Here’s Why Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Never Reported Nikolas Cruz to the Police

Nikolas Cruz at his hearing

Nikolas Cruz was a known threat. Known by the administrators of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. It’s a clear case where a known dangerous student was not reported to the police. Why?

Because back in 2013, the Broward County School Board adopted a program where they don’t relay information to police about troubled students.

NPR reported in Fla. School District Trying To Curb School-To-Prison Pipeline;

It’s a move away from so-called “zero tolerance” policies that require schools to refer even minor misdemeanors to the police. Critics call it a “school to prison pipeline.”

Under a new program adopted by the Broward County School District, non-violent misdemeanors — even those that involve alcohol, marijuana or drug paraphernalia — will now be handled by the schools instead of the police.

Cruz was banned from carrying a backpack at school after bullets were found in his backpack. Cruz was expelled from MSD last year after a fight with his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend.

Non-violent misdemeanors? Even so, red flags were flying.

Again, the Broward County School Board has an official policy requiring that they don’t tell the police about non-violent incidents with troubled youth.

“There were problems with him last year threatening students, and I guess he was asked to leave campus,” Maths teacher Jim Gard told The Miami Herald.

Let’s look at a law that might cover that.

(1) An “assault” is an intentional, unlawful threat by word or act to do violence to the person of another, coupled with an apparent ability to do so, and doing some act which creates a well-founded fear in such other person that such violence is imminent.

(2) Whoever commits an assault shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.

So another Liberal Feel Good program once again stepped in the way of the laws we have on the books being effective. Because last I checked, his actions of making threats to students and teachers constitutes assault.

It is possible that Nikolas Cruz would have been Baker Acted and received the needed medical attention he required before this all happened. But that wasn’t the case and sadly, 17 people lost their lives because of “feelz“.

comments

  1. avatar BLoving says:

    So the FBI dropped the ball. The school dropped the ball. The state dropped the ball (prohibiting the “security guard” from exercising his right to keep and bear arms).
    I refuse to take even a smidgen of blame for what went wrong here and anyone who wants to say my civil rights are to blame for this fuster cluck can go piss up a rope.
    Sorry guys, I must be getting punchy before my lunchtime.
    🤠

    1. avatar Brian in WI says:

      Based on this, the school refused to even acknowledge the ball…

    2. avatar D says:

      This is the best comment I’ve read in a while. Off/on topic did anyone see the clips of the students being escorted out of the school? I swear there were no doors, hallways lead to the outside. Doors can’t be locked if they don’t exist.

      1. avatar Saran Wrappe says:

        As soon as I saw the word “clip” in your post i started to duck from what was to be a barrage of “its not a clip, its a magazine” flamers.

        1. avatar Sam I Am says:

          Why can’t we get this straight? The item you mention is a clipazine, with a thingy that goes up in the back. POTG should never be caught not knowing or using proper firearms terms!

    3. avatar Lost Down South says:

      This whole issue is CLEARLY the NRA’s fault.

      /sarc (<–did I really have to type that?)

      1. avatar Beverly Murray says:

        Kidding right!

        1. avatar Stuart says:

          Don’t you know, the media claims the NRA taught him to shoot? That and he’s a white supremacist, which of course they claim makes him a Republican. Nevermind the KKK was created by Democrats to terrorize blacks. And a century later, Black Lives Matters to terrorize whites. The Democrat Party is an equal opportunity hate group.

  2. avatar Shire-man says:

    There’s a shit ton of daylight between handcuffing a kid for a scouting knife or eating a pop tart into an L shape and catching them using drugs or making specific and clear violent threats.

    What happened to nuance and discretion?

    1. avatar DonDonDon says:

      “Nuance and discretion,” a.k.a., “professional judgement” is not allowed of campus administrators. From the absurdity of “zero tolerance,” in which rapists and students who “pants” each other are all “zero-tolerated” into alternative schools, to the crazy overreaction of today where campuses are “dinged” for disciplining students and Liberal social ideals are masquerading as school policy, the administrators who are closest to the action simply are not trusted. Hyper-policy attitudes from on high (don’t continue to school to prison pipeline by clogging the pipe) so dominate than no one who thinks fr themselves, or who really means to protect kids, would be hired. On these campuses, “ethics” not means “follow the company line.”

      1. avatar Nickel Plated says:

        Basically they replaced one “zero-tolerance” policy (ALWAYS call the cops) with another one (NEVER call the cops). Either way it saves them the trouble of making any decisions.
        Unfortunately the world doesn’t work in absolutes.

        1. avatar Sam I Am says:

          Agree. We do not live in a world of absolutes.

          But we do live in a world of lawyers. Any perceived difference in the application of rules is just begging for a ruinous adventure through the courts, not to mention the outrage of the same kind of people who demand “always call the cops”, and “never call the cops”.

          There is an additional benefit, to “absolute” rules…..the makers get to blame the policies they created.

    2. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

      You haven’t been around educators recently, have you?

      Because they’re all about “zero tolerance” rules and regs so they don’t need to exercise any judgement. This is why there are now campus witchhunts when someone uses a racial slur, or some co-ed gets her butt grabbed.

