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A SAFER SOCIETY WITH GUNS
Statistics make a compelling case for gun ownership
By Jeff Jacoby | GLOBE COLUMNIST MARCH 21, 2012
THE COLORADO Supreme Court...when it ruled unanimously this month that the University of Colorado’s campus gun ban violated a 2003 state law that entitles residents with permits to carry concealed weapons.
While the University of Colorado spent much of the past decade resisting the state’s concealed-carry law, Colorado State University complied with it. If the gun controllers are right, Colorado State should have seen a surge in crime, while its gun-banning sister institution should have been an Eden of security and lawfulness. That’s not what happened...“crime at the University of Colorado has risen 35 percent since 2004, while crime at Colorado State University has dropped 60 percent in the same time frame.”
Roughly 1 of every 4 Americans reports keeping a gun to protect themselves or their homes. Having a gun makes many people — for good reason — feel safer.
Taken from The News-Dispatch, Michigan City, Indiana
CRIMINALS DON'T OBEY GUN LAWS; Jack Allgood from Michigan City High School wrote a column Tuesday titled "Guns Should Be Outlawed in U.S." I am afraid he needs some education (as opposed to indoctrination) on that subject.
The basic premise that outlawing guns will resolve violent crime is simply wrong. Why not just outlaw violent crime? The answer is the same - it is because criminals do not obey laws. They will not turn in their guns to assist the nation in becoming gun-free. Gun control laws only result in the disarming of the law-abiding public, taking away their right to defend themselves - while the criminals ignore the gun laws along with all others.
Mr. Allgood argues that the circumstances of "the right to bear arms" were different when the Bill of Rights was first written. Perhaps. But at that same time, nobody knew freedom of speech would ever pertain to photocopy machines, television or the Internet. Shall we also rein in the right of free speech on those same grounds, because the circumstances have changed from the 1700s?
It is true that gun crime was much less of a problem in the distant past. However, back then there were almost no gun control laws, either. In fact, a child could buy a handgun through a Sears catalog just by sending in an order blank and the money. The problem is not that there are more guns today, it is that there are more criminals. Please don't think that if you take away a criminal's gun, he will suddenly turn into a gentle law-abiding citizen, watering his flowers and waving "hello" to you as you pass by in safety. Guns do not make people into criminals. Taking away guns does not turn criminals into lawful citizens either.
Washington, D.C., has some of the strictest gun laws, yet amazingly the criminals do not obey them - and their gun violence rate is three times the national average. Vermont has very few gun laws - any 18-year-old can carry a concealed handgun and no permit is needed - and it is a much safer place to live. It's not the guns, it's the people.
Mr. Allgood, we would like very much to live in a safer society. However, your idea won't work, and I am not prepared to have my rights thrown away to try for the hundredth time something that does not work and has been proven not to work. In Nazi Germany the public was disarmed and only the authorities had guns. That is a common first step among dictators and it is utterly foolish to suggest that we do the same here in America. As Benjamin Franklin said, "He who gives up freedom for security deserves neither."
The U.S. Supreme Court has recently ruled that the Second Amendment means what it says, and we can be thankful for that.
My heart goes out to everyone touched by the senseless violence that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary.
The unspeakable school tragedies and shooting rampages in public areas have occurred all too frequently over the last several years, and makes them seem less random each time.
To understand the gravity of the situation, you must simply examine the facts; no less than 259 school shooting related deaths have occurred since 1970.
Many Arkansans remember the incident at Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, AR, where four students and one teacher were killed. The recent Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting has once again showed us the vulnerabilities of our public schools. The deaths of children in public schools can and will be prevented with proper training and security. The added security this petition calls for would be provided by the people directly involved, the teachers.
Local law enforcement and skilled security professionals (most of which would more than happily volunteer their time) would provide the training needed and if there was a cost incurred the school districts would cover any and all expenses. I believe, teachers need to feel empowered and secure. This reassurance can come through proper training. It is important that all teachers working in the state of Arkansas receive a basic defensive course and hostage training focused directly on altercations involving firearms, knives and other dangers involved in school invasion scenarios.
The training would be designed especially for teachers and school administrators to further mitigate the risks posed to students and staff. I believe in conjunction with the training, personnel that excelled in these operations (as well as agreed) would also receive basic marksmanship training in small arms and be issued a handgun (provided by the state) and kept stowed away, only allowing the teacher issued access to the weapon. Individuals selected by the schools concealed carry program would be selected by the school administrators and the training personnel. In school districts that wished to do so the teachers with a concealed carry license could "carry" These individuals would remain nameless to students and other personnel. The classes would be made available to these individuals as well.
The local law enforcement departments and key administrators would maintain a registry of all teachers involved in the program and be required to provide continued training (annually). Response times for local law enforcement departments vary and the possible delays for their officers are endless; therefore, it is up to us, the competent and common sense Americans to empower our schools and help to provide an environment that reduces the danger to our children.
