Unqualified Immunity

Growing up in North Dakota, I saw a house that had its roof ripped off by a tornado once.

The homeowner darted out into the street, turned, and . yelled “What about my right not to have the weather destroy my property?”

Uncannily, just a week later a friend was driving through a parking lot when an intoxicated and uninsured driver jammed down the gas backing out of his post – t-boning her, and causing a lot of uninsured damage.

She implored all and sundry – “what about my right not to have an accident?”

A few years later, when I moved to Minneapolis, a co-workers house was burgled; he lost a lot of valuable stuff.

I remember watching him rending his garment (I’d heard about it in the New Testament, but had never actuallyi seen anyone actually rending anything, much less rending it so decisively asunder) beseeching all of heaven and earth – “what about my right not to get robbed?”

If you’re thinking none of those actually happened – well, you know me too well.

But someone just as stupid is happening now, as it happens after every mass shooting (of white suburban kids).

In discussing the moral, legal, constitutional, policy and practical effects of the Second Amendment and proposals regarding gun laws, many of us are forthright about saying we’re standing up for a civil right that, in its turn, protects other civil rights.

Too many times, they respond “What about our right not to get shot?”The Cult – TV Drama Blog – CULTWATCH

If you’re one of them, let me break it down for you.

Your “right to not get shot” is exactly the same as your “right” not to get hit by a tornado; nonexistent. Nature has no mind; it obeys laws of physics, not morality or ethics. And. being not human, it has no mercy, much less moral scruples. But you do; it is your responsibility to not just have homeowners insurance to repair the damage, but to protect your family from the effects of bad weather.

Your “right not to get shot” is even more similar to the right not to get backed into by an idiot. It, too, doesn’t exist – there is no “right to back into . you”, but that’s not the same as a right to be immune to accidents, carelessnes and stupidity. You do have a responsibility, though, to ensure your safety and thqat of your family when you drive; wear seatbetls, carry insurance, drive defensively, the works.

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The “right not to get shot” has the most in common with the ‘Right not to get burgled’but human nature, frailty and carelessness does. be sure, the burglar has no right to rob you – but that, by itself, stops nothing . You have a responsibility, though, to protect yourself, your family and your property from the burglar.

So let’s recap: there is no “right not to get shot”.

There is a responsibility to protect yourself, your family, your community and your freedom from what we can broadly call “evil”, though – anything from street crime to mass murder to tyrannical overthrow.

22 Most Insane Live Television Events In History | LifeDaily - Page 9Now, if you’re a teacher, you have options for how you carry out that responsibility. I’m the last person who’ll ever tell you how you’re “supposed” to do it.

You also have a right to learn what’s the best way to carry out that obligation. And at some point or another, “agitating for legislation” and “virtue-signaling . your stances” might be useful (or at least “feel-good”) responses.

But if – heaven forfend – you are in a school with a bunch of your community’s kids, and someone starts shooting? Your effective options for carrying out that responsibility diminishes to a very concise list:

  • Run. (not an option unless your charges can run with you)
  • Hide – and hope that the killer won’t trip upon you and your room full of screaming children.
  • Fight. You can fight a lot of ways, of course; throwing books and chairs and erasers at the shooter might by you some seconds. Throwing 120 grains of hollow-point pain at him may just buy your children a lifetime of looking back at a psychological trauma rather than a lifetime measured in seconds.

Choose wisely.

So Let’s Get This Straight

So let’s count it down:

A deeeeeeeply troubled kid with a long, long record of violent outbursts – who, by law, could not be expelled, because school districts need that per diem for having kids in the seats.

Multiple credible reports of a kid who “wanted to shoot up the school”, received by the sheriff’s offie and the FBI. 1: the schools had a problem kid with violent outbursts including assaults and threats. But could not expel him by law.

39 calls to 911 for the kid in a short time.

Statemens about Nik Cruz that just keep coming out of the woodwork.

