ENDNOTE: Thoughtful reaction to the Parkland shootings



Muskets to AR-15s: Weapons of War or Enemies of Tyranny?

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On February 14, 2018, Nicholas Cruz shot and killed 17 students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Cruz, 19, had been suspended from the school for disciplinary reasons. Despite a long history of bad behavior, as well as attention from law enforcement, Cruz was not treated as a legitimate threat. In an attempt to reduce the school-to-prison pipeline, the district failed to report activities and generally kept him under the radar of local law enforcement agencies.

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Clearly, there are some proximate causes and then there is the underlying root of the problem.


The root cause is the current system of Gooferment Skrules. Sometimes call the “training ground for prisons”, it appears that in an attempt to eliminate the “school to prison pipeline”, the Gooferment created yet another “Unintended Consequence”. Funny how that always seems to happen with everything Gooferment does.

In earlier rants, I recapped the various “gun control” measures that “everyone” — anti-gunners and gun advocates — agree on. 

(1) fixing the broken background check system;
(2) ending the “target rich environments” aka “gun free zones”;
(3) “gun violence restraining orders” that require court hearing; and
(4) strict enforcement of “felon in possession” laws.

To these, I’ll add that the inet is a buzz with “solutions” to the physical security of schools. Some are “expensive” — bulletproof in classroom refuges. Some are trivially cheap — a clip on steel wire to keep the door closed.

Why can’t those be implemented quickly and without a lot of fanfare?

Because the politicians and bureaucrats, at the heart of the issue, don’t want to solve it. They just want to campaign on it.


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