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How Israel and Thailand are preventing jihadi shootings:

At schools and other youth centers, they allow or require the presence of armed adults, such as teachers, as I detailed in a 2004 article for National Review Online. These policies were adopted to deal with well-organized terrorist attacks, rather than with perpetrators such as the lone Jew-hater who apparently carried out yesterday's crimes in Seattle. Lone terrorists, especially those who are mentally ill, might be less subject to rational deterrence than are organized terrorist gangs. On the other hand, lone terrorists, should they attempt to instigate an attack, would be all the more easily defeated by the guardian adults, since the perpetrator would be acting alone, and would usually not be as careful about planning as are organized terrorist gangs.

Like Eugene Volokh, I am skeptical about "hate crime" laws as a response to crimes such as the Seattle shooting. In a 2003 Issue Paper for the Independence Institute, I examined the record of Colorado's "ethnic intimidation" statute, and found the statute to have contributed almost nothing to effective criminal justice in Colorado. While calling for repeal of the ethnic intimidation statute, I argued that the penalty for hate crime hoaxes should be substantially increased, since hate crime hoaxes (like hate crimes themselves) cause broad fear in the community. PDF version. HTML version.

On another subject, my Rocky Mountain News media column notes how the Denver Post erred in describing Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez's stance on gun control. And I chastise the Denver Newspaper Agency for running as bait-and-switch web ad promising "You have been chosen to receive a FREE 42-inch Samsung or Panasonic HDTV."

Finally, those of you who read Spanish might enjoy Política de Oficiales: Los recientes escándalos del departamento de policía son el resultado de la creciente intervención del estado federal y de las prácticas de empleo racistas. It's a Spanish translation of an article that Mike Krause and I wrote for American Outlook in 2001; examining the Rampart scandal in Los Angeles, and similar problems in other big city police departments, we suggest that the problems of corruption and illegal violence involving the police are aggravated by excessive federal involvement, race-based hiring, and the drug war.

Kevin L. Connors (mail) (www):
I would agree with this, so long as the armed teachers, and others working with our youth, are held to the same (generally) rigorous training and requalification standards as sworn law enforcement officers.
7.29.2006 4:56pm
Ship Erect (mail) (www):
We'd see even less potential terrorism if the gov't posted armed guards in every house, not just every classroom and arcade. Maybe armed members of paramilitary organizations should keep an eye out every time two people talk to one another--after all, they could be plotting another jihadi shooting.

Sounds like a wonderful place to live!
7.29.2006 5:30pm
Greedy Clerk (mail):
While calling for repeal of the ethnic intimidation statute, I argued that the penalty for hate crime hoaxes should be substantially increased, since hate crime hoaxes (like hate crimes themselves) cause broad fear in the community.

So the real problem is not hate crimes, but hate crime hoaxes? . . . Or stated otherwise, you support treating crimes the same regardless of whether they are done to intimidate people on account of race, religion, etc., but you think that there should be a diparity, in fact a "substantial" disparity, between a false reporting of crime and a false reporting of what would be a hate crime. Err, sounds a little inconsistent; no?
7.29.2006 5:56pm
llamasex (mail) (www):
and you thought academic dissent was a rare thing now...
7.29.2006 6:09pm
k parker (mail):
Kevin,

You'd be surprised how lax some big-city police departments are regarding firearm training.
7.29.2006 6:24pm
Warsong (mail) (www):
Hmmmmmm? David, it would appear the Trolls are out in force today: 3 posts taking things out of context and ramping them into 'ad hominum' assaults, or, suggesting that Law Enforcement is better trained and 'more law abiding' citizens charged with the safety of their students.

Somehow, I don't think they followed the Links, or, read the articles closely, otherwise, they'd realize how poorly trained, supervised, and, underqualified the average Officer really is. Consider the many 'Paramilitary' (Swat) Units in America today, who are trained (literally brainwashed) to consider anyone without a Badge..."the enemy." In their jargon, 'citizen' and 'enemy' have the same connotation, 'them'...or, 'not us.'
7.29.2006 6:49pm
Warsong (mail) (www):
Correction: Sentence should read, "...more law abiding' than citizens charged with the safety of their students."
7.29.2006 6:53pm
jimbino (mail):

perpetrators such as the lone Jew-hater who apparently carried out yesterday's crimes in Seattle

Sloppy thinking. I see no indication in the reports that he "hated" Jews any more than an American who kills Iraqis hates Iraqis. Of course Americans kill for Justice and Peace on Earth while our enemy kills out of Hatred.
7.29.2006 8:56pm
Steveo987 (mail):
Anyone else think it's hilarious that Warsong felt the need to correct but one of the numerous errors in his post?
7.29.2006 8:59pm
Lively:
jimbino,

Ahhhhhh, the moral equivalency argument. Okay I'll bite.

The US Military is killing those insurgents in Iraq set on disrupting a democratically elected government. These insurgents kill/attempt to kill innocent Iraqis trying to go about their everyday lives.

The Muslim in Seattle shot 5 women at a Jewish charity. What was their crime?
7.30.2006 12:32am
BGates (mail) (www):
jimbino-

"He said 'I am a Muslim American, angry at Israel,' before opening fire on everyone," according to an eyewitness at the Jewish charity where this guy shot five women including a pregnant woman. You have trouble seeing hatred of Jews in that combination of word and deed. That's sloppy something, wouldn't call it 'thinking' though.
7.30.2006 2:47am
Kevin L. Connors (mail) (www):
k parker:

You'd be surprised how lax some big-city police departments are regarding firearm training.

No I wouldn't - which is why I through in the "generally" qualifier.
7.30.2006 5:34am
Warsong (mail) (www):
Steveo987,

Errors? Would you care to point out those (others) you believe to be in error? Would you care to debate the point, and, demonstrate your expertise in the issues raised by the article?

When someone screams that he hates Jews, begins shooting Jews and demands that his demands be met (or?...he's gonna rush off and kill Armenians?), I'd have to suspect that he was more than a little serious, and, meant what he said.
7.30.2006 2:02pm