Family

Chained to a bed in one of Mexico’s most notorious prisons, Marine veteran Jon Hammar is seen shirtless with a look a despair on his face in a new photo sent to his family from an anonymous Mexican email account.

“His eyes look a little lost,” Hammar’s mother, Olivia, told Fox News Latino. ”It doesn’t look like him. I feel like my blood pressure is through the roof.”

Hammar and a friend were detained by Mexican authorities in August for a gun-related incident. The two men had crossed the border and provided the paperwork for the weapon they were carrying, an antique shotgun. However, police eventually impounded their RV and jailed both men, claiming it was illegal to carry that type of gun. Hammar’s friend was later released because the gun did not belong to him.

Fox News Latino has more details on the newly released photo:

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Hero Principal Rushed Gunman, Died in Hail of Gunfire

Dawn Hochsprung, the Sandy Hook Elementary School principal and a teacher were ultimately slaughtered when they attempted to stop gunman Adam Lanza from killing school children and faculty on Friday morning in Newtown, Connecticut.

Hochsprung’s husband, George, told CNN: “There were gunshots. Somebody shot the window. Somebody came in, into the — not into the office, but into the building, the foyer of the building. And Dawn told us to go hide,” George said the teachers told him.

Hochsprung “and at least one other teacher went out and actually tried to subdue the killer. I don’t know where that comes from. Dawn was 5’2,” he continued, sitting surrounded by his three daughters from a previous marriage and one of Dawn’s two daughters from her previous marriage.

“Dawn put herself in jeopardy. And I have been angry about that. Angry. Until just now, when I met two women that she told to go under shelter while she actually confronted the gunman,” George recounted.

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Media Dismisses Fact that Show of Force Stopped CT School Shooter

This morning on “Morning Joe,” Pete Williams reported that the Connecticut elementary school shooter ended his rampage and killed himself upon the arrival of the police:

Only when he saw and heard the police running down the hall toward him did this end, when the police say he used one of the handguns to shoot himself; ending this killing spree.

According to this media reports, then, what apparently stopped this awful massacre was a show of force — was the shooter knowing the police were coming.

So where’s the media discussion on what might have actually stopped this shooting before over two dozen were murdered, and that was brave individuals trained in the use of firearms on their way to confront the killer.

Everyone knows, including madmen, that they have at least five minutes to do whatever they want before police arrive. So…

What if we had the equivalent of air marshals in schools?

What if willing teachers were trained and armed in schools?

What if we treated schools like we do airplanes and advertised the hell out of the fact that there’s a very good chance someone’s in the building who is trained and armed?

One could argue that if this were the case, not only could these madmen be stopped sooner but that it might also work as a deterrent.

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America Has A Crazy Problem, Not A Gun Problem

Could the nation’s mental health services be improved in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting?

Families and doctors who treat the mentally ill say they hope that Friday’s tragedy in Newtown, Conn., will refocus the nation’s attention on improving mental health services.

Police have not yet released details about the motives or mental state of shooter Adam Lanza. But the perpetrators of similar mass murders — at Virginia Tech, Northern Illinois University and a Tucson gathering for Rep. Gabby Giffords, for example — all suffered from serious mental health conditions.

“We wait for things like this to happen and then everyone talks about mental health,” says Priscilla Dass-Brailsford, an associate professor of psychology in the psychiatry department at Georgetown University Medical Center. “But they quickly forget.”

There are hundreds of multiple-casualty shootings every year, says forensic psychologist Dewey Cornell, director of the Virginia Youth Violence Project. People have become so desensitized to the horror, however, that they pay no attention.

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