Back in 2012, pretty much everyone thought ObamaCare was going to be struck down as unconstitutional. The Obama admin had claimed, repeatedly, that the healthcare law was not a tax and that seemed to be the only way to justify its existence.
Teachers can’t be armed in order to prevent or address school shootings, one CNN “expert” claims, because women can’t put a gun holster under their girly clothes.
According to the Washington Free Beacon, CNN’s senior law enforcement analyst Tom Fuentes was trying to explain that arming teachers might lead to liability problems for schools – particularly if or when teachers leave weapons unattended in classrooms – but, instead of addressing veered off into fashion commentary.
“A lot of these schools—Sandy Hook had an all-female faculty, from principal to teachers,” Fuentes said. “For a woman, where are you going to hide that gun during the day? You can’t put it in your desk drawer; somebody might steal it, and you can’t get to it. You’re not going to have it in a safe in the principal’s office; you can’t get to it.”
Fuentes then suggested that the only way to keep a weapon safe from a student who might steal it to use it is to wear the weapon in a holster. But, lady-type people prefer to wear skirts and dresses, and you can’t just carry a gun in your Spanx!
“If you wear a dress, if you wear a skirt, are you going to have to wear a jacket everyday with a belt and a holster, the way a detective on duty would do?” he asked. “It’s not a real practical solution for a variety of reasons.”
For a law enforcement expert, Fuentes appears to be unaware that there are women law enforcement officials (including detectives!) who are armed while on duty, as well as millions of women who carry a gun every day, open or concealed.
In response to this sudden trend among the women-folk to arm themselves for protection, gun accessories manufacturers have created a number of options for women looking to carry under clothing, or for whom belts just won’t work.
Women can get tank top holsters that let them carry small weapons under their arms, belly band holster that will keep a weapon safe under a shirt or blouse, bra holsters that let you pack between your…ahem…girls, leggings holsters, and the ever-popular garter belt holster that lets you trade in your plain, ordinary stockings for ones that pack some heat. But if none of those options work for you, some actual gun experts suggest carrying on a belt with a holster positioned in the small of your back.
There may be a number of valid arguments both for and against arming teachers, but where to put the gun, well, that’s not one of them.
Given how strongly journalists have used the Parkland shooting to promote gun control, it’s surprising to see a simple realization of how the current debate sounds to half the country. That observation occurred on Tuesday’s CBS This Morning as co-host John Dickerson mentioned his own relatives.
Talking to Congressman Steve Scalise, himself a victim of horrific violence, Dickerson noted: “Congressman, in talking to some of my relatives who have AR-15s, they hear this debate taking place and they think it’s an assault on their freedoms and that they are being lumped in with people who clearly shouldn’t have access to weapons.”
This led him to offer a conservative-friendly softball: “Do you hear that same argument from your constituents?” Usually, this sort of question is asked in reverse with the journalist wondering if a conservative cares about victims.
Co-host Gayle King allowed Scalise to discuss how he relates to the victims of the Parkland shooting and what advice he has:
You talked about an emotional meeting that you had with the students. I’m sure it was that. There was a very interesting article in the New York Sunday Times with a reporter who said by day the students are activists who are out there talking about gun control. But at night, they are still healing, very scared kids. What advice did you give, or what can you say to them as someone who’s been through this on how to heal?
But, of course, no interview would be complete without at least a little pressure on gun control. King wondered if the Congressman “still” “supports AR-15s being on the street.”
It’s pretty clear that law endorsement missed some very important clues and signals. They had lots of warnings, it seems. But as someone who has been through a shooting, do you still support AR-15s being on the street?
A transcript of the segment’s questions is below:
CBS This Morning
NORAH O’DONNELL: Students from Stoneman Douglas high visited members of Congress yesterday. They met with the number-three House Republican, Majority Whip Steve Scalise, of Louisiana. He was nearly killed in a shooting at a congressional baseball practice last June. Scalise made it through seven surgeries and returned to work just three months later. He’s with us now from the Capitol. Congressman, good morning. Thank you very much for joining us.
STEVE SCALISE: Good morning, Gayle and John and Norah, how are you?