      1. avatar FlaBoy says:

        Or the teacher recently charged with “assault and battery” because she picked up a disrespectful student by his jacket because he refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.

        1. avatar ChungDao says:

          In my sons class in Wa only him and the teacher stand for it. So sad. Literally gets mocked for it.

        2. avatar Chris Mallory says:

          So committing violence against a person exercising their First Amendment rights is OK with you? Honestly, I don’t want my child standing in worship of a piece of cloth while repeating a poem written by a socialist. If you like statist, Yankee propaganda, stand all you want.

  3. avatar Mack Bolan says:

    Trayvon Martin was also not reported due to a similar policy.

    Luckily George Zimmerman ventilated him before he shot up a school.

    1. avatar sam miller says:

      Hey Mack Bolan Fuck you.. and dont worry the universe works in mysterious ways one day someone ventilate one of your family member with a big ass fucking gun..you Dick head Devil!!!! Fuck your entire generation ASSHOLE!!!….. FOREVER LET YOUR NAME RIP ****Trayvon Martin****

      1. avatar JS says:

        What a turd…

      2. avatar 2004done says:

        Sam Miller: Repeat after me:
        “Unarmed” means incapable of threat
        “Hands not up” means incapable of threat
        It’s the white #$%^*’S fault cause they’re all racist
        They was just Wilding!
        Bernie Goetz shoulda (sic) been killed, because he wasn’t.
        VERY GOOD, you start headline writing at WaPo & NYT on Monday!

  4. avatar Green Mtn. Boy says:

    Yet another in a too long line of leftist Failures,more leftism will surely cure this,Not.

    1. avatar Ann says:

      I agree with you there.

    2. avatar 2004done says:

      Green Mtn: You never know. “If it’s tried 6,893 times and it never worked, on the 2,372,437,510,364,864th time, it mIght only be a partial failure”.- the DNC anti-gun platform.

  5. avatar pwrserge says:

    Why are so many of these clowns gingers? This is #2 out of a data set of less than a dozen. They’re supposed to be like 1-2% of the general population.

    1. avatar Jaypee says:

      Kids are vicious. Any minor difference (ie red hair) is an immediate target for bullying. Can really screw you up mentally.

      1. avatar pwrserge says:

        You don’t say… Imagine going through an American high school in the 90s with the name Sergei. Funny how I never got the urge to shoot up a school.

        1. avatar Blurb says:

          You get your revenge by being a fun sort of troll online.

        2. avatar pwrserge says:

          No, I got my revenge by breaking their faces. Several suspensions were totally worth watching the clowns in question try to breathe blood.

        3. avatar Huntmaster says:

          Flag this guy

        4. avatar Geoff PR says:

          “Flag this guy”

          As in, how?

        5. avatar Jambo says:

          Lol, serge. You’re like 40 and bragging about your imaginary school life. The only thing you’ve ever broken is the heart of a buffet owner after he saw you walk in.

        6. avatar pwrserge says:

          Oh Jambo, don’t ever change… you’re adorable.

        7. avatar J says:

          > Funny how I never got the urge to shoot up a school

          > I got my revenge by breaking their faces. Several suspensions were totally worth watching the clowns in question try to breathe blood.

          Pick one.

        8. avatar pwrserge says:

          FLAME DELETED, punching a bully in the face != shooting up a school. If you do not understand the difference, FLAME DELETED

        9. avatar Hannibal says:

          It sounds like you were\are big into violent power fantasies.

          Maybe the only difference between you and the school shooters is that school shooting wasn’t the fad back then?

        10. avatar pwrserge says:

          I’m sorry? I’m supposed to feel bad about breaking the nose of a scumbag who decided it was ok to attack a kid because he had an accent and a funny name? Fuck off.

      2. avatar Eric in Oregon says:

        This guy, like the Columbine killers, was the bully.

        He wasn’t bullied, he was the bully.

        Stop perpetuating the party line that this is the result of a tormented child finally going off. That’s just the line that the media is using because they can’t accept that some people are fundamentally broken.

        1. avatar pwrserge says:

          … and yet, school shootings didn’t exist for decades. Nothing about human nature changed, just the feminist refusal to deal with it.

        2. avatar Eric in Oregon says:

          Not true, they’ve been around forever and the biggest school mass murder (a bombing) was in the 1920s.

        3. avatar Mark N. says:

          The bombing in the 1920s was not by a student. It was by a farmer who was pissed at the county for taking his farm when he didn’t pay his taxes. Then again, there are suggestions that he was “out there somewhere” before he went postal.

        4. avatar Mark Luhman says:

          The reason we have school shooting today and not when I went to school, 50-60s. Was back then students like Cruz would have been in a mental institution or reform school, both places he would have been hard pressed for him to get or posses a gun. The left made sure both of those institutions were closed starting in the seventies the job was completed in the eighties since they were not “fair”. After all you have a right to have mental health issues and wonder the street. You have the right to be violent and wonder the street. Yet after that in the eighties and the nineties all the way to today students now shoot up schools and the left’s answer if must be the guns, funny until 1967 any middle school, high school student could have walked into his local hardware of gun store and purchase any type of gun. Yet today the media and the left blames the easy availability of guns as the problem, as Ron White puts it ” You can’t fix stupid” to bad those 17 students that died in Florida had to die due to the left’s stupidity, and even worst they have left and their useful idiots have learned nothing from it!

