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Gun Free Zone Fails Again on Campus

February 20, 2018

If you’re like me, then you hate the idea of a madman hurting our children. Unfortunately, it has been happening for a long time, but probably not the way you think. We’ve had “gun free” zones on campuses for almost three decades. Somehow we lost our outrage when guns were used in these so called “gun free” zones. If a criminal can bring a firearm onto college campus to rob our students, then what is to stop a madman from doing the same thing..or worse. Here are the latest examples.

  • Earlier this month, a University of California Berkeley student was robbed at gunpoint next to his on-campus housing unit. The four armed robbers got away even though the robbery occurred in broad daylight.
  • Two groups of students were robbed at the University of California/Los Angeles. They were robbed by two men who had knives and guns. These attacks occurred in the gun free zone around the campus and around the nearby hospital. The students were robbed and threatened, but not physically injured.
  • Another man was shot on the University of California campus in San Francisco. Two men pulled out guns and shot the suspect even though the location was next to City Hall. Both the campus and government buildings are “gun-free zones” where honest gun owners are disarmed.

These gun-free zones clearly failed to protect our students. I chose examples from California for a reason. Not only are campuses “gun free” zones, but the counties where these attacks occured are effectively “gun-free” as well. Honest men and women can’t get a license to legally carry a firearm in those counties. California has some of the strictest gun laws in the country. They have gun-free zones around schools, firearms registration, and mandatory background checks. Clearly, that hasn’t stopped criminals from using guns to victimize 19 and 20 year olds on campus.

These gun laws at least accomplished one thing. They disarmed the older students and staff who could protect themselves off campus. If these people are vulnerable, then you can imagine how easy it is to hurt our elementary, junior high, and highschool students.

Gun-free zones are an exercise in fantasy. Consider this if you doubt me. The first thing students and staff do when they are in danger is call a good guy with a gun. Now would be a good time to get rid of gun-free zones across the country. Let honest citizens protect themselves and those they love.
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School Safety and the Placebo of Gun Control

February 19, 2018

“We have to do something.”

I’ve heard that phrase time and again from politicians and gun control spokesmen. With some 23 thousand firearms regulations already on the books, it seems that we’ve done quite a lot that hasn’t worked. Those ineffective laws don’t stop the urge for more feel-good regulation after the murders in Parkland, Florida.

We tried mandatory background checks. Those laws didn’t stop the mass murder at Umpqua Community College in Oregon. Background checks didn’t stop the murders at Isla Vista, California, or at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California. I chose these particular examples because Oregon and California have some of the most restrictive firearms transfer laws in the country..including mandatory background checks. They already failed, but I expect the gun-prohibitionists to call for more background checks.

We tried gun-free zones, but they failed too. Rather than stop mass murderers, gun-free zones seem to attract these killers. In fact, almost all of our mass murders took place in gun-free zones. The reason is easy to understand. Mass murderers don’t want to get into a gun fight. Instead, they want to shoot innocent victims who can’t shoot back. Gun-free zones effectively disarmed the honest people who were never a threat in the first place. Unfortunately, also we disarmed the honest people who could slow down or stop the murderer. Expect to hear more calls for gun-free zones.

We tried an “assault weapons ban” back in 1994 under President Clinton. The ban didn’t disarm criminals. It didn’t stop mass murders. Dedicated mass murderers got their guns before they committed their crimes, or they got them by murder. The assault weapons ban didn’t stop them in either case. The ban only made it harder for honest gun owners to own some guns, and that is the lesson we haven’t learned.

Before you pass a new law, assume that the people who commit mass murder will break it. Passing another law will only change the behavior of the honest people who obey the law. If more laws could stop mass murder, then our 23 thousand gun regulations should have done it long ago.

The sad fact is that we’re passing laws to make us feel better rather than to effectively stop attacks on our schools. We know what we should do, but doing it doesn’t give us that warm feeling inside, the pleasure of a quick fix of putting more ink on paper and passing another law.

We should know better. It is amazing to me that we finally have a generation who figured out that drug prohibition laws don’t work. That same generation is now eager to pass more gun prohibitions. Some things never change.

I want us to change what we’re doing and to protect our children. We need better mental health treatment. We also need armed staff in schools. That is what law enforcement says. That is what we do for the children of elite society, and I think they are right.

Our kids deserve it too.

