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Ron Latz isn’t just about criminalizing law-abiding gun owners. He’s also into making 12 to 17 year olds feel like criminals.

Monday, “senators overwhelmingly approved three bills written to help reduce regulations home-based child care providers say could drive them out of business.” Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer “said the No. 1 problem with home-based child care is an existing state rule requiring family members ages 12 to 17 to undergo a criminal background check, including being fingerprinted and photographed. ‘This is frightening for them,’ Kiffmeyer said, and makes the youths feel like criminals. The bill provides for a simpler background check for young people.”

The legislature took up this bill because “94 percent of the home child care providers say they are thinking about closing” and because “in rural Minnesota, the lack of child care has become a crisis”, according to “Sen. Bill Weber, R-Luverne.”

Ron Latz has a different take:

Sen. Ron Latz, D-St. Louis Park, said he is concerned that easing the background checks for youths could allow some dangerous people near children. Kiffmeyer, however, said the Human Services Department considered her bill a good balance between safety and privacy.

That’s BS. Sen. Latz is simply carrying the unions’ water. It isn’t that he’s worried that 12 to 17 year-olds pose a major risk to children. It’s that he’s intent on making life miserable for child care providers who rejected union representation.

It’s apparent, too, that Sen. Latz cares more about unions than he cares about the child care crisis. That’s a sick puppy.

Many of the Parkland people that’ve hogged the spotlight (pun intended) can’t hold a candle to one of the true heroes of that horrific day. At the age of 15, Anthony Borges has done more heroic things than David Hogg and Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel will likely do in their combined lifetimes. All young Mr. Borges did on that fateful day was use his body to protect the lives of 20 other students.

Compare that with disgraced Deputy Scot Peterson, who stayed outside to establish a perimeter while Nikolas Cruz allegedly fired his weapon, killing 14 students and 3 teachers. But I digress.

Borges “was released from the hospital Wednesday after suffering wounds to the lungs, abdomen and legs.” In his statement, which was read by his attorney, Borges said Superintendent Runcie and Sheriff Israel “failed us students, teachers and parents alike on so many levels. I want all of us to move forward to end the environment that allowed people like Nikolas Cruz to fall through the cracks. You knew he was a problem years ago and you did nothing. He should have never been in school with us.”

The FBI and the Broward County Sheriff’s Office have come under intense scrutiny following the shooting. The FBI admitted days after the shooting that they received a call on Jan. 5 from a person close to Cruz expressing concerns about his erratic behavior and disturbing social media posts. The former school resource deputy, Scot Peterson, did not enter the school during the shooting. The former deputy denied wrongdoing and retired from the office before an investigation was launched.

Peterson is the poster child for a disgrace. What he did fits the description of a coward. Rest assured that he’ll be one of the defendants in the Borges’ civil lawsuit.

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If stupidity were money, the writer of this LTE would be wealthy. Early in the LTE, the writer poses a hypothetical situation, saying “Say Matt, 23, dies from an IED in Afghanistan. His rising life is cut short. The anguish is felt by his grandparents, parents, brothers, sisters, in-laws, nephews, nieces — and all their friends and relatives, and Matt’s uncles, aunts, cousins, acquaintances, friends, HS classmates, their parents, college classmates, friends, girlfriends, athletic mates, armed service mates, acquaintances — pain multiplied exponentially compared to an abortion. Pain that goes on forever.”

A few paragraphs later, the writer employs a guilt-trip strategy, writing “Then the same goes for the loved ones and friends of the wounded — physically, emotionally, psychologically. Not to mention the loss of productivity to society. Add massive costs for decades more that you and I foot to aid the wounded warriors. And the conservative reaction to all this carnage? Threats of more wars. And big yawns; hiding behind the skirts of the NRA and a lack of common sense about the second amendment. (Bazookas, grenades and howitzers have been outlawed without ‘taking all our guns.’) If conservatives truly cared about gun deaths, their abortion signs would add, ‘Save our young adults. Outlaw AR-15s.'”

The writer must be physically fit because that’s a hell of a leap. Seriously, outlawing AR-15s won’t come close to putting a dent in mass shooting deaths. Eliminating AR-15s wouldn’t even eliminate 1% of shooting deaths.

Let’s talk about the forever popular with progressives assault weapons ban while we’re at it. The progressives’ definition of an assault weapon is nothing more than a scary-looking semi-automatic rifle. If people want to be consistent, people that want to ban ‘assault weapons’ would have to eliminate all semi-automatic weapons.

