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League panel: Most schools have security in place

Dr. Oliver Robinson Superintndent of the Shenendehowa School District, right, speaks at Ballston Spa High School about gun violence and prevention in schools with Kathleen Donahue, vice president of New York State United Teachers at Ballston Spa High School Thursday.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Dr. Oliver Robinson Superintndent of the Shenendehowa School District, right, speaks at Ballston Spa High School about gun violence and prevention in schools with Kathleen Donahue, vice president of New York State United Teachers at Ballston Spa High School Thursday.
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Schools may have tightened their security measures recently, but most already had extensive security before the Newtown shootings, speakers said at a panel discussion Thursday night on keeping children safe from school gun violence. Since the Connecticut massacre, state Trooper Kevin McMahon has been reassigned from road patrol to work on security with school districts in Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties. “I have yet to find any districts that have major shortcomings,” he said. Measures ...


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tplansing
January 29, 2013
1:41 p.m.

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Dr Keller did a nice job of skating around the issue, and not committing himself to any form of direct answers to the issue at hand from what I could see from the newspaper article.

I agree with Mrs Nugent when she says, "too many children have been killed by guns in America." What I don't understand is why she doesn't break-down her statistics to what the incidents of exactly how these children were killed by those guns. Like the news media, it appears that she has clumped all of her facts to make it sound like all of those deaths were the results of mass murders in our schools.

Ms Donahue, make another fine point with putting bullet-proof glass at the entrances of the schools. What she has failed to consider are the rest of the windows in the school that are not bullet-proof! Does she really think that those windows are going to stop a bullet? It would depend on the caliber of the weapon, and the type bullet fired from the weapon and how the ballistics are figured.

I agree with Trooper McMaon, it is not that any sort of particular type of weapon or ammunition should be banned from the people! That is not where the problem stems from. The problem stems from where those weapons available to those who used them in the commission of their crime(s).

In the case of the youngster locally, it was probably that the father had been careless of where he had kept that weapon, and the youngster had discovered where it was kept. Through curiosity, the youngster was showing his friend his Dad's gun, and not knowing the proper safe handling procedures, BANG! It went off and we lost a child. Those boys in Columbine, had planned this crime, for reasons that we will probably never know the truth. Newtown, CT?? We will never know what the shooters problem was, as he shot himself. And there are many more!

Or the person who used the weapon in the crime might have gotten it from the black market, where most criminals go for items that are unobtainable come from, (Unmarked, unrecorded, unlisted anywhere, unknown). Or may have been the spoils of another crime that was committe elsewhere. And not necessarily in any place local to where the devestating shooting occurred.

Dr. Keller and a team of the brightest Psycologists, Sociologists, Criminologists, in the nation or the world could gather together to try to figure these problems out, and will never come to a definite conclusion because each of us are different, and that is the way we were originally made. And everything that we do in life is all learned by those before us. I believe that our development has taken a long time to come to the point of where we are today, and at some point, we will have to answer to our maker for our good deeds and or sins. "Our day of judgement." But that is a topic for another time.

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