Tin foil hat or reality speaking?- Amanda Green

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Tin foil hat or reality speaking?- Amanda Green

 

Approximately a week ago, a 12 year old in Arlington, TX was taken into custody after telling another student that he had a bomb in his backpack. In September, a 14 year old was arrested in Irving, TX, on suspicion of bringing a homemade clock bomb to school. On December 16th, the Los Angeles school district canceled all classes after receiving threats against the district while New York City decided similar threats made against its schools were not credible. The following day, the Dallas Independent School District, Houston ISD and others around the nation received similar threats. These recent incidents have played out against the backdrop of the horror of the attack in San Bernardino on December 9th.

I bring up the Arlington incident for a couple of reasons. The first is the level of outrage I’ve been seeing on social media that seems to be looking at the event in a fishbowl that excludes everything else that has been happening in the world of late. Yes, the boy was arrested. Yes, he was taken to juvenile detention and held there over the weekend. Yes, he was charged with making a terroristic threat (or the equivalent) and has to wear an ankle monitor until he has his day in court. Yes, his parents say they were not notified of what happened and didn’t know until they finally contacted the school and then called 911.

What the social media accounts don’t tell you is that the boy admitted he told another classmate that he had a bomb in his backpack. They don’t tell you that the school did, according to reports, try to make contact with the parents. They don’t tell you that it isn’t all that unusual to hold a juvenile offender over the weekend until a judge can determine if probable cause exists to hold an offender.

Instead, we are greeted with the “but he did it because he was bullied” and “profiling” because the boy is, allegedly, a Sikh. It doesn’t fit the narrative that the boy never mentioned his religion and the police say all they reacted to was the fact that there was an allegation that he claimed to have a bomb and he, allegedly, confirmed he had said he had one. Let’s forget that we have lived in a world since 9/11 where making jokes about bombs and guns and such things can get you arrested and EVERYONE KNOWS IT.

Forget that this happened just days after a terrorist attack that left a number of people dead or injured in California, an attack that has Texas ties.

Forget that we are talking about a young man who is, presumably, old enough and capable of understanding right from wrong and the consequences of his actions.

I’m not saying there wasn’t some amount of profiling going on. It is quite possible that it was. What I’m on my high horse about is the fact that the allegations are being automatically dismissed by a certain group of people simply because it fits their political narrative. This tendency to react based on narrative and without taking into account all the facts – and in situations like this that has to include events going on in the world around us – can wind up leading to situations that will bite us in the butt.

Which leads to the various threats that were called in to the school districts around the country. Los Angeles has been hit hard in the media because it took the approach of closing down the schools for the day instead of running the risk that the threat was real. NYC took the opposite approach. I didn’t think too much about it at the time except to wonder if the NYPD had better intelligence than had LA. But when the other threats were called in the next day, I wondered if it was time to pull out the tin foil hat.

Sure, the threats could have been coincidental. A handful of students around the country could have decided they wanted out early instead of taking finals. After all, the new Star Wars movie would be opening soon and they might have wanted to go find their places in line. But the timing and the fact similarly worded threats were being used. . . . well, just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you.

The so-called rational part of my brain kept telling me there was nothing to worry about. Then there was the part trained by law enforcement officials, the part that doesn’t like crowds and always looks for other explanations for why something happens. That part wondered if the threats were simply meant to see how the local school districts, their security contingents and the local police forces would respond. That is part of intelligence gathering. Send in the threat and then watch to see what sort of warnings, if any, are released to the public and see what sort of response the authorities make to determine if the threat is real.

Fortunately for everyone, none of the threats turned out to be real. It was reassuring to see the head of the DISD and the Dallas mayor talking about how they not only conferred with DPD but with the administrations in the other cities receiving treats as well as their local police departments and the Feds. They took the threat seriously and did everything they could to make sure our children were safe. I fully expect to learn sooner, rather than later, that the Dallas threat was made by a kid who didn’t want to go to school the next day and who heard about the LA and NYC threats and decided to play copycat.

