Because a cop is too heavy to carry . . .
(D)espite the fact I believe mass shootings are symptomatic of a larger societal problem that has little to do with guns themselves, it was a hard point to argue in the wake of tragedy without sounding trite and callous.
Then the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School happened and the subsequent press reports uncovered something that crystallized my conviction.
Eleven minutes- the length of time it took law enforcement officers who responded to the school to enter the building after the shooting began.
“Eleven minutes” supplies the explanation that I’ve never been able to clearly articulate: I believe in the Second Amendment because I want to be able to protect my loved ones and myself for those eleven minutes, wherever and whenever those eleven minutes happen.
Out with “rifle” and in with “freedom” . . .
Ironically, protests and movements to ban guns simply drive enthusiasm for them: purchases are spiking — even though Americans already own over 300 million. Accordingly, Oliver North, the NRA’s new president, expects, in short order, to more than double his current membership from six to 14 million.
Despite this mounting firearm fervor, or perhaps because of it, the protestors are gaining influence, momentum, and funding — from the likes of George Soros — and aren’t going to stop.
Neither will politicians in blue states such as California. Democrat Gavin Newsom, in the lead to become the next governor, has been running on an anti-gun platform. Democrat Dianne Feinstein is doing likewise to hold on to her Senate seat.
What can the NRA do?
Change its name. That’s right, change its name.
Teacher Threatened Mass Shooting To Empower Women To Be Serial Killers In New #MeToo Movement, Police Say
Maybe the #metoo movement has mutated a little beyond its original intent . . .
Authorities in Las Vegas arrested a high school teacher after she threatened to shoot up a concert so she could start a new #MeToo movement aimed at empowering women to become serial killers.
Bonanza High School teacher Leslie McGourty, 48, was arrested earlier this month on terrorism charges after she threatened to “poke a lot of holes in a lot of people” at a concert in Las Vegas in text messages she sent to her friend.
Someone’s learning something at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High . . .
I survived a mass shooting in an American public school. Like many of my classmates, I was thrust into the debate about guns and the Second Amendment. Prior to that horrific day on February 14th, 2018, I was a firm supporter of the Second Amendment. Following that day, I have watched as many have sought to misinform the public about guns through faulty arguments, misleading statistics, and shameless emotional appeals. Being uniquely situated as a survivor, I felt it was my duty to sort out the good from the bad while I had the public’s ear and to disseminate what I believe are the strongest arguments regarding gun control.
Last week the New York Times published a piece by opinion columnist Nicholas Kristof titled “10 Modest Steps to Cut Gun Violence.” The article has been shared and viewed by hundreds of thousands of people and lauded by my Parkland peers as “common sense gun control.” As someone who has spent nearly every moment since the shooting reading gun control materials and engaging in the debate with other students, members of Congress, and even the President, I realized that this article was not only lacking in common sense, but would be entirely unproductive. Here is my rebuttal to Mr. Kristof . . .
Somehow she fails to mention that violent crime is at a generational low while the number of guns owned by Americans is at an all-time high . . .
Two weeks after the National Rifle Association convened in Texas, two attendees, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Republican Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas continued to pretend that guns are not the problem. Gov. Abbott said at this month’s NRA conference, “The answer to gun violence is not to take guns away, the answer is to strengthen the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. The problem is not guns, it’s hearts without God.”
Gov. Abbott was forced to look in the faces of parents who will never see their children alive again. Somehow he forgot to tell them that they and their godless hearts are the problem, not the guns. But the NRA playbook dictates that the deflection message always comes a day or two later, which always seems to be enough time for us to somehow be a little more OK with guns killing another 10 innocent lives.
— Julianna (@JuliannaFriedm3) May 28, 2018