A message for Fred Guttenberg

Dear Mr. Guttenberg,

Yes, your daughter was murdered. That’s very sad, and it should never have happened.

But that does not justify you advocating for the large-scale violation of the human/civil rights of tens of millions of people who didn’t do it.

universal background checks, laws that will allow police to confiscate guns from people deemed dangerous, banning ‘high-capacity’ magazines and raising the age to purchase long guns from 18 to 21.

The bucket o’ chum who killed your daughter passed a background check. The courts and law enforcement failed to take his guns (as they could have done under the laws at the time). Law enforcement failed to arrest him for multiple reports of assault, vandalism, and felonious threatening. The FBI failed to investigate multiple — credible — reports that shooter was planning a school shooting. Reports have it that chumboy used low-capacity 10-round magazines, not “high-capacity” standard magazines. Age restrictions don’t stop criminals who buy illegal guns in blackmarket deals (also bypassing background checks) to shoot up schools.

Mr. Guttenberg, if you wish to play the victim card, lay it on the Coward County Sheriff’s Office — which pretty much failed to perform any part of their jobs — and the FBI (ditto), not millions of innocents.

And you might ask why DCF claims the shooter was a “vulnerable adult due to mental illness,” which would mean that he had been adjudicated mentally deficient, meaning that he was a prohibited person. If that’s the case, he should have been reported to NICS, and not allowed to purchase a gun. When authorities became aware that he possessed a firearm, he should have been arrested on felony prohibited-person-in-possession charges.

Your daughter wasn’t murdered because of a lack of laws infringing the rights of those who didn’t do it. She died because courts, law enforcement, the school, and DCF failed to enforce existing laws.

At this point in a gun control discussion, I tend to wonder what makes you think criminals will obey new laws any more than they did previous law. This time…

What makes you think the authorities will enforce new laws any better than currently ignored laws.

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Parkland pussies target First Amendment, too

Gun advertisement’s front-page placement shows poor judgment
We are alumni from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

We write this letter to express our enormous disappointment for the front-page edition of your newspaper, printed on May 2, 2018 (Vol. 59. No. 7). On the page you published three different stories reporting on the direct effects that gun violence has had in our community in just the past year and a half: one about the Fort Lauderdale Airport shooting, one about the money raised for the victims and survivors of the MSD shooting, and a tribute to Alyssa Alhadeff, whose celebration of life took place yesterday on what would have been her 15th birthday.

Our disappointment in your poor judgment spurs from the ill-placed advertisement for the Fort Lauderdale gun show, offering discounted admission and concealed permit classes, placed immediately below the aforementioned stories.

The correct response from the paper should be, “Fuck you. Read the Constitution, twits.”

Nope.

We deeply regret placement of a gun advertisement on our front page Wednesday morning.

It is against our policy to run gun and other types of controversial advertising on our front page.

We understand how the juxtaposition of certain ads and news stories can appear extremely insensitive, and we failed to prevent such a juxtaposition today.

We are taking steps to ensure this does not happen again, and the Sun Sentinel now has a moratorium on gun advertising.

Ghu forbid a newspaper run anything “controversial” where it can be seen.

Not sure how that’s going to fly

New lawsuit against the “pusillanimous” Peterson of Parkland.

Shooting victim’s dad sues deputy who didn’t enter school
The father of a student killed in a mass shooting at a Florida high school is suing the armed officer who stood outside the building as people were massacred within.

Meadow Pollack was among the 17 killed on Valentine’s Day in a freshman building at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Her father, Andrew Pollack, said Scot Peterson, the former sheriff’s deputy and the school’s resource officer, is his main target in the wrongful death lawsuit filed Monday in Broward County.

“He let my daughter get shot nine times at point-blank range,” Pollack told the Miami Herald. “He had the opportunity to go in and instead, let all those people get murdered.”

I need a link to the filing, to see the exact language. Warren v. District of Columbia and Bowers vs. DeVito, among others, pretty much established that the police have no duty to protect individuals; they “protect” society as a whole. Throw in “sovereign immunity” and I can’t see Pollack winning a suit against a cop for letting his girl be killed. Any real lawyer who wants to weigh in is very welcome.

IANAL, but there might be a case if the filing alleges a failure to protect the school, if Pollack claims that the school resource officer, assigned specifically to provide school security did not perform specific duties in his job description. The news story suggests he is making a claim of failure to protect his daughter specifically, but it would hardly be the first time reporters got legal details wrong. Hence my desire to see the filing.

But that still seems to leave sovereign immunity to deal with.

