A POSTER in a kindergarten classroom has sparked debate online as it appears to teach students how to prepare for a school shooting - to the tune of 'Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star'. The verse was spotted by an eagle-eyed parent in Somervile, Massachusetts, US, who shared it on Twitter. Taking to Twitter, mum Georgy Cohen said: "This should not be hanging in my soon-to-be kindergartener's classroom". The poster read: "Lockdown, lockdown, lock the door. Shut the lights off, say no more. "Go behind the desk and hide, wait until it's safe inside. "Lockdown, lockdown, it's all done. Now it's time to have some fun." The tweet, posted on June 6, quickly amassed over 77,000 likes and sparked outrage online. Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo said: "Kindergarteners should be learning the alphabet and playing, not practicing lockdown drills. "The fact that a whole generation is growing up this way is an indictment on our Federal Government - and the NRA-bought politicians who still refuse to … [Read more...] about Song teaches US nursery school kids how to survive mass shootings to the tune of ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star’
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In the aftermath of recent school shootings, a familiar pattern has played out in the debate over guns. Gun-control advocates push for tougher laws, including universal background checks to prohibiting the sale and possession of AR-style long guns. The National Rifle Association and many Republican leaders insist the root of the problem is not guns but a range of issues such as mental health, school security, video games and excessive prescriptions of attention-deficit disorder drugs such as Ritalin. Gun-control advocates call the strategy a clever smoke screen to avoid having to talk about gun control. The cycle repeats with the next mass shooting. The talking points have evolved over the years and become part of the NRA playbook in response to recent school shootings — and in turn have been echoed by Republican leaders in states such as Texas that have experienced gun violence in schools. Here is a closer look at contentions by the NRA: SCHOOL BUILDINGS: After the 2012 massacre … [Read more...] about After mass shootings, NRA pins blame on familiar list
The president says he is 'determined' to protect students after the latest school shooting leaves at least 10 dead. President Donald Trump on Friday said mass shootings have been “going on too long in our country” and promised action after a Texas community was rocked by a school shooting that left at least 10 dead. “My administration is determined to do everything in our power to protect our students, secure our schools and to keep weapons out of the hands of those who pose a threat to themselves and to others,” Trump said, speaking at a White House event on Friday. “Everyone must work together at every level of government to keep our children safe.”Story Continued Below Trump, who briefly alarmed gun-rights activists by suggesting aggressive measures after the February shooting in Parkland, Fla., did not specify what sort of actions his administration might take. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is currently leading a commission on school safety, … [Read more...] about Trump says mass shootings have been ‘going on too long in our country’
With each mass shooting comes shock and heartbreak. But the enflamed rhetoric is not far behind. We hear the same arguments about gun violence, mental health, how firearms should be regulated and what’s driving the prevalence of mass shootings with each attack.PolitiFact has worked for years to research these topics to explain talking points used by all sides of the gun debate.Here are some answers to questions you may have.How do we define mass shootings?There is no widely accepted definition of mass shootings. People use either broad or restrictive definitions of mass shootings to reinforce their stance on gun control.After the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting, Congress defined "mass killings" as three or more homicides in a single incident. The definition was intended to clarify when the U.S. attorney general could assist state and local authorities in investigations of violent acts and shootings in places of public use.The Gun … [Read more...] about PolitiFact fact-check: The facts on mass shootings, guns in the United States
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Anxiety nation: Is America's mass-shooting problem rooted in a mental health crisis? The Florida Valentine's Day massacre has Americans asking how to stop the mass shooting epidemic and overcome anxiety that it could happen anywhere. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. 42 Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press Published 6:01 a.m. ET Feb. 18, 2018 | Updated 7:31 a.m. ET Feb. 18, 2018 CLOSE In the wake of the Parkland school shooting, hundreds of students, elected officials, gun control advocates and community members gather for a gun control rally in front of the federal courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. … [Read more...] about Anxiety nation: Is America’s mass-shooting problem rooted in a mental health crisis?