The thing is, that isn’t the sort of threat we can take for granted. Nor can we take for granted comments made by someone, and I don’t care how old that person is, that they have a bomb. In the Arlington case, 12 years old is old enough to know there are consequences to actions. Page eight of the Arlington ISD Student Code of Conduct states that:

Students have a responsibility to show consideration for the physical, social, and emotional well-being of others. At a minimum, this may be demonstrated by: Using kind and courteous language and refraining from making profane, insulting, threatening, or inflammatory remarks. (emphasis added)

Further in the Code of Conduct, threatening behavior is defined as a Group 3 Misbehavior that can be punished by emergency removal from the campus and referral to law enforcement, among other options. Group 4 Misbehaviors include terroristic threats which, duh, includes saying you have a bomb. The same responses are available to the school as well as expulsion and more. (pg. 39) Arlington ISD, like most school districts, take threats seriously. If you search for “threat” in the Code of Conduct, you will find 54 instances of its use.

This means, the student in question knew or reasonably should have known there would be consequences to his actions that day in school. Was he bullied? I don’t know but will admit it is possible. However, there are better ways to deal with bullying than claiming you have a bomb, especially when less than two weeks have passed after a terrorist attack within our shores.

I guess what I’m trying to say it is time to start holding our children responsible for their actions. Being a Texan, this is something that has been very much in the forefront of our media of late. The affluenza teen, Ethan Crouch, successfully used the defense of never having been made to know there was such a thing as a consequence to his actions to avoid prison time after killing four people in a drunk driving accident. Instead of prison time, he was given 10 years probation. Now he and his mother are on the lam, possibly having fled the country. The poor little rich boy once again is trying to avoid consequences of bad decisions and actions.

It is time we all remember there are consequences and we need to make wise choices or face the fallout. That applies not only to our personal lives but to the decisions our politicians make as well. We cannot and should not try to be best buds with those who want to see our destruction. We should not make our next generation weak by not teaching them that there are those out there who want to destroy us and by constantly telling them that they are wonderful and special and can do no wrong.

In short, it is time for our country to wake up, grow up and grow a pair again (well, at least for your politicians to. Most of the rest of us already have. At least I hope so.) Or maybe it is time to be fitted with a new tin foil hat.

71 responses to “Tin foil hat or reality speaking?- Amanda Green

  1. c4c

  2. Agreed – IF – the events unfolded as we were told. Unfortunately I no longer believe anything the MSM says after seeing them stage fake news events, doctor pix and tell people what they REALLY think when it doesn’t fit their narrative. We are to the place now like East Germany under the communists. It is sufficient to have someone denounce you.

    • True, except even his family admit that he did make the threat. They also, from what I can tell, never said anything about bullying until a cousin brought it up on social media. Besides, I am tired of watching kids not have to face the consequences of their actions because their parents want to be their friends instead of — duh — parents. It is time for folks to remember kids grow up and will be the ones running things one day. Unless we want to see the incompetence in power grow, we need to start demanding thought from our kids now, before it is too late.

  3. Two intersecting trends create the kinds of great stupidity we see. The first is the fact that we’ve given the education of our children to the stupidest class of people in the world – those with Education degrees. The second is that we’ve taken the actual creation of education policy to the courts in our over litigated society.

    • Very much agree. Add in the zero tolerance stupidity and the no child left behind and we have a generation of kids who can’t or won’t stand up for themselves combined with kids who don’t know that the world will deal them failures or at least won’t stand back and let them “be the best” at whatever they want despite a lack of talent or ability.

      • Zero tolerance is the natural result of an education caste that cannot be trusted with discretion because they have no common sense.

        • The Other Sean

          The individuals in the education caste do not entirely lack common sense. Rather, the common sense is unevenly distributed among the individuals, with some having plenty and far too many having absolutely none.

          • I suspect the issue is less a matter of distribution of common sense than it is a matter of the value given it. A talent, unexercised or even discouraged, may as well not exist.

          • An easy fix.
            1) Scoop everyone’s brains out
            2) Mix in massive industrial blender
            3) Redistribute resultant goop equally by color, so it isn’t racist
            4) Equality Achieved!

  4. Hard to say much about the kid with the backpack without knowing the details, which are not available. If boy was going around telling people unprompted that he had a bomb in his backpack, that’s one thing. If the person who reported him was teasing him (perhaps because he was a Sikh) about having a bomb and the kid responded in kind, that’s quite another, and I really don’t trust the school to distinguish between the two and not overreact in the latter case.

    • I’d agree except this isn’t a little kid. This is a 12 year old who should know the difference between right and wrong and who should know that such comments aren’t going to be tolerated, no mater what. This is the age of zero tolerance in our schools. My kid learned in elementary school that meant he couldn’t do or say certain things. Now, that doesn’t mean my ex and I told him to stand there and take a beating. Our view was he never threw the first punch but he sure as hell finished the fight and let us deal with the administration. Fortunately, it never came to that because he knew how to handle situations without crossing the line. The key here is there are consequences to your actions and it is time our kids learned that. It is time for kids who understand that to be the rule and not the exception.