Here’s a question that hasn’t been discussed. If these gun grabbers truly wanted to put a significant dent in gun deaths, why aren’t they calling for the elimination of handguns?

Instead of going the gun-grabbing route, we’d be better off if we implemented programs that already have a history of success. Sen. Marco Rubio, the politician accused of having blood on his hands because he’s accepted campaign contributions from the NRA, wrote this op-ed to highlight what Congress has already done:

Just five weeks after the tragedy in Parkland, Congress passed a spending bill that authorizes $1 billion over the next decade to improve the safety of our schools. The STOP School Violence Act is set to immediately provide resources to schools and their communities to prevent violence before it ever begins.

Being proactive is better than efficiently reacting.

The new money would be available to local governments and schools to implement programs like Los Angeles County’s successful School Threat Assessment Response Team, which coordinates the efforts of law enforcement, schools and mental health professionals to make sure nobody slips through the cracks. It will fund anonymous reporting systems like the Safe UT app, and help school districts create and train intervention teams to seek out the troubled students most likely to pose risks like what happened in Parkland.

Rather than listen to the mindless yapping of young activists like David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez, Congress has funded an effective program that seeks to expand from Los Angeles to the entire nation. Here’s why that’s important:

School safety programs that had previously been subject to budget cuts or staff turnover will have additional resources for operations and for investments in improvements. Local government officials, and the parents and families they represent, will be able to use the money for solutions that work best for their communities based on tried and true approaches.

It’s time for the activists to get off the stage. They’ve been discredited because improving school safety doesn’t require trampling people’s civil rights. Cameron Kasky, David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez are poorly-trained actors with a loser’s script:

Once the media hysteria died after the Parkland shooting and people had time to investigate what actually happened, people noticed that Parkland officials made quite a few mistakes. Investigators noticed that Deputy Scot Peterson didn’t rush into the building to save students, instead opting to establish a perimeter from the safety of his car.

Thanks to a timeline published in this article, we know quite a few things about what happened that tragic day. We know that, sometime after 2:23 pm, Deputy Peterson shouted “Get the school locked down, gentlemen!” Potentially, this is a huge point in light of information that we’re now learning about. According to this article, “a threat assessment [was] performed months ahead of the tragedy.”

According to the source, the “threat assessment was done by a retired Secret Service agent, and it was known that he was going to do this assessment by the Safety Committee but that no one else at Stoneman Douglas would be aware of it, including administration except for that one administrator on the committee.” Further, it’s alleged that the “Secret Service agent came in. He parked in the front of the school for 20 minutes. He was never approached by anyone. He gained entry to the campus never being stopped by anyone at any time and put Post-Its on 21 random people.’ Each Post-It note represented a potential casualty.”

If this is verified as true, this is another bombshell. If true, it’s another instance of governmental incompetence. Allegedly, one of the recommendations from the former Secret Service agent was to keep the gates of the school locked. Another alleged recommendation was to not immediately evacuate the classroom in the event of a fire alarm. “Prior to the shooting, Cruz activated a fire alarm, sending students flooding into the hallway where he could target them.”

If I was the parent of one of the 14 students who lost their lives that day, I’d demand to know why these common sense precautions weren’t taken prior to the shooting. In one sense, in fact, it’s irrelevant whether a threat assessment was conducted. It’s irrelevant whether these recommendations were made, too.

These precautions have been implemented across the nation. Why didn’t the school board insist that these precautions be made? Cameron Kasky, David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez might be world-class activists but their credibility is definitely shrinking.

No matter how emphatically they say it, the NRA doesn’t have blood on their hands. The Broward County Sheriff’s Office, aka Broward’s Cowards, have blood on their hands. Ditto with the School Board. Ditto with the people who repeatedly questioned Nikolas Cruz but didn’t institutionalize him.

With all of this information, it’s difficult to picture how the NRA is even slightly to blame for the Parkland Massacre.

For the past 6 weeks, I’ve been inundated with moral-sounding drivel from high school students. While the left-leaning media swooned over these ill-informed activists’ activism, I kept wondering when a true journalist would ask them pertinent questions. After awhile, I stopped expecting the MSM to do something they clearly didn’t want to do. After awhile, I stopped expecting these children to stop acting like ill-informed spoiled brats.

