“News” item “breaking out” this morning. I chose the less incendiary article.
ZOMG! The NRA trained the Killer! They are a terrorist organization!
And the first paragraph does help in creating that narrative.
“The troubled teen authorities say killed 17 people at a Florida high school excelled in an air-rifle marksmanship program supported by a grant from the National Rifle Association Foundation, part of a multimillion-dollar effort by the gun group to support youth shooting clubs and other programs.
Nikolas Cruz, 19, was wearing a maroon shirt with the logo from the Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School when he was arrested Wednesday shortly after the shooting. Former JROTC cadets told The Associated Press that Cruz was a member of the small varsity marksmanship team that trained together after class and traveled to other area schools to compete.”
Damn the NRA, what the fuck they were thinking? What did they do?
“Records show that the Stoneman Douglas JROTC program received $10,827 in non-cash assistance from the NRA’s fundraising and charitable arm in 2016, when Cruz was on the squad. The school’s program publicly thanked the NRA Foundation on its Twitter feed.
A spokeswoman for the NRA declined to comment on Friday. The top officers of the foundation are all current or former executives of the NRA.”
So they did not train Nikolas Cruz… but they gave money… wait, it was a no-cash assistance. So what did they give to the schools JROTC? Kevlar Panels among other things.
“Junior Colton Haab, a second lieutenant and platoon leader in the school’s JROTC, told The Associated Press that he helped usher about 90 students into the room where cadets train with pellet rifles. Haab moved the Kevlar sheets used as a backdrop for target practice away from the wall and told everyone to hide behind them. As it was, the shooter never approached the ROTC rooms.
Haab said he sees nothing negative about the NRA’s contribution to the JROTC program. In fact, he said, the equipment the group funded could have helped save the students’ lives if the gunman had targeted them.
“So I think the NRA actually bonused us in a way,” he said.”
OUCH! And it has already been covered but the NRA’s contribution is not mentioned.
Allow me to correct myself on that last remark because the original article does mention the NRA’s contribution, but what you don’t see is where it is mentioned. Bear with me with the net screen capture: Although reduced in size, it is long but needed to prove the point.
The blue square encircles the opening statement I posted at the beginning. The red square parcels out the part where the NRA-Donated shields were used to protect students. The AP Journalists spend half the article seeding your mind with the idea of the evil NRA’s hand directly steering the tragedy, but they finally fess up but only so far down that maybe they hope you don’t bother to read it… or just they couldn’t fit it before for reasons unexplained.
I don’t need to help you add two plus two. And no, I do not think it was a mistake on their part. I do believe they are that much of a scum.