  6. avatar John Thayer says:

    Broward County is pretty communist. Brevard County to the north has a pro-2A sheriff. Please don’t confuse the two.

  7. avatar Joe R. says:

    They don’t like to blab about a problem that they created and fostered.

  8. avatar Tile Floor says:

    That is dumb. I work as an SRO. What a lot of huggy bear school types don’t realize is that when a student, particularly one who might be a threat such as the Florida dude, is brought to me I don’t tie him to a chair under a lamp and interrogate him then haul him off to jail. I talk to the student, find out what is going on and what is troubling him or her, and then take the appropriate action, which may be mental health intervention, just a simple talking to, or in some cases a criminal arrest. In VA an arrest for threatening a school is very easy to meet the criteria for. A lot of these kids seem surprised that I am willing to listen to them, but its been beneficial so far.

    There has been a lot of avoidance of involving police in matters due to trying to avoid the “pipeline to prison.” I agree with the poster above me that slapping handcuffs on a kid for having a Swiss army knife in his pocket or the pop tart is hella stupid, hence why I refrain from doing so. But some things need our intervention.

    The solution to all this? Arm the teachers or staff. What is not the answer? Taking people’s guns away.

  9. avatar Jim B says:

    Let’s have a discussion about common sense psychotropic drug ban. Nearly all these spree shooters have been on one. I bet a lot of Valium saturated women in Mothers Demand Action would not want that ban.

  10. avatar Texican says:

    Liberalism as conducted by Demoncrats IS a mental disease. Actions and thoughts that cause those actions are divorced from the reality of human nature. The Bible plainly says, “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked; Who can understand it?” NKJV
    Only God can and Jesus is the only cure. When you’re willing to kill babies in the womb everything else is on the table(party platform). Which includes, in this case, not taking reasonable, sane actions to protect children with the right policies which includes providing for armed defense. Argyle ISD in Denton county TX has armed teachers and promotes that knowledge with signage. Apparently, the children love this policy!

  11. avatar Harn Uden says:

    Kids have been fighting in school since, well, school existed. The culture in this country is corrosive.

    1. avatar Alan Esworthy says:

      Which culture? The country has more than one, some are aggressive, and the conflict between them adds another layer of animosity-bred violent words and actions.

    2. avatar Martin B says:

      In Pompeii there is a mural of a school, where one juvenile miscreant is shown with pants down and whip applied to ass, presumably in an effort to instil some discipline. This might not be permitted in the current wishy washy liberalism of today. Accept drug addled school shooters as the price of progress. Just like tornado strikes, who can do anything about something like this? If only there was a way to prevent it. Wait. Guns in schools? Not gonna happen.

  12. avatar former water walker says:

    It’s obvious this young cretin couldn’t pass a background check. Pathetic.gov fails again…

    1. avatar Mark N. says:

      OH, but he did pass a background check. His AR was legally purchased, and he had no criminal record.

    2. avatar binder says:

      former water walker wants precrime. That is such a good idea.

    1. avatar Gman says:

      Garden City High School class of 1978.
      Rifle Team all 3 years, in the basement.

      NEW YORK.

  13. avatar Ralph says:

    The Air Force never reported the Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church murderer despite his criminal conviction.

    The Army never reported Gabby Gifford’s shooter despite his failed drug test. The community college that he attended was scared sh!tless of him but did nothing.

    Douglas High School never reported the murderous little puke who gunned down a couple of dozen people, but it did ban his backpack. Way to go!

    The mother of the Sandy Hook baby-killer did nothing despite her son’s growing isolation and fascination with mass murder. So, he killed her. Karma?

    The Washington Navy Yard killer was cited at least eight times for misconduct while in the Navy, was arrested three times and claimed that he heard voices in his head. His punishment? He was granted a security clearance.

    The Aurora theater massacre was committed by a guy who was obviously out of his mind and dangerous, but the University of Colorado psychiatrist who examined him didn’t tell authorities even after the lunatic told her that he fantasized about killing a lot of people.

    The Pulse Nightclub shooter had an accomplice, wasn’t shy about his allegiance to ISIS, threatened to shoot his police academy classmates and told co-workers at the security firm (!) that employed him that he wanted to kill people.

    The Columbine police were warned about the two shooters by the parent of a potential victim. The shooters were arrested and placed in a diversion program where they successfully conned their case worker. They continued to post threats, which were ignored.

    The list can go on and on, but the point is made. People know, but they say nothing. Authorities know, but they do nothing. And people die by the score because politicians know the real problem, but they’d rather score political points by complaining about guns.

    If you’re not completely p!ssed off, you should be.

    1. avatar ropingdown says:

      I am.

    2. avatar binder says:

      “The list can go on and on” how many people would be on you list who never killed anyone. I think that list will be a lot more than you think. And giving the government the ability to put people on a list is not the best idea in the world.