While the MSM praises their activism, people in America’s heartland have moved on. Voters in America’s heartland have tuned these children out, knowing that they’re mostly a creation of the MSM and that the emotions are real. If the MSM won’t ask these children some tough questions, I will.

  1. Are you committed to making schools safer? If you are, why are you pushing the thing that doesn’t work?
  2. Why is your focus solely on the NRA? Sheriff Israel, Deputy Peterson, the Broward Cowards and the FBI were more to blame than the NRA.
  3. To David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez: did you know that an ‘assault weapon’ (as you define it) is nothing more than a scary-looking semi-automatic rifle?
  4. Why haven’t you advocated for banning handguns? They kill far more people than so-called assault weapons?
  5. Why haven’t you advocated for banning all semi-automatic rifles? They’re just as lethal as assault weapons as defined by you.
  6. Isn’t it time for you to admit that you’re just tools of the gun control lobby?
  7. Isn’t it time to admit that your ‘solutions’ haven’t worked and can’t work?
  8. Finally, isn’t it time you apologized for your ill-informed activism? Yes, you have the right to protest. It’s just that you’d have a better chance of being effective if you knew what you were talking about, which you clearly don’t, and if you were truly interested in solving problems rather than just checking another item off the gun grabbers’ ideological checklist?

Let’s see if anyone responds before the next march:

Student leaders who have organized, marched and pressed for government action to halt gun violence sound as if they’re just getting warmed up. Plans are taking shape for April 20 school walkouts tied to the anniversary of the Columbine High shootings, along with a rally that afternoon at the State Capitol. Next weekend, students in the south metro have called for a town hall meeting, with invites sent to elected officials, hitting again on themes that propelled them to rally and protest: the senselessness of gun violence and the hesitance of some lawmakers to take corrective action. “I think legislators who do nothing on this subject do so at their own peril,” said Joe Campbell, a communications consultant whose GoFundMe campaign sent dozens of Henry Sibley High School students to Washington, D.C., for last weekend’s March for Our Lives. He attended the event, too, and came away thinking, “If I were a politician, and I saw this, I’d be shaking in my boots.”

First, if I was the media director for gun rights advocates, I’d talk about how government failed to protect those students and teachers. I’d highlight that this wasn’t the first time that government failed in protecting its citizens. This article would be highlighted:

A federal database with the names of mentally ill people barred from buying guns still lacks millions of records it needs to be effective. A new report from Mayors Against Illegal Guns points to gaps in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). The problem is that 14 years after NICS was put in place, states still aren’t submitting all the required mental health records.

“I think that those states are doing a disservice to their citizens,” says Lori Haas, whose daughter Emily was injured in the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting. “They’re not doing what they can to protect public safety and to keep firearms out of the hands of potentially dangerous people.”

That article was published in August, 2012. Democrats had a significant majority in the Senate and a Democrat was president. Shouldn’t Democrats take the blame for not fixing NICS?

Since the shooting, Virginia has become a model, submitting more than 170,000 records of people with mental illnesses. But the Mayors Against Illegal Guns report shows 21 other states have reported fewer than 100 records. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) examined why states aren’t submitting records in a July report. Some cited bureaucratic barriers, others technical ones, like switching from paper-based to computer systems. And some states contend it violates their laws to forward mental health records to the federal database. A few states are changing their laws.

“Texas enacted a law in 2009 and was then able to increase the number of records by about 190,000,” says Carol R. Cha, acting director in GAO’s Homeland Security and Justice division. But recent shootings, like the ones in Colorado and Texas, demonstrate that people with mental illnesses are still able to buy guns.

The last I checked, the NRA wasn’t responsible for submitting those records. Government was. Government failed to protect people.
Thank God for people like Ben Shapiro. In this video, Shapiro levels a devastating critique of David Hogg:

To David Hogg, Emma Gonzalez and Cameron Kasky: if you’re truly interested in protecting people from gun violence, which I question at this point, it’s time to get government to do its job. That includes insisting that deputies actually run towards danger instead of hiding behind their vehicles. That includes requiring states to update the NICS system in a timely fashion. That includes pointing the finger of blame at the people who are actually at fault.

Right now, that isn’t happening.

