Not Just Guns

It’s imperative to remain vigilant and ready to react to any threat of harm. Positioning ourselves to walk circumspectly will afford us many opportunities to protect ourselves and our children.

However, to focus on only guns as the cause of death in our schools is a flawed construct. This has been on my mind for a long time, and Stephen Satterly, Jr. provides a comprehensive look at data that should affect our best practices.

Focusing only on guns, as the media and others who actually are willing to give up their safety do, will only afford us a detrimental path to desensitization and in the process overlook other potential and viable threats.

Our schools have become safer over the last 20 years!

Report of Relative Risks of Death in U.S. K-­‐12 Schools

Satterly, S. (2014, April 15). Report of Relative Risks of Death in U.S. K-­‐12 Schools. Retrieved November 15, 2109, from

Update Nov 20, 2019

Secret Service Report

The remainder (n = 16, 39%) used bladed weapons, which most frequently included pocket or folding knives, followed by butcher or kitchen knives, and hunting knives. In one instance, the attacker used a World War II bayonet. Three of the attackers used a combination of weapons to cause harm or damage, including one who used a knife and a claw hammer, another who used a knife and bo staff, and another who used a firearm and a Molotov cocktail.

Several of the attackers brought other weapons to the attack that they did notultimately use. Some brought knives in addition to the firearm or knife that was used, while others brought items ranging from a wrench wrapped in a bandana to home-made explosives. For example, one attacker who used a knife in his attack also brought five other knives, a blowtorch, three containers of flammable liquid, and firecracker

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