The Parkland Paroxysm

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attic owl
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The Parkland Paroxysm

There are approximately 30,000 secondary schools in the US. One unbalanced student shot up a secondary school and killed 17 students. This very rare event set in motion the usual frenzy by the leftist press to greatly alter our rights under the Second Amendment of our country. So what else is new ??!!! We’ve seen it all before. The response is, of course, the predictable “never let a crises go to waste.” But is it a crisis that cool reason should be stampeded by? No. What happened is sad, very sad, but to get on the emotional roller coaster that the left wing press would have us jump on is unwise. The press lives by these tragedies garnering audience share and readership, but they present to us a picture lacking in context in order to achieve political goals. How many secondary school students were killed in sports related activities, in school bus accidents, in non firearms murders in schools, in car crashes etc. Last year the NSC estimated that 40,200 people died on our roads. How many were secondary school students. The press shows us a very opportunistic feature of our culture pulling on our heartstrings to achieve political ends. It is odd that major users of the First Amendment should try to diminish the amendment that is the backstop for preventing a dictatorship in the USA that would surely curtail the freedom of the press. What do your rational faculties lead you to think about this?

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Well said, attic owl. You

Well said, attic owl. You raise some valid points with which I certainly agree.

The weekly death toll among teens and twenty-year-olds on the streets of Chicago would seemingly receive the same response from the media, but alas, we rarely hear about the gang shootings that occur there.

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I know this is farfetched,

I know this is farfetched, black helicopter stuff.....what if there is some linkage between these mass shootings and the Russians in a continuing effort to strip Americans of their gun ownership...Who knows what kind of social media websites these loonies might be tuned into...?

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I agree with your post.

I agree with your post.
I also believe there is a limited need for AR type weapons vs. the apparent compelling desire of wanting one.

The answer lies in the identification of individuals (such as in Florida) and the ability address the issues with that person.
Unfortunately to address this problem one will have to dig into the previously trod ground of mental health. Which in the name of "reform" we made it okay to be a loon and run around with more concern for ones rights than the potential for harm to themselves or others. We also provide inadequate services for those
out and free but afflicted. Mental Health is one of the primere areas of Liberal /Progressive activism .

There is not an easy answer but the zeal for something to be done usually will lead to ineffective solutions/

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A woman I know posted the

A woman I know posted the following on Facebook..."Some say we should arm every teacher but, you bastards won't even buy them pencils or printer ink and now...you got the budget for Glocks."

Well, this well-meaning but dim-witted Liberal (yes she is one of them) seems to have forgotten that it is she and her Town neighbors are the ones that fund schools, pencils, priner ink, etc. She is, therefore, one of the Bastards she is railing against.

She is dumb but then again again she is a Liberal?Democrat who chooses to eschew the thought process when opening her yap!

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I suppose your take on

I suppose your take on property taxes couldn't have played any part of that comment.

Tom C
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School superintendents get

School superintendents get fat 6-figure salaries, we build multi-million dollar school buildings, teachers get gold-plated health insurance benefits...

... and we have to hold bake sales to get pencils for the kids?

What's wrong with this picture?

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The corporate media, the same

The corporate media, the same media that pushes for open borders, invade the world, invite the world is a media that is big government and socialist in intent. Many are Marxists and believe in creative destruction, whether reeking havoc in foreign lands and promoting it here and there across the globe.

How can you have a relatively bloodless coup when the peons are armed? interesting how the FBI have missed several of these bad characters while being warned ahead of time. Bigger and one world, we are the world, government is what the corporate media push.

The puppets in DC get bribes from these one worlders, they call them campaign contributions, and even for those not on the dole, what politician ever thought that he did not have the solution to everything.

All you can say is come and take them and be deadly serious about it, unless you want your grandchildren to be slaves.

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Here in Brunswick, teachers

Here in Brunswick, teachers get a minimum of $2,000 a year in guaranteed raises just for showing up.

