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Stop Paying Mass Murderers to Kill Our Kids

May 19, 2018

Mass murderers kill our kids for simple reasons. Mass murder of innocents gives the murderer a powerful reward. Yes, murder pays. In fact, the payoff is huge. The payoff is also extremely reliable. As shocking as it is when our innocent children are murdered in our schools, we are not coming anywhere close to best practice in our effort to stop these horrific events. The sad fact is that mass murderers are learning and reacting faster than we are. Murderers are learning faster than our politicians and our school officials. Murderers are certainly learning faster than our news media. It is time for parents and other concerned citizens to change that. We know how to stop these attacks. Here is what you can do to make our kids safer.

Where do we fall short?

The murderers learned their lessons well. Their attacks follow a pattern and have a high probability of success. Some schools have a “full time” law enforcement officer at the school. That sounds good, but is a bad plan. Many schools are not given that much protection and they have to share an officer between several schools or between widely separated buildings. Stationing a law enforcement officer at the school may provide political cover for the sheriff and school board, but it is far from best practice. Are children gathered in a school location that is several minutes from the School Resource Officer? Are many children at school when there is not an armed adult protecting them? The answers are almost certainly ‘Yes!’ Are children off campus with a school activity when they are unprotected? I’m sure they are.

Murderers learned from our mistakes. They attack the school before staff are in place. The murderers learned to attack the School Resource Officer first, or to wait until the SRO is away from the scene. In contrast, armed volunteers who carry concealed are harder to spot. Best practice says that there should be several armed responders with the students at all times. That usually means that volunteer staff carry concealed while wearing plain clothes.

We need an armed responder in every building. We want to have a responder on every hallway. For each armed responder, we’d ideally have several additional staff members who are trained in emergency trauma care. We don’t always get what we want. Medical training is important and achievable. Implementing an armed responder program might take months. Consider that we can provide medical training to school staff this weekend. As surprising as this claim may sound, these armed and trained staff can cost the school almost nothing.

Murderers learned that it is virtually impossible to enter a prepared and protected classroom. Preparing that classroom cost only a few dollars per door and per window. Unfortunately, the murderers changed their tactics. Now, murderers simply pull the fire alarm. That gives the murderers a hallway full of unprotected targets.

Best practice is to let the fire alarm ring directly at the fire station and at the school offices, but to not sound the alarm within the school until the presence of a fire is verified by school staff. That might only involve verification that a smoke detector went off at the same time as the alarm was pulled. Verification could involve video confirmation, or a call to a teachers on that hallway. The appropriate response varies depending on conditions. For example, the alarm might sound inside the school if the building is thinly unoccupied over the weekend versus using a silent alarm when the building is full of students during the week.

Murderers are working around the silent alarm by bringing explosives to school. An explosion creates chaos and will probably flood the hallways. The bomb threat does other things as well. A suspicious parcel with some flares and batteries will keep emergency medical responders far away from the scene. That delayed medical response and results in more deaths.

Here is what you can do

Ask your school principal when the school had their last safety audit. What were the findings? Were changes put in place to make your school safer as a result of the school safety survey? How are bullying and threats of violence reported and acted on? Those are simple questions that any concerned citizen can ask of their local school officials. Those are questions that every school officials should be able to answer.

Look at the Underlying Cause of the Attacks

We reward attacks. Our culture is saturated with news and entertainment media. Young people are particularly obsessed with celebrities. Consider that our high school students might not be able to name the governor of their state, but they can name several popular actors and singers.

We elevate these mass murders to rock-star status, and that is why these murderers kill our kids.

When you turn psychopaths into celebrities..then you get more psychopaths. The copycats take 4 to 6 weeks to hatch their plans. We saw over 70 copycat attempts after the mass murders at Columbine High School. Trends are headed in the wrong direction, and media coverage of mass murder has increased since that attack took place.

The personal motivations of these mass murderers is clear. Whatever their perceived grievance might be, psychopaths kill innocent people in order to receive a fortune in free publicity. We deliver that reward to them time after time. The murderer’s face is spread across the television news shows for hours on end. Television and radio mention the murderer’s name several times an hour. Our news outlets provide a media marketing campaign for every mass murderer. That level of promotion would normally cost a company or a politician about $70 million per hour.