      1. avatar Aaron says:

        binder, think about your comment. it’s assinine. just doing the things those killers did before they killed is enough to merit law enforcement and/or mental health intervention. so, you are ok with “not putting on a list” an ISIS sympathizer? or a person who has proclaimed their intention to and/or expressed fantasies to commit mass murder ?

        1. avatar Sam I Am says:

          We should be demanding government put people on “a list” who are people we just think should be on “the list”. Meaning, those we have the political and government power to put on whatever list keeps people we think should be on the list, on the list. The more of us who think someone should be on “a list”, the better. Majorities rule ! We cannot let the constitution stand in the way of doing what is right.

    3. avatar Aaron says:

      you are completely correct. spree killers ALWAYS give signs before they kill. they don’t just suddenly “snap”.

  14. avatar Garrison Hall says:

    Watching the ever-growing list of Fla. politicians lining up to cover their ass for their failure to enforce existing laws was disgusting enough. But the real failure to protect lives at the school has to lie with the school and the school district itself. Reportedly there was only one armed officer on a campus of 3000 students which was, of course, a obligatory “gun free zone”. Even worse, as with many schools (this happened with ‘ole Trayvon, by the way), “stopping the school-to-prison-pipline” essentially means ignoring criminality.

    The net result of this intentional ignorance is that this school was wide-open to attack by a autistic kid who’d been telegraphing his intentions to everyone who knew him. The school’s response was to tell him he couldn’t come on campus with a backpack! Instead of such ineffectual stupidity, had a now dead coach been armed this kid could have been stopped before he killed so many innocent students. Had there been an armed guard at the entrances to the school, the kid would never have mede it into the building.

    But the armed teacher-special deputies and the armed the door guards weren’t there because the school and district administration insisted on turning a school filled with innocents into a modern day Lindisfarne. Just as the long-ago monks discovered that their sacred “holy island’s” piety wouldn’t protect them from the Vikings, schools and anti-gun activists, have to learn that gun-free zones are wide open to even a mentally challenged 19 year-old who wants to shoot people. Simply put, the school failed its students.

    1. avatar Garrison Hall says:

      I forgot to add that many schools have more than half (sometime as much as 70%) of their budgets invested in non-teaching administrative overhead. They could easily upgrade to effective armed security by turning some of their bureaucrat positions into armed officer positions.

  15. avatar pwrserge says:

    Old? I’m not even 40 yet.

    1. avatar Martin B says:

      Don’t feed the mean kids.

  16. avatar Andrew Lias says:

    The idea that we should entrust government with a firearms ban after they fail to detect and deal with this sort of situation is patently absurd. He had clearly been making what amount to terroristic threats under his own name even and the authorities couldn’t be bothered with doing their job to keep us safe. This sort of thing seems to be an extremely consistent thread among shooters yet we should cede more power to them? It seems backwards to me. That’s like getting a raise for a shit job review.

  17. avatar Joe says:

    Socialism will be the death of our society not guns. From catch and release; “prison reform” to schools washing their hands of problem kids; liberal policies are getting people killed. Now these institutions deflect and the media regurgitates the narrative that the problem is the guns.

  18. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

    Here’s some more law enforcement failure:

    The county SO’s deputies were called to this clown’s residence 39 times since 2010.

    http://fox61.com/2018/02/16/deputies-called-to-florida-high-school-gunmans-home-39-times-since-2010/

    But the FBI couldn’t find him. Seems to me that if the FBI had called the local LEO’s, they would have been able to tell the FBI exactly how to get to his house from memory.

    1. avatar ropingdown says:

      That simple call seems the obvious thing. However, a senior FBI supervisory agent, recently retired, was on the news decrying how “if only the local PD had called the FBI given their 39 callouts” the thing would not have happened.

      That reveals the FBI mindset. It hasn’t changed since J.Edgar: “People call on us when they can’t solve something. We generally don’t hand down to local LE tips we get, because if we can’t easily solve the thing, they stand no chance. Oh, and we do love positive TV time explaining how local PDs screwed up, or how we’ll bravely undertake a thorough investigation into why that local disaster came to occur.”

      I’m not slamming the individual agents, but rather the agency culture, one which can allow an agent to even think the thought that “we need an insurance policy, like you get when your 40, even though you don’t need it, because it could still happen.”

    2. avatar binder says:

      “Broward County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the family home of shooter Nikolas Cruz 39 times since 2010, according to documents obtained by CNN — but it’s not immediately clear which calls, if any, involved Cruz.

      Sounds more like shit home and typical out of context TAG commentators. Now I will admit 11 year old can be a little evil tricksters, but I think that is a good thing.

  19. avatar DaveL says:

    How is a fight with his ex’s new boyfriend a “nonviolent” offense? Was it a dance-off? A rap battle?

    1. avatar Stereodude says:

      Probably a lip-sync battle.

      GWV 1027 forever!!!

    2. avatar Aaron says:

      the school didn’t even follow their newer, more lenient policy.

      lawsuits are coming….

  20. avatar Hello friend says:

    Ginger? Hes a latino who died his hair red.

  21. avatar Exador3 says:

    It went out the window with ‘zero tolerance’. Making a judgement call means taking responsibility, and THAT is a threat to a union job. Follow the ‘established procedures’ and you are blameless, and your job and pension are safe.