Far as I'm concerned, they can buy some pencils and kleenex. Or tell the admin that school supplies is a higher priority than their salary increases.

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But the Fed's have no trouble

But the Fed's have no trouble setting up some wannabe with a fake bomb and then busting him... How many school shootings must we have before liberals realize gun free zones are just advertisements for target rich environments.

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The Russians just want to sow

The Russians just want to sow discord by hyping up the extremes in our country:
https://www.wired.com/story/pro-gun-russian-bots-flood-twitter-after-par...

In this case, they are trying to manipulate the far right to rally. If you look at the latest Mueller indictment, the Russians also stoked Bernie supporters too.

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Wasn't there a time when we

Wasn't there a time when we hoped the Russians would have freedom of speech like us ?

There is time when Benji wished Obama had not meddled .

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Here are a couple of more

Here are a couple of more points to think about.

(1) This relentless elevations of the whole episode in the Parkland School by the press----it has gone on for days----must be creating would be copy cats. It must. The press, even Fox News, has joined the parade.

(2) It is important for citizens in a democracy to have the wherewithal to resist any attempts to impose a totalitarian police state on the people. Here in just the 20th century have leftists done so. This note was sent to me by a retired Maine Probation Officer who reminds us about the dangers of disarming the people.

A LITTLE GUN HISTORY
*In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
*In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
*Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.
*China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.
*Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
*Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
*Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million educated people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
56 million defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control:
You won't see this data on the US evening news, or hear politicians disseminating this information. Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws adversely affect only the law-abiding citizens. Take note my fellow Americans, before it's too late! The next time someone talks in favor of gun control, please remind them of this history lesson.
With guns, we are "citizens". Without them, we are "subjects" During WWII the Japanese decided not to invade America because they knew most Americans were ARMED!
If you value your freedom, please spread this antigun-control message to all of your friends.
SWITZERLAND ISSUES EVERY HOUSEHOLD A GUN!
SWITZERLAND'S GOVERNMENT TRAINS EVERY ADULT THEY ISSUE A RIFLE TO.
SWITZERLAND HAS THE LOWEST GUN RELATED CRIME RATE OF ANY CIVILIZED COUNTRY IN THE WORLD!!!
IT'S A NO BRAINER! DON'T LET OUR GOVERNMENT WASTE MILLIONS OF OUR TAX DOLLARS IN AN EFFORT TO MAKE ALL LAW ABIDING CITIZENS AN EASY TARGET.
Spread the word everywhere you can that you are a firm believer in the 2nd Amendment! It's time to speak loud before they try to silence and disarm us.
You're not imagining it, history shows that governments always manipulate tragedies to attempt to disarm the people.

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I generally oppose gun

I generally oppose gun control,but I support the ban on assault weapons and I support a slightly longer waiting period to purchase a gun. With today's internet technology we should be able to tell within 72 hours if a potential gun owner has a record.

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Define "assault weapon".

Define "assault weapon".

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I apologize. My entire last

I apologize. My entire last post was a quote from Donald J. Trump in his book, "The America We Deserve" (2000).

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Ugenatoo, I'm confident the

Ugenatoo, I'm confident the term "assault weapon" was invented by some whiz kid in some left wing politicians staff. It was genius. The expression was current in the 40's and refered to just a few infantry weapons. The expression itself, cleverly carries its own damnation. first "assault" which is bad and "weapon" always bad, at least in the minds of hoplophobes. With the new definition, my grandfather in Washington County had an assault weapon in 1910.

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So, either

So, either
1) All guns are assault weapons,
Or
2) No guns are assault weapons.
Which is it TC?

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Ask your orange populist

Ask your orange populist savior.

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I was directly quoting the

I was directly quoting the stable genius, Donald Trump. He used the term "assault weapons" in his book, "The America We Deserve" published in 2000.