      • I’m not so sure most modern American 12 yr olds have a gut-level appreciation of “consequences” for employing hyperbole that’s frowned upon by school authorities (this is likely how he sees what he did, as opposed to how others see it.)

        We no longer even try, as a society, to raise kids to have adult behaviors & judgements, nor to expect them to, exceptional families notwithstanding. (Could this same 12-YO legally be left home alone, or supervising younger siblings, in Arlington? Not in much of the U.S. What clear message does that send to kids about how seriously they are taken?)

        Also, given that institutionalized dissociation from adult-behavior expectations, I can easily believe that IF he knew there might be consequences, he could easily have rationalized it as a new experience, and not-very-costly source of instant fame amongst his peers.

        From the information supplied, I’m more concerned that the school and police apparently didn’t exert greater effort to locate and notify the parents.

    • “but he did it because he was bullied”

      Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were supposed to have acted, at least in part, because they perceived themselves as social outcasts and bullied.

      Bullying is not fun; it can be quite damaging. I can understand that a child who saw no way out of it could become desperate. But it should not be considered as an excuse that allows a middle school child to walk free for such threats.

      We live in a world where a picture of gun can get you suspended. This boy admits to having made the threat. Where were the adults in this child’s life before we got to such a point?

      • Re: Harris and Klebold, that’s become much less clear. I’ve read more recent reports that suggest that Harris and Klebold WERE the bullies.

        • It could be that they were bullies, but still perceived themselves to be outsiders and bullied. Twisted minds are, well, twisted.

            • You’re both forgetting that SJWs possess the power to look into men’s womyn’s person’s animal’s sentient’s souls and read their intentions, to know what was actually meant. Kliebold & Harris were straight white cismales and therefore they were at fault. (Except for the uncontrollable compulsion exerted upon them by the guns, in which instance they were victims of a male patriarchy defining how boys must act in expression of their trauma experienced to conform to that oppressor culture.)

              Bollocks.

        • Bullies are frequently social outcasts.

          Assuming the society is healthy, anyways.

          It rather says a lot that the idea of them being bullies and of them being outcast from society, are considered opposites……

          (Homeschooling.)

      • Patrick Chester

        We’re supposed to go on violent rampages because we were bullied?

        Oh darn, I messed up then.

        • No, not really.

          It is just that a sizable portion of the media and public want quick and easy explanations that they can wrap their heads around. They believe that if we can just identify cause(s), then we can create a solution and implement it, by government force if necessary, and thereby eliminate the problem.

          Life is too complicated and uncontrollable for them and that frightens them. They embrace the cult of the experts, you know, the one where the best and the brightest will lead us into a man made worldly utopia.

  5. Our enlightened political leadership has made it clear that they view the occasional terrorist attack as much ado about nothing, just cable news getting folks “all wee-weed up” over nothing. After all, you’re more likely to be killed by a drunk driver than a terrorist, so we need to learn to just take these things in stride. Johnny Kerry said as much in his presidential campaign and Barack Obama has argued all along that, except for our riling them up the terrorists don’t pose a serious or credible threat to America, certainly nothing like the threat posed by the Earth getting a degree and a half warmer over the next century.

    Fortunately, the nation’s sheriffs, police chiefs, cops and public safety officers do no share our leadership’s sangfroid about the security of those not prudent enough to surround themselves with a praetorian guard. (Mind, after reading recent revelations about the Secret Service, I do not think I, in their place, would be so nonchalant about personal security.)

