This is part of the problem

New York PostThe fact that teachers could soon be allowed to carry firearms inside schools wasn’t sitting well with gun-control supporters, either.

“It bothers me to think as a father of two young boys to tell them to not be aggressive to your teacher,” said Sen. Oscar Branynon (D-Miami Gardens).

Why would telling your children not to be aggressive towards their teacher be a problem?

I mean, sure, he's implying that an armed teacher might be tempted to shoot his kids in self defense because they are being aggressive. But if that happened -- and has it ever actually happened? Of course not, it's a hypothetical just like blood running in the streets from concealed carry not too long ago -- and the teachers were not armed, but would have shot his kids if they had been armed, then haven't his kids just committed assault and battery with deadly force? Is the answer to that really to just let the kids assault teachers with impunity?

Yes, tell your children not to be aggressive towards their teacher. Whether or not your teacher is armed to defend himself and his students from mass murder should have no bearing on that. You should tell your children not to be aggressive towards their teachers because their teachers are human beings due reasonable respect rather than aggression, in positions of authority as staff of the educational institution, and acting in loco parentis to the students. So the students should be treating their teachers with roughly the same amount of respect they treat their own parents, whether or not those teachers are armed.

Ideally, the students would never know if their teacher was armed or not, and wouldn't care one way or the other -- until their lives were saved by a gun they never realized was present.

Tue Feb 27 10:59:14 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Florida arms teachers and raises gun purchase age

New York PostFlorida lawmakers shot down an amendment on Monday that would have banned semi-automatic “assault” weapons like the AR-15 used in the Parkland school massacre.

They did, however, agree to raise the legal age for purchasing a firearm to 21 — and approved legislation that would give teachers the right to carry guns in school, NBC-2 reports.

The amendments were introduced as part of a packaged set of bills being offered up following Nikolas Cruz’ alleged shooting spree at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

I'd guess we'll have a Supreme Court case about whether 18 year olds can have their fundamental rights limited until they are 21. (Alcohol is a trickier case because the amendment that repealed prohibition also allowed for regulation; and state law is different from federal law, though the 2nd Amendment has now been incorporated against the states). It's likely to take a while to get there, though.

Arming teachers can take effect much faster, and may have some beneficial effects. Mass spree killings are so rare that it's hard to really measure the effects of legislation like this.

Is it a good compromise? No, I don't think so. Not when police ignore the warning signs for someone like the killer in this case. Fix the problem: identifying those with mental health problems and who are prone to violence, make sure they are on the NICS list, and confined if necessary. At the very least, if they are making threats, prosecute them for those threats.

This is just a committee vote, not a final vote, so if you live in Florida you still have time to get involved.

Tue Feb 27 10:59:14 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Broward County Sheriffs given orders to stay out of the building?

Daily WireOn Monday, Fox News host Laura Ingraham revealed in an exclusive that Broward County Sheriff's Deputies were supposedly told not to enter Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School unless they had body cameras on, which they did not have.

Ingraham also revealed that police "lost radio transmissions" during the shooting, which also happened at the mass shooting at Fort Lauderdale airport shooting last year, which is also in Broward County.

Fox News later reported that Broward County Sheriffs deputies would not let medical personnel into the school while students bled out until the school was cleared.

If your choice is to go in without body cameras, or let kids die, and you choose to let kids die... if you choose to let kids bleed out in their classrooms after the shooter has left the building... then you are a despicable human being who has no business working as a police officer. And that applies to the people giving the orders as well as the people obeying them.

Tue Feb 27 10:59:14 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Trump in positive approval rating and beating Obama

RasmussenThe Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Forty-nine percent (49%) disapprove.

This is the president’s highest job approval rating since mid-June of last year. President Obama earned 45% approval on this date in the second year of his presidency.

Remember when the media treated Obama with kid gloves and was very careful to shield him from basically anything negative? Remember how the current Press spends all day attacking Trump over things as silly as a typo in a tweet?

That Trump is in positive territory with likely voters despite all that is amazing. That Trump's ratings are better than Obama's (at this point in Obama's presidency) despite the press attacking Trump and boosting Obama ... well, I don't even know a good term to describe it.

Tue Feb 27 09:59:14 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

There's Russian collusion among the Democrats

American GreatnessInvestigating any possible crimes committed by members of the Clinton campaign or the Obama administration apparently is taboo, given the exalted status of both. But every time Mueller seeks to find incidental wrongdoing by those around Trump, he only makes the case stronger that behavior by those involved in the Clinton campaign and the Obama administration should be investigated.