O’DONNELL: I’m well. Thank you. I know you met with some survivors. What kind of changes did they ask for members of Congress to make?
O’DONNELL: I want to ask about some of the specifics of policy because some of the survivors have talked about raising the age limit for those to be able to purchase an assault rifle. The President has indicated he might support that, raising the age to 21. Would you support that?
JOHN DICKERSON: Congressman, in talking to some of my relatives who have AR-15s, they hear this debate taking place and they think it’s an assault on their freedoms and that they are being lumped in with people who clearly shouldn’t have access to weapons. Do you hear that same argument from your constituents?
REP. STEVE SCALISE: I do hear that from constituents. And look, millions of people have weapons like the AR-15 and use them to defend themselves. They have it for self-defense which is the tenet of the Second Amendment. So that’s one of the things that you’ve got to balance when you’re looking at change in laws. You gotta recognize, number one, in cases like the shooting and so many others, multiple laws were already broken. But worse than that, big signs were missed in many cases by government itself. The fact that government missed so many of the signs and didn’t do the things that they should have done to protect people is one of the reasons that people feel they should have a need to protect themselves and their family.
DICKERSON: Given what you’ve said and people’s feel being personal freedom, the request from some of the students in Parkland and in other places that there be some limitations, any limitations of any kind, on the AR-15, that’s just not going to happen, is it?
KING: It’s pretty clear that law endorsement missed some very important clues and signals. They had lots of warnings, it seems. But as someone who has been through a shooting, do you still support AR-15s still being on the street?
SCALISE: Again, you can talk about any one weapon, and if you ban that weapon, does that mean that nothing else is going to happen? I think if you look, I was fortunate in my case that I had law enforcement there on the scene who acted accordingly and took down the shooter. I wish that would have happened at the school where clearly there was at least one law enforcement officer on the scene who hid instead of confronting the shooter.
KING: You talked about an emotional meeting that you had with the students. I’m sure it was that. There was a very interesting article in the New York Sunday Times with a reporter who said by day the students are activists who are out there talking about gun control. But at night, they are still healing, very scared kids. What advice did you give, or what can you say to them as someone who’s been through this on how to heal?
Dianne Feinstein is nothing if not a staunch left-winger. Yes, every now and then she might express an idea that the radical base is uncomfortable with but, by and large, she toes the Democrat line. Still, she has a problem. “Toeing the line” is no longer good enough.
After the Las Vegas shooting last year, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee issued an email warning candidates not to politicize the attack, at least not immediately. The email containing the advice was published today by HuffPost and, as you can imagine, activists and some Democrats are not happy about it:
The morning after the Oct. 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas, a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s press staff warned House candidates and their staffs not to “politicize” the shooting that day. Politicization, according to the DCCC official, included talking about gun violence prevention policy.
“You and your candidate will be understandably outraged and upset, as will your community. However, DO NOT POLITICIZE IT TODAY,” DCCC regional press secretary Evan Lukaske wrote to candidates in the Northeast. “There will be time for politics and policy discussion, but any message today should be on offering thoughts/prayers for victims and their families, and thanking 1st responders who saved lives.”…
Gun violence prevention activists said they were disappointed the DCCC was advising candidates not to aggressively talk about policy solutions as often as possible. Ladd Everitt, director of the gun violence prevention group One Pulse for America, described the DCCC email as “pathetic.” Mark Glaze, senior adviser to the group Guns Down, said it was “straight out of the NRA’s talking points.”
“If the DCCC is willing to give up a key issue and offend virtually every Democrat so as not to bother eight Independents in rural Missouri, they’re even more incompetent than we thought, and Democrats should be very worried about the midterms,” Glaze said.
If you spend any time on social media, you’ve probably already seen the pushback against “thoughts and prayers” in response to a mass shooting. For instance:
To my colleagues: your cowardice to act cannot be whitewashed by thoughts and prayers.
None of this ends unless we do something to stop it.
HuffPost reports the DCCC would not say whether they had sent out a similar email after the Parkland shooting but pointed out that candidates were free to ignore their advice.
