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.

Jake Tapper discovers journalism

I used to to have respect for Jake Tapper.  CNN was  failing organization, but Tapper still had some journalistic integrity.  That was until the Parkland Town Hall.

Not all the bodies were buried and CNN orchestrated a two hour hate on the NRA, Dana Loesch, and Marco Rubio.

Now, nearly six months later, Jake Tapper is acknowledging the path to the shooting that was uncovered by the quality work of the Sun Sentinel.

Maybe back in February, the CNN town hall should of consisted of the Parkland kids and the parents of those killed engage in a public grilling of Sheriff Israel, the Broward County school board, and the Broward County Department of Children and Family Services.

Hell, they should have even brought in the Chief for Police for the City of Clear Water just to heap shit on Sheriff Israel about why the BSO kept them from responding.

Jake Tapper should have asked Sheriff Israel and Scot Peterson why he didn’t follow protocol.  Why Cruz was never arrested and charged after some 40 or more encounters with the BSO.  Why did the BSO ignore the warning and tips.  Why the school board didn’t follow up with Cruz’s request for special schooling or why his behavioral problems with the Promise Program were covered up.

All the would have been a lot more relevant.

But that’s hard work that takes time.  Let some local paper do the digging, CNN has to generate ratings with a spectacle of injustice.

I would give anything for the first question of the town hall on February 22nd to be addressed to Scot Peterson and for it to have been:

Deputy Peterson, you are a School Resource Office. Your job, your only job, is to maintain the safety of the children at MSD High School.  So why when Nicholas Crus started shooting, did you violate policy and drive away in a golf cart and hide behind a stair case like a chicken shit coward?

When Trump calls the media the enemy of the people, it’s shit like this that makes it so I can’t get too upset about it.

CNN lead an attack on the NRA and gun rights.  The CNN town hall birthed the Parkland kids’ activism that resulted in the passing of gun control in Florida.

If CNN had presented at the town hall then what the Sun Sentinel has revealed now, I bet the bill passed as a result of the Parkland shooting would have been to strip public employees of qualified immunity and an enforceable dereliction of duty standard.

Tapper acknowledging the work of the Sun Sentinel now, half a year after his court of public opinion show trial is just insulting and shows why the media can’t be trusted.

Will somebody ask David Hogg this question for me

Will he vote for any of the school board members in Broward County that failed at every opportunity to stop Cruz and allowed him to go his rampage if they run for reelection as Democrats?

It seems that he is more anti-Republican than anti-“the people who screwed up.”

If that is the case, his opinion is worth even less than it is now.

Alabama is a great place for S&W

So March For Our Lives is marching from Boston to the S&W factory to protest…  Because harassing a bunch of factory workers at their place of employment is some how going to undo the Broward County Sheriffs Office’s screw ups.

Smith & Wesson is about to learn the same lesson that Kimber and Remington have learned.  The North East corridor is no place for gun companies.  Sure, Remington still has a plant in Ilion, New York and upstate New York is different, but as long at NYC calls the shots at the state level, it will suck for them.  All of Remington’s “non NYC friendly” products, the handguns, AR-15, etc. are made in Alabama.

Speaking of Alabama, besides Remington in Huntsville, Steyr Arms USA is in Bessemer outside of Birmingham, and Kimber is moving to Troy.

So allow me to be the first to say to Smith & Wesson:

“Alabama is great, you should come on down.  The people and nice and the laws are gun friendly.  You’re not going to have to worry about getting marched on down here.”

Maybe someone with American Outdoor Brands will realized just how unwelcome they are up there and move to a state that likes having gun companies.


A great message for Shannon Watts to push

From Shannon Watts’ Twitter:

Good ‘ol intersectional Shannon.  That’s what America needs more of, being told that our National Anthem is not radical enough or filled with self flagellating social justice.

From NPR:

Till Victory Is Won: The Staying Power Of ‘Lift Every Voice And Sing’

On the other hand, the song that theoretically should link all Americans together, “The Star Spangled Banner,” falls short of that goal according to Shana Redmond.

“The National Anthem, ‘The Star Spangled Banner,’ was missing something — was missing a radical history of inclusion, was missing an investment in radical visions of the future of equality, of parity,” she says. “‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ became a counterpoint to those types of absences and elisions.”

The National Anthem is the Star Spangled Banner.  That is the first part of the poem Defence of Fort M’Henry by Francis Scott Key, set to music.  The poem was written in 1814 by Key as he watched the British shell the American fort.

Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

There is nothing about race or radical visions in this.  This is the story of early America.  A fledgling nation being attacked by a global super power, the British Empire, and defending itself and persevering.

This is a song of pride in an underdog nation, and the symbolism of the flag of the United State flying under relentless bombardment.

The beauty of our National Anthem is that it doesn’t draw on religious or ethnic unity, it is pride in the fortitude and resilience of America as symbolized by our flag.

“Lift Every Voice and Sing” was first performed in 1900, at a segregated school in Jacksonville, Fla., by a group of 500 children celebrating the anniversary of the birth of President Lincoln. The first verse opens with a command to optimism, praise and freedom:

Lift every voice and sing
Till earth and Heaven ring
Ring with the harmonies of liberty

The second verse reminds us to never forget the suffering and obstacles of the past:

Stony the road we trod
Bitter the chastening rod
Felt in the days when hope unborn had died

Pardon me, but that is a shitty National Anthem if it forces us to reflect on past injustices and oppression.  I don’t want to be made to feel guilty about slavery before a baseball game.

“Lift Every Voice and Sing” faded from popularity towards the end of the civil rights movement in favor of songs like “We Shall Overcome.” Askew says the song’s recognition as a black national anthem is actually one of the reasons it has moved in and out of favor.

“There were many African-Americans who were in conflict with that idea,” Askew says. “They were saying, ‘Well, if we have marched, and we have attained what we hope to be equality, we can’t have a black anthem. We need an anthem that links us all together.”

I agree.  Having a “black National Anthem” is very close to the idea of American ethno-nationalism and ethno-separatism.  The National Anthem is for white people, Lift Every Voice is for Black people, etc. and the result is that America balkanizes as each race has a different anthem.

No wonder this song is being brought back.  The Social Justice crowd wants ethno-separatism.  We see this in the call for POC only dorms and graduations.

A few years ago La Raza tried this with Nuestro Himno which was a sort-of translation of the Star Spangled Banner into Spanis.  The name, Nuestro Himno means “our anthem” separating it from the National Anthem, suggesting that Hispanics are somehow different and in need of their own Anthem that is not the National Anthem.

Shannon Watts pushing this idea that the National Anthem isn’t for black people and not inclusionary is affirming racist Social Justice segregation and ethno-nationalism.

You can’t hate the alt-right and neo-Nazis and support this without being a raging hypocrite. Which is exactly what Shannon Watts is.

Another Parkland parent with a really bad message

I can’t imagine the pain of losing a child, especially losing a child in something like a school shooting.  I understand that grief does terrible things to a person’s psyche, and in the immediate aftermath of a tragedy, people can do or think things that make so sense to a rational and sober person.

One of the problems with today’s political climate is that rather than let these grieving parents alone, they are turned into activists and folk heroes, which exacerbates their emotional problems.

Rather than come back to a rational center (assuming they had one) they go further and further off into distraught la-la land.

Take the case of Manuel Oliver whose son, Joaquin was killed at Parkland.  Manuel has become an anti-gun/anti-NRA street artist activist.

His foundation – because now every parent starts a foundation after something like this – is called Change the Ref.

On a side note, this foundation thing makes me uncomfortable.   Trayvon’s parents have the Trayvon Martin foundation.  There is Newtown Action, Orange Ribbons for Jamie, Parkland Survivors, etc.  They all seem to take in huge sums of money.  Yes, these people can say they are not doing it for the money, but when they are the center of attention at lucrative fund raisers, is that what they tell themselves so they don’t feel like you are profiteering off tragedy.

So why is Oliver’s foundation called Change the Ref?  Let Oliver explain in a Tweet.

First thing, to an objective reader, it seems like this is a family of sore losers.  I know that sounds mean, but there is no evidence in this anecdote that they were ever proven right that the ref was biased.  They didn’t like the outcome and so assumed they were the victims of dishonesty.

How this relates to politics is that anybody who opposes their gun control demands has been bought – presumably by the NRA and the system is unfair.  By refs they mean elected officials.

This is the narrative being constructed: politicians who support gun rights are dishonest and have been compromised, while the anti-gun politicians are honest, unbiased, and pure and clean as the driven snow.

That’s wrong.  The vast majority of people who support gun rights do it because they honestly believe in it.  Moreover, this reduces the argument to “everyone who disagrees with me is a cheater and a bad person.”  We’ve already seen how this “everyone who disagrees with me is a Nazi/Russian Bot/etc” has played out in political debate.  Hint: not well.

So where he and his side see Change the Ref as virtuous, to the outside it comes off as a sore loser accusing everyone on the other side of corruption.