If such matters are not treated in an unbiased manner, we are not a nation of equality under the law, but a banana republic masquerading as a democracy.

Mueller certainly won't investigate any of the crimes described here that were openly committed and not part of the public record by the Democrats. Someone else might -- a special counsel who was not a participant in those crimes, for example. But I think the core problem here is simple: when Clinton lost, all those who had committed crimes to support her candidacy had a sudden epiphany.

They realized that if Trump remained in office, he would inevitably discover what they had done, and just as inevitably expose them publicly and prosecute them. At best they would lose their jobs and their power.

At that point it became a matter of survival for those involved.

Tue Feb 27 09:59:14 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

ICE raids in Texas

LifezetteA massive sweep in Texas this month resulted in 145 arrests, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials.

It is the latest sign that President Donald Trump’s administration is ramping up interior immigration enforcement.

ICE agents targeted illegal immigrants who either had criminal convictions or had re-entered the United States after they were previously deported. The raids focused on south and central Texas.

A "massive sweep" is 145 arrests? That doesn't seem very massive. But, regardless, it's progress. And with most of the people arrested having prior criminal records or prior deportations, it's fair to say that they aren't upstanding members of the community.

Is this Trump's way of increasing pressure on the Democrats to make an immigration deal that funds his wall, or just business as usual in an America where immigration laws are enforced? Either way I'm glad to see it, because this will mean some 145 criminals are no longer in the US, and 86 of them were criminals for reasons in addition to their immigration status.

Tue Feb 27 09:59:14 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Why we only see crazy leftists on TV

I figure it's pretty simple.

Being crazy gets you on TV, because crazy is entertaining.
Being Republican (or worse, libertarian) keeps you off TV.

People seem to mistake "getting on tv" and the resulting votes as a measure of "popularity", when in fact, it's a measure of brand recognition.

Tue Feb 27 09:59:14 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Turn in your guns and trust the government to protect you?

Tue Feb 27 05:49:50 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Democrats introduce ban on semi-automatic firearms

Washington ExaminerHouse Democrats have introduced a bill banning semi-automatic firearms in the wake of the Feb. 14 shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla.

Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., announced Monday he is introducing the Assault Weapons Ban of 2018. More than 150 Democrats have signed on in support of the legislation, Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., said.

150 Democrats on the day he introduces the thing? In an election year? Ok, this is serious.

And the legislation is not as bad as the first Assault Weapons Ban... it's worse. More below the fold, including links to the full legislation, the author's press release, and my hot-take analysis of what's banned. Short version? Ban all the things.

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Tue Feb 27 01:38:23 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Florida House Speaker calls on Governor Scott to suspend Dem Sheriff Israel

Letter on twitter. The more we learn about this sheriff, the worse he looks. And his frantic calls for gun control seem more and more like a self-serving attempt at deflection.

Mon Feb 26 09:21:09 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Colorado school district with long history of armed teachers is happy

KOAAIn the wake of the Parkland, Florida massacre, President Trump has endorsed, among other things, allowing properly trained educators to carry concealed weapons at school.

One of the first school districts in the state of Colorado to implement such a policy was in eastern El Paso County in Hanover School District 28.

A decision made in hopes of preventing another school shooting here at home and more than a year later, most people are grateful this was put into place.

In states with a healthy gun culture, armed teachers are safe and effective at both deterrence and actually stopping shooters.

Mon Feb 26 09:21:09 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

California mayor issues warning of ICE sweep

SFGateThe relationship between U.S. immigration officials and California’s liberal leaders soured long ago, but Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s decision to warn potential targets of federal arrest that an immigration sweep could be imminent was an extraordinary escalation.

Schaaf said she issued the alert Saturday night after receiving confidential tips from “credible sources” who revealed that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known as ICE, was planning arrests across the Bay Area as soon as Sunday.

Obstruction of justice is still a crime, isn't it? Passively not cooperating is one thing, but actively warning criminals is another.

UPDATE: The warning helped 850 illegals evade deportation.

