Florida Democrat Rep. Alcee Hastings criticized President Donald Trump for ignoring the topic of gun violence during his State of the Union address. Trump’s speech came nearly a week before the anniversary of the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland that left 17 people dead. Lawmakers invited three fathers of children who died to watch Trump speak. Hastings, of nearby Boynton Beach, called on Trump to support gun control and cited a statistic about school shootings nationwide. “In 2018, we endured a school shooting nearly once a week,” Hastings said in a statement to the media. Hastings’ spokesman told us he arrived at the one-shooting-per-week statistic by citing a database of school shootings compiled by Education Week, a national education publication. Hastings divided a 180-day school year by 24 shootings to arrive at one shooting every 7.5 days. It is not apparent from Hastings’ statement, though, that the … [Read more...] about PolitiFact Florida: Was there one school shooting a week in 2018?
Accidental shooting statistics
“An accidental shooting that claimed the life of a Fort Carson soldier Saturday was a joke turned deadly, according to a witness, who told police it was an instance of the soldier and his friends being ‘young, dumb and in the military,'” reports The Colorado Springs Gazette. “A blown gas line quickly spread a fire Monday night to three homes at the River Park Mobile Court, 542 N. 11th Ave. in Greeley,” reports The Greeley Tribune. “Greeley Fire Department Acting Battalion Chief Todd Walters said nobody was injured, but two homes on the west side were fully ablaze before Greeley Fire arrived about 5:40 p.m. The blown gas line caused the fire to spread from home to home, reaching a third by the time firefighters were on scene. At least six Greeley fire engines were dispatched, as well as at least three trucks, totaling 25 firefighters. Utilities had to be shut off to the entire mobile home park, displacing 43 families, officials said. The Red Cross set … [Read more...] about The Home Front: Colorado Springs shooting ‘a joke turned deadly’
Limit shifts for first respondersFirst responders should not be scheduled to work shifts longer than eight hours unless they have been tested and found capable of making critical decisions under those circumstances. Regardless of whether Officer Amber Guyger volunteered or was ordered to work overtime, her Dallas Police Department superiors are responsible for placing a sleep-deprived and armed employee in a position that was more than she could handle. It is flawed logic to assume that a 15- or 16-hour tour of duty allows eight hours for rest. The flaw is that those eight hours include time to commute to and from the workplace, personal hygiene, nourishment and the usual household chores. Absent time for enough rest, it is necessary to prove through testing that an individual first responder can make critical decisions during a single shift and especially in repeated 16-hour shifts. Guyger, who seemed to not know where she was, accidentally killed an innocent man in … [Read more...] about Letters: Readers react to the shooting of Botham Jean in Dallas
In the early afternoon of Aug. 26, 2018 David Katz walked into a pizza parlor in Jacksonville, Florida where a video game tournament was being held and opened fire, killing two people and injuring at least 10, before killing himself. Killings like this have plagued the headlines for years now. They are similar in construction: an angry man decides to buy a gun at his local gun store and then proceeds to kill as many people as he can before committing suicide. No one is sure how these people come to decide to commit such horrific crimes, but they carry them out nonetheless. These events leave experts to wonder if there are more men on the verge of committing acts like this out there, or what precautions we can take to prevent them. I have wondered if Fresno City College has a system in place to protect students from the possibility of a mass shooting. Sean Henderson, dean of students, assured me that the college is taking precautions. “There are annual trainings that the school … [Read more...] about Are We Vulnerable to a Mass Shooting at FCC?