And to top it off, the cop (the ones who Big Left sayis should have all the guns) sat outside the school, literally in a defensive position, and did nothing as the massacre went on inside

The armed school resource officer assigned to protect students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School took a defensive position outside the school and did not enter the building while the shooter was killing students and teachers inside with an AR-15 assault-style rifle, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said Thursday.

Israel said he suspended School Resource Deputy Scot Peterson on Thursday after seeing a video from the Parkland, Fla., school that showed Peterson outside the school building where the shooter was inside and attacking.

“What I saw was a deputy arrive at the west side of Building 12, take up a position, and never went in,” Israel said.

Sheriff Israel noted what readers of this blog have known for years; that the deputy’s job was to get in there and put shots on targetTo shake the killer out of his narcissistic reverie.   They’ve known this – and, ostensibly, trained on this – since Columbine.

Not charging toward gunfire is a pretty normal human reaction.

On the other hand, everyone who is getting the victorian vapours over the thought of letting school staff carry guns for self-defense?  This is your alternative; lived dependent on the frailty of human nature to defend them from the depravity of human nature.

Why not use one of human nature’s more automatic traits – self-preservation – to our advantage?  Especially since repealing “gun free zones” will deter the attacks in the first place? 

Speaking Of Disasters

Gibson – one of America’s iconic guitar makers – is spiraling toward a massive restructuring:

Less than six months out from those crucial deadlines, the prospects for an orderly refinancing — Gibson has hired investment bank Jefferies to help with that — look slim, observers say. And the alternative scenarios look likely to sideline longtime owner and CEO Henry Juszkiewicz.

“At the end of the day, someone will take control of this company — be it the debtors or the bondholders,” Debtwire reporter Reshmi Basu told the Post this week. “This has been a long time coming.”

The culprit would seem to be corporate overextension – going into debt to buy subsidiaries like Baldwin Piano, and an assortment of home and pro audio marques – rather than the guitar business itself, which is still a good home base:

Gibson needs to report by next week its final numbers for its fiscal third quarter to stakeholders. One thing bond owners will be watching for is an improvement in the company’s electronics business, which has been built up in the past few years via debt-fueled acquisitions but has seen sales slump of late.

Still, even a solid turnaround on that front won’t be enough for Juszkiewicz to avoid difficult conversations.

“Some type of restructuring will be necessary,” Cassidy said. “The core business is a very stable business, and a sustainable one. But you have a balance sheet problem and an operational problem.”

If this results in a fire sale of Les Paul Standards, on the other hand, that could improve my fundamentals…

 

Mangy Housecat + Sharpie = Leopard

Joe Doakes from Como Park emails re the feckless cynic Tim Walz:

When he represented Southern Minnesota, Tim Walz proudly wore an NRA hat.  Now that he’s running state-wide, he’s “changed the ideology.”  Is that another word for “principles?”  Does he have any?
Why yes, yes he does.  His guiding principle is to gain power over others.  Say anything, do anything, pretend to believe anything, to get the power.   He’s not unique, he’s standard DFL, right off the rack.  Clinton kept the promises he meant to keep.  If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.
The sad part is so many voters are perfectly happy to reward such bald-faced liars by giving them the power they so desperately crave.
Joe Doakes

Most Minnesota voters  go by that “feel good” gut feeling.  Look!  She baked a casserole!  Just like mom did!

Dear Pawns

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

Students,

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.

All The News That’s Fit To Manufacture

CNN knows the story they want to be told

A survivor of the Florida high school massacre said in an interview that CNN rejected his proposal to discuss armed guards in schools and instead handed him a “scripted” question to ask during Wednesday night’s town hall on gun rights.

Colton Haab, 17, a junior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and an ROTC member, reportedly used Kevlar vests to shield students during the massacre. He said he decided not to attend the town hall after CNN presented him with the prepared question.

a) There’s some hope for the younger generation.

b) I’ll call CNN “journalism” when CNN calls me “Admiral”.