  22. avatar Exador3 says:

    Let’s be honest. The criticism of the ‘school to prison pipeline’ came about because, time and again, the ones being reported to the cops were black. Since ‘Critical Race Theory’-steeped admins couldn’t bring themselves to believe that these same kids were actually committing the offenses that warranted calling the cops, the PROGRAM had to be stopped.

    1. avatar Aaron says:

      yep. the word “racism” is often thrown around because leftists don’t like to hold all groups accountable to standards.

    2. avatar DaveL says:

      The problem is that “Zero-Tolerance” policies really did tend to shift kids into what was effectively a government training program for lifelong criminals, often for what used to be issues of school discipline. As we’ve seen, the opposite approach can easily have the effect of failing to protect students and other members of the public from individuals known to be dangerous. Intermediate levels of scrutiny tend to do both pick your poison.

  23. avatar Aaron says:

    i think the school failed, and the fbi failed. kids with severe problems need help BEFORE they go completely off the rails. instead, we clean up the bloody messes after the fact.

    on mental health, it’s currently to hard to deal with nutbags. baker act-ing them is difficult, and even if successful, they often get released in a few days.

  24. avatar Gordon in MO says:

    Parents need to start filing suits against school administrations and school boards for failure to protect their kids. Multiple law suits, lots of them.

    Where state law prevents armed protection in schools and colleges, get the laws changed. Change legislators where necessary.

    Laws can help, just not what the antis say.

  25. avatar Big Bill says:

    It looks like they went from “zero tolerance” to “We’ll tolerate pretty much anything.”
    Middle ground doesn’t seem to be a thing with the left.

  26. avatar Name says:

    Parkland is the most affluent and blue area of Broward County. This is Debbie Wasserman-Schultz territory.

  27. avatar Dennis says:

    He managed to get a girlfriend??

  28. avatar Sam I Am says:

    RF, please get it right for a change.

    If not for guns, if not for video games featuring guns, if not for TV and movies featuring guns, if not for the corrosive effect of the NRA on society at large, if not for the ready access of guns in the homes, if not for all those things, the Florida shooter would never have needed treatment for mental health issues. The pervasive sounds, images, presence and adulation for using guns in unproven instances where “a good guy with a gun stopped a bad guy with a gun”, all that was responsible for breaking the mind of this unfortunate, well-intentioned, misunderstood young soul. Guns destroy the shooter as much as anyone else !

    Really? Is it really needed?

    OK

    /s

    1. avatar Jay says:

      Where were all these shootings years ago? You do realize semiautomatic firearms have been around for 100 years. And they were easier to get. Sooooo try again dummy.

      1. avatar Sam I Am says:

        Caught another one !

        Please attend remedial reading class, then review my comment again. You will find your problem then.

  29. avatar Marie Avante says:

    It all starts with PSYCHIATRY running our schools. All of it. Including the drugs like Prozaac that are KNOWN to have suicidal and homicidal ideation as side effects. Psychiatry kills.

  30. avatar Jarret says:

    Thank you Barack Hussein Obama and Robert Mueller and may you and ALL liberals burn in eternal hellfire.

  31. avatar Hans Gruber says:

    Somehow I suspect TTAG would have its knickers in a twist had this school suspended a student for drawing pictures of AK-47s or wearing a pro-gun T-shirt. Awfully easy to Sunday-morning quarterback stuff like this.

  32. avatar cisco kid says:

    This Right Wing Propaganda article completely ignores the facts. And the facts are now coming out that the FBI was warned at least 5 times 3 of the warnings by people who knew the shooter personally and informed the FBI who he was and what he planned on doing.
    Here is an article from World News that really hits the nail on the head about the NRA and its very aptly titled.

    THE NRA HAS LOST IT.

    By Patrick Tomlinson , Contributor | Aug. 1, 2017, at 8:53 a.m.
    My name is Patrick Tomlinson, and I am a lifelong firearm enthusiast.

    I started shooting at age 10, when my father got me a Crossman 760 Pumpmaster air rifle with Tasco scope. He was one of only three National Rifle Association training counselors in the state of Wisconsin for many years, certifying volunteers who would later go on to instruct citizens in rifle and handgun use, and self-defense. I began shooting competitively through 4-H Club, not long after, eventually shooting air rifle, air pistol and shotgun trap through the program. After 4-H, I went on to shoot small-bore rifle in local competitions. Today, I own four firearms of various kinds, make time to shoot several thousand rounds per year and am licensed through the state to carry a concealed weapon, which I do routinely with a modded Glock.

    As a gun owner and defender of the Second Amendment, I’m here to tell you the NRA has lost its ever-loving mind.

    The nation’s largest firearms organization began its slide into moral degeneracy as late as the early 2000s, when actor Charlton Heston became its five-term president (a feat for which the NRA’s rules had to be changed to allow him to serve longer), before going public with his battle with Alzheimer’s disease and retiring. Under Heston’s firebrand leadership, the NRA’s rhetoric shifted its focus from working with lawmakers across the country to defend Second Amendment rights, to recasting the group as the front-line warrior in a crusade against the entire progressive movement in a culture war that they claimed had engulfed the country.