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This past Saturday, a bunch of liberal organizations sponsored the March for Our Lives in an attempt to start gutting the Second Amendment. That wasn’t the students’ intent. That’s the AstroTurf organizations’ intent. Organizations like “Everytown, Giffords, Move On, and Women’s March LA — told BuzzFeed News they are helping with logistics, strategy, and planning for next month’s March for Our Lives rally and beyond.”

While those organizations rally people to ban scary-looking weapons that won’t make the public safer, President Trump and the Republican Congress are taking concrete steps to make schools safer. One step they’ve taken is they’ve passed Sen. John Cornyn’s Fix NICS legislation “a provision aimed at improving the national background check system in order to prevent felons and domestic abusers from purchasing firearms. Cornyn has been pushing for that measure since two days after the mass shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, when he went to the Senate floor to proclaim the need for the “Fix NICS Act.” NICS, the acronym for National Instant Criminal Background Check System, is where many believe part of the system failed in the Sutherland Springs incident. The shooter was an Air Force veteran with a record of domestic abuse convictions, meaning he should not have been allowed to purchase firearms.”

This is an important step in keeping guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t be allowed to buy guns. In Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ op-ed, we learn that “We are also taking steps to ensure that the information accessible during a background check is both complete and up to date.” Also, “we have already increased federal gun prosecutions to a 10-year high and violent crime prosecutions to a 25-year high – the highest level since records have been kept. But we are just getting started. With this new policy in place, and with our continued emphasis on federal prosecution of the most dangerous gun offenders, we intend to break these records again.”

These aren’t feel-good measures like the marchers want. These are things that will make a significant difference fairly quickly or that are already making a difference.

These are the adults taking action. They can’t be confused with the student activists who demand that we “do something.” These men shouldn’t be confused with children like David Hogg:

Hogg, who became the de facto spokesman for the youth gun control movement after surviving the Valentine’s Day mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., accused Rubio of prioritizing campaign contributions over the lives of students. “I’m going to start off by putting this price tag right here as a reminder for you guys to know how much Marco Rubio took for every student’s life in Florida,” Hogg said before a crowd of tens of thousands gathered in front of the Capitol building. If you listen real close, you can hear the people in power shaking. They’ve gotten used to being protective of their position, choosing the safety of inaction. Inaction is no longer safe, and to that we say no more,” he said.

If there’s going to be finger-pointing, it should be in Sheriff Scott Israel’s direction. That coward did nothing to protect the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS. Then he started pointing fingers at the NRA to take the spotlight off of his failures.

It’s painfully obvious that this LTE was written by a poorly-informed liberal. It’s painfully obvious because he states up front that “I have no answers for our debate on the 2nd Amendment, but I do have some questions.” The writer then writes “When our Constitution was drafted the deadliest weapon was a single shot musket. In 1934 machine guns were banned. How do they differ in purpose from assault-style rifles? With a handgun in your possession, would you confront an armed attacked with an AR-15? In the past year, what is the comparison of number of people killed or injured when a handgun is used or an assault-style rifle?”

Mr. Erickson’s ignorance is highly visible because he continues with the question, writing “Have you ever seen and experienced a responsible game hunter in the woods with an AR-15 in pursuit of big game? Have you ever seen a big game animal harvested with an assault-style rifle? How safe would our woods be if we had hunters shooting with them? Do you know any experienced big game hunters who usually requires more than two shots to bring down his or her quarry? Have you heard of any respectable or responsible organization advocate repeal of the 2nd Amendment?”

First, the Second Amendment wasn’t written to protect hunters. It was written right after we’d defeated an oppressive government who didn’t want to admit that a scrappy bunch of poorly-armed colonists had defeated the world’s military superpower in a war. Next, the answer to how “safe would our woods be if we had hunters shooting with” AR-15s is simple. While AR-15s wouldn’t be a practical choice for deer-hunting, they wouldn’t be any different than any other semi-automatic rifle. That’s assuming, of course, that Mr. Erickson didn’t pick an AR-15 handgun. Based on Mr. Erickson’s questions, it isn’t a stretch to think that he didn’t know AR-15s came in handguns.

The answer to Mr. Erickson’s final question is yes, though gun-grabbers cleverly phrase their question so it doesn’t sound like they’re advocating for the repeal of the Second Amendment. The truth is that many so-called ‘mainstream’ gun control organizations want to gut the Second Amendment.

