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"Studies show that children who are jailed or forced to appear in court are more likely than their peers to drop out of school and get into trouble again." You don't say? What a shock! Let's have a study to show that dropping a 500-lb. anvil on my foor will hurt.

For all the Marxist pseudo-babble you people relish ("psychic economy of scarcity," "vitalist racism," "millennial nationalism"), you are left perplexed over the most unexceptional things. But of course only such people would call the transformation of a formerly homogenous, monocultural functioning nation into a chaotic, crime-ridden, multicultural disfunctional nation "progressive."

C. Welch

Springfield, MA

Nov 25 2009 - 6:57am

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At Souderton (Pa.) High School, in the early 1960s, students involved in the usual minor fracases were "invited" to participate in "extra credit" phys ed after school. This was done with boxing gloves and the full set of safety equipment.

At the same time, the school rule was that firearms should never be left in cars, but were required to be stored at the principal's office. In hunting season, there might be as many as thirty rifles and shotguns, with a target pistol or two, all lined up in the office's large gun racks.

During my HS career time, there were zero, zilch, absolutely none of weapons offenses or problems. That includes a lack of knife problems.

This is a beautiful example of the way that proper gun control works, and that social violence problems are due to cultural attitudes, not to the availability of weapons.

During this same time, there were no murders in the school district's general community either, although there must have been thousands of weapons.

John D. Froelich

Upper Darby, PA

Oct 16 2009 - 5:40am