The media coverage is extensive and persistent. The murderer’s atrocity is reported on multiple media outlets from coast to coast. The coverage lasts for days. Think about that. How many copycat school murders could you buy, how many murderers would you create, with 2 billion dollars of publicity?

The media provides that level of notoriety to the killer.. and our children pay the price.

Local and National Solutions

We should pass local ordinances that make it illegal to report the name and show the image of mass murderers. Ask companies and politicians to boycott media channels that promote mass murderers. This isn’t a new idea. We don’t report the name of suicide or rape victims either.

At the individual level, we can talk to advertisers directly. Tell advertiser that we won’t buy their products because they advertised on stations that put our children at risk. National legislation can follow suit.

There are two campaigns at Change.org to do that.

Ask the media to change their reporting of mass murders.

Change Federal Communications Commission regulations to block the name and face of mass murderers.

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I gave you a thousand words. Please leave a comment. RM

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17 Comments leave one →
  1. revjen45 permalink
    May 19, 2018 10:16 am

    “Armed volunteers?”
    Hmm – “A well regulated militia” could be a good source for such volunteers, with the Shire Reeve in charge of training.

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  2. dodo permalink
    May 19, 2018 10:55 am

    The total cause is violent video games, violent tv, violent porn and violent sex and violence on the social media.

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    • RapidRobert permalink
      May 19, 2018 4:09 pm

      Dodo, please name one other social phenomena that has a single source of cause.

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  3. May 19, 2018 7:41 pm

    A photo of the trenchcoat that Santa Fe gunman Dimitrios Pagourtzis allegedly wore during this morning’s school shooting shows both Communist and Nazi symbols.
    Images that appeared on his Facebook page before it was deleted include one of the trenchcoat he was wearing during the attack, which shows badges for both the Communist hammer and sickle and the Nazi iron cross.
    It is important to emphasize that these photos have not been confirmed as being posted by Pagourtzis, but they are circulating on social media.

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  4. May 19, 2018 7:42 pm

    Santa Fe High School Shooter Identified: 17 Yr-Old Dimitrios Pagourtzis — Had “Born to Kill” on His Facebook Page..
    Santa Fe High School Shooter Had “Born to Kill” on His Facebook Page.
    Dimitrios had a Facebook page but it is already deleted.
    Facebook already took down his profile this morning.
    Dimitrios has a YouTube account.
    The obvious signs where there, of course they where ignored again.

    Yep, as in, I never saw it coming, therefore I am innocent, just wish they had just blown the guy away.. no need to those Phyc Evaluations, mental capacity etc.. a waste of taxpayers money. And the flip side he will gain in popularity, will get fan mail….
    gatewaypundit

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  5. Matthew the Oilman permalink
    May 20, 2018 9:37 am

    Amazing,even guys on our side keep mentioning the name. I will not, except maybe pond scum.
    If every school district in the country were to adopt the buckeye firearms association’s Faster Saves Lives the quicker these things decrease. The N.E.A. doesn’t speak for everyone in education.
    Metal detectors , bad idea , bunches up the kids.
    The final analysis, however is it is not possible to prevent all harm, because evil doesn’t always mean lazy or stupid.

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    • May 20, 2018 11:41 am

      I will quote you the first few times..but I want to use this.
      “.. it is not possible to prevent all harm, because evil doesn’t always mean lazy or stupid.”
      😉

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  6. May 20, 2018 12:40 pm

    Thank you Tom Gresham for the tweet-

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  7. Carl Landis permalink
    May 20, 2018 7:44 pm

    Maj Toure has been mentioning that inner city schools do not have mass shootings. Lots of violence, but not mass murder. Is it the presence of metal detectors and cops?, wonders Maj. Maybe there is something to learn here.

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  8. MaddMedic permalink
    May 21, 2018 2:04 pm

    Reblogged this on Freedom Is Just Another Word….

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  9. Robert Twobob permalink
    July 18, 2018 4:37 pm

    I was liking this article until I saw the link to the ultra-liberal change.org link at the bottom. Good ideas but bad source!.Add armed teachers and/or administrators to have really effective protection.

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