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How to talk to children about gun violence

Original post made on Mar 29, 2013

If parents can't shield their children from the grim realities of recent gun incidents, there are ways to communicate in age-appropriate ways to help children handle the news, a children's psychiatrist said.


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Posted by Ed
a resident of Menlo Park
on Mar 29, 2013 at 6:57 am

Sadly, if we had to be TRULY honest with our kids we would not be able to say "you are safe" and "you are protected". Instead we would say "You live in a culture that glorifies violence in film, TV, games and other media. Our politicians mirror these values by putting greater emphasis on the 'rights' of anyone with fantasies inspired by this culture to obtain weapons lethal beyond any sensible need they have for hunting and self-protection. None of us is truly safe because of this..."


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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Mar 29, 2013 at 10:28 am

Palo Alto has different grim realities.


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Posted by HUTCH 7.62
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 29, 2013 at 9:18 pm

Teach you kids responsible gun ownership and never look back.


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Posted by Hutchesque Fantasies
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 30, 2013 at 10:44 am

Teach your kids what?!?!?!?

Responsible gun ownership? What the?!?!?!?

Like Nancy Lanza taught young Adam?

Yeah, hutch, that works every time, eh? To a man with only a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.


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Posted by parent
a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 30, 2013 at 2:26 pm

No guns in the house means you are much less likely to get shot in your house.


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Posted by Freiheit
a resident of Community Center
on Mar 30, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Adam Lanza was an antisocial weirdo. probably autistic/Asperger's, with a side of schizophrenia. With a kid like that, you should not have ANY weapons in the house, for Pete's sake.
Fortunately, most gun owners do not have kids like Adam Lanza, or I am sure they would not be gun owners. That was Nancy Lanza's mistaken denial., and basically, the outcome was HER fault for being in denial about how sick and twisted and in need of help/meds he was. There was a time when kids like Adam Lanza were kept confined.
Do not blame all gun owners, especially responsible, law abiding gun owners, for Nancy Lanza's failures as a mother of a kid in need of help.


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Posted by parent
a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 30, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Of course, not all gun owners are homicidal maniacs. Unfortunately, if a few percent or even a few hundredths of a percent are, then too many innocent people are in big trouble.

There have been so many mass shootings in this country in the past few years that I have lost count. Not just schools are at risk. Remember the movie theater massacre last year? And there have been numerous workplace mass killings, even several right here in the Bay Area.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 30, 2013 at 5:03 pm

The real problem is that no one knows who a responsible gun owner is.

Ask Oscar Pistorius if "they" thought he was a responsible gun owner?


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Posted by Marko
a resident of Barron Park
on Mar 30, 2013 at 8:31 pm

I am tired of the term "gun violence." In the end, who cares what the method is? Violence is wrong. The use of the term "gun" introduces a separate, distracting political issue.
Violence is wrong. Solving problems with violence is wrong.
There are millions of victims of violence, and the advice given by the psychiatrist is no-doubt helpful.
They made drugs illegal, but that didn't stop people from doing drugs.
They made prostitution illegal, but that doesn't stop the sex industry.
They have speed limits, no one observes them.
They have leash laws. No one obeys them (especially in Palo Alto!)
People will do what they are going to do regardless of how many laws are passed.

Instead of passing more laws and demonizing another group of people, why don't we all endeavor to teach kindness and non-violence and responsibility to our children!


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Posted by A Noun Ea Mus
a resident of Professorville
on Mar 30, 2013 at 9:43 pm

Did I hear the NRA all singing John Lennon's "All We Are Saying Is Give Peace A Chance".

You've turned into a bunch of damn hippies!

Excuse me while I go shoot some smack I got at 7-11, drive down to University and Emerson to find a hooker in my car to get into my car and blow out the candles as I drive down the freeway 120 MPH. And let my Pesna Canaro dog run wild.


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Posted by HUTCH 7.62
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 30, 2013 at 11:25 pm

Teach your kids what?!?!?!?

Responsible gun ownership? What the?!?!?!?

Like Nancy Lanza taught young Adam?

Yeah, hutch, that works every time, eh? To a man with only a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.

Never was a problem until today's society, so are assuming today's children are incapable and stupid? Your common Libreal answer is mind numbing.
Thank god my generation's 13+ year and counting war harden young IS our future cause we will be the next greatest generation since WW2, in this lost country. It only took the hippies 40 years to destroy this country, it will take 80 for us to fix your wrong anti constitutional progressive ways.


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Posted by Hutchesque Fantasies
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 31, 2013 at 11:29 am

"Thank god my generation's 13+ year and counting war harden young IS our future cause we will be the next greatest generation since WW2, in this lost country. It only took the hippies 40 years to destroy this country, it will take 80 for us to fix your wrong anti constitutional progressive ways."

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40 years of anti-constitutional progressive ways? Like Civil Rights? Marriage Equality? A woman's right to privacy?

Or are you really referring back to older progressive victories, such as stopping slavery and a woman's right to vote?

Life ain't been the same since them durn wimin got the right to vote!

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Posted by Here' Hoping
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 31, 2013 at 11:34 am

We are hoping that the war-weary young adults of the Gulf Wars will be the greatest generation since the war-weary young adults of WWII. If so, they will change the world and restore this country to prosperity and respect, as their WWII predecessors did all those decades ago.


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Posted by Here's Hoping
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 31, 2013 at 11:55 am

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Posted by Hutchesque Fantasies
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 31, 2013 at 12:03 pm

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Hutch sees progressive victories of the last 40 years as anti-constitutional. They are, in fact, constitutional, per our conservative Supreme Court (see: "ObamaCare" or "Roe")


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Posted by Not an issue
a resident of Community Center
on Mar 31, 2013 at 12:14 pm

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Posted by That User Name is already
a resident of another community
on Apr 6, 2013 at 11:23 am

That User Name is already is a registered user.

Nancy Lanza and legally purchased guns -- from where, you ask?

A store that got SHUT DOWN.

"Three days before the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a 26-year-old man walked into an East Windsor firearms store where Nancy Lanza had purchased a gun, picked up an AR-15-type rifle "then, without hesitation ... turned around and left the store with it."

Though two surveillance cameras inside Riverview Gun Sales on Prospect Hill Road recorded the theft, store staff did not become aware of it until six days later when Hartford police found the weapon..."

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