As for the answer to “what is the comparison of number of people killed or injured when a handgun is used or an assault-style rifle?”, this should give him his answer:

According to my trusted calculator, the number of murders committed by rifles in all of 2009 was less than 3 weeks of murders by handguns. For all the complaining about AR-15s, they’re a proverbial drop in the bucket compared with handguns.

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Looking for the solution
By Rambling Rose

No one of sound mind wants students to be put at risk. Yet few of the suggested “answers” are real answers.

People march and protest to “do something.” Some would rather be “out of class.” Younger children appear to be the pawns of their leftist teachers. Some young people think that because they protest, adults will embrace their words and “fix” the situation…and all children will be safe (except the ones that they abort as inconvenient).

This week in Maryland, there was another school shooting where the shooter had an illegally obtained handgun. In Florida a young man used a knife to stab three people, one fatally, at a sleepover. Texans died at the hands of a bomber—a rampage that started on March 2nd and may have ended today if there are no more bombs yet to be delivered and if the bomber had no accomplices.

So, what do we ban? Guns? Knives? Bombs? Cars? Drugs? Alcohol? Nicotine? All of the above? Probably not. Since we do not seem to have the answer, maybe we should see what has reduced mass shootings…in Switzerland.

Some of the following data are from an article published by USA Today less than two weeks after the Florida shooting.

Only the USA and Yemen have more guns per capita than Switzerland, a nation of 8.5 million nestled in the Alps in southern Europe. But in the last 10 years, the Swiss have registered only 120 homicides and only one mass shooting in a legislative building in 2001.

Apparently, healthcare professionals report those they suspect to be dangerous and maintain a database of those denied gun licenses. While such referrals apparently were made regarding the more recent shooters in this country, officials did not follow protocols. Either that or they embraced the slap-on-the-hand discipline policy of the former Obama administration.

President Trump singled out the MS-13 gang in his State of the Union address. Since the street gang comes from Central America, does the open border permit their infiltration by members and ideology to increase? Switzerland has banned the entrance of immigrants from eight countries. Justices in this country have issued injunctions against such practices by the Trump administration.

Citizens in this country arm themselves for protection or to commit crimes. Fewer purchase guns for hunting or sport. The reverse occurs in Switzerland. “The Swiss Shooting Sports Association has about 3,000 clubs across the country, including a youth section where children as young as 12 learn to handle and shoot a gun safely. Last year, the Defense Ministry contributed about $860,000 for training, and the government donated 10,585 army assault rifles and 930,000 rounds of ammunition to gun clubs.”

Following the shooting of a champion skier by her estranged husband in 2007, the government ordered that the ammunition for rifles issued to military personnel be kept at arsenals. Anti-gun activists felt that the rule was not inclusive enough since it did not apply to weapons owned by civilians. 56% of the voters rejected the referendum in 2011 because they believed “that Swiss gun owners didn’t need any more restrictions because the existing laws regulating the sale and licensing of private guns were stringent enough.”

Before we augment the number of laws we need, we need to enforce the ones that we have. With another march programmed for April 20th, do the protestors and/or their organizers admitted that students have broken truancy laws in order to demand more laws for others?


How about RESPECT? For the “inalienable rights of all.”

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This tweet from Sarah Jo Johnson highlights the battle between gun control advocates and gun rights advocates. The tweet says “I wish the @mnhousegop listened to students and teachers. Most don’t want guns in schools. But we’d love some school counselors.”

Personally, I’m skeptical that Ms. Johnson’s tweet represents reality. I suspect that it better represents her ideology than reality. I’m skeptical because I wrote this post, which includes information that conflicts with Ms. Johnson’s statement. According to the article I quote, “An Ohio Sheriff is offering free gun training to teachers in response to the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 dead. Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones told FOX Business’ Liz MacDonald that the response from teachers and school administrators has been overwhelming. ‘We thought we’d get 20, 25 signed up. We had 50 within the first hour. We had 100 within two hours, we had three hundred within like five hours. We offered to teachers first, then we start getting calls from a secretary that works in the school, janitors that work in the school,’ Jones said.”

Frankly, I’m skeptical of anyone attempting to speak on behalf of an entire group of people. A group of people doesn’t automatically make them a monolith.


Later in the article, it said “The Butler County Sheriff said the limit of 300 had been reached for the class.” What’s interesting is that Ms. Johnson’s statement essentially said that they need counselors after an attack but they don’t need guns to stop the attacker. I’d love hearing her explain that position to parents.

