Cognitive dissonance on school shootings

I saw this Tweet from Shannon Watts:

First things first:

We need to have a serious discussion in this country about why school shootings are occurring.  What is it about current popular culture, parenting, child raising, bureaucratic action, and everything else that I can’t think of that causes kids to go these rampages.

I hear from the gray beards at work how back in the day, they used to leave guns in their cars in the school parking lots if they went hunting before class or shooting after school.  So clearly teens having access to guns isn’t the limiting factor here.

I get that Shannon wants you to vote for anti-gun politicians because she is of the intractable cult mindset that if you just banned AR-15’s school shootings will dry up.

Now on to part two:

The article this she is referencing is this:

Delco teachers’ lesson: barricades, active shooters and classroom hiding places

When Noelle Newton started her career as a counselor a decade ago, back-to-school preparations meant decorating classrooms and reviewing procedures for the after-school pickup line.

But on Wednesday afternoon, she prepped for the start of the new school year by learning how to barricade a classroom door while an “active shooter” — actually another teacher with a nerf gun — tried to force her way in. In the next drill, Newton and the other teachers threw tennis balls, symbolizing staplers or books, to try and stun the mock killer.

“It’s sad, really sad,” said Newton, who works at Marple Newtown’s Loomis Elementary School in Delaware County. But she said she’s glad she’s prepared because the threat of violence is “something that scares me every day.”

From breaking a choke hold to stanching the blood from a gunshot wound, the two-day Teacher Safety Workshop offered up a realistic if unrelentingly grim glimpse into threats increasingly faced by America’s teachers in the post-Parkland era. The workshop drew about 75 educators and was sponsored by Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland and state Sen. Tom McGarrigle.

This is the cognitive dissonance I was talking about.

They acknowledge that the threat of school shooters is real.  They want combat school shooters by throwing staplers and books, and with choke holds.

They refuse to put more armed people in school.  They refuse to let teachers with CCW permits carry in school.  They want me to believe that at classroom distance (25 yards) it’s unreasonable to expect someone with a handgun to take on a shooter with an AR-15.  Yet, they are going to train to take down the same asshole with an AR-15 with staplers.

It is acceptable to load your school approved self defense weapon with Swingline but not Golden Saber.

They are training to fight with ineffective tools because the effective ones are “bad.”

That’s insanity.

9 Replies to “Cognitive dissonance on school shootings”

  1. There’s a class of medicines given to the mentally ill which has the rare side effect of uncontrollable violence. The side effect is most common in young men who skip their doses. If you want to ban something, ban prescriptions of SSRI antidepressants to young men who are not in a confinement situation like a mental hospital.

    So the liberals are insane, fine. But conservatives are just as insane for obeying the liberals.

    1. Those medications already include large, bold letter statements about the danger with adolescents. Odds are these are kids either with unmedicated issues or who stopped taking their medications.

  2. I am a teacher. I am not allowed to carry a gun at school. Instead, I have to rely on the school resource officer. If we learned anything from the shooting in February, it should be that the SRO can be completely useless because he is hiding while children die, and that SRO will still be able to retire with full benefits.

    The so-called experts say that no one who is armed with “just a handgun” should be expected to take on a shooter that is armed with an AR-15, yet they demand that we do so by throwing books at them.

    Then there are the teachers who claim that they don’t want to be armed, and threaten to quit if there are armed teachers on campus.

    There are the parents who say that they don’t want guns around their children.

    There are students who claim that teachers will shoot them when angry because students don’t do their homework.

    Instead, incidents get used to campaign for more gun control. We have tried that in numerous cities and states, and it hasn’t worked, but that doesn’t stop them from wanting to do it harder.

  3. Treason is giving aid and comfort to the enemy in wartime, such as by pointedly obeying the enemy’s bad laws. As I’m sure you know, it was illegal to refuse to get on the boxcar. Without the obedience of millions of criminal accomplices and accessories, Hitler would just be a madman ranting on a streetcorner. When the revolution comes, I predict everyone that has made a point of obeying bad laws will be released on Liberal Utopia, a treeless island off the coast of Alaska, where they can live in harmony with nature without the corrupting influence of fossil fuels.

    1. The muckraking guy in the boxcar line MAY ACTUALLY BE an informant. What did East Germany have, half the population spying on the other half? But that doesn’t mean his advice of taking an exit before the bridge is out is wrong. Being enthusiastically law-abiding is not the best strategy in every situation.

  4. The informant/agent provocateur/ATF mole is going to be that guy from out of town, who either nobody can vouch for or who gets introduced by Fred (that dude who was in that trouble and then it went away and he didn’t have to go to jail after all), who always talks a good game and maybe can deliver results “off stage” but never seems to get his hands dirty when there’s someone else watching. He’ll be at all the meetings he can manage and even contribute some “good ideas”, but will never just “self-start” and get something done on his own. He may have a beer but will never get drunk, he may hold the bag but will never take a hit or a bump. See Donnie Brasco, Jay Doybins, et cetera.

  5. A long history with a person tells you his motivations and loyalties; it doesn’t tell you whether the strategy suggested is a good one. Most of the people in the boxcar lines were loyal to their tribe, but that didn’t do them any good.

    Millions in Germany failed to discriminate between when it was and wasn’t wise to break the law. Don’t repeat that mistake. I don’t want you to comment “Yes! I will break the law!”. I do want you to not disparage people who are damning obeying bad laws with faint praise.

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