Dear Pawns

To:  Parkland High School Students / Sudden Media Stars
From:  Mitch Berg, peasant
Re:  Your sudden stardom


First things first – I’m sorry for the trauma that happened to you and your school.  You might want to have a word with not just the FBI, but your school board, who was apparently aware of Nik Cruz’s growing madness.

Anyway – condolences.

Now – you’re not gonna like this, but some of you will thanks me, someday.  I’m going to do something none of the adults in your life – especially those people whew flew down from Washington and New York with the bales of airline tickets and hotel reservations, barely hours after the shooting – are going to do.

I’m going to tell you the truth.

You’re being used.

I get it.   You’ve been through a traumatic experience.  But you need to know that none of the things you’re ostensibly campaigning for would have prevented the shooting at your school.

Background checks?  Florida has a huge gap it the mental health information it reports to the feds.  Just like Minnesota.  It wouldn’t – didn’t – work.

Banning “Assault Weapons?”  It’s been tried – you were toddlers when the last ban ended.  Even its supporters said it was just a feel-good law that did nothing about crime.

Bagging on the NRA?  Yeah, that’ll save lives.

Repealing the Second Amendment?   Please.  Mass shootings and denying the right to keep and bear arms is not correlated with mass shootings.

Look, I get it; when I was your age, I thought the NRA was a CIA plot to make gun companies rich.  it was an idea put in my head by the parents and grandparents of the people chaperoning you around DC and the CNN studios.  They are using you as another way to try to turn the tide in a political battle they’ve been losing for thirty years, now.

You are being used as props.  Pawns.  Stage dressing.

Most of you will figure it out someday, with any luck.

That is all.

33 thoughts on “Dear Pawns

  1. Have a word with the FBI and the school board, and also with the local police, who missed 39 reasons to arrest the kid, and also with his mental health counselors and the Florida department of justice, who didn’t get his mental illness on the Brady check list, and also with the U.S. Department of Justice, which appears to have pushed the school board to handle prosecutable offenses in-house (kinda like MSU with the Nassar allegations in Title IX). Finally, have a word with Congress, which with the Gun-Free Schools Act prevented responsible teachers from being able to put lead in the perp’s general direction.

    I actually took a look at the perpetrators of school shootings–wiki has a nice list of them–and about 95% of them got their guns illegally. Good luck passing a law to deal with that. Only one perp existed–yes the most recent one–who would have been deterred by a law requiring people to be 21 to buy a gun. Maybe.

  2. It’s so refreshing to see that the Democrats are attempting to resurrect traditional methods like public lynchings.

  3. Pro-tip: It’s never a good idea to pick a social media fight with high school kids. Even if you’ve got help from the Russian troll farms.

  4. I believe that you are missing my point, emery. After a mass shooting, the media wants you to hold some piece of hardware responsible. After Vegas, it was bump stocks. After Parkland, it is assault rifles.
    An exception is made for Democrat or Islam-justified mass shooting. For some reason the media blames mental illness for those & stops talking about them ASAP.

  5. An exception is made for Democrat or Islam-justified mass shooting. For some reason the media blames mental illness for those & stops talking about them ASAP.

    See: Chattanooga Marine recruiting station, Washington Navy Yard shooting, the Scalise shooting/attempted massacre, the San Bernardino massacre.

    Also: every major Democrat-run city.

  6. See: Chattanooga Marine recruiting station, Washington Navy Yard shooting, the Scalise shooting/attempted massacre, the San Bernardino massacre.

    Or the “workplace violence” at Fort Hood, carried out by hand-guns (and stopped with a hand-gun).

  7. The McClatchy article, Emery, is what is known as a “nothingburger.”
    Illegal leaks from anonymous sources should be treated as illegal leaks from anonymous sources, don’t you think?

  8. MP, I think it’s weird that someone would think that giving money to the NRA to help elect Trump is even useful. I have my doubts that any but a tiny minority of NRA members would’ve voted for Hillary! nor that the NRA could’ve influenced any non-member Hillary! voters to pull the lever for Trump.

    And basically, in truth, until Democrats help pass Voter ID laws (like the rest of the world), any comments about the last or any other election is pretty much a kleenex full of snot.

  9. The leaks suggest that FBI thought that a Putin Ally might have funneled money to the Trump campaign through the NRA.
    The leaks apparently came from Mueller’s team (known to staffed by Democrat lawyers).
    But you can’t tell for certain, because the leakers weren’t named.
    The leaks are illegal because they may influence the investigation. With the identity of the leakers concealed you cannot tell if they were actually in a position to know what they say that know. You also cannot determine their motivation, and what else they may be concealing.
    If you cannot know why a source chose to leak information, you should assume bad faith, not good faith.