  6. I think there are several parts to this. One is, of course, that twelve-year-olds aren’t good at assessing consequences. Another is that the adults don’t intervene until something like a bomb threat happens. I came down like a ton of rocks on a couple of kids for joking about blowing up the school one goes two. ‘But it was a joke. And they let those girls tell her she should kill herself!’ ‘But DHS won’t care that it’s a joke. You want to get hit by SWAT at 3 am?’ The kid getting bullied is a teacher’s kid. If anyone gets protected by the teachers she should. But she doesn’t. (I’m pretty sure Mom is afraid she’ll loose her job and be unable to feed and shelter her kids if she fusses. Dad is out of picture.)
    We’ve had threats at two of the local high schools here. Neither one was accompanied by any actual intent to harm. One, the fifteen-year-old male who did it threatened to blow up the school if the cheerleaders wouldn’t send him nude pics like they do to ‘all the other guys.’ The other never got follow up reporting, but the threatener didn’t have access to the materials for his threat to be credible.
    In all the cases I know anything about in my neck of the woods, the common thread is adults looking the other way over and over and over until the teens do something so egregious the adults can’t. Why were the cheerleaders finding sending nude pics to be a good plan? Or, just possibly, not complaining to adults that this boy was asking for them? No one thought to tell an adult until the blow up the school threat was made.
    I have a sixteen year old in my Youth Group who has been told that he’s out on his own when he turns seventeen. He landed in our group in the first place because the kids whose mom’s couch he was sleeping on brought him. I have a sixteen year old and an eleven-year-old half-sisters who live with the older sister’s grandparents.
    Yes, the kids should know better. But the adults aren’t adulting. They’ve got nothing but Hollywood for role models. At least ‘my kids’ have their Church adults.

  7. Sure, the comments aren’t going to be tolerated no matter what, but that’s a problem with the schools too. If the kid was minding his own business and the other kid (described by the Sikh kid’s family as a bully) started teasing him about a bomb in his backpack and the Sikh kid responded with “yeah, I got a bomb and it’s going blow you up” or something similar, I can’t really blame the kid. Words are often just words and that’s not a real threat, even if the authorities over-react. I have no idea if that’s the actual scenario, but it seems possible at least.

    As for the other thing: When I was in school I was told to stand there and take a beating. “It takes two to fight” is what I heard from the vice-principal several times. Well I tried that (exactly) once. Not only did I get hurt more, but I got punished anyway. It seems I’d misinterpreted “it takes two to fight”; it doesn’t mean that two (or more) people need to actively participate for whatever happened to be a fight; it means that if there’s a fight, both people are responsible regardless of their level of participation. Even if that level of participation is just taking the beating.

    So my point is the authorities are not infallible. Yes, there are often consequences to your actions imposed by the authorities, but they aren’t always deserved or just consequences. Violating a bad rule isn’t necessarily bad.

    • The broken and twisted part of me wants to go back to grade school with my current adult knowledge intact. Then, at moments like these, you can come back with the snappy reply “It also takes two to get a paycheck.”

      Yeah, I’d say that in kindergarten. It’d get worse from there…

    • Russell Purkey

      Your result was the reason I ended up putting a High school Football star in a locker, without opening the door. I got sick and tired of him bullying me and I went postal on him. Amazingly, ALL THE BULLY’S left me alone after that day. And since a teacher saw him throw the first punch at me, I was not in trouble. Thank GOD the teacher stood up for me.

  8. Today, all 17 schools in Nashua New Hampshire, because of ‘specific’ bomb threats to two high schools in the district, were shut down.

    Whether a threat proves true, or perhaps an unprepared student wishing to postpone a schedule test it gets investigated. Schools have to take any threats seriously, investigating them before dismissing them. We have had middle and high school students killing classmates. That is the world we live in.

    • Following Los Angeles Unified’s example is a bad strategy.

    • it only takes the one time they are wrong and the place to go Boom. The same folks whining about much of this would be the loudest voices about “Why wasn’t the threat taken seriously?”

      • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard

        Several years ago I read this SF short story set in California.

        A group of scientists believed that they knew when the Big One would hit California and convinced the governor of California to get everybody out of the area that would be hit.

        The time for the Big One came and went but the scientists were still saying that it would happen.

        After a couple of days of this waiting, the governor was upset at the scientists and was hearing the complaints of the people (including his children) about being in the refugee shelters so he ordered everybody to be allowed to go home.

        Shortly after everybody got back in their homes, the Big One happened.

      • The scenario that worries me is the Wolf who Cried Wolf.
        (Not a typo.)

  9. And what do kids learn from how we react today? That by saying something stupid but alarming, they can make the entire adult world jump through hoops. The attention they get is more than worth the risk of any trouble to themselves (especially as kids, being kids, often fail to predict such trouble in any meaningful way).

    We’d have far fewer such incidents if the old-fashioned response still held: the other kid says, “You do not” and smacks the first one across the ear… and no one else ever hears of it, because it ends there.