The Lauren Edgerton Foundation, Inc. was founded to honor the memory of Lauren Elizabeth Edgerton, and will represent the essence of Lauren in an honorable and pure manner.
Lauren wanted to find a way for pre-teens and teens to have a place where they could go to meet with friends, and just "chill" as she would say. A safe place, a place their could call their own, Lauren's Place.
With the help of volunteers, fundraisers, donations and grants, Lauren’s Place will provide charitable assistance to the community by providing a center for pre-teens and teens to go when they need a break. If their home environment becomes too challenging and they need a “cooling off” spot, Lauren’s Place will be their “go to” place.
Lauren’s Place will offer services such as the Study, which will provide a quiet area for members to do homework or projects. It will be equipped with computers, printers, a copier, and stationery supplies, the Library will provide a book exchange program, the Closet will provide a clothes exchange program, the Gallery will display members' original art, plus much more.
Howden house was completed in 1795 and has had many owners throughout its many years. But in 1964 the Carnegie trust gave a grant of £12,000 to convert the house from offices into a community centre for the new town. But in recent years the house has lay unoccupied.
The House was bought by a company to develop the house into offices and housing. However the house has been left in awful state. The house is close to becoming beyond disrepair.
The unadopted access road to Rivermead School has become a dangerous environment for the children at school opening and closing times.
Having carried out several observations of the movements of traffic and children at these times and witnessing some near misses, it is clear that for the safety of the children, that traffic should be prohibited at these times.
Over the past year at Metropolitan Community College(MCC) campuses there have been numerous security incidents.
These incidents have ranged from a stabbing to an attempted kidnapping. There was also a drug incident at the beginning of this semester at the Blue River Campus.
This is a continuation of our petition submitted to Brighton and Hove City Council at their Full Council meeting on 24 March 2011 - total signatures at that point were 835.
This petition is part and parcel of a campaign to persuade the council that there are compelling and justifiable grounds on which to carry out a complete review of the road layout and management in and around the Hollingdean Dip.
Anecdotal evidence shows that there have been many near misses over a number of years as vehicles race through the Dip without regard for the safety of pedestrians many of whom are school children walking to Hertford Infants School.
The residents on this campaign are of the view (clearly expressed at Full Council) that a holistic approach is essential so that current problems relating to speeding, parking on corners and double yellow lines and a dangerous bus stop configuration are dealt with and that, most essentially, priority is given to pedestrians over vehicles.
Currently Pedestrian Priority (40km/h) in Victoria St is LESS THAN 40% of the week.
On SUNDAY, the BUSIEST DAY OF THE WEEK, the speed limit is 60 km/h ALL DAY.
60 km/h is TOO DANGEROUS a speed at any time for Victoria St.
As a male with a wider penis it is hard to get condoms over 58mm. Condom Manufactures in Australia and around the world seem to put all the time and effort into making condom sizes between 48mm and 58mm.
With in the sizes of 48mm to 58mm you have a huge range of condoms to pick from and they include: studded and ribbed, ultra thin and so on. Why should people with the smaller penis size get all the fun yet us larger men have to go with out and the so called Manufactures who promote "safe sex" are not providing that service well.
The speed limit on Birdneck Rd., in Virginia Beach, VA may be increasing to 45mph. This is unsafe for a residential community with children, elderly, parishioners, etc.
As we have seen with examples on Shore Drive, this can be dangerous, even deadly, to citizens who use the street for exercising, crossing, etc.
I am writing to you to ask for your support of national legislation that will empower schools and educators in their efforts to protect students from bullying and harassment both in school, and through the use of technology.
Once considered something of a rite of passage or just kids being kids, bullying is now defined by experts in the fields of mental health and criminology for what it is - an act of abuse and terrorism on our most vulnerable citizens. FBI investigations have determined that bullying has been a contributing factor in over 70 percent of all school shootings, and research has linked bullying to a host of educational concerns including everything from academic failure to depression, substance abuse, delinquency, gang proliferation, self-harm and suicide.
Bullying is often a red flag of more serious psychological problems that escalate over time. Research has determined that one-in-four students identified as pattern bullies by third grade are convicted of a violent crime before the age of twenty-six, and 98 percent of these will go on to abuse their spouse, children, and co-workers.
The good news is that there is a great deal that can be done to change this. Several states have recently passed laws to address bullying both in school, and through the use of technology. Unfortunately, the training and implementation varies greatly from state to state and district to district. Florida has recently passed The Jeffrey Johnston Stand Up for All Students Act. From the beginning, this bill was recognized as the best and most comprehensive in the nation. Jeff's Bill has the "teeth" it takes to not only empower schools to protect our children, but to get help for the thousands of children that slip through the cracks of the education system only to end up in our criminal justice system as violent offenders. Before we demand that our children meet our high standards of academic achievement, we must first ensure the most basic duty of every adult member of society. We must guarantee our children the opportunity to learn in an environment that does not threaten their physical and emotional well-being.