  10. BTW, I have a short checklist I use to check for bias in any “news” article about Mueller’s investigation. The McClatchy article fails because it tells you that Mueller is investigating Russian pro-Trump interference in the 2016 election, then it tells you Since taking over the investigation last May, Mueller has secured guilty pleas from two former Trump aides, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and former campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, both of whom agreed to cooperate with prosecutors; and criminal charges against two other top campaign figures, former campaign Chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy, Rick Gates.
    But it doesn’t mention that the guilty pleas and indictments have nothing to do with Russian interference in the 2016 election. Flynn and Papadopoulos plead guilty to lying to the FBI, Manafort and Gates were indicted for activities that long predated their association with Trump.

  11. Here, Emery, let me fix that for you:

    Are background checks done before the NRA Planned Parenthood buys a congressman member of congress?

    Two can play at that game, Emery, considering more innocents (including people of color, which your side claims to fight for) are killed through abortion than mass shootings. By the way, what’s with the sexist rhetoric? Why don’t you join the 21st century?

  12. I’ll take a shot at editing:

    “Are background checks done before the NRA Everytown buys a congressman b>Tim Walz?

  13. Woolly wrote: [“But it doesn’t mention that the guilty pleas and indictments have nothing to do with Russian interference in the 2016 election.”]

     But the indictment didn’t rule out those conclusions either. And it might be laying the groundwork for future indictments against Americans who aided the Russians, especially with the theory of conspiracy law that it sets forth.

  14. “didn’t rule out . . . might be . . .”
    Those are the words of a conspiracy theorist.
    If Mueller was to put the his magnifying glass on Hillary’s campaign, I am pretty surr he would have come up with the same indictments for the same crime. Hillary, and her campaign staff (such as Abedin) had extensive contacts with the Russians through Hillary’s job as secretary of state and as a member of the board of the Clinton Global Initiative.
    The New York Times:
    But the untold story behind that story is one that involves not just the Russian president, but also a former American president and a woman who would like to be the next one.

    At the heart of the tale are several men, leaders of the Canadian mining industry, who have been major donors to the charitable endeavors of former President Bill Clinton and his family. Members of that group built, financed and eventually sold off to the Russians a company that would become known as Uranium One.
    . . .
    Uranium One’s chairman used his family foundation to make four donations totaling $2.35 million. Those contributions were not publicly disclosed by the Clintons, despite an agreement Mrs. Clinton had struck with the Obama White House to publicly identify all donors. Other people with ties to the company made donations as well.

    And shortly after the Russians announced their intention to acquire a majority stake in Uranium One, Mr. Clinton received $500,000 for a Moscow speech from a Russian investment bank with links to the Kremlin that was promoting Uranium One stock.

  15. If I remember correctly, Planned Infanticide gives about 30x more money to political campaigns than does the NRA. The NRA works with motivated voters, starting with their five million members.

    Moreover, it’s worth noting that it’s Planned Infanticide that has actually gotten subsidies for itself through the legislators they’ve bought.

    Regarding the Mueller investigation, the best question I’ve seen is that if he’s able to find this Russian plot, why wasn’t it acted on when it was first detected by the NSA? Napolitano pointed that one out. Plus, if you want a nice quid pro quo arrangement, the uranium deal seems like a better thing to investigate, at least if you’re running an actual Bureau of Investigation and not a Bureau of Matters. Or maybe that server. Maybe if Comey had actually, say, gotten a hold of the server and looked at it, he might have found something. Maybe even convene a grand jury or something.

    Nah. Crazy talk that the former head of the FBI should be using standard investigative techniques!

  16. I do not think that it is coincidence that the political polarization of the country began when the Clintons’ entered national politics. Their power-at-any-cost, you-are-with-us-or-against-us mentaility has infected the Democrat party like a nano virus. The hate they encourage from their party members is vile: Brendan Eich was forced of Mozilla for having the same opinion of same sex marriage Hillary & Obama had in 2010.

  17. Bike: “How about we treat every young man who wants to buy a gun like every woman who wants to get an abortion — mandatory 48-hr waiting period, parental permission, a note from his doctor proving he understands what he’s about to do, a video he has to watch about the effects of gun violence, an ultrasound wand up the ass (just because). Let’s close down all but one gun shop in every state and make him travel hundreds of miles, take time off work, and stay overnight in a strange town to get a gun. Make him walk through a gauntlet of people holding photos of loved ones who were shot to death, people who call him a murderer and beg him not to buy a gun.
    It makes more sense to do this with young men and guns than with women and health care, right? I mean, no woman getting an abortion has killed a room full of people in seconds, right? “ ~ unknown

  18. Woolly: Yet here is the Justice Department on the record declaring that the Russia investigation isn’t, in fact, a witch hunt. It isn’t a hoax. It isn’t just a “phony Democrat excuse for losing the election,” as Trump has tweeted. There really was, the Justice Department is saying, a Russian influence operation to interfere in the U.S. political system during the 2016 presidential election, and it really was at the expense of Clinton and in favor of Trump.