  10. First, I would love to see “failure to adult” made into a Class C Misdemeanor. But I’m grumpy like that.

    Second, if the schools were not so blasted terrified of being sued by the parents of the kids who are doing the bullying, things would be a heck of a lot better. A boy down in Clovis NM hung himself because he was beat up in school. The assaults were on the school security camera videos and the administration did NOTHING until the suicide attempt. As you can imagine, the school officials are tap-dancing like mad. If kids were allowed to stand up to the bullies, and the bullies were punished instead of the victims . . . I can dream.

    • Before you can convict anybody of “failure to adult” you have to have adults in charge of the asylum system, and there seems to be a severe societal shortage. For one thing, probably 80% of politicians would be guilty of this crime, which would therefore create an advocacy group making special pleadings on their behalf.

      • And who gets to define adult? Our precious little SJWs? They’re probably the reason why the adults are failing to adult in the first place!

        • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard

          Forget the SJWs. I don’t want Hillary involved in defining “who is an adult”. [Frown]

          • I thought she was one?

            • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard

              Don’t see her as “whiney” as the SJWs.

            • Nyah – no adult could seriously say “There’s a huge fun deficit in America, We really need camps for adults.”

              • Poor fun deprived America! If only there were places were people could go to do fun things! Like ride cars on really fast, curvy railroads! How amusing would that be!

                One gets the feeling that her type of fun camp would resemble that really bad summer camp you went to once- the one with the scheduled more regimented than Marine boot camp, but there was nothing you wanted to do. That one where everything was PC/new age touchy feeling nonsense, and you’d better participate, or you’d get a really boring and patronizing lecture from the always happy in a creepy way counselor about the feelings of all the other kids, and how you’re letting them down and being all selfish. And you tried to tell your mom how boring it was, and she’s all about how they already paid for it, so now you feel guilty and stuff about not wanting to go, but the second day is even worse and more boring.

                Anyway, where were we?

    • The Parti line on fighting back is that you’re just going to lose anyway, so why bother. Even if you win this fight, the bully will probably come back again and again, so let the administration take care of it.
      Later, the same mindset comes into play- why learn self defense, when your attacker will probably be a bulked out BJJ expert with poor impulse control? Why carry a gun when your attacker will probably be a well trained gun ninja?

      • Why take another breath when eventually it will be your last?

        Why pay your taxes when the president will blow it on his Hawaiian vacay?

        Why heed the party line when they’ve proven they’re willing to sell you downstream, upstream and overland?

        • One gets the idea that by pushing this kind of helplessness, you get a group of people who are ready to depend on Big Brother to make everything right again.
          Problem* is, this nonsense has caught on more with the Left/SJW crowd, kind of like a dealer getting hooked on his own wares. The Left has pretty much wussifed itself- from whence are their “hard men” supposed to come? Who’s going to put them into power and keep them there? It won’t be the minorities, immigrants, or communist foreigners. It won’t be the cops, the feds, or the armed forces.
          The Left is working from an old script, where they weaken and throw the country into chaos, and the Heroic Soviet Union steps in to restore order. But, the Soviets are dead and gone, and Tsar Vlad isn’t really that interested in stepping in.

          *For them, not us.

  11. Hmm. My oldest nephew is 12. Over the past year or so, he has been experimenting with black powder under the guidance of his father. He made some cute fireworks for us last Christmas. On the other hand, he also made an explosion in the kitchen and ruined one of his mother’s pans.
    But he’s a good kid, and I think he would know better than to say something like that.
    Finally, nephew has babysat his younger siblings, although his 10 year old sister is better at that because of her strong maternal instinct.

  12. When you can’t tell the difference between the Washington Post and The Onion, your President is telling you a day before Paris that ISIS is ‘contained’, and doesn’t know what the first I in ISIS stands for, well it becomes increasingly difficult to determine what is tin-foil hat and what is real. And on a side note, can you actually get tin-foil anymore?

    Part of it is ‘The Narrative’ (‘TN’). A few years back, a white girl helping Grandmother move over the weekend left a butter knife in the car floorboard. Next day, instant suspension. Since she was white, and didn’t fit ‘TN’ crickets chirping. Then, when it almost fits ‘TN’, we get convoluted new racial identities like ‘white Hispanic’ and News Stations are caught deliberately editing audio calls to 911 to fit ‘TN’.

