Information by Robert Pryor
Since the topic of gun control has come up AGAIN, I thought I would post a bit of information from the Secret Service, supposedly announced in 2002, with regards to findings after the Columbine shooting in 1999. This is based on review of 37 school shootings, although I didn’t realize there had been 37 school shootings between 1999 and 2002.
It goes against everything the gun grabbers have pushed for, and certainly against most information the state legislatures and school boards use for making their guns on campus policies. If there was a way to place emphasis on the important parts, I would, but then I would be emphasizing the whole thing.
Secret Service report on school shootings
A United States Secret Service study concluded that schools were placing false hope in physical security, when they should be paying more attention to the pre-attack behaviors of students. Zero-tolerance policies and metal detectors “are unlikely to be helpful,” the Secret Service researchers found. The researchers focused on questions concerning the reliance on SWAT teams when most attacks are over before police arrive, profiling of students who show warning signs in the absence of a definitive profile, expulsion of students for minor infractions when expulsion is the spark that push some to return to school with a gun, buying software not based on school shooting studies to evaluate threats although killers rarely make direct threats, and reliance on metal detectors and police officers in schools when the shooters often make no effort to conceal their weapons.
In May 2002, the Secret Service published a report that examined 37 US school shootings. They had the following findings:
– Incidents of targeted violence at school were rarely sudden, impulsive acts.
– Prior to most incidents, other people knew about the attacker’s idea and/or plan to attack.
– Most attackers did not threaten their targets directly prior to advancing the attack.
– There is no accurate or useful profile of students who engaged in targeted school violence.
– Most attackers engaged in some behavior prior to the incident that caused others concern or indicated a need for help.
– Most attackers had difficulty coping with significant losses or personal failures. Moreover, many had considered or attempted suicide.
– Many attackers felt bullied, persecuted, or injured by others prior to the attack.
– Most attackers had access to and had used weapons prior to the attack.
– In many cases, other students were involved in some capacity.
– Despite prompt law enforcement responses, most shooting incidents were stopped by means other than law enforcement intervention.