As students across America prepare for the March 4 Our Lives on March 24, 2018, the NRA will greet them with talking points which may sound reasonable but are really circular arguments that cannot be won. This meme is one of them.
Let’s parse it: If guns kill people, then pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk and spoons make people fat. The point of this argument is that guns, pencils, cars, spoons are inert objects that can’t do anything by themselves. Only the person wielding the object determines if it’s used responsibly or irresponsibly, for good or ill.
This “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” premise falls apart quickly when you consider the following statistics based on years of gun violence research.
A gun in the home increases the chance of being killed by firearms 72%.
A gun in the home is responsible for a vast majority of children killed by firearms.
A gun in the home is 22 times more likely to be used in a suicide, homicide or accident than to be used for self-defense.
A gun in the home triples the risk of homicide.
A gun in the home increases the likelihood of suicide five-fold.
An abused woman is 6 times more likely to be murdered if there is a gun in the home.
I asked my brother last night. “So, did you hear about Trump making Sessions fire FBI Deputy Director Andy McCabe?”
“Oh yeah, he’s that corrupt FBI agent who took money from Hillary Clinton while he was investigating the Clinton Foundation.”
“No Stan, Mr McCabe is not that corrupt FBI agent who took money from Hillary Clinton while he was investigating the Clinton Foundation. Why do you think he got fired just 2 hours before his 50th birthday & 26 hours before he was eligible for his full pension & benefits after 21 years of honorable service to the United States?”
“Well, I don’t know anything about that but Sarah Sanders said it’s well documented McCabe is a bad player.”
“No Stan, it is not well documented the former Deputy Director of the FBI is a bad player. Just because Press Secretary Sarah Sanders says something doesn’t make it true. ”
“Well, you don’t want Sharia Law in America do you?”
I will forever be haunted by the child’s voice on the phone “My name is Nicolas Cruz. My mother died recently and I don’t know what to do.”
Nicolas Cruz, the shooter at Stoneman Douglas in Parkland, Florida, is a teenager and, until recently, a student himself at the 3000-student high school. Since his Valentine’s Day Massacre which claimed 17 lives, much has been published about the 19-year old’s troubled life. Arrested a short time after the attack by local police, Cruz faces 17 counts of premeditated murder. The prosecutor is calling for the death penalty. Cruz has indicated he’ll plead guilty if the death penalty is taken off the table.
Seeing Nicolas Cruz as he’s brought into court, I am taken by how thin, deflated he looks. Caved chest, head hanging low as possible, he shuffles to the defense table with shackled waist, ankles and wrists. He is a shell of a teenager, traumatized, dejected, unable to look up or respond to anything around him.
Politicians are quick to cast blame on the system for not stopping a “sicko” from an “act of pure evil.” Although law enforcement, social services and/or other emergency agencies had (supposedly) been alerted some 39 times in the last two years that Cruz was a danger to himself and others, he was allowed to accumulate 10 weapons of varying types and calibers including the AR-15 assault rifle.
The weapon of choice among ardent 2nd Amenders & the National Rifle Association, the semi-automatic AR-15 was used in the mass murders at Pulse Nightclub, the Aurora, Colorado movie theater, the Las Vegas outdoor concert, the Sutherland, TX church, and Sandy Hook Elementary School 5 years ago. In each case, the weapon and high-velocity ammunition were obtained legally.
Nicolas Cruz is the poster child of the lone wolf who commits mass shootings in America. Unable to buy a handgun until age 21, Cruz needed to be just 18 years old to purchase his AR-15 and train on a youth gun range funded in part with a grant from the NRA. Disaffected, disassociated, socially inept, an outlier who never fit in, he was that kid who can never be normal.
As Cruz drifted farther from normalcy, he found kindred spirits, an accepting family of some very fine people – skinheads, white nationalists, Anglo-Americans, NeoNazis. Indeed, Cruz allegedly scratched swastikas onto the metal ammo clips he left behind signifying his intent and purpose.
The argument is made that millions of gun owners have tough lives but they don’t shoot up schools. Why did Nicolas Cruz fall off the edge into an orgy of blood and violence against his own peers?
His mother died suddenly just months before from a case of the flu. There were only 4 people at her funeral – himself, his brother and two former neighbors. The family of a classmate invited Nicolas to live with them but it’s clear the loss of his mother was so significant that tragedy of some kind was inevitable.
As I approach the end years of my life, I am awestruck, dumbfounded by the events taking off around me in the world. I have always been accused of being about 5 years ahead of everyone else and these days are no exception. I need to be careful because I know I sound crazy when muttering to myself, “Russians! Money Laundering! Nazis in the White House! OH MY GOD! HOLY CRAP!”
Breaking news Tuesday, March 13, 2018: President Trump fired his Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, this morning via a Tweet. Broadsided and deeply emotional, Tillerson delivered a warning to protect and defend the Constitution.
Meanwhile, President Vladimir Putin of Russia continues to launch chemical / biological attacks in the United Kingdom. After a former Russian spy and his daughter were poisoned with Novichock, a known Cold War nerve toxin developed by the Soviet Union in the 1970’s,
… don’t use the words “Gun” or “Control”.