    We have arrived at the point that I am uncertain that ‘Social Media’ is any less unreliable than the Main Stream Media. Add Muslim Fathers, with the help and support of CAIR, sending children to school with a scary clock, getting an undisclosed settlement from their $15M lawsuit and moving to Yemen into the mix, and much of the tin-foil hattery seems justified. Unfortunately, are the simultaneous bomb threats across the country a terrorist drill, kids wanting to get in line for TFA or just a result of our faster and widespread communication abilities? I am truly concerned that San Bernardino was a shake-out drill for the real excitement Christmas Eve/Day. I truly think terrorists are capable of thinking out such a scheme, and I also think our ‘Intelligence Community’ are totally clueless to being able to predict such an operation.

    Sometime since my graduation in 1971, schools have morphed from a place to teach children to a place to provide day care services, good meals (until Michelle got involved) and emphasis not on learning but on confidence building. I don’t know where the blame should lie, as their are a lot of people in the mix; however, I will mention that that time frame of total degradation in quality does coincide with the creation of the Department of Education at the Federal Level.

    Once trust is broken, it is nearly impossible to restore it. I think it has been building (corroding) for decades, and most of the futures seem to be those dystopias the SJWs are fond of writing about.

    • In the first place, The Onion retains a glimmer of credibility in its stories.

      In the second place, how would one prove we are not being gaslighted by the MSM & Aristos?

  13. BobtheRegisterredFool

    Obviously the result of violent Texan culture that brings dynamite to gun fights, guns to knife fights, knives to fist fights, and fist fights to GURPS Martial Arts LARPs.

    Seriously, if it is a concerted effort to test responses, it probably can’t be used to target operations this year. Anything they have ready to take part in a Yule time slaughter would likely get caught in the aftermath of such, even if it were held back.

    Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  14. “Los Angeles has been hit hard in the media because it took the approach of closing down the schools for the day instead of running the risk that the threat was real. NYC took the opposite approach.”

    Shows difference in mindset between LAUSD and NYC

    • The difference….

    • I get the feeling that NYC officials take threats very seriously. If they had thought that the threat was credible the school(s) in question would have been shut down until they had been inspected and cleared …

  15. I see I was not the only one who was wondering if this was perhaps Stage One of a ‘Project Wolf’: “Wolf!” “Wolf!” “Wolf!” “Wolf!” *yawn* *BOOM!!!*

    • Maybe, but I really doubt it. The last set of really competent terrorists we seem to have had is bin Laden’s Al Queda. The current set is fortunately far inferior… and in any case, it seems to me that ISIS’s attacks in the West aren’t really aimed at the West; they’re aimed at boosting their cred in the Muslim world. Random attacks suffice perfectly well for that, no need for complicated strategies to put us off-guard.

      • That’s pretty much what all of them are and were after. Also Qaida included. They want to be SEEN doing the most to further their cause, not just further it (though they do want that.)

      • I wouldn’t say bin Laden was that competent, where were the follow on attacks? Imagine the additional impact if London and Paris had been hit on September 12th? Or a copycat attack on LA when flight was resumed but before additional security was added to flight decks?

        No follow-one just make bin Laden a Charles Manson on steroids.

      • The current set is fortunately far inferior

        Still we should not take the present treat lightly. Heaven forbid we should allow them time and practice so as to become more professional.

  16. Just because I know this is an issue near and dear to the hearts of so many — here, courtesy of Power Line, is a handy chart:


    If it does not appear, go through the interwebz to powerlineblog[DOT}com/archives/2015/12/a-historical-perspective-on-homicide.php and mourn the fact we haven’t returned to the days of gun violence such as was known in the Wild, Wild, West.

    • BobtheRegisterredFool

      So the data suggests that the murder rate is largely an artifact of Democratic revolutionary bullshit?

      If so, 1885 would seem to cut off a lot of the earlier Democratic murderous nutjobbery.

    • BobtheRegisterredFool

      Which 190X laws are we talking about?

  17. Anent nothing in particular:


    Courtesy of JWR

  18. “Be rational” means, roughly, ‘play the odds.’

    That works great for individual use, not so much for a public thing like schools.

    • For the record: I was voted most likely to bring a gun to class, with malice aforesight.

      Both in the event being voted on, and by those voting; this is an illustration of the difference between “rumored” or “expected” and “they said.” I wouldn’t have harmed those worthless blanks for anything but self defense, and they knew it.

      • William O. B'Livion

        Hell, I got called into the Senior Instructors office when I were in the Air Force and was asked why I brought two guns with me. (I had checked them into the armory with me).

        That was when I learned that when asked that sort of question that the *important* part of the question is not the number and the answer “In case one breaks” is NOT the sort of answer they are looking for.

        Didn’t have any malice though.