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We Know How to Stop School Shootings

samplin Wrote: Dec 19, 2012 8:37 PM
In 1993, I confiscated a sawed off shotgun from a kid. Where? A public high school. That kid and another with a pistol knew there was no responsible adult on the campus with a weapon. Turns out that their purpose was a gang confrontation planned for after school. Not the same as what transpired in Newtown. The Congressman was right when he said that he wished the principal would have had a weapon and she wouldn't have had to lunge at the shooter.

In the wake of a monstrous crime like a madman's mass murder of defenseless women and children at the Newtown, Conn., elementary school, the nation's attention is riveted on what could have been done to prevent such a massacre.

Luckily, some years ago, two famed economists, William Landes at the University of Chicago and John Lott at Yale, conducted a massive study of multiple victim public shootings in the United States between 1977 and 1995 to see how various legal changes affected their frequency and death toll.

Landes and Lott examined many of the very policies being proposed...

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