The Gray Wasteland

Kevin Williamson sums up a vast expanse of “suck” in re the NYTimes’ coverage of gun issues:

he New York Times is uniquely bad on the subject of firearms. There are two ways to understand that sentence, and both apply: Among major news publications, the Timesregularly exhibits an unparalleled level of illiteracy on the subject of firearms, and it exhibits comparable illiteracy on practically no other subject. Even on such self-acknowledged weak spots as American religion, the Times rarely sinks to the level of outright stupidity that characterizes its coverage of firearms and related crimes.

That’s just the introduction.  It gets worse.  Read the whole thing.

De-Stalinization

In 1996, Christina Hoff Summers and Camille Paglia – two embattled minorities in the feminist academy – predicted feminism, as a worst case, was going to slide into a form of intellectually and morally dystopic Orwellianism.

In 2016, they – now more “endangered species” than embattled minorities in the modern feminist academy – reprised the discussion to note that things were worse than they’d predicted.

It’s well worth an hour.

Walz’s Waffles

For 12 years, now, Tim Walz was perfectly happy to bamboozle his district by accepting the NRA’s endorsement – pretty8 much a requirement in the rural south of Minnesota.

Now – running for the DFL endorsement for governor against impeccably-Metrocrat Rebecca Otto – he’s calling for all sorts of gun controls, including gun bans.

You read it here first, two years ago:

It may look like a Nazi women’s prison camp guard re-union, but in fact it’s Rep. Walz meeting with Moms Want Action  – a subsidiary of Everytown, Michael Bloomberg’s group, which outspent all pro-gun groups 17-1 in the 2016 election.

Is he after all that Bloomberg money?  All those Metrocrat votes?

Who cares?  All we know is, he’ll be back looking for shooter votes once the DFL convention is over.

He’s cast his lot.  Will it cost him?  He doesn’t seem to think so.

Billy Graham

He may have been the greatest evangelist in history, claiming to have preached to over 200 million in person over the years.  Billy Graham passed away yesterday at age 99.

Like Charlton Heston, he broke a lot of Big Left’s narratives:

In the 1960s, he ardently opposed segregation, refusing to speak to segregated audiences.

“The ground at the foot of the cross is level,” he once said, “and it touches my heart when I see whites standing shoulder to shoulder with blacks at the cross.”

He was incredibly influential:

Graham also was noted for consulting and praying with every U.S. president from Dwight Eisenhower to Barack Obama, who in April 2010 visited Graham at his mountaintop cabin in North Carolina. He also met with President Harry Truman in what was initially a contentious meeting after Graham spoke to the press, but the two men later viewed the episode as a humorous incident.

Modern times tangent;  I’ll be staying away from Twitter today.  I can imagine the left’s comments about Graham will be down to their usual standard.

Putting Their Money Where Their Ink Was

The mainstream media is, if not predictable on Second Amendment issues, at least prone falling into patterns.  The usual ones are:

  • Broad-based ignorance of – and at worst, incuriosity about – the actual facts of gun related issues, beyond the chanting points provided by the anti-gun groups that dominate the “thinking” in most reporters’ social circles.  It’s not malicious, it’s just uninformed, or lazy, or sometimes entitled.
  • Occasional bursts of good solid reporting  – like Pat Kessler’s excellent piece on Channel 4 last week pointing out what this blog has been telling you for a couple years now; while Minnesota has a very high per capita rate of carry permittees (almost triple the rate estimated when the Legislature passed the law), our crime rate is among the lowest in the country.
  • Inevitably, the overwrought editorial or op-ed demanding a repeal of the Second Amendment.

That latter usually comes from the “elite” level of the media – the NYTimes, the WaPo and the like.

So it was with a chuckle I read about an episode from the Civil War, when “journalists” had to be made of sterner, more realistic stuff.

