Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Packing Heat in School

A 2005 study asked high school students about weapons in their school. Before we go into the results, let's check our expectations.

Of the following demographic groups, which one do you think would be most likely to carry a gun while attending high school?

White males, White females, Black males, Black females, Hispanic males, Hispanic females, Asian males, Asian females, or Other?

Got your answer?

If you were a high schooler who carried a weapon while at school you were most likely to be associated with, or being,...

" male, native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander (whites as referent), substance use, depression, suicidal ideation, having been victimized (property stolen or deliberately damaged, raped or threatened or injured with a weapon), and physical fighting were all associated with weapon carrying on school property. "

White males are more likely to carry a weapon than Black males, who actually were in the lower likelihood demographic.

"...study participants who had suffered forced sex or had been victimized in other ways were more likely to carry weapons compared to those who had not. Several studies have reported that perceptions of fear and safety concerns, having being threatened with a weapon and feelings of vulnerability are associated with weapon bearing, possibly with the motivation of self defense"

Bottom line?

Just like adults, kids who carry weapons are scared.

Here is the complete study.

I have my problems with the methodology but the inferences appear to be valid. If you aren't afraid, you don't want to carry a weapon. They are not for the strong, they are coveted by the weak.

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And now, Back to our regularly scheduled commentary on political bs in the Presidential campaign..

John McCain's ad criticizing Obama for not visiting troops in a German hospital because he couldn't have cameras present turns out to be total BS. Obama never planned on allowing the media to go with him. The cancellation was due to interference by the Pentagon in barring Obama's staff to accompany him.

This morning I wound up looking at Morning Joe for the reason that I had fallen asleep to Keith Olbermann last night.

Joe Scarborough (yes, I'm distantly related and frankly have worse skeletons in the family closet than a political ho.) went off on a gaseous attack on Barack's arrogance for telling a meeting of Democratic Congressmen:

The 200,000 souls who thronged to his speech in Berlin came not just for him, he told the enthralled audience of congressional representatives.

"I have become a symbol of the possibility of America returning to our best traditions," he said.

Arrogant?...Well no. The actual statement reads completely different in context and is actually about how the World loves America:

"It has become increasingly clear in my travel, the campaign, that the crowds, the enthusiasm, 200,000 people in Berlin, is not about me at all. It’s about America. "I have become a symbol of the possibility of America returning to our best traditions."


Completely misrepresented by the talking point hucksters on Cable News, Fox News, etc. America can't trust it's media any more.

In another instance last night, I watched a breathless analysis between CNN commentators, 3 out of 4 of which were Republican strategists...really...The discussion was on "Why isn't Obama further ahead, seeing as how McCain is a really bad candidate fro the Republicans?"

The graphic below the screen read: "Obama makes RARE appearance on Capitol Hill" and other scrollies that harped on a similar theme. Not once did they ever point out that, while Obama has missed roughly 20 votes this entire year and still carried on a vigorous campaign for the Presidency, John McCain has missed 400 votes during the same period.

The people of Illinois have been well represented by their Senator, during this time. Arizona?

Not so much, but you'd never know it if you watched CNN.

Enough!

Peace,

Steve

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