    [READ: Hackers Demonstrate How Vulnerable Voting Machines Are]

    This took many forms, but included especially harsh attacks on members of the left that opposed the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and equated any sort of compromise on gun-related issues as existential threats to the continued existence of the Second Amendment itself. This period was met with an explosion of gun rights victories at both the state and national level, including the sunsetting in 2006 of the Clinton-era Federal Assault Weapons Ban, rapid adoption of concealed carry licenses across the nation, “stand your ground” laws and the landmark 2008 District of Columbia v. Heller ruling, which cemented the Second Amendment as an individual, rather than a collective right.

    The simple fact is Americans have not enjoyed the degree of freedom and protection in firearms related matters since the passage of the National Firearms Act of 1934, a law ironically supported by the NRA of the time. One would think after a rash of such successes, the organization could afford to tone down the apocalyptic rhetoric, but no. Less than a year after Heller, Barack Obama was sworn in as president, and the NRA’s war on the left entered a new phase.

    For eight years, we heard nothing but fearmongering, hate and vitriol about the insidious intentions of our first black president. Unhinged, fact-free screeds about how he was “coming for our guns” became fixtures of the Rifleman, the NRA’s official magazine. At every convention, at every public event, the fear was ratcheted up among the faithful that at any second, waves of gay-married illegal alien shock troops would come sweeping through our small towns in heels and miniskirts to confiscate our weapons to be melted down to make Tony Awards. This fear pushed gun sales through the roof, causing a run on ammunition that sent prices of both skyrocketing, and only now returning to normal.

    All for a president who, after two full terms, ended with a legislative legacy that only expanded gun rights. No, seriously. Obama only signed two firearm related bills into law. One which allowed concealed carry permit holders to carry on Amtrack trains, and the other which allowed us to carry within the National Park system. Seriously. Look it up.

    [SEE: Gun Control and Gun Rights Cartoons]

    Which brings us to today. With Trump infesting the White House and no convenient Democratic boogeyman (or woman) to scare the children with, the NRA’s rhetoric has moved from merely unhinged to dangerously inflammatory. With the GOP in nominal control of the government, CEO Wayne LaPierre and his cadre of frothing-at-the-mouth lunatics have adjusted their sights away from politicians and turned them onto American citizens en masse.

    In a one-minute ad narrated by the NRA’s newest spokeswoman, Dana Loesch, a conservative talk show host, the organization accused the media, Hollywood, academics, protesters and its favorite target Obama of assassination and terrorism, imploring listeners to “fight the violence” of lies with the “clenched fist” of truth. LaPierre echoed these sentiments during a speech at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, where he conflated progressive protests against Trump with the Islamic State group’s desire for violence to bring about a worldwide caliphate.

    As if that wasn’t bad enough, NRA TV host Grant Stinchfield accused the Black Lives Matter movement of trying to start a race war, warning that if the group is successful in its goal of containing the epidemic of unarmed black men being shot by police, white families will be tortured and killed just like in South Africa.

    These are the words and beliefs of a political movement that has utterly lost its way and wandered off the path into fomenting a new civil war.

    A responsible NRA would be working for, not against, universal background checks on all firearms sales. As a responsible gun owner, it’s my job to ensure anyone I transfer a weapon to is in fact legally permitted to possess one. That’s the bare minimum due diligence that should be expected of me, and the vast majority of Americans and even gun owners agree. But not the NRA.

    A safety-conscious NRA would be working for, not against, thorough training requirements for concealed carry permits. Instead, they’re pushing absurd “constitutional carry” laws across the nation that remove all certification requirements to carry a hidden, loaded handgun in public.

    [PHOTOS: The Big Picture – July 2017]

    An NRA worried about guns in the hands of criminals would be working for, not against, better data-sharing between federal and state agencies to tighten the net on felons and domestic abusers who have previously slipped through the cracks. However, even this is somehow a bridge too far for these nut cases.

    And finally, an NRA that was genuinely concerned about defending the Second Amendment rights of all Americans would have pitched an absolute fit over the murder of Philando Castile, a man licensed to carry a weapon by the state of Minnesota, who was gunned down by police while trying to comply with contradictory instructions. I have had half a dozen interactions with police while armed, and I took the exact same actions he did. Guess why I’m alive? Now guess why the race-baiting NRA made no public comments of any kind in defense of Castile’s rights being violated with such violent finality.

    The NRA has moved so far and so fast to the right of the political map, they’ve fallen off land and entered the unknown territories marked only by “here, there be monsters.” They are rapidly becoming one of them. And it’s long past time the majority of truly responsible gun owners stood up and said in a clear voice, “Not in our names.”

    1. avatar Jay says:

      So Patrick hates having so much freedom? Good for him. Maybe Bloomberg will let him keep his 760 pumpmaster.

  33. avatar Jonathan - Houston says:

    How many school shootings have there been at home-schools, where firearms often abound? Hmm? Anyone? Bueller?

    Say, home school critics, how’s that “socialization” thing the public school system is supposedly superior in providing working out for you?