It was right after the draft – and its  onerous exemption provisions, allowing the wealthy to pay for substitutes – was instituted.  Mobs began rioting – and one of their targets was the New York Times.

At the time, the Times was a Republican paper, and supported Lincoln, abolition and the war.  The rest of New York City, then as now, was Democrat – and was also fairly squarely against abolition, since much of New York’s economy was based around cigars and textiles – which depended on cheap tobacco and cotton, which depended on slavery (which is why I relish the times when smug little liberal moppets try to rip on “slave states’, knowing that NYC prospered more from slavery than anyplace else).

But I digress.

The rioters descended on midtown Manhattan.  And there, the publishers of the NYTimes were waiting:

The riot quickly spread through adjoining parts of the city, with rioters attacking leaders of the Republican Party and their property, as well as “such symbols of privilege and power as police stations, arsenals, and the homes and shops of the wealthy,” Gilje wrote. The offices of abolitionist New York Tribune editor Horace Greeley were attacked twice. The New York Times was defended by its staff, who wielded several Gatling guns borrowed from the Army. Manning one of the Gatling guns was millionaire speculator Leonard Walter Jerome, Winston Churchill’s maternal grandfather and a major investor in the paper.

The paper’s publisher issued rifles to the staff – there was apparently a cache of firearms in the Times offices – and an armed skirmish line of reporters, printers and other staffers were all that stood in the way of the mob burning and looting the Gray Lady…

…and, in the end, deterred that attack.

So – the news media used the Second Amendment to protect the First Amendment.

Huh.

Reader Poll

Joe Doakes from Como Park emails

I like this line:
“if your day has reached the point where you’ve had to pull a gun and start shooting, it’s already taken a statistically unlikely turn and is unlikely to get any more normal from that point. You don’t want to be the one to forfeit for inability to shoot back.”
What’s the consensus at SITD – extra mag, or no?
Joe Doakes

If I owned a gun – which I don’t, because they terrify me and I could never shoot anyone – I’d say “Yes”.

Thoughts?

Once More Into The Breach

The DFL is trying to suspend the rules to try to jam down some gun control legislation while nobody’s paying attention.

They’re doing this because they know that once all the Civil Rights activists show up at the Capitol, it’ll be no contest.

If they get away with it, it’ll mean they can get a vote with

  • No committee hearings
  • No  public debate
  • No chance for gun owners to counter their arguments

This is an attempt at a Chicago-style jamdown.

Bryan Strawser from the MNGOC explains what’s up.

Call your legislator today.  Not just today – now.  If you don’t know who they are, find out here. Tell them you do not support new gun control initiatives.  Tell them all legislation should go through the committee process with opportunity for public input. No suspension of the rules to ram through an anti-gun agenda!

An App I’m Working On

The City Pages gave me an idea:

Do you worry about getting carpal tunnel from continually typing your thoughts and prayers?

Wouldn’t it be nice if there was an easier way to show your artificial concern? One that didn’t require work? Or any caring at all?

Introducing Thoughts & Prayers, the new app that allows you to conspicuously care with no effort whatsoever!

 

Brilliant! 
And with that in mind, don’t forget the latest app from the creator of “Thoughts And Prayers”……”Howling Incoherent Rage!”

Cast an invincible torrent of uninformed blame and inchoate anger without all that pesky listening, learning and understanding! Just swipe left!

Signal your smug virtue and assert your unearned moral superiority without having to bother with learning the issue or the other sides of a debate with a simple tap tap tap.

Make your *feelings* known without any pesky context!

Because why express sympathy when you can tell the world how important your spittle-flecked rage is to YOU!

Available for iPhone (because Droids are for anal-retentive dweebs) and Android (because IOS is just so twee).

 

Mediocrity In Our Time

A review of the movie The Final Year  – about the Obama Administration’s, well, final year – reveals more between the lines than in the actual script, according to Kyle Smith in NRO.