Mon Feb 26 09:21:09 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The Dem Memo

Washington ExaminerIt took a while, owing to delays over classified information, but Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee have finally released their rebuttal to the "FISA abuse" memo put forth earlier this month by committee Republicans. The GOP accused the Justice Department and FBI of relying heavily on the unverified Trump dossier in a secret court request to wiretap the sometime, volunteer Trump foreign policy adviser Carter Page. That is simply not true, say Democrats in their rebuttal.

I've read the "rebuttal"; it doesn't rebut anything. It contradicts a few things that it claims the Republican memo said that weren't actually said. It actually admits most of the damaging points. It provides little or no new information (I didn't notice anything new). It does highlight the Dem side of some points; to pick an example, the Dem memo emphasizes that the FBI did not pay Steele for his dossier work. It does not mention that they planned to pay him for it, and indeed had already authorized the payment, before it came to light that he was talking to the press and they had to fire him... but they kept using the dossier before the FISA court.

If anything, the Dem memo is damning. They're admitting the Republican memo got the facts correct and they are claiming that surveillance of political opponents is routine and acceptable. I don't think that will fly in America.

Nunes has released a point-for-point rebuttal.

UPDATE: Andrew McCarthy also rebuts.

Mon Feb 26 09:21:09 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Broward County deputy offers arms training to muslims but opposes arming teachers

It's an interesting contrast. Between the two groups, I'm sure everyone would agree that armed muslims are more likely to be a threat than armed teachers. (At least, before the communist revolution starts). And teachers have whole classrooms full of children to protect.

That doesn't mean that muslims, here legally and with a clean background, don't have the same self-defense and 2nd Amendment rights as other citizens. Of course they do. But it's an interesting contrast when the sheriff of a county thinks teachers should not be armed while his deputy is teaching muslims to be armed.

Mon Feb 26 09:21:09 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Time to start writing letters to Senators

Shall Not Be QuestionedIt looks like the big thing we have to worry about post-Parkland is going to be a move to raise the age for buying a long gun from 18 to 21. I’ll be honest, telling a 20 year old kid who’s coming back from a tour of duty in Afghanistan that he’s responsible enough to use an M4 to shoot Taliban for God and Country, but not responsible enough to own a semi-automatic AR-15 to shoot paper or to say, defend his family after a natural disaster, does not sit well with me at all. Are we going to repeal the 26th Amendment? Because if they aren’t responsible enough to own a rifle, why are they responsible enough to vote? Maybe we shouldn’t let them join the military either. Maybe we should raise the age you can get married without parental permission back to 21, like it used to be in many states?

Read the whole thing. Sebastian has good points, especially in the last paragraph where he points out that if the Republican party wants to lose support from gun owners, this is exactly how they should do it.

I will only add that I saw this proposal coming from Jeff Flake, who has already announced he won't be facing the voters in November anyway, and Marko Rubio, who pretends to be a conservative but is reliably squishy despite being photogenic. That's two Senators we've already lost on this.

Mon Feb 26 09:21:09 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Police declare major incident in Leicester

TwitchyAn apparent explosion has taken place, prompting British authorities to declare it a “major incident.”

No details yet. So far, no one is claiming it wasn't related to terrorism.

Mon Feb 26 01:50:42 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Naming and Shaming

ROTC student names CNN producer who insisted he read from a script. Comparing CNN's credibility to the credibility of a random student, I think the random student wins.

Sun Feb 25 09:20:00 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Four armed officers hid behind cars instead of confronting school shooter

New York PostNot one but four sheriff’s deputies hid behind cars instead of storming Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS in Parkland, Fla., during Wednesday’s school shooting, police claimed Friday — as newly released records revealed the Broward County Sheriff’s Office had received at least 18 calls about the troubled teen over the past decade.

Sources from Coral Springs, Fla., Police Department tell CNN that when its officers arrived on the scene Wednesday, they were shocked to find three Broward County Sheriff’s deputies behind their cars with weapons drawn.

The school’s armed resource officer, Broward County Sheriff’s Deputy Scot Peterson, was also outside. He resigned on Thursday after his failure to act was publicly revealed.

I could understand, sort of, one officer for a few minutes. You figure he's got to call his dispatcher and make sure help is on the way first thing. That takes a few minutes if you're generous. And then a minute or two to work your courage up is also fine. Not ideal, but realistically. But four officers, all armed, hiding behind their cars while kids died and letting deputies from another county enter the building first? Seriously?