  34. avatar Jonathan - Houston says:

    Wait, I don’t get it. So because the school has moved away from so-called zero tolerance and the automatic reporting to police of trouble making students, that resulted in the failure to prevent this shooting? The move….AWAY….from zero tolerance? Huh. Would that be the same zero tolerance approach, known for making criminals out of little kids who make guns shapes out of the fingers and pop tarts, that TTAG and friends have ridiculed ENDLESSLY for years now? Now you’re ridiculing the move away from it? Hmm. Curious, that.

    What’s more interesting, is that instead of coming off as throwing the dart at the wall, then drawing the bullseye around it, you might have made a reinforcing point consistent with your longstanding position. You see, there is an argument out there backed by some evidence that zero tolerance programs are partly to blame for the failure to prevent some school shootings.

    There is a researcher, Eric Madfis, an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Washington, Tacoma, who argues that there’s a tendency for the mass media to portray school shootings as pointless, random, and motiveless tragedies when they are not. His research, analysis, recently published in the Journal of Psychology, finds that there are patterns to school shooters’ actions as well as patterns to the prevention failures leading up to them. Uh oh….

    One of those patterns is an educational environment of punitive zero tolerance, which might discourage students from confiding in trusted adults when they hear crucial information about impending threats of violence. This point of school culture/policy opens the door to changes which may represent the best chances of preventing these future tragedies, as those who know most about students are, well, their classmates. (After all, didn’t several kids report to media that the running joke all along was that this kid would be the most likely to shoot up the school some day?)

    The most valuable intelligence sources on future perpetrators are not teachers or parents, so how to educate the student body to better screen and inform? Just as mistakes in preventing terrorist outrages have been diagnosed as intelligence failures, are school shootings analogous predicaments?

    Doesn’t matter to TTAG or its “Armed Intelligentia” how it all plays out. TTAG will just keep throwin’ those darts, drawin’ those bullseyes, and slingin’ that snark. Gotta keep those clicks a comin’, doncha know?

  35. avatar google murray bookchin, you wieners says:

    so these liberals are too liberal for TTAG now? we need more cops?

    are you libertarian vigilantes or statist bootlickers? make up your mind

    you guys have no politics, you just have a hobby

  36. avatar Pawl from Florida says:

    When I went to school in the 60’s we did what we were told or paid the price. Trouble makers were expelled or if the were 16 years old were forced to quit school. There was no majority of students suffering to pamper one jerk. He or she was eliminated and the remainder of us went on .
    I’ll tell you another thing. If my teacher slapped me on the head for talking in class , I didn’t dare go home and tell my old man.

    1. avatar Sam I Am says:

      “If my teacher slapped me on the head for talking in class , I didn’t dare go home and tell my old man.”

      BINGO !

      For all of it.

      I wasn’t afraid of police, nor of school officials. I was afraid of the swift and certain consequences at home. It was that “swift and certain” that formed the deterrent. Unlike the state of the legal system today.

    2. avatar RidgeRunner says:

      I had a teacher smack me right across the face for playing when I didn’t hear the order to quiet down—in KINDERGARTEN. In elementary school we got paddled all the time, I “led the league” in sixth grade with 61 total licks, mostly for fighting in the bathroom at lunch—with my buddies. None of whom were named Sergei.
      Still we got paddled right up into high school, where our 350 pound Dean of Students “Tiny” would make you stand in footprints taped on the floor for swats with a big-ass paddle, mostly for skipping school or some such. We’d ditch school early to go duck hunting, shotguns in the trucks in the parking lot. The thought of someone actually shooting somebody at school would never have occurred to us. This was back in the ’70s, graduated high school in ’79.
      Don’t know what changed in the 20 years til Columbine and since, but something surely did.

  37. avatar David Walters says:

    I’ve read all the previous comments to my post.

    Lot’s of great stuff there. And, I enjoyed hearing and also I agree with much that was said.

    But I do think that many of the posts and much of the discussion that ensued after the post reflected the same error that we often seen committed on the left. That is that a discussion of a particular event is over-analyzed to suggest that the event DEMONSTRATES A RELATIONSHIP WITH THAT PARTICULAR EVENT AND A MUCH BOARDER SOCIAL ILL.

    For instance, the left might thing that the shooting was merely a symptom of the much greater disease of gun ownership in America and that such ownership should be terminated, despite the existence of a long-standing constitutional right.

    For the right and for gun owners like me, I often feel we give too much emphasis to the left’s reaction to school shootings as if there was any chance that the Constitution would be amended to disallow gun ownership.

    Each surmise is an over-reaction. Each side reaches desperately to use an incident (the shooting for the left and the reaction of the left to the shooting for the right) to imagine consequences that are highly unlikely, banning of guns in America and confiscation of guns in America, respectively.

    Neither is ever going to happen…period. So, let’s be tempered and react to awful incidents like this with reason and seek solutions that can be realistically achieved rather than seek solutions which have no chance to succeed but which when seen to represent out standard only make us seem as foolish, incendiary and intransigent as the left often is.

    We are sincerely better than that.

    In the process of calibrating our response to eliminate the hyperbola, let’s remember to honor and mourn the innocent victims.

    1. avatar RidgeRunner says:

      Proofreading is your friend.

