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Rep John Lewis on failure of gun control in the Senate

Effects of Gun Violence on Children and Youth

Exposure to gun violence can traumatize children and youth not just physically, but emotionally as well. Studies have documented that young people exposed to gun violence experience lasting emotional scars. Some children may develop posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which can affect brain development. The psychological trauma of gun violence may lead some children to arm themselves "for protection," or desensitize them so that they feel less hesitation about engaging in violent acts.

Psychological Impacts Associated with Exposure to Gun Violence

Young people who are exposed to gun violence may experience negative psychological impacts in both the short and long term. For example, a recent study of rural third- through eighth-graders indicated that children exposed to gun violence reported significantly higher levels of anger, withdrawal, and posttraumatic stress.5 The problem is exacerbated when youth get caught in a cycle of violence: Those who witnessed at least one incidence of gun violence reported significantly greater exposure to other types of violence, higher levels of aggression, and less parental monitoring than their peers.5 Exposure to gun violence also can desensitize youth to the effects of violence and increase the likelihood that they will use violence as a means of resolving problems or expressing emotions.

Sleep Distortion and Withdrawal

Research shows that exposure to violence can cause intrusive thoughts about the traumatic event and sleep disturbances.6 Therefore, it is not surprising that children and youth exposed to gun violence commonly experience difficulty concentrating in the classroom, declines in academic performance, and lower educational and career aspirations.7,8 Other outcomes associated with exposure to violent trauma include increased delinquency, risky sexual behaviors, and substance abuse.7,8


Violent Events Have Long-Term Effects on Children

If the struggling economy hasn't made it tough enough to keep food on the table and clothes on the family, and if the hectic pace in Los Angeles hasn't made all of us more than a little agitated, what ought we be telling our youngsters to try to calm them and offer them some kind of sense and solace about the continuing violence that dominates the headlines?

Yes, it's true that the number of violent crimes in our country may be nearing historic lows, but parents still must look into their children's anxious faces, comfort them about bad dreams and seek to explain some inexplicable highly publicized recent incidents.

What to do with or say to your kids after a 24-year-old gunman dresses up in SWAT gear and opens fire on a packed Aurora, Colo., theater audience at a screening of The Dark Knight Rises, a mass homicide in which a dozen people, including a 6-year-old girl, die and 58 others are wounded?

How do you start to talk about a white supremacist who guns down seven people at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, or the shoot-out near Texas A&M that left three dead or the gunplay on the streets of New York near the Empire State building, a crime that left a gunman dead and nine wounded?


Children’s Defense Fund Highlights Effects of Gun Violence on Children
Data analysis: More preschool kids dead from gunfire than police

In a report released this month, the Children’s Defense Fund has analyzed recent national data on gunfire deaths and produced some alarming figures on child casualties.

The report also criticizes a wave of new state gun-rights laws that the Washington D.C.-based advocacy group argues put children in ever more peril.

The nonprofit advocacy group dedicated its report, “Protect Kids, Not Guns 2012,” to Florida teen Trayvon Martin, who was shot dead in February by a neighborhood watch volunteer.

George Zimmerman, 28, disregarded police advice and followed the unarmed Martin, 17, because Zimmerman thought the boy looked “suspicious.” Zimmerman killed Martin, who was walking to his father’s girlfriend’s home, during a confrontation and claims he acted in self-defense.


Who Was Lawrence O'Donnell Talking About -A GOP'er Insults Sandy Hook


The phone rang and I missed it



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it look like a preppers paradise


Ayn Rand on Phil Donahue 1979


Gunman was white supremacist parolee - Colorado

Tom Clements murder probe: Gunman was white supremacist parolee

A man who led Texas authorities on a wild chase and shootout on Thursday is now the focus of the investigation into the shooting death of Colorado prisons chief Tom Clements and a Denver pizza delivery driver.

Federal and state authorities, speaking on condition of anonymity, identified the man as Evan Spencer Ebel, 28, a parolee in the Denver metro area. The man was identified as a member of a white supremacist prison gang, the 211s.

Ebel has a criminal record dating back to 2003 including convictions for robbery, menacing, and weapons charges. In 2008 he was arrested for assault on a correctional officer

Ebel was identified as the driver of a black, four-door Cadillac with Colorado license plates that was speeding

Read more: Tom Clements murder probe: Gunman was white supremacist parolee - The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_22841050/tom-clements-murder-probe-man-cadillac-caught-texas#ixzz2ODwCAk6L

10,000 DU'ers Needed to Vote This Denver Post Poll

Holy Smokes, this is unusual. Lately the pro-sensible approach has been winning, but not today.


Today is the day the full CO senate votes on magazine clips.

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