The recent shooting in Uvalde was horrific. The death of 19 kids and two teachers will weigh on the hearts of this nation for many years to come and their families will never recover.
Joe Biden’s sympathy over what happened is touching, but his solutions for gun control are rubbing gun rights advocates the wrong way, sending gun and ammo stocks soaring.
Shootings of 40 more people this weekend in Chicago, which Biden didn’t mention, are also a tragedy the left should start caring about a lot more.
In any case, school shootings actually have some common sense and effective ways to be prevented, as a new report from the US Secret Service outlines.
Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center Report
According to the report from USS’s National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC), there are some effective ways to prevent most school shootings before they ever happen.
The first one is to report those who are exhibiting extremely suspicious “behaviors” online or around the community. As we saw in Buffalo, shooter Payton Gendron had previously been put in a psychiatric ward for a day after threatening to shoot up his school.
Uvalde shooter Salvador Ramos had a long history of threatening statements and showing off his weapons online; those who knew him said he exhibited numerous psychotic behaviors around them.
The NTAC notes that many times, a school shooter exhibits worrying and extreme behavior prior to carrying out these kinds of horrific acts.
Others, however, have pointed to some worrying trends about the use of artificial intelligence to monitor threats on and offline and how Uvalde’s Robb Elementary was apparently part of this program.
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What Else Does the Report Advise?
The report advises against going too far with monitoring or behavioral analysis, since clearly many kids who are bullied or talk tough online never shoot anyone.
However, it does emphasize that many times, fellow students can be the most effective ones at noticing something is truly wrong with a classmate, rather than parents or authorities monitoring online or teachers who are observing.
Furthermore, encouraging stable family situations and adequate support for struggling single parents and families will also pay benefits to help prevent the next tragedy.
In addition, measures like arming guards more heavily and putting sealed single-entrance doors in schools are helpful to consider.
“It’s a good idea. It could save lives. It is an action, when people are calling for action following this tragedy,” @SenRonJohnson said.@SenSchumer blocked legislation that proponents say could help prevent school shootings. https://t.co/dDC6nZOBeZ
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The Bottom Line
Most of all, it seems quite strange how many school shooters have had run-ins with the law over threatening situations in the past.
If they’re already on the radar of law enforcement and have threatened numerous people, why are such people permitted to buy weapons and have police turn a blind eye to their behavior?
Threatening to shoot your school and posting photos of guns online needs to be an immediate red flag.