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Police: Blytheville boy, 9, brings gun to school

Posted: February 7, 2014 - 11:50am

BLYTHEVILLE — Authorities say no one was injured when a 9-year-old boy brought a handgun to a Blytheville school this week.

Blytheville Police Chief Ross Thompson says the weapon was discovered Wednesday at Blytheville Primary School when the boy tried to hand the gun to another student, who refused to take it.

Other students alerted staff members, who secured the gun until police arrived.

Thompson tells the Blytheville Courier News that the boy brought the gun from home but apparently did not intend to harm anyone.

The case was turned over to juvenile authorities in Mississippi County.

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lachowsj
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lachowsj 02/07/14 - 09:22 pm
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Not the boy

It's the gun's owner who should be charged.

lachowsj
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lachowsj 02/12/14 - 05:47 pm
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Why is this under-reported?

From the Guardian Newspaper in London:
"Twenty-eight killed in 44 US school shootings since Newtown, study finds"
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/12/school-shootings-newtown-st...

We have become so immune to this kind of thing that it is hardly reported unless someone is killed. Yet other countries are mystified that an advanced country like the US can allow this kind of thing to continue happening.

As the article points out, most school gun incidents involve a child bringing a gun from home. Would it be too much to hold parents accountable to keep guns out of the reach of their children? That is not an anti-gun stance; it is just common sense safety.

conwaygerl
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conwaygerl 02/12/14 - 06:04 pm
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The number one killer of children in America

Is abortion and car accidents...we should stop using cars.
Children are aborted, abused, malnourished, bullied as well.
It is a sad society we live in.

conwaygerl
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conwaygerl 02/13/14 - 08:09 am
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Your words

Express what your heart feels. You really should block me if I breed that much hate in your heart.

schultheis
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schultheis 02/13/14 - 08:02 am
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Logical Fallacy

False equivalence is a logical fallacy where there appears to be a logical equivalence between two opposing arguments, but when in fact there is none. Journalists use a form of this logical fallacy when comparing two sides of a scientific debate in an attempt to provide a balance between a scientific and denialist point of view. However, there is no equivalence between the two sides, when one is supported by evidence, and the other side with little or no evidence, of which most is of low quality. In other words, in false equivalence, someone will state that the opposing arguments have a passing similarity in support, when, on close examination, there is large difference between the quality of evidence.

Comparing deaths by guns, and deaths by cars, is about as relevant, and as logical, as throwing in a comparison of death by natural causes.

conwaygerl
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conwaygerl 02/13/14 - 08:11 am
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I disagree

The post mentioned being immune to 28 deaths by gun.

We are far more immune to the 55 million abortions and thousands of car crash victims that are children.

In fact, we are SO VERY immune to those deaths...that we call the comparison a logical fallacy when it's not.

lachowsj
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lachowsj 02/13/14 - 08:53 am
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Immune

I will have to own my poor use of that word. I was trying to convey that these deaths have become so commonplace that we do not take notice of them as we once did. Yet from the point of view of other developed countries they are seen as quite out of the ordinary.

Conwaygerl, you really should retire the attempt to justify gun deaths of any kind by talking about car deaths, as if we are making no efforts at car safety. That makes as much sense as for me to say you cannot express your opinion about abortion until we deal with all of the child deaths caused by car crashes.

Speaking of abortion, we can and likely will have that discussion many times in this forum. Let's do it when the news article actually has something to do with the subject. Or maybe you can tie it in to the hiring of the new fire chief. It fits there about as well as it fits here.

conwaygerl
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conwaygerl 02/13/14 - 09:44 am
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You know

You're right.
I just wanted to prove it was an anti-gun sentiment.
Mission accomplished.

See, if you really cared about the 28 kids, you'd care about the other kids as well.
But I agree, let's stick to the issue at hand. Guns.

Guns, guns, guns, guns. Guns are bad. Bad guns. Bad, bad, bad guns.

At least, at one point, you admitted the problem is the parent.

Can you propose a solution for bad parenting that doesn't involve banning guns?

lachowsj
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lachowsj 02/13/14 - 09:49 am
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Sure

Sure. Make gun owners responsible for keeping their guns secure and out of the hands of children. And criminally charge them if they don't. Or as I like to say, "Guns don't secure guns. People secure guns."

conwaygerl
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conwaygerl 02/13/14 - 09:56 am
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Perfect

And when someone breaks into your house and steals your gun(s) and a child gets ahold of it, you're going to be fine with the charges you face?

Do you know how many guns are stolen each year?

If someone steals your car and runs over someone, are you criminally at fault?

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