“As a country we are in a state of denial because we’ve confused the issue of the right to bear arms with the right to carry arms all the time anywhere or any place you want.”
“We have to have a different kind of conversation in America and be prepared to speak about the politically unspeakable.” Lt General Russell Honore
At what point in history will our morals, ethics, standards be so violated that our national political views are galvanized to preserve America, democracy & freedom? When do #BLUEstates talk #secession from #REDstates? #VetsRESIST #Spokane #MSDstrong #FBRParty #CommonSenseGunLaws
The National Rifle Association #NRA spreads $$ around to all sorts of civilian groups including Future Farmers of America #FFA. I fear the #BoyScouts too? “Whoever controls the search engines controls how history is written.” #SpokaneStrong #VetsRESIST #MSDStrong #FBRparty #RT
“Based in Newtown, Connecticut, our intent is to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation by providing programs and practices that protect children from gun violence.
By uniting people of all beliefs and backgrounds who value the protection of children to take meaningful actions in their homes and communities, we will prevent gun violence and stop the tragic loss of life. “
Every day 314 people are shot. Of these shootings, 41 are children 18 and under. In the US each year, 114,644 people are shot. About 14,783 are ages 18 or younger.
David Hogg, Marjorie Stoneman Douglas Senior, broadcast journalist, President of the United States of America (elected 2060).
Hogg & his 3000 + classmates, teachers & school staff survived an active shooter on the afternoon of February 14, Valentine’s Day, 2018, in Parkland FL.
It is impossible to discuss anything without first defining and agreeing on common terms. We are not talking about gun-control. We are examining whether we want to live with weapons of war in our civilian society. Our children are telling us that we have failed to keep them safe in their schools, churches, theaters, parks. roads. Indeed, our most vulnerable, our young, fear they may be shot and killed anywhere, anytime in America.
We’re not talking about infringing lawful 2nd Amendment rights or threatening to “take all your guns.” We are searching our souls as a nation for answers. Do we really value our young? Why do we have assault weapons designed for war in our civilian society? Is it realistic to depend on social service systems and civilian police forces to adequately respond to enemy attacks? Are we at war in the homeland? Who are we at war with? Who is the enemy? Us?
While adults and lawmakers again are bogged down by infighting, the next generation is taking over. If we can’t provide the answers, they will. Best for us to get out of the way. I know I work for them now.
We are a group of concerned citizens – parents, educators, lawmakers – working to make Spokane schools safe from gun violence. While the conversation swirls around “gun control” we are focused on the issue of military-grade assault weapons, meant for war, in our civilian society and the impact they have on our children’s lives. Our goal is to provide support, encouragement and assistance to students with evidence-based resources such as on the Sandy Hook Promise program.
Trump, NRA, CPAC videos in Russian on Russian website.
In December 2012 after the Sandy Hook Elementary School incident (which claimed the lives of 20 kindergartners / first-graders & six adults), National Rifle Association spokesman, Wayne La Pierre, offered thoughts & prayers to the victims of this “needless” tragedy. Following is a paraphrased account of the NRA Talking Points.
1 – It is far too soon to talk about politics. As usual, anti-2nd Amendment pundits, mainstream media, Fake News, Legacy Media are always quick to take advantage of a ratings bonanza.
2 – The system should have flagged the Monster before he could purchase 10 weapons. Everyone knew he was disturbed. The system failed to keep schools safe. The system is broken.
3 – We don’t love & protect our schools like we do airports, jewelry stores & Hollywood galas. Shame on us for letting schools become soft targets.
4 – Teachers & coaches love their students. They will gladly give their lives for the children. At Sandy Hook, the heroic principal flung herself onto the gunman, using her body as a shield. Shame on us for leaving her & all the children defenseless.
5 – If the Sandy Hook principal was armed the outcome would have been much different. MAYBE SHE COULD HAVE STOPPED the Monster & saved the children’s lives?
6 – The average school shooting takes approximately 3 minutes. First responders, SWAT are at least 8 minutes away. Shame on us for taking too long to help dying children.
7 – All it takes is a good guy with a gun against a bad guy with a gun.
8 – Teachers who are retired military, police are the perfect candidates for conceal carry.in the classrooms.
9 – A lot of Teachers will want to join the program. Teachers can earn a bit of a bonus. Even though they’ll want to conceal carry for free “For practically free, we can harden up security at our schools.” said President Donald Trump
10 – Gun-Free Zones are open invitations to freely come on in because 1 ) the bad guys are cowardly Monsters” 2) they won’t know who is armed & who isn’t so of course they’ll move along. We must immediately eliminate the deadly, dangerous Gun-Free Zone policies at all schools, public buildings, monuments, public gatherings nation wide.
11 – The NRA has offered the services of 5 million patriotic Americans to solve the terrible tragedies of school shootings.
12 – The leftist Democrats only want to obstruct common sense gun laws. Liberals, the Legacy Media, Fake News only exploit the pain & suffering of grieving white mothers for ratings.
13 – The NRA is insulted & offended by these attacks upon our God-given 2nd Amendment Rights
14 – WE WILL NEVER STOP FIGHTING TO KEEP OUR CHILDREN SAFE IN THEIR SCHOOLS..
COME & GET ‘EM