I don’t know who leaked this to HuffPost but it’s probably a safe bet it was someone who would like to see the DCCC take a more activist stance on this issue in 2018. As I noted yesterday, a majority of Democrats in the House seem ready to go all in on this message, promising to ban semi-automatic weapons in exchange for electoral victory.
Authorities arrested two teens last week in connection with threats made to Combs High School in San Tan Valley, Arizona, including the reported creation of a GoFundMe account set up for the purpose of buying ammunition to “shoot up” the school.
What kind of threats were made?
School officials called the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office to investigate after two 15-year-olds were allegedly overheard by another student while discussing the prospect of bringing a gun to the school.
Authorities said one of the accused threatened to file the serial number off a gun and use it in a shooting at Combs, and that the second teen assisted the first in setting up the GoFundMe account.
“The site explained that ammunition was expensive and they needed help to shoot up Combs High School,” Pinal County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Navideh Forghani said in a statement, KNXV-TV reported.
While deputies said the first student did not have access to weapons, they said the second student did. The second student also claimed to have been present when the GoFundMe account was created, but told investigators he did not know who created it.
Then what happened?
Authorities arrested both teens and charged them with conspiracy to commit terrorism and interference or disruption of an educational institution.
Deputies say the GoFundMe account has been removed.
In a statement released Monday, a GoFundMe spokesperson said:
The campaign raised no funds and has been removed from the platform. Additionally, the campaign organizer has been banned from using the GoFundMe platform. It is against GoFundMe’s terms of service to raise funds on our platform to buy ammunition or firearms.
The Combs High School student newspaper, Combs Courier, reported Friday that roughly 300 students participated in a walkout intended to support recent school shooting victims. The article made no mention of any potential threats to Combs, but focused on the differing intentions of those who were in attendance: some students urged for stricter gun control laws, while others chanted, “We want guns.”
School administration reportedly attended the event for the purpose of assuring the safety of students and appropriateness during the walkout.
Vandals Smash Windows of St. Louis Business for Hanging Flag Supporting Police
February 27, 2018 by Jim Hoft
A St. Louis antique shop is being threatened and harassed after hanging a flag in support of the police in the shop window.
“It’s a threat.” #STL store owner at Elder’s Antiques received this message on her storefront window after placing a thin blue line flag at her store offering support to police. The symbol on corner & MLM appear to be references to communist beliefs. Full story @10 on @Kmov. pic.twitter.com/QgRLlfiz0O
An antique store on Cherokee Street in south St. Louis had one of its windows shattered by a rock Tuesday morning. The owner believes she’s being targeted because she flew an American flag with a thin blue line on it outside her store in support of the police.
Cherri Elder, the owner of Elder’s Antiques, a longtime business on Cherokee Street’s Antique Row, said the verbal harassment began last summer when she first put the flag up.
Elder said she supports two city police officers who patrol the Antique Row on Cherokee where she is located.
She took the flag down in December as the harassment continued. On February 17, Elder said a large sign was put on her front door glass saying, “Pig Supporters Not Welcome Flag Goes Down Or You Go Down.”…
…These incidents come after another nearby store on Cherokee called DeMay Antiques and Furs had a front window kicked out and four American flags supporting police stolen.
A California university is offering a course that revolves around removing President Trump from office.
As Celine Ryan and Brandon Jones report at Campus Reform, San Diego State University will offer the one-unit course in March. Professor John Joseph Cleary will teach the class; the text for the course is ”The Case for Impeachment,” authored by Allan Lichtman, which was released after Trump’s election and advocates removing him from office.
The course advertises itself thus:
Focus will be on the two constitutional grounds: impeachment and removal (25th Amendment), and the possible charges of the independent counsel, the powers of the president, a history of the creation of that office and the comparison of divine right and rule of law leadership, presidential impeachments, including Nixon’s de facto impeachment, practically limitless grounds for impeachment, presidential immunity from indictment and grounds for impeachment, removal, or indictment covering: conflict of interests, foreign emoluments, climate change, racism, religious bias, improper influence, nepotism, and a host of crimes, including conspiracy, false statements, and obstruction of justice.
Ryan and Jones note, “The course will be offered through SDSU’s Criminal Justice program, which is a part of the school’s College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts.”