  38. avatar Jeff Hoser says:

    This situational travesty has existed in the Broward Cty., FL school system since before the Trevon Martin incident which ultimately led to the death of wannabe street fighter, burglar, and drug abuser when he attacked a victim on a dark street. The ( well researched and documented ) facts of the Broward system in place leading to Martin’s demise were published nationally . You can find a reprise of them here : https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/02/19/school-shooting-was-outcome-of-broward-county-school-board-policy-now-local-and-national-politicians-weaponize-kids-for-ideological-intents/ Progressives applied their knee-jerk ” solutions ” to the “….school to prison ….” progression for minority street thug problem by removing our preventing the intervention phase of the criminal justice system. This effectively gave the Parkland shooter police and school system protection . If students want to protest, then they need to target the [policies and actions leading directly to their victimization, not some inanimate bit of machinery .

  39. avatar cisco kid says:

    The sad fact is that because we spend over 54 per cent of our tax dollars to enrich the corrupt Republicans with billions of dollars from the Military Industrial Complex we have no money left over for Mental Health Care, Federal Aid Money to schools which could install security systems and hire security guards. One rich School district did do this on their own but most school districts are way too poor to do this and many students do not even have computers or books or even heat in the building. The rest of the civilized world shakes their heads in totally disbelief at the U.S. which is one of the most corrupt countries on the planet. Its actions prove that its children are its lowest priortiy and are considered expendable to graft, greed corruption and the blind greed and paranoia of the gun industry and the NRA.

    The school mentioned above installed several hundred cameras in the halls which can track and intruder, call police, automatically lock bullet proof doors and then squirt white smoke on top of the nut case shooter blinding and somewhat choking him to disorient him. Of course all this took over 1/2 million dollars something most school districts do not have.

    Below is an example of what civilized countries have done decades ago and yes it makes a huge difference in school shootings as in several places like Britain, Germany and France and even Russia and Israel have done much to prevent this. Britain has had no school shootings since the 1980’s proving that yes indeed there is a lot you can do if you want to spend the money and pass the laws.

    The real truth is that in civilized countries like Japan this tragedy would never have happened. In Japan in order to get a firearms i.d. card the police interview your doctor and your neighbors and their professional vetting system would also have detected the killers prior mental health problems as well. Contrast this to our own totally incompetent FBI that was warned twice about this nut case and they sat on their hands drinking coffee and ready porn magazines rather than go out and pick this nut case up for questioning.

    The NRA is also to blame as they have consistently pandered not to the majority of their members but to the minority of their hard core base who believe in no gun laws regardless of high the dead body count gets.

    Safe storage laws would have prevented the majority of school shootings (not this one) because if guns were locked up then the distraught kid could not take his daddy’s assault rifle and commit mass killings. This is not rocket science and as previously noted every other civilized country has safe storage laws to prevent theft, accidental child shootings and kids committing mass shootings.

    Vetting of all gun purchases again would prevent lunatics and criminals from buying guns with no paper work at gun shows or from private sales which are legal in the majority of states. We already have the Brady Bill in place it would cost very little to simply implement it for all gun sales.

    Because the NRA has prevented all of this from happening we as gun owners stand to lose everything and the corrupt Supreme Court along with the back stabbing corrupt Conservative Justices last summer reversed the Scalia decision due to public pressure and by letting the lower courts ban or restrict the right to own semi-auto weapons in Maryland and the other states like California now have the green light to start confiscating them and that is exactly what California now is about to do with no worry about the courts stopping it as they know now that the Scalia decision and the Second Amendment is now totally trashed and is ancient history and that now they can ban anything and everything they want to. The Massachusetts Attorney General by Royal Decree with absolutely no new law passed banned assault rifles by “re-interpreting” an existing 20 year old law. Of course the Corrupt Courts backed her up 100 per cent proving the Constitution is a joke and that the only thing it is good for is to wipe your ass with it.

    Its the end of gun ownership in the U.S. as when the Dem’s regain control of Congress and the Presidency its a no brainier on what they are going to do and gun owners have no one to blame but themselves and the nut cases at the NRA as they all fought well established gun control measures that other counties put in placed decades ago that have prevented such school shootings from happening. Britain had just one School shooting in the 1980’s and they put an end to such horror as well as Australia and Germany as well. They and other countries dealt with the problem they did not wish that it just would not go away. Of course the Republicans wish it would but sooner than later they too will have to do something about it.

    The U.S. Children in school are growing up fast and with only a 37 per cent rate of gun ownership in the U.S. they are the bulk of tomorrows voters and they have said they have never known any time in their lives that they were safe from maniacs with guns and you can guess who they are going to vote for when they turn 18 years of age. With the Second Amendment now thoroughly trashed by a totally corrupt Supreme Court complete with back stabbing Republicans siding with the Democrats on the Court its only a matter of time before the Gun Ban laws slowly tighten around the necks of the red neck ignorant gun owners who for way too long refused to implement even minimal laws to prevent such mass slaughters of our children and citizens and they have no one to blame but themselves for their demise and the extinction of their culture and way of life. It was all simply a matter of survival for the population as a group. It was the average citizen against the minority of gun owners and the outcome is foreordained. That’s reality like it or not. The old axiom that a Conservative is so ignorant he is his own worst enemy rings true once again.

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