I ask you to please give your full support to this legislation, and help make America's schools a safe and nurturing place to learn for ALL children.
We think the pendulum has swung too far in the favour of criminals. We don’t think crime is taken seriously enough in Queensland. Police can’t chase car thieves and judges are directed by laws that say gaol is a last resort.
Criminals have too many rights – it’s time the Queensland Government started to think about Our Right to Feel Safe.
Dear Mr Gordon Brown,
I have been trying to bring this about for 10 years and would like you to be aware that in my last campaign we had over 70,000 members. We would like you to consider setting up Safe Homes for suspected child abuse victims, where they can be immediately removed from their homes so that investigations can proceed. Social Services has proven to be very haphazard in different regions and we do not feel this is acceptable in this day and age.
Our children are being battered, under fed, scolded and betrayed by people who should be caring for them. Unfortunately with the drug culture we now have, it is impossible to keep track of how the children cope on a daily basis, and their cries for help are often left unheard. Unless these children are in the fold already how can you know what is going on behind closed doors? These children are being failed miserably as they are slip through the net!
The Safe Homes would be in every town and a specific childrens lifeline phone can be installed in every school where there can ask for help, or at nursery the school can inform us of what they suspect. Cafcass can then go in and report on their findings.
Council Houses can be used for this...and Nurses, Midwives and Foster care families can run them. Given the lack of jobs in this country now, this would boost local economy and give these children a safe haven to relax. The idea being any child can report their parents, or family for abuse, and if they know there is somewhere local they can go, the parents may think twice regarding hurting their children. Indeed many will lose their money for their drugs and they will forfeit the right to have access to their children until investigations have been completed. Those with nothing to fear will not mind, only those who keep their children just to get money for drugs are going to be horrified by this new move.
Please think about this as it is time a new system was created to prohibit any abuse whatsoever, and this is the way forward. Funds can be raised in each town by people who care enough and hard working volunteers are always available. Your Government does its best, but that IS NOT good enough as children are dying daily..and you all really need to see reality inside these sink estates, because once you have, your voice will be the first heard on the suffering of these children. We all want to help, so please make this a priority.
Safe Homes for Children... simple, effective and one that should not cost the earth to set up. Many thanks for taking the time to read this. I beg of you to act soon so that no more Baby Peters occur and blight the face of this Country.
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In Hemet, California we don't have much to do. There is neither skate parks nor a skate plaza. Trying to take your mind off that while riding around town doesn't help.
There are skate stoppers everywhere and all the good local spots to skate you have to be in and out or else you risk getting fined or even arrested. With business owners turning us away from their stairs and no designated skating area for our youth, I believe more children are taking up drugs and other bad habits.
We are a town of over 80,000 people and we don't have a single skate spot to express our love for the sport. We need change and we need it now.
As per Emaar’s website; “As master planners, our responsibility is to provide everything people need within easy reach – often within walking distance. This means our team includes not just architects but urban designers, traffic planners and recreation specialists.”
Emaar invite us Meadows & Springs residents of Dubai to enjoy our gated community, walk, go out and enjoy the parks, playgrounds, pools, beautiful streets and lakes.
However, being out in the community can be a very dangerous experience. Children have drowned so pools received life guards and lakes where fenced.
Deadly accidents within the community did happen in our streets and many near accidents. What have been done until now to protect the pedestrians, many of which are children cycling, playing or walking in our streets? Beside a few sign posts not much at all.
The few installed speed humps are insufficient and meaningless for most 4x4’s and sedan’s, in a hurry to leave or get home.
Residents and visitors cannot properly park their cars due to the almost none existence of dedicated parking lots. Cars are therefore parked on the pedestrian path- ways forcing pedestrians to walk on the tarmac roads.
One of Malta’s most attractive points is the relative safety in which we go about our daily lives. Up to recently, Maltese nationals and foreigners residing in Malta alike, all went about their daily lives, knowing that they live in a safe environment.
No one ever thought that in Malta you could get mugged in your own street, just outside your own home! What has this country come to? Have we fallen in love with the EU to the extent that we want our crime levels to mirror those of most states?
A friend of mine moved to Malta recently as “it is a safe place to bring up your children”! At this rate, if the authorities do nothing about it, these lovely words will carry no more weight!
Are the respective authorities on the ball on this subject? Should we revert to Neighbourhood Watch in highly sensitive villages and towns, to tackle this issue? What are we waiting for? Some real serious accident to happen, perhaps? An over-protective parent or boyfriend, acting impulsively to save their valuables, ending up seriously injured at the hands of these criminals?
