Sense of Community

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Whether it’s Colombine High School, Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech, Orlando, Las Vegas, or last month’s tragedy in Parkland, Florida, when you hear news reports of mass shootings or other violent acts involving firearms, what’s the first thought that comes to your mind?  Ron Honberg is Senior Policy Advisor for NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, an organization dedicated to raising awareness, and providing support and education, about mental illness and mental health issues.

Missouri Department of Conservation

In 2000, the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Andy Dalton Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center near Ash Grove, received 9,000 visitors.  In 2017, 25,000 visits were recorded, as the Center’s special events, programs, and public shooting gained popularity. 

(Photo: Randy Stewart)

“You know, I get to travel and do this and show off and dress up like a cowboy—and get paid for it! It’s a wonderful life.”

Fairview Facebook Page

Miles out a hilly, state highway near West Plains, parents are dropping their kids off near the doors of a K-8 public school where several staff members—including teachers—are wearing concealed firearms.

Fairview School is one of five, rural, satellite schools that feed into the West Plains High School (and it’s where this reporter's child has been attending for several years). 

Neither the kids nor their parents know who’s carrying a gun here.

The policy has been in place for about five years.  Aaron Sydow is the superintendent.

Michele Skalicky

This week on KSMU’s Sense of Community Series, we’ll look at various aspects of firearms here in the Ozarks—from schools that already have armed teachers to the craft of firearm engraving.  This segment focuses on local efforts toward what advocates call “common sense” gun laws.

Moms Demand Action is a national group formed after 20 children and six teachers were killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in Newtown, CT in 2012.