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It’s time to figure out the things that went wrong with the Marjory Stoneman-Douglas HS shooting. Why didn’t the Broward County Sheriff’s Office detect the shooter? Why wasn’t he arrested? How big of a role did the PROMISE Program play in this tragedy? Did the Obama administration put in place the building blocks that all but insured this tragedy?

What we know

We know that the School Resource Officer stayed outside the school once the shooting started. We know that it’s his job to run towards danger when all hell breaks loose. He didn’t do that. He hid rather than protect students. Further, we know that 3 other deputies stayed outside rather than running in and saving kids’ lives.

Additionally, we know that Broward County enthusiastically implemented the PROMISE Program in 2013. PROMISE stands for “Preventing Recidivism through Opportunities, Mentoring, Interventions, Support & Education”. It provides counselling for misdemeanors like “assault, theft, vandalism, underage drinking and drug use”, which focuses on something known as restorative justice. What’s frightening about this is that these incidents don’t get reported to the police or sheriff’s department.

According to the District, “Rather than focusing on punishment, restorative justice seeks to repair the harm done.” In other words, these students are told to take touchy-feely classes rather than facing legitimate discipline. People like Nikolas Cruz don’t ‘slip through the cracks.’ They laugh their asses off at the idiots administering the PROMISE Program while they waltz through the cracks.

PROMISE

What we’re finding out about PROMISE is that it’s been pushed by former Attorney General Eric Holder and former Education Secretary Arne Duncan. Further, it’s known, thanks almost entirely because of Paul Sperry’s reporting, that Duncan and Holder recommended using “law enforcement measures and out-of-school suspensions as a last resort.”

This has led to anarchy at schools:

“Broward County adopted a lenient disciplinary policy similar to those adopted by many other districts under pressure from the Obama administration to reduce racial ‘disparities’ in suspensions and expulsions,” said Peter Kirsanow, a black conservative on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in Washington. “In many of these districts, the drive to ‘get our numbers right’ has produced disastrous results, with startling increases in both the number and severity of disciplinary offenses, including assaults and beatings of teachers and students.”

That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Here’s worse:

Kirsanow said that in just the first year after the Obama administration issued its anti-discipline edict, public schools failed to expel more than 30,000 students who physically attacked teachers or staff across the country. Previously, “if you hit a teach, you’re gone,” he said, but that is no longer the case.

That’s terrible but it gets worse:

For example, in St. Paul, Minn., a high school science teacher was “beaten and choked out” by a 16-year-old student, who allegedly came up behind him, called him a “f–king white cracker,” and put him in a stranglehold, before bashing his head into a concrete wall and pavement. The student, Fon’Tae O’Bannon, got 90 days of electronic home monitoring and anger management counseling for the December 2015 attack.

If it isn’t obvious that violence is increasing at these schools as a result of leniency policies, then it’s apparent that people aren’t paying attention.

Sheriff Israel

Through this disaster, Sheriff Israel has been the poster-child for stupidity and arrogance. He should’ve been suspended before the CNN lynching, aka CNN town hall. Before he took the stage that night, he knew that his deputies had failed those students. Those deputies that stayed outside should’ve been fired immediately. Instead, Sheriff Israel praised them. If I was the father of one of those students that got murdered and I’d heard Sheriff Israel praise his deputies, there’s a better than 50-50% chance I wouldn’t take that well.

Student Activists?

Those innocent students who simply want to be safe in their schools aren’t that innocent. It’s interesting that we’ve learned that major anti-gun rights organizations are picking up the tab for these anti-gun rallies in Florida and across the nation:

Since then, major players and organizations, including Everytown, Giffords, Move On, and Women’s March LA, told BuzzFeed News they are helping with logistics, strategy, and planning for next month’s March for Our Lives rally and beyond. Much of the specific resources the groups are providing to the Parkland students remains unclear, as is the full list of supporting organizations, but there are broad outlines.

Giffords, an organization started by former US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords that fights gun violence, is working with Everytown and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America to plan the main march on Washington, as well as sister rallies across the country.

These organizations are disgusting. It’s one thing to advocate for misguided policies. That’s their right. It’s another to use children to advance those ill-informed policies. That’s manipulating young people who’ve just been through a traumatic experience. That’s cold-blooded. That’s unacceptable.

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