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A gorham social studies teacher has been suspended for bringing a jackknife to class, and will not return next year. An upset father should consider that punishment enough.

A former colleague of mine used to say that if he happened to be killed by a rogue rhino rampaging on capitol hill, and his mother testified before congress for a new rhino safety bill, that we should please ignore her.


He did not want congress drawing sweeping conclusions from an isolated incident based solely on the supposed moral authority of a victim’s relative.

We are a species of storytellers. Our brains have evolved to weave information into a narrative that teaches us lessons. But if we are invested in a particular narrative, we have become quite adept at finding a way to make new evidence support it.

The shooting rampage in parkland, fla., can be used to bolster any number of narratives. Gun control supporters have used it as evidence for much tighter restrictions on gun rights.

This case has been particularly useful because of the shameless way left-wing groups have used a handful of stoneman douglas students as the face of their never-ending assault on the second amendment.

These children, being children, say incorrect and hateful things, and anyone attempting to counter their flawed arguments is blasted for attacking a survivor. It’s a sick, cynical tactic.

This tragic incident could also support narratives other than gun control. The inability of local law enforcement and the FBI to act on literally dozens of red flags points to institution failure rather than a lack of adequate laws.

At great falls high school in st. Mary’s county, md., a 17-year-old shot and killed a 16-year-old girl and injured a 14-year-old boy. A school resource officer responded quickly, and the shooter reportedly killed himself.

In austin, texas, a self-described 23-year-old “psychopath” carried out a three-week long bombing spree, killing two people, before blowing himself up as police closed in. The threat was the killer, not his weapon.

That didn’t stop gun grabbers from marching across the country. They’ve been using scattered anecdotes to ignore overwhelming evidence for decades.

Everytown for gun safety claims that there have been 18 school shootings already this year. This dishonest number has been debunked, as it includes any time someone fired a gun near a school, even a suicide outside a michigan school that had been closed for seven months.

Statistics about the high rate of gun deaths in the U.S. Usually fail to note that a large part of these stem from suicides. But our suicide rate isn’t particularly high. These statistics also include suspected criminals shot by police. Such cases deserve scrutiny, but certainly aren’t evidence in favor of gun control.

Nor are rifles, semi-automatic or otherwise, the problem. According to the FBI, 374 people were killed by rifles in 2016. More than 1,600 were killed by knives, 656 were killed by a person’s bare hands and feet, and 472 were bludgeoned to death with blunt objects. More than 40,000 died in motor vehicle crashes.

The overall crime rate in the united states has been falling steadily for decades. It has spiked recently in several U.S. Cities. I think it’s foolish to blame the guns, rather than the criminals.

The claim that politicians have failed to act in response to mass shootings is also a lie. Just last week, congress approved and the president signed the fix NICS act as part of the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill.

The measure, championed by texas republican sen. John cornyn, is aimed at plugging holes in the national instant criminal background check system. The man who killed 26 people at a church in sutherland springs, texas, had a history of domestic violence, and should not have been able to purchase firearms. Except the U.S. Air force failed to put him into the national database. Let’s enforce current laws rather than impose new, ineffective ones.

On friday, attorney general jeff sessions announced a federal regulation to ban bump stocks, the devices used in last year’s las vegas shooting to convert semi-automatic rifles to something approximating automatic fire.

Yet on saturday, thousands of marchers took to the streets to protest inaction by washington. They ignore the facts so that they can claim to have been ignored.

Grant bosse is editorial page editor of the new hampshire union leader and sunday news. Email him at gbosse@unionleader.Com and follow him on twitter @grantbosse.

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