San Diego State seems to be a true bastion for leftists; as The Daily Wire reported last September, students at San Diego State University were allowed to earn extra credit in Professor Dae Elliott’s classes if they took a quiz to determine if they have “white privilege.”
Police reportedly failed to intervene in accused Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz’s life even though a neighbor said she gave police myriad examples of Cruz’s concerning behavior.
According to Joelle Guarino, law enforcement said that they could do nothing at the time because Cruz wasn’t an “immediate threat.”
What are the details?
Guarino, in an interview with CNN’s Rosa Flores, reported that Guarino called the cops after her son showed her Cruz’s Instagram posts which reportedly featured weapons and indicated that he had interest in carrying out a school shooting.
“I begged [the officer],” Guarino said. “And he basically told me that it was not an immediate threat so he couldn’t do anything.”
“There is nothing I can do,” Guarino said the officer told her. “Until he does something there is nothing I can do.”
Guarino added that she recalled the officer leaving and said to herself, “My God, he’s going to kill something and I can do nothing about it.”
Guarino indicated that she wasn’t at all surprised when she heard about Cruz’s purported involvement in the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which took the lives of 17 people and injured many more.
“I had no doubt he was going to do this,” she said. “My husband and I both knew that we would eventually see him one day on the news, wearing an orange jumpsuit, being charged with murder.”
According to CNN, Guarino “knew” it was Cruz who reportedly carried out the mass shooting when she’d heard the news.
Flores also said that during her interview with Guarino, the former neighbor said that she could sense Cruz’s “darker side,” and detailed an occasion where “Cruz was standing over her dog as the dog was foaming and convulsing and he had this wild, eerie look about him.”
Guarino also told Flores that Cruz exhibited concerning behavior from the time that he was a baby.
She described an occasion where Cruz, as a baby, continuously hit one of her own sons with a toy. According to Guarino, Cruz’s mother intervened, and began “hitting him and asking him not to hit others.”
Guarino detailed an occurrence a few years later when Cruz reportedly locked himself in one of the rooms in her house and destroyed property contained therein after other kids made fun of him for spilling a drink and joking that it looked like he’d wet himself.
She added that Cruz, at the age of 10, one time, threw a rock at her son, striking him in the face.
Guarino eventually ended up ending her friendship with Cruz’s mother, but detailed his mother’s own odd behaviors, including reportedly locking up the refrigerator and pantry. Guarino added that she’d feed Cruz at her own home when he was hungry.
Another neighbor, Paul Gold, corroborated Guarino’s story about the locked refrigerator and pantry, but said that it wasn’t done to punish Cruz, but rather was done because Cruz’s mother was working from a shoestring budget and would sometimes run out of food in the home.
Guarino reported that she’d also witnessed Cruz killing small animals, such as toads, and said he would later dissect them.
“His face was excited that it was happening — with this wild satisfaction look,” Guarino explained. “As soon as he saw me his demeanor changed.”
On Tuesday, Rasmussen Reports released a new survey that dampened the media’s gun control hysteria as it revealed that the overwhelming majority of Americans blame government failures for the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida.
Rasmussen’s poll was conducted after CNN’s propaganda-style town hall event that demonized gun owners, Republicans, and NRA members. Rasmussen reports:
54% of American Adults believe the failure of government agencies to respond to numerous warning signs from the prospective killer is more to blame for the mass shooting. Thirty-three percent (33%) attribute the deaths more to a lack of adequate gun control. Eleven percent (11%) opt for something else.
Among Americans who have children of elementary or secondary school age, 61% think the government is more to blame. Just 23% of these adults fault a lack of adequate gun control more.
Those surveyed were divided on what they believed would do the most good in preventing mass murders. 41% of respondents opted for stricter gun control while 40% said more action was needed to treat mental health issues. Only 50% of Democrats said that a lack of sufficient gun control was at fault.
Rasmussen also notes that 54% of Americans believe that stricter gun control laws will do nothing or increase violent crime while only 39% believe stricter gun control laws will decrease crime.
Rasmussen further noted that the majority of Americans believe that violent video games and movies are making America a more hostile and violent place.