Pullquote:

The Obama foreign-policy masters see their three accomplishments as the Paris Climate Accord, the opening to Cuba, and the Iran deal. Given that the former wasn’t presented to Congress for approval, was nonbinding, and was later dumped by President Trump, while the other two amounted to making concessions to American foes in exchange for virtually nothing, this is a bit like bragging that you suckered the Franklin Mint into giving up a souvenir Elvis plate for only $34.95. But to understand why Rhodes and Obama are so pleased with their foreign policy, you have to understand the way they think. The documentary is revealing about that.

A contest to determine the worst Secretary of State of the past fifty years between Madeline Albright, Hillary Clinton and John Kerry would be a spirited one indeed.

Ripping The “F” From DFL

Paddy Coolican did a piece dissecting how the DFL’s gubernatorial nomination race may be Tim Walz’s to lose, as this point.

We’ll come back to that later.

To me, the interesting part was near the bottom, in an aside about one of the special elections last week and What It All Means to the DFL in Greater MInnesota:

Jeremy Munson won the special election in southern Minnesota last week to replace fellow Republican Tony Cornish in the state House, and he won easily, running about even with President Donald Trump’s 2016 result.

Not a huge surprise; Cornish’s district has a pretty solid reputation.

Maybe more solid than the facts warranted, at least recently, according to Coolican; Dayton and Obama ran just a couple of points behind the votes their GOP opponents – but Munson won in a snoozer, with double digit advantage.

This points up a problem for the DFL: The House GOP’s ruthless greater Minnesota messaging — DFL equals city slickers who don’t care about you or your people — continues to work.

It absolutely does.  It’s not that I don’t think the “elites” in StPaul and DC dont’ get how much distrust and downright emnity there is for them out in the rural areas, as that they think they don’t need to care about what a bunch of rubes think.

Which was easily my favorite part of Trump’s election.  And as we’ve been pointing out on this blog for the past year, the left doesn’t get it (and here’s hoping they don’t).  There’s a current on Big Left that believes that Red America / flyover land / the square states are not only cultural, social and intellectual wastelandns, but financial drags on Blue America – freeloaders, if you will.  Much of that is based on Paul Krugman’s deeply dim op-ed from about ten years ago – which compared discretionary spending in states to the amount of tax revenue states provided.  Krugman – and the even dimmer lights that parrot his findings – didn’t bother to mention that

  • Red states tend to have sparse populations with lower standards (and costs) of living – so they pay less.  (What – big left suddenly doesn’t like progressive trasation?)
  • They get a lot of farm bill subsidy money – spread over a smaller population
  • They get a very disproportionate amount of military spending.  As if the money spent on a wing of B1 bombers in South Dakota is of direct benefit to the locals.

The “F” in “DFL” – “Farmer” – has been a misnomer for probably 40  years, now.  It’d be great if rural Minnesota made it official this fall.

A Couple Inconvenient Truths

Mass shootings are neither more frequent not more severe in the US than in other countries.

“But we’re only counting western first-world countries, Mitcih”.

OK.  Let’s count Western first-world countries:

Yep.  Including counties full of white people – the only ones the gun grabbers really care aboiut.

“But that’s death rates, which get skewed by small numbers of attacks in small countries!”

Right, because France, Belgium and Canada are small countries.

OK, let’s look at the actual frequency of mass shootings, per capita – which makes all countries the same

Huh.  So the US i s down the list even in terms of episodes per million people…

“Well you’re a racist”.

Clearly.

Saw My First NARN In The General Store

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Today on the show:

  • A Time For Choosing
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Dereliction

The FBI dropped the ball in investigating Nik Cruz…

..according to that noted conservative tool, the FBIˆ:

The startling revelation came two days after police say Nikolas Cruz marched into his former high school and gunned down 17 people. In a statement, the FBI said it received a tip last month from “a person close to Nikolas Cruz” reporting concerns about him, specifically saying that he could potentially carry out a school shooting.