They all need to find another line of work pronto. Clearly, "protecting" isn't in their DNA. That said, I don't consider this necessarily a personal failure on their part. That kind of life or death situation isn't common and is hard to train for. Not everyone can react well. But once you know that you aren't going to, it's time to look for other work so you don't cost another 17 high school students their lives.

A common turn of phrase for this situation would be "There's no shame in it." But that's not quite right here. There's no shame in knowing your limitations, and there's no shame in knowing you're not cut out to be a hero or a warrior. But if you take the job as a cop -- if you take the first responder bonus pay, the hero worship, the union protection, and every other privilege that comes with the job -- then there absolutely is shame in it. You made a deal with society to put your life on the line should it be necessary, and you failed to keep your end.

Shame on you.

Sun Feb 25 09:20:00 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Two students now claiming CNN scripted the event

Real Clear PoliticsAriana Klein, a junior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, said it was "inexcusable" that CNN would attempt to get fellow survivor of the school shooting Colton Haab to deliver a "scripted question" at a Wednesday town hall event conducted by the network on the massacre. Klein attended the listening session hosted by President Trump at the White House on Wednesday.

Haab appeared on Tucker Carlson Tonight Thursday and said that not only was he given a scripted question but he believed the whole event was scripted.

CNN is making a full court press on gun control, and I think I can guess why. They want to put pressure on Trump to give in on gun control, convincing the Republican base of gun owners to feel betrayed and leading to an election loss in November.

Trump may be wavering on this point, specifically on bump stocks, but so far no permanent damage has been done. Hopefully we can keep it that way, and reminding everyone that CNN is scripting their coverage of this murder spree to a political focus is one way to do that.

Sun Feb 25 09:20:00 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DACA recipient threatens school shooting

Fox NewsRochester Police have arrested a 21-year-old student in the Rochester City School District after they said she made a credible threat against East High School. .. The threat said, "I’m coming tomorrow morning and I’m going to shoot all of ya bitches.” ... they said they found a shotgun inside the home... As officers were investigating, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents determined Hernandez was an illegal immigrant who was in the United States under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

We have enough school shooters without importing more.

Sun Feb 25 09:20:00 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

McCain associate pleads 5th to avoid dossier tesitmony

Washington ExaminerDavid Kramer, a former State Department official and associate of Sen. John McCain, used his Fifth Amendment right to avoid testifying before the House Intelligence Committee about the Trump dossier’s Russian sources, according to a new report.

In December, Kramer was interviewed by the committee and signaled he had details concerning sources used in the dossier. He was then served a subpoena.

However, Kramer exerted his Fifth Amendment rights and did not meet with the committee, a law enforcement source told Fox News.

Not much to say about this one. Pleading the 5th to avoid testifying to Congress is embarrassing, but we already knew McCain had sent this guy on a mission to the UK to meet with Steele. I'm not sure we know what Congress hoped to get from him except, possibly, names of sources for the document.

Fri Feb 23 15:40:01 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Rep Jim Jordan is standing up for gun owners..

Daily CallerOhio Rep. Jim Jordan says that the House will vote down any legislation on expanding federal background checks for gun purchases if it does not include provisions guaranteeing concealed carry reciprocity.

Thanks, Jim, for standing up for the right thing. The gun control side should get nothing for free. That said...

Daily CallerJordan told Politico’s Rachael Bade that passing a new bill without a reciprocity clause — including the current version of the bill being pushed in the Senate by John Cornyn — “would allow bureaucrats and administrators to take away an individual’s Second Amendment liberties, and something that fundamental you’ve got to have a court make that decision to give due process to American citizens.”

... you can't fix that problem by adding concealed carry reciprocity. We don't compromise away fundamental rights. You need to fix the background check legislation too. Americans have a second amendment right to own guns, and a separate right to due process before a court can limit their ownership of guns. Yes, we need to make sure people who belong on the NICS list get added. We also need to make sure we ONLY add people to that list after a due process hearing, including the chance to defend yourself in court with proper notice that your gun ownership rights are on the line.

This shouldn't be that hard, but apparently it is.

Thu Feb 22 11:56:20 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Suicide attack on US embassy

Thu Feb 22 10:56:20 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

An interesting development in the Clinton email case

Thu Feb 22 09:56:20 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Wearing out, but not quitting

Bill Quick is worn out. Honestly, so I am, at least on the gun control topic. I've said pretty much all I have to say and it gets tiresome refuting the same media myths over and over again.

Thu Feb 22 09:56:20 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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