It has been my experience that some employers in the disability sector can and do treat their staff any way they like, without having to answer to anyone or any supposed laws.
These employers need to be named and exposed.
Wasn't it great when you used to be able to stand at football matches...
Unfortunately, that is no longer allowed, and we want to try and get safe, secure standing areas re-introduced into stadiums. It adds to a great atmosphere and we think will make it a better spectacle.
Here is what is planned:
A new, two lane, street-lit, tarmac road with pavement is planned to be built across Pymmes Brook and the green space running alongside it - right at the entrance to Hadley Woods.
The road is intended to provide access to a new, 1350 place school called JCoSS which is planned for Westbrook Crescent in New Barnet.
After it has cut across the brook, the road is planned to continue up to the proposed site of the JCoSS school across what is currently the playing field of Livingstone Primary School at the very edge of Hadley Woods.
We believe that a faith school such as JCoSS has the potential to add cultural enrichment to our area, and we welcome that. However this must not be at the expense of the safety of our children or the environment in which we all live.
We can stop this road, stop all the traffic it will generate and save our green space, but it is crucially important that we demonstrate strong opposition, and we need your help to do this.
A comprehensive investigation conducted by the well reputed Environmental Working Group has revealed that a third of the 7,500 cosmetic and personal care products assessed contained chemicals that are linked to cancer.
Of the more than 10,000 chemical ingredients in personal care products, 89 percent have not undergone safety testing.
Consumers use as many as 25 different cosmetics products in a day and up to 70% of what is applied to the skin is believed to be absorbed into the body.
Many of these chemicals have found their way into our bodies, our breast milk and our children, and diseases linked to synthetic chemicals - including breast cancer, testicular cancer and reproductive problems - are on the rise.
The world is coming to an end, and it’s our fault. The world, and its people, is to blame for the self-destruction we are causing for ourselves.
We all know its true, and we all know that it won’t be long until the damage we are causing can not be fixed. The Earth's ozone layer protects all life from the sun's harmful radiation, but human activities have damaged this shield. Less protection from ultraviolet light will, over time, lead to higher skin cancer, cataract rates and crop damage. This problem will destroy food, plants, and even its inhabitance. The destruction of the ozone will lead to many environmental problems; such as heating up the ocean, causing more hurricanes/tsunamis, melting the Polar Regions, bringing huge floods and mudslides at coastlines.
Skin cancer, optical sensitivity, and other human being issues will escalade and be the reason for many unfortunate deaths. For over 50 years, chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) were thought of as miracle substances. They are stable, nonflammable, low in toxicity, and inexpensive to produce. Over time, CFCs found uses as refrigerants, solvents, foam blowing agents, and in other smaller applications. Other chlorine-containing compounds include methyl chloroform, a solvent, and carbon tetrachloride, an industrial chemical.
Halons, extremely effective fire extinguishing agents, and methyl bromide, an effective produce and soil fumigant, contain bromine. All of these compounds have atmospheric lifetimes long enough to allow them to be transported by winds into the stratosphere. Because they release chlorine or bromine when they break down, they damage the protective ozone layer. The ozone layer is a vital part of our world, without it, we will not survive. The earth has taken such good care of us in the early years, now it’s our turn to take care of the earth.
We must act today before it’s too late. We want the government to invest more in the production and use of ozone-safe materials, such as; Hydrogen, Ethanol (corn-based power), Solar, Wind, and countless other materials.
September 5, 2004
ADAO International Petition for Asbestos Awareness & Global Ban on Asbestos
"Ignorance about asbestos isn't bliss, it's deadly." ~ Jordan Zevon, ADAO National Spokesperson and son of Warren Zevon
SUPPORT ASBESTOS AWARENESS & GLOBAL BAN ON ASBESTOS
Sign the ADAO International Petition for Asbestos AwarenesS & Global Ban on Asbestos
The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) is turning anger into action - and ultimately to awareness.
Unknowingly, many innocent people have been occupationally or environmentally exposed to asbestos and know little about the early warning symptoms of asbestos related diseases. Inhaling asbestos fibers can cause permanent and irreversible damage and disease to vital organs.
Proactively, the ADAO's powerful collaborative efforts will lead to prevention, early diagnosis, new treatments and a cure.
ADAO International Petition for Asbestos Awareness & Global Ban on Asbestos Goals Include:
· Ban asbestos.
· Unite concerned citizens.
· Alert citizens commonly exposed to asbestos.
· Educate the medical community.
· Advise legislators on asbestos issues.
· Increase funding for new treatments and a cure.
· Support safe and effective asbestos removal.
ADAO International Petition for Asbestos Awareness & Global Ban on Asbestos forms are available online at http://www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org
Concerned supporters can circulate petition forms (http://www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org/eLibrary/petitionform.pdf) and enter the collected names online.