While this should have been investigated “as a potential threat to life … these protocols were not followed,” the bureau said in a statement.

“We are still investigating the facts,” Christopher A. Wray, the FBI director, said in the statement. “I am committed to getting to the bottom of what happened in this particular matter, as well as reviewing our processes for responding to information that we receive from the public.”This revelation made the Parkland shooting the third time in as many years that a mass shooter who terrorized Floridians had come to the bureau’s attention beforehand. In 2016, the FBI said it had previously investigated the man who gunned down 49 people at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Last year, authorities said a man charged with killing five people at the Fort Lauderdale airport had walked into an FBI office weeks earlier and made bizarre statements.

These are the people the gun grabbers say we should be trusting with all the power of life and death.

Things The Founding Fathers Never Foresaw

My entire adult life, I’ve considered the Bill of Rights inviolable – with the idea that they’re timeless principles, without which the idea of “Freedom” is pretty much meaningless. I took to heart the saying attributed to Ben Franklin – “He who would trade freedom for security deserves neither”.

But recent events have caused me, after much difficult thinking, to have a change of heart.

It’s time to change one of the Amendments in the BIll of Rights. Not *repeal* it – just change it. *To save lives*.

I’ll be announcing the amendment, and why, on the show tomorrow. 1PM on AM1280.

See Something, Say Something…Hope For Something

As David French notes in the National Review – the answer -or as close as we’ll get to an answer – on school schootings has to do with paying attention to those around us who are losing it.

As this story shows – it can work; a grandmother turned in a grandson who was exhibiting some troubling signs:

According to police in Everett, Washington, the grandmother of Joshua Alexander O’Connor called 911 after finding disturbing journal entries that described how the 18-year-old was planning to attack his high school.

“Officers were also told the grandson had a rifle stored in a guitar case. As officers reviewed copies of the journal, they were alarmed at the statements and detailed plans to shoot students and use homemade explosive devices at ACES High School,” a statement from Everett police read.

“I need to make this count,” O’Connor reportedly wrote, according to the Daily Herald. “I’ve been reviewing many mass shootings/bombings (and attempted bombings) I’m learning from past shooters/bombers mistakes.”

Huh.  Why, it’s almost like media coverage stokes their ambitions or something.

Of course, Ms. O’Connor’s grandma actually got through to someone who could do something about it.  Unlike those who called the FBI with a raft of warning signs about Nikolas Cruz,   but heard nothing back…:

The YouTuber, 36-year-old Ben Bennight, alerted the FBI, emailing a screenshot of the comment and calling the bureau’s Mississippi field office. He also flagged the comment to YouTube, which removed it from the video.

Agents with the bureau’s Mississippi field office got back to him “immediately,” Bennight said, and conducted an in-person interview the following day, on Sept. 25.

“They came to my office the next morning and asked me if I knew anything about the person,” Bennight told BuzzFeed News. “I didn’t. They took a copy of the screenshot and that was the last I heard from them.”

Well, at least not while there was something that could be done:

FBI agents contacted Bennight again Wednesday, after a 19-year-old named Nikolas Cruz allegedly opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in South Florida, killing at least 17 people.

Too busy chasing Russians, apparently.

Three Minutes

Nik Cruz fired at his victims for three uninterrupted minutes at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

He had an AR-15-pattern rifle (a Smith and Wesson M&P15) – but with three uninterrupted minutes, he could easily have killed that many people with any garden-variety handgun, a hunting rifle, a shotgun – anything.

Unless…

…unless one person – a teacher, a principal, a freaking janitor – had put some lead in his general direction.   Broken him out of his narcissistic reverie with even the imminent threat of lethal resistance.

One lousy shot.  Just one.

Think of the lives that oculd’ve been saved.

But no.  To assuage the neo-religious faith that disarming the law-abiding hinders criminals, every adult in the building, like every adult at every school shooting (with two exceptions – here and here). ever.

I’m done playing nice with the gun grabbers.