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Teen Press Interview Mayor
updated: Feb 22, 2013, 10:00 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

Drake & Adrienne of the Santa Barbara Middle School Teen Press interview Mayor Helene Schneider after she moderated Thursday night's panel on the cost of gun violence in Santa Barbara.

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 COMMENT 377459 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-22 10:30 AM

Mayor is really finding her stride, doing a nice job.


 COMMENT 377464 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-22 10:37 AM

Sally, is that a joke?


 COMMENT 377465 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-22 10:39 AM

Actually, the mayor is a joke.


 COMMENT 377473 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-22 10:50 AM

Dittos to 464 and 465.


 COMMENT 377501P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-22 11:42 AM

Good questions from the kids, thoughtful responses from the Mayor.


 COMMENT 377568 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-22 02:23 PM

Do we have a gun violence problem in SB? I know someone was shot the other day. But it's the only one in years I can remember. Now a city like Chicago that has over 500 gun downs has a real problem. What a waste of time. Here in SB we have more of a stabbing problem.


 COMMENT 377577 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-22 02:45 PM

Chicago also has some of the strictest gun laws in the country. Ban guns and only criminals will have them, since by definition criminals don't care about the law.


 COMMENT 377581 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-22 02:50 PM

If only owning a gun actually made you safer.


 COMMENT 377592 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-22 03:06 PM

Hermes than why do police carry guns? Because it actually does make you safer to be on equal terms as your attacker.


 COMMENT 377594 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-22 03:09 PM

Not for civilians. Sorry. There is virtually no evidence that civilians who carry are any safer in the event of gun violence than those who don't. Especially if you keep a gun in the home.

And comparing people who are required to carry guns as a function of their job and people who have the option of owning a firearm is kind of a poor comparison.

Note: I'm not advocating for making guns illegal, I do believe in the Second Amendment. I just think there's a big difference between, say, a shotgun and an AR-15 or a Five-seveN.


 COMMENT 377596P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-22 03:10 PM

592 - Did owning a gun make the mother of the Sandy Hook shooter safer?


 COMMENT 377623 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-22 04:09 PM

Hermes you are right there is no evidence that it makes you safer because you become a statistic when you get murdered not when you stop it. So there are no statistics on how many crimes were stopped. As for your theory about not for civilians. I seem to remember a cop a few weeks ago in LA going nuts on his co workers. So to think that cops are not human too is just crazy. A badge does not mean you are immune to insanity.
@596p Had the sandy hook mom been awake she could have stopped her son. He could have just slit her throat just as easy. You have to sleep at some point. A gun is a tool nothing more. In the wrong hands any tool can be deadly.


 COMMENT 377664P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-22 05:59 PM

Kudos to Adrienne & Drake and the Middle School News! Very well done. Please continue to submit your news to Edhat; I'd sure like to see it.


 RESIDENT agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-23 10:40 AM

Hermes and 568, Actually there have been studies done about the self defense uses of private guns in the US. The numbers of "saves" are huge compared to deaths by private firearms. In most cases the gun didn't have to be fired.

I personally can say that I confronted a potential burglar and held him until the PD arrived only because I was armed. I didn't even have to take the gun out. But I would not have confronted him if I weren't armed.


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