NIU Grad and Author Calls for New Approach to Campus Shootings and Pledges Book Sales to NIU Memorial Scholarship Fund

Feb 22, 2008, 00:00 ET from Firefly Glow Publishing

    CHICAGO, Feb. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- On February 14th, the anniversary of
 the official release date of his book "God is a Woman: Dating Disasters,"
 comedian Ian Coburn prepared to celebrate the book's success. He then heard
 of the tragedy at his alma mater and wanted desperately to both offer
 support and bring attention to what he believes is the cause of these
 tragic shootings. Ian has pledged all personal earnings from book sales
 between February 14th through the end of March '08 to the NIU February 14th
 Memorial Scholarship Fund (several of the stories in the book take place at
 NIU and Ian hopes they will serve to remind us all of what a fun and great
 campus it is to attend). He asked that we release this statement on his
     "I am drained from these shootings, the feeling of helplessness they
 bring, the fear they create which hangs over every campus like a dark
 cloud, and the net cast out for causes which always comes back empty of
 solutions. Instead, it is filled only with speculation, blaming everything
 from video games to guns to the lack of legally concealed firearms to
 mental illness to Godlessness to the Internet. Shooters share three traits:
 they are unhappy, they blame others for their unhappiness, and they don't
 know how to express or deal with their problems within socially acceptable
 norms. It's not just shootings among youth that's on the rise; it's drug
 use, alcoholism and violence in general. More and more, our children are
 growing up in a culture of irresponsibility and blame (as an educator I
 have witnessed this first- hand), and are being taught that their community
 is responsible for their unhappiness. They are not learning how to function
 properly in their community or how to deal with their shortcomings.
 Whatever we do, little ears are listening, little eyes watching, and little
 minds forming. If you lose the Presidential election, the other guy
 cheated; 26,000 Patriots fans are contesting the Super Bowl, blaming
 inaccurate timekeeping for the loss; when schools punish student
 misbehavior, parents intervene by threatening to sue and schools renege;
 the most influential Presidential candidate plagiarizes and shrugs it off;
 simple games like tag are being outlawed because some students aren't as
 skilled as others. The erroneous message is that you don't have to learn to
 function within your community; rather, the community will change to cater
 to your needs and whims. In an increasingly complex world we are robbing
 our children of the tools they need to cope. The battles I fought on the
 playground and in school built my character, enabled me to deal with my
 shortcomings, and prepared me to face the realities of life and
 disappointment, leading to my successes. It is our culture to where we need
 to turn our studies to find a solution to shootings. An exceptional
 response strategy is not the solution. NIU taught us that; they are to be
 commended on their strategy and quick response but even that proved
 ineffective to stop bloodshed. I don't know if this statement will make a
 difference or circulate; I only know that I had to make it."
     Ian Coburn is available for interviews and additional thoughts on the
 subjects of school shootings and the topics of his book. You may learn more
 at and contact him directly at or via Firefly Glow Publishing at 773-477-7528.
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