    The allegations in this indictment do not deal with computer or email hacking. The operation described in this indictment did not relate to the hacking of the DNC network, nor to the theft or distribution of Podesta’s or the DNC’s emails in the summer and fall of 2016. The indictment makes no allegations about delivering “dirt” on Clinton, nor of Donald Trump Jr.’s Trump Tower meeting. To the extent that the indictment intersects with the hacking story, it does so obliquely; it includes no Computer Fraud and Abuse Act or other hacking charges. Instead, the indictment deals with an operation that the Russian organization itself described as “information warfare against the United States of America.”

  19. Well, that quote should have set off your stupid meter, Emery.
    Why would you equate buying a gun with getting an abortion? Didn’t you go off on anti-whataboutism rant a few weeks ago?
    Put simply: the woman getting an abortion is seeking to kill her unborn child (or abort a fetus, if you like). The young man buying a gun isn’t planning on shooting anyone. There is no more moral dimension to buying a gun than there is to buying an ice cream cone.

  20. “Who cares if Liddy, Haldeman, and Erlichman were indicted. Nothing to do with Nixon!!!” ~ Trump defenders if Livefyre, disqus and Facebook were available in 1974

    It took two years to fully investigate Watergate, that this Russia meddling/collusion issue is so much bigger than that. I’m impressed how disciplined Mueller seems to be, and that he doesn’t hint at anything coming next. No one knew about Papadoupolis when he pled guilty, and no one had any idea about the 13 indictments against the Russians last week. I think Mueller has so much evidence, he’s just making sure he gets this right. He’s taking down a criminal conspiracy including hostile foreign actors, this doesn’t get done in a day. I’m just glad justice will be done. Trump and company should be very worried and they clearly are

  21. Emery. Threadjack. Again. Dog bites man. Yawn.

    It would be fun to see a politician confronted with a teenager ask “What’s the minimum age to get a driver’s license in your state?” You know the kid knows – every teenager knows to the minute how long until she gets her license.

    Follow up with: “The minimum age to run for Congress is 25. Why do you think there’s a minimum age? Could it be that teenagers lack the experience and maturity to make wise decisions?” The kid will sputter, Liberals will flail in outrage, but most people will get the hint. Stop pretending children are anything but mouthpieces.

  22. I believe Mueller already knows everything in my opinion. What he is sketching together now is a tightly constructed case with irrefutable facts with real human testimony in such a way that will make it easy for the lay person and the public at large to understand it, as well as his concluding legal recommendations to prosecute if it is warranted. And Mueller is doing it in such a manner that State-level prosecutions are possible should Trump chose to pardon.

  23. “What he is sketching together now is a tightly constructed case with irrefutable facts with real human testimony”
    And Mueller’s latest move is to indict people who cannot be prosecuted or compelled to testify?

  24. The most accurate defense Trump could employ for all this — but one he never will — would be that in this country, with corruption so widespread and intense at upper corporate levels, its a near-impossible task to find anyone to appoint to anything relatively complex who is honest. Having to choose from a pool of mostly firemen and rabbis doesn’t likely allow a leader to find staff with the capabilities they need to perform their tasks.

  25. Wouldn’t Trump’s most accurate defense be that there is no proof that his campaign colluded with the Russians?

  26. I’ll say it again — you can recognise a false conspiracy theory because it doesn’t go anywhere. You keep finding coincidences or new levels of the conspiracy, but you never get any actual smoking gun evidence that the conspiracy is as it is supposed to be (e.g. “real). Nixon was undone because tapes existed of him directing his subordinates to engage in criminal activities (obstruction of justice). There is no hint that this “Russian collusion” thing will bear that kind of fruit. Trump famously does not even use email. At most you might get people to testfy that Trump had said certain things — but these can be dismissed as hearsay. How can you depend on the testimony of people who have plead guilty to lying?

  27. Regarding guns vs. abortion, what’s worth noting is that the reason abortion clinics close in many places is simple economics. The wages of an gynecologist exceed a quarter million per year, and you’re going to have 2-3x more expenses for nurses, buildings, insurance, and the like for a clinic. Can the gynecologist get another job? Not in a lot of hospitals who are well aware of what will happen if they hire an abortionist! Couple that with an average cost of about $500 and a limited number of babies to murder, and outside of big cities, the cost equation simply doesn’t work.

    That’s why state and federal subsidies to abortuaries are so important. They know very well what would happen without them.

    Gun shops, on the other hand, can operate in 500 square feet with a guy who does it as a hobby.

  28. Man this thread is littered with so much manure. It looks like Shvonder-eTASS had been working overtime flapping their gums. Not a singe cogent thought. Not… a… one… MP, I applaud your for your patience. Your every post is a concise takedown of every non-sequitur thrown at the wall. And the fact Shvonder-eTASS keeps coming back for more just goes to show how obtuse they are.

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