Shortly after the February 14 school shooting at Marjory Douglas Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida, the survivors started getting harassed online.
One of them, Cameron Kasky, who is 17 years old, said he just quit Facebook over it, saying he’s received death threats from anti-gun control activists.
In a sickening development, Pennsylvania Republicans at all levels are now calling for members of the state Supreme Court to be impeached, simply because the justices lawfully interpreted the state’s constitution to find that Pennsylvania Republicans had designed their congressional map to improperly entrench their party in power. Even the state’s top GOP elected official, Sen. Pat Toomey, is now talking impeachment. Calling the court’s ruling a “blatant, unconstitutional, partisan power-grab,” Toomey said on Wednesday morning that impeachment “is a conversation that has to happen.”
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Indeed, it already is. Immediately after the U.S. Supreme Court elected not to block the Pennsylvannia Supreme Court’s ruling from taking effect, Republican state Rep. Cris Dush issued an official memorandum asking his colleagues to support him in impeaching the five justices who determined the GOP’s map was unconstitutional. And this wasn’t just a lone legislator going rogue: The speaker of the state House, Mike Turzai, refused to rule out acting on Dush’s proposal.
From there, the drumbeat against the rule of law has only grown. On Tuesday, Republican Rep. Ryan Costello, bitter that the district his GOP colleagues had hand-drawn to be comfortably red had now been made more competitive, added his voice to the chorus, telling a reporter that “he would support impeaching the justices who imposed the map.” Costello further whined that the justices “knew they had to rig it against me,” and howled that the map—which was drawn by an independent expert who relied on nonpartisan criteria—was “1,000 percent partisan” and a Democratic gerrymander in “disguise.” Costello even attacked the very legitimacy of the court itself, saying, “This isn’t democracy, this is political corruption.”
“There is barely enough time in the school year to train teachers on basic lesson planning and data use,” a friend who currently works for CMS told me. “So adding weaponry is just so absurd.”
Members of the military and police spend hours, days and weeks at a time training with their weapons. They train on close quarter tactics with partners, teams, squads and platoons. Safety and awareness is ingrained in you from day one. Dry runs are the norm. You practice and train methodically, going door by door, hallway to hallway, communicating and marking cleared rooms as you pass.
You do this over, and over and over. Why? Because no two professions better understand the devastation of a gun when things go wrong. No two professions better understand the actual stress of being shot at and the absolute need to remember and implement the months and years of training for these exact types of situations. The margin for error in close quarters combat, such as a school environment, is razor thin. There is a reason it’s already part of a profession that involves life and death decision making and not placed in the skillset of a high school math teacher.
The only responsibility a teacher should have during a school shooting is ensuring the safety of the students in their classroom. Period. They should be barricading doors to ensure the shooter can’t enter and leading the students by example as they implement active shooter lockdown procedures.
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — A teacher at a Pennsylvania Christian school accidently left her loaded pistol in a bathroom, where elementary school children found it, Pennsylvania State Police said Tuesday.
Beth Jean Dixon, 63, put her holstered pistol on a toilet tank when she used the unisex, one-toilet bathroom Aug. 25 at Cumberland Christian School, in Chambersburg, police said. They said she forgot about it and left.
Four children, ages 6 to 8, used the bathroom while the gun was on the toilet. One child told his parent, who told a teacher.
Teachers armed with LOADED guns in schools filled with curious kids who love to pull triggers and play with things that they find. What could go wrong?
With the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High shooting still looming large, its students in the Capitol to lobby for gun controls, the Florida House overwhelmingly passed a measure Wednesday its sponsor said aimed at bringing “light” to the schools.
The bill (HB 839) would require all public schools to post the state motto, “In God We Trust,” in a “conspicuous place.”
That goes down well with the thoughts and prayers.. and it will guaranteed solve the mass shooting problems in schools, because that will scare off all of the crazy mass shooters armed with military weapons, right? (sarcasm)
Tracey Lane’s son Jarett was murdered in the mass shooting at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007, along with 31 of his classmates and professors. The shooter had been adjudicated mentally ill and was prohibited from buying firearms. But his mental health records had not been submitted to the background check database, so he was able to pass a check and buy the murder weapons from a licensed gun dealer. Jarrett had just turned 22.”
This problem has been known about since at least the 1970’s, but nothing has changed all the way up to today. Mentally ill people can still buy military weapons legally, as easily as buying a cookie from a street vendor, and then use that weapon to kill dozens of innocent people in schools, concerts, theaters, and parks.
What is holding up the passing of common sense gun safety laws that would change this situation?
Republicans, the NRA and people like Joe The Plumber, who want military weapons kept legal and available to buy, as easily as purchasing lemonade from a street vendor.
via Mayor Bloomberg; 34 People, 8 Children Per Day Are Murdered Inside The USA With Guns, Equivalent of Full Fledged War, 30,000 Per Year Casualty Rate, More People Killed With Guns Inside US Than In Foreign Wars As Soldiers | A Green Road Journal
A person has to be mentally ill to buy a military weapon and then use it to kill people, correct? Violent or extremist warning signs are almost always there for those who end up killing a bunch of people, but they are not looked for, nor are they put in a database, nor are they shared between different interest groups such as mental health professionals, social service agencies, law enforcement, military, schools, etc.
Doesn’t this policy of allowing crazy people to buy and own massive amounts of military style gear, weapons and ammo seem even more crazy than the mentally disturbed person owning them? What kind of parent allows a kid to play with a loaded weapon, with a hair trigger?
via How Mentally Ill Can Buy Military Assault Weapons, Body Armor, 6,000 Rounds Of Ammo, SWAT Gear, Legally In Gun Stores (Aurora Colorado Mass Murderer James Holmes) Only In America Can Violence Prone Mentally Ill Buy Weapons Of War, Then Commit Mass Murder | A Green Road Journal
Shawn Fuller admitted to shooting his young boys and said he was prepared to kill law enforcement officers, according to a report released Monday by the Iredell County Sheriff’s Department.
Fuller was on the phone with an unidentified person when he made the confession, the report said.
Are you reminded of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity as perceived from two different spots on a train? Perhaps Relativity may mean that anything is possible. Therefore, anything may be fiction. What I, God, see as I see it from the angle of Heaven, which I most certainly do, is the Absolute Truth.
Beware of standard thinking as a model. Why? Well, Dear Ones, because, with standard thinking, you may miss out on what is Absolutely True. Of course, what appears as True to you appears from where you are sitting. This is another good reason why you don’t want to be so certain that you are as smart as you think you are. Think of it this: You may be far smarter than you you think!
Beloveds, I do bet on you. Open yourself to your own openness and even go so far as to change where you come from and sit.
America is living inside of an insane nightmare. The nightmare is that sociopaths and psychopaths have been loosed on American schools, theaters, concerts, bars, dance clubs and churches to ‘hunt’ humans, with weapons of war.
These sociopathic humans hunters are supported by the NRA, the Republican Party, by fanatical gun owners, and by right wing media which gets ‘bribes’ to do nothing, say nothing and pass no legislation, despite MANY solutions existing.
What is one such solution?
via Gun Safety Solution – Gun Buyback Programs Work; NRA, Gun Fanatics And Fox News Strongly Object To All Common Sense Gun Safety, Gun Violence Reduction Methods, Even If They Work To Save Children’s Lives And Prevent School Mass Shootings | A Green Road Journal