Weeping for the future: Students suspended after threat posted to social media – “Charges may be filed against two 14-year-old girls after they posted a photo seen as threatening regarding a school shooting on social media. … In the photo, the girls are pictured smiling with plastic guns standing on either side of a handwritten poster board sign that reads ‘I hate everyone, you hate everyone. Let’s shoot up the school at homecoming.’ Above the Instagram post were the words ‘If school shooting was a sport. America would get the gold (skull emoji)’ Though the case is under investigation, and Ring said it seems the sign was a prank. ‘One female had a break up and the other had issues as well, so they decided they were going to ask each other (to the homecoming dance),’ (Police Lt. Robert) Ring said.”
Kids Exposed to Guns in Half of Surveyed Households – “Half of surveyed households have children who are regularly exposed to firearms, but only a handful report speaking to a pediatrician about firearm safety, according to a survey by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. In fact, according to one-third of more than 1,200 parents surveyed for the study, published in the Journal of Pediatrics, any offer of advice by a physician regarding firearm safety or removing guns from the home would be considered offensive or simply ignored. Most parents, however, did express a willingness to have that conversation with a pediatrician” And yet there are “only” about 9000 gun-related homicides (excluding suicides) in the US annually among a population of 330 million.
ATF sting operation: ‘Operation Fearless’ or feckless? – “(T)the agency’s ‘Operation Fearless’ was enough of a mess that the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General (IG) was prompted to take a broad look at ATF’s undercover storefront operations. For all the good the Milwaukee sting did, there were enough blunders to make ‘Operation Feckless’ seem an appropriate label. In a report issued last week, the IG examined similar stings in Pensacola, Fla.; St. Louis; Wichita; and Boston, in addition to Milwaukee. The conclusion is sharp. The operations were marked by ‘poor management, insufficient training and guidance to agents in the field, and a lax organizational culture that failed to place sufficient emphasis on risk management in these inherently sensitive operations,’ the IG office found.” When a government regulatory agency has lost the Washington Post….
Social justice warrior types scandalized down east: ‘Black Rifles Matter’ sign causes controversy in Boothbay Harbor – “A sign in Boothbay Harbor is raising some eyebrows. Seemingly a play on the Black Lives Matter slogan, it reads ‘Black Rifles Matter: Yes, we have ’em. No, you can’t take ’em.’ Some local businesses are worried the sign sends the wrong message and could make some tourists feel unwelcome.
Not sure how much “exposing” of any hidden agendas will go on here. Looks more like preaching — again — to the converted.
Watch this Democratic Senate candidate’s perfect retort to the NRA – “Democratic candidate Jason Kander is making a run for the Senate seat of Missouri, but has faced backlash from the NRA, which aired ads warning voters, ‘Missouri’s next senator will decide control of the Supreme Court; Jason Kander refused to defend your Second Amendment rights in Jefferson City.’ Kander, a former Army captain who served in Afghanistan, responded by assembling an AR-15 while blindfolded in his latest ad.” Kander’s been consistently running about six points behind incumbent Senator Roy Blunt.