Lessons from Parkland- School Safety and Defense in Depth

February 18, 2018

We say the same thing several ways. “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” “Don’t carry a package by it’s string.” “Don’t bet the farm.” They convey the simple truth that you should plan for the unexpected and you want fault-tolerant safety. Look at the Parkland school attack in that light. We did some things wrong and many things right.

  • Family- Intact families promote attachment and prevent violence. The murderer’s father died several years ago. His mother died late last year. The murderer had been through the foster care system.
  • Community- Some sharp teachers monitor class dynamics and work to include the outsiders. 
  • Treatment- We eliminated our mental health system in the US. If you think treatment is expensive,  then open your eyes and look at the cost of not treating and housing those with mental health issues. Law enforcement was called to the murderer’s home dozens of times in the last few years.
  • Medication- Some violent people are on anti-anxiety and antidepressant drugs. There are millions more of us who are on them and do not become violent. Those who are treated are less violent than those who are untreated, or those who stop taking their medications.
  • Expulsion- The murderer was expelled from three different high schools. No one intervened.
  • Violent video games- We’ve seen the mentally ill habituate themselves to violence by immersion in violent video games. I don’t know if that was true in this latest attack.
  • Public statements of violent intent- The murderer said he would kill. No one intervened.
  • FBI tips- Someone noticed murderer’s statements. We’ve been told that we should say something if we see something. We did. The FBI received tips that pointed to the murderer’s statements on Youtube. The FBI ignored the warnings.
  • Background checks for guns- The murderer passed his background checks because he had not been adjudicated as a risk to himself or others. The FBI background check system fails most of the time. Like the “no fly” terrorists watchlist, the vast majority of denials are due to mistaken identity. Unfortunately, people who are mentally ill and want to use guns for violent attacks have years to try and get a weapon. Firearms prohibition is as ineffective as drug prohibition.
  • Armed school staff- Law enforcement said they need armed school staff in place before a school attack. We know it works. Florida politicians made it illegal for armed good guys to protect our children.
  • Shatterproof glass- The Parkland High School murderer tried to shoot people as they ran from the building. The Shatterproof glass worked and saved lives.
  • Medically trained school staff- We now train school volunteers to stop the bleeding and keep people breathing until the police and EMTs arrive. They may have been present at Parkland, but I didn’t read about them.

We asked someone else to protect our children..with the usual results. There are many things we can do to make our students safer. We didn’t do them. Passing more “gun safety legislation” isn’t one of them. The only question is if politicians will lose their job if they ignore this issue. We didn’t learn from the last lesson either.

 

Why the FBI Failed and What We Should Do About It.

February 16, 2018

The FBI failed. The Bureau failed to stop a teenage murder after concerned citizens gave them a tip..again. We saw something and said something, and again, the FBI did nothing.  The Bureau also failed to honestly report on, and act on, political conflicts of interest of senior FBI executives. The reasons are telling. The solution is straightforward.

It was more important to senior FBI management that the bureau appear politically useful than that FBI agents perform law enforcement activities. In particular, framing president  Trump for colluding with foreign agents was more important than stopping a young madman before he shot up a Florida school.

What was at stake? Doing your job and stopping criminals wouldn’t get you promoted. Generating fake assertions about Trump was your key to success.

Generating political propaganda, applying the FBI seal of approval to the Clinton dossier, would do a number of things for your career. It would get you promoted within the FBI. This domestic political espionage would get you a high paying positions with DC law firms and lobbying firms. It would get your spouse a high paying job or get her political campaigns funded by Democrat money men. That is a pretty fair return for indoor work with no heavy lifting.

That which gets rewarded gets repeated. It was more rewarding to generate political lies for powerful people than to determine the truth about a teenage killer. Maybe it was politically useful let a teenager shoot up a school. I don’t know and won’t speculate.

The organizational solution is to clean out the corrupt management at the FBI. Even if the DC elites find the FBI and other agencies essential, we can live without them. In fact, the US may not be able to live with them. The corrupt FBI and and other government agencies are no longer doing the work we need done.

We don’t have to eliminate them overnight. Go ahead and take a few months..but do it. We have alternatives who have not betrayed our trust.

What do you think?
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RM

Alleged Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz was reported to FBI, cops, school — but warning signs missed

February 16, 2018

If you said, “Someone attacked a school, so only the police should have guns,” then please think again. RM

The FBI revealed Friday it received a tip last month that Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old accused of killing 17 people on Valentine’s Day, had a gun, wanted to “kill people” and there was the “potential of him conducting a school shooting.”