"I generally oppose gun control,but I support the ban on assault weapons and I support a slightly longer waiting period to purchase a gun. With today's internet technology we should be able to tell within 72 hours if a potential gun owner has a record." - Donald J. Trump

If you write the White House to ask him, please use crayon. Throw in some Playboy pics and a photo of Vladimir Putin for a bigly quick response.

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If President Trump proposed a

If President Trump proposed a ban on all semi automatic weapons and their immediate confiscation ,the democrats would fight it to a standstill......on another point do you think the msm will ever become cognitive enough to realize that they have been colluding with the Russians ?

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Hey attic foul, your cut and

Hey attic foul, your cut and paste job is from like, 2004. Don't you have any more recent misleading propaganda to vomit up?

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There doesn’t appear to be

There doesn’t appear to be any mention of how the shooter walked into the school with a AR 15,he’s not a student , he’s been expelled ,most schoools have video monitoring...where’s the footage of him entering the school? Even in the prehistoric times the late sixties and early seventies when I was in HS you had to check in at the front office if you came in late ........The vice principal was always hanging around th front hallway.....nobody “snuck in.”

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Thomas Carter points out the

Thomas Carter points out the failings of voting for the two party system and a billionaire from NY NY.

They say what the people want to hear and people are stupid enough to believe them. Of course we all know what would be happening in DC right now is that criminal bitch Hilliary was elected. This the dilemma we find ourselves in.

What they should do when they pass the ban on semi-autos is have the antifa crowd and Matt go around and knock on doors, now that would be worth it, and solve some problems.

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Gee. Banning semi-autos

Gee. Banning semi-autos leaves you with pumps; double barrels; bolt actions; revolvers; and single shots, right?

I imagine LEO's will love having revolvers as their sidearms. Six shots and reload. Bring back the ammo belts!

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How is the ban working in

How is the ban working in Connecticut, Matt, Thomas? Bet it gave the liberals a false sense of security, just like the idiotic gun free zones.
https://www.grandviewoutdoors.com/guns/connecticut-ar-15-magazine-ban-up...

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Well, we've observed the

Well, we've observed the frenzy over the Parkland shooting. I pointed out that there are approximately 30,000 secondary schools. Emotion stirred up by the press, and it is still going on, pushes aside the obvious fact that school shootings are very very rare. But that emotion is very handy when it comes to disarming us and thwarting the rights of Americans in the Second amendment. These school shootings are rare events. Never let a crisis go to waste.

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I bet your town has "Drug

I bet your town has "Drug Free Zones" like mine does, complete with signs.

Which means any unmarked areas are "Drug Use OK" Zones.

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I am surprised that no

I am surprised that no liberal has ever w/o degree why we have cars that can far exceed the speed limits turning them into assault weapons, for that matter we are all driving assault weapons,

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Any solution to the problem

Any solution to the problem of gun violence is going to have trade-offs and failures.

The puzzle now becomes, which trade-offs do we prefer?

A lesson learned from our history is that prohibition does not work.
It failed with alcohol, it's failing with drugs, it won't work with guns.

So, if it's true that kids live in fear that they're going to be shot and killed at school, what would work to guarantee their safety?
We organize our education system around common schools where all our kids gather on a predictable schedule that's known to the public; that's a tremendous vulnerability.
The wonder is that there haven't been more people killed in school shootings, given the level of anxiety about it.
There is a way to make every school safe from gun violence.
Bring the TSA model to all schools, with a protected perimeter, a check point for entry, and routine inspection of bags, etc.
Require an appointment for anyone other than a teacher or student to get into the school while students are present.

Now your school is safe.
This will never be done, because the trade-offs are significant.
First, it would cost a lot of money. Maybe Bloomberg could fund a grant program.
Second, our communities would resist turning our schools into limited-access fortresses. That would be letting the shooters win.
Or something like that.

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They could button up all the

They could button up all the guns and the killers will find a way.......With unguarded schools what is to stop a terrorist or crazy from walking in with a bomb strapped to their torso ...?

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