The agency in a statement admitted receiving a call on Jan. 5, 2018 from a person close to Cruz who contacted the FBI through its Public Access Line tipline to express concerns about Cruz’s erratic behavior and disturbing social media posts.

 

 

Source: Alleged Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz was reported to FBI, cops, school — but warning signs missed

Who is to Blame for School Shootings?

February 15, 2018

I’ll cut right to the point. We can stop murderers from killing our kids in school, but it isn’t easy. The politicians, particularly the Florida politicians, are against it. What can we do to save our students?

We’ve asked the people who train SWAT cops what they can do. They said it takes too long to assemble a SWAT team. It takes too long to put the team in position near the school. It takes too long to clear the building and time is the enemy. Several students and staff will be shot every minute.

We asked the local police officers and sheriffs deputies. They don’t even get the 911 call until the shooting has been going on for several minutes. It takes time for law enforcement officers to race to the scene. They then have to enter the school and find the attacker before they can stop him. That is 15 minutes lost right there. Law enforcement will not let medical personnel into the building until they know the crime scene is safe. That means the cops will clear every classroom before the EMTs enter the building and start treating the injured. Those 45 minutes are critical.

Sheriffs said that takes too long. They said they need armed staff in the school. We protect our money with guns, but Florida politicians say we can’t protect children with armed staff.

Let me correct that statement. We can’t protect OUR children. The children of celebrities and politicians have armed guards. Our children don’t. Only the children of the elites deserve protection. That isn’t acceptable.

Several states have programs in place to arm school staff. They train volunteer school staff to stop the threat and treat the injured until police and EMTs arrive.  These teachers desperately want a chance for their kids to go home alive. These are the same teachers who will stop a bullet with their bodies to save “their kids”.

I want them all to go home alive, both teachers and students. The training program is called FASTER, which stands for Faculty / Administrator Safety Training & Emergency Response. They’ve trained thousands of teachers and have thousands of man-years of experience with armed staff in schools. Why aren’t they in your school? Learn about them at fastersaveslives.org

The Florida politicians will propose more prohibitions, more ink on paper. That hasn’t stopped a single murderer yet. Ink on paper doesn’t keep blood off the floor, but ink on paper fools voters time after time.

Will it work this time too?
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Self-Defense News- armed civilians defend strangers

February 14, 2018

I report on self-defense. There are thousands of stories to cover every day, but few of them reach the local news. Almost none of these stories receive national attention. These particular examples are notable because the armed defender was not threatened, but instead acted to help another person who was in serious trouble. Read these examples.  Put yourself in the place of the victims and the defenders.

First story- Are you armed when you’re walking on the street?

You’re a woman in your thirties. It is mid-morning and you’re walking down the street. You hear a woman scream. You see a man attacking the woman who delivers your mail. The attacker has the mail carrier down on the ground and he is pulling at her clothes. You yell for him to stop. He ignores you. You step near the attacker, draw your gun, and shoot into the ground. Now the man stops attacking the woman.  He stands up and runs at you. You shoot into the ground in front of him. This time he stops and runs away. You turn back to the victim of the sexual assault and ask her if she is ok. She is shaken.

The police arrive in minutes and tell you to put the gun down. You follow their instructions. The police find the attacker in a nearby alley.

Second Story-  Are you armed when you are out to eat?

It is very early Saturday morning. You’re having breakfast at a restaurant. You look up as two men enter in a hurry. They are wearing hoodies..and have guns drawn. They demand the money from the cash register. They are pointing their guns at the clerk behind the counter.

You’re armed. You draw your firearm and shoot at the robbers. They run. You check on the clerk and call police.

Third story- Are you armed when you’re driving your car?

You’re driving on Main Street just after noon. This has to be the safest place in the world and the safest time of day. You look over and see a police car with its light flashing. The officer is on the ground. A man is on top of the officer hitting him. You stop your car and get out. You have your concealed carry permit. You’re armed. You shout for the attacker to stop. He doesn’t. You walk closer and draw your gun. Now the attacker stops and runs away. Police arrive and you put your gun away.

The injured police officer was taken to the hospital with broken bones in his face. The attacker was arrested and has a lengthy police record.

These were ordinary citizens going about their day. They responded to an unusual even in an extraordinary way. I thank them.

If you carry a firearm for personal protection, then I thank you too.

What would you do in these situations? I’m sure you’d protect your family and friends. Would you protect innocent strangers? Now is the time to think about it and decide. I discuss each event with a firearms instructor. Here are the notes and podcast.

 

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