Gonzalez: Her parents clearly dropped her on her head as a baby

Emma “Ripley” Gonzalez, as expected, is dancing in the Tennessee Waffle House victims’ blood to…

… I can’t really say “make a point.” She tweeted:

“Removing the assault and semi-automatic weapons from our Civilian society, instituting thorough background checks and mandatory waiting periods (and raising the buying age and banning the production of high-capacity magazines) are the ways to stop shootings in America. >

Lessee

  • Confiscation: The cops did confiscate his guns. He re-armed illegally.
  • Background checks: He originally bought his guns in Illinois, undergoing multiple background checks. He re-armed illegally, bypassing background checks.
  • Waiting periods: Guess what, snowflake. Illinois: waiting periods, too. Then he re-armed illegally, bypassing waiting periods.
  • Age limits: Why, bless your heart. The accused asshole is 29 years old. I realize that you ride the short bus to public school (when you bother to go to school), so “29 > 21” may not be clear to you. So…29 (twenty-nine IIIII IIIII IIIII IIIII IIIII IIII) years is 8 (eight, IIIII III) years OLDER than 21 (twenty-one, IIIII IIIII IIIII IIIII I) years.
  • “High capacity” magazines: I haven’t seen a report that specified magazine capacity, but since he had at least two guns, maybe four, that might not have been much of a factor.

She also notes that James Shaw Jr. managed to stop the shooter without a gun of his own, proving that teachers don’t need guns. Yeah, and he got shot. Come to think of it, so did unarmed faculty at her high school. Go figure.

You know who didn’t get shot? The AR-armed man who stopped the Sutherland Springs shooter. Go figure that, too. And I wonder why cops bother with those “unnecessary” guns.

The chumbucket may also have been under indictment for his informal White House tour last year, which make him a prohibited person… ummm, just like the Parkland shooter (according to FL DCF), not to mention the aforementioned Sutherland Springs killer … so in Ripley’s pink unicorn world, he shouldn’t have been able to get guns at all.

Funny how criminals keep doing that.

ETA: I thought the shooter might be under indictment from the White House escapade, but it looks like that case was cleared. He had also been taken in for involuntary psych evaluation at one point; I don’t know if that included an adjudication of mental illness that would make him a prohibited person.

Try it: A message to “Never Again MSD”

Law enforcement failed 42 times to do anything about the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School murderer. The school failed to do anything about him. DCF failed, despite an apparent adjudication of mental incompetence. In turn, someone in government neglected to report him to NICS, so he was able to buy a gun from an FFL.

The Coward County Sheriff’s Office ignored an impassioned plea from a family member. (Several, really, including one from the suspect himself.)

The FBI ignored TWO reports of concern about the shooter-to-be. One of those reports was very detailed; including that the suspect was armed and wanted to shoot up his former school. The other report was that the suspect wanted to be a famous school shooter.

Coward County Sheriff’s deputies… cowered outside, and let the shooter kill. (Peterson now claims that he heard shots, but thought they came from outside, therefore he hid… outside. Ignoring screaming kids pouring out of the building.)

So you blame…

The rifle. And every honest gun owner in the country who didn’t commit the crime.

There are an estimated 16,000,000 AR-pattern rifles alone in America. The Parkland shooter used one of those, which government should have prevented him having in the first place.

There are at least 265,000,000 firearm of all types in America. Some estimates reach 750,000,000.

Your shooter used one.

You want “assault weapons” banned. Yet you have no constitutionally specific definition of such. As a result honest gun owners reasonably wonder if you plan to take them all.

Estimates of gun owners range from 55,000,000 to over 120,000,000.

Your shooter was one PROHIBITED PERSON.

But you blame all gun owners — whom, I repeat, didn’t do it — for the criminal acts of one prohibited person whom the government allowed to kill. You negligently throw out the term “NRA” as shorthand for all gun owners and accuse us of murder, which sounds like slander/libel to me.

As many as 120,000,000 honest people armed with as much as 750,000,000 small arms are watching you accuse and threaten us; watching you attempt to sic the forces of government on us for crimes we did not commit, in a mass 18 U.S. Code § 241 conspiracy against constitutionally-protected human/civil rights.*

Forces of government” seemingly too incompetent to stop one crazed killer.

Is it wise to piss off that many armed people with only the Browardly backing of government?

Try it. Try us.


* What? You believed CNN when they told you only “NRA” money keeps politicians from doing YOUR bidding? No, it’s 55,000,000 to 120,000,000 VOTERS who will — and have in past — toss their oathbreaking posteriors out of office.

Children should not legislate

If only because they are too young to recall how it used to be.

Parkland survivor suggests Florida spring break boycott until gun control law passes
“Let’s make a deal DO NOT come to Florida for spring break unless gun legislation is passed,” David Hogg wrote on Twitter. He says the politicans aren’t listening to students and others calling for gun control, “so maybe they’ll listen to the billion dollar tourism industry in FL. #neveragain.”

He’s made it clear he isn’t familiar with stuff as old as the Constitution. But recent history remains unmastered as well.

Once upon a time, Florida had what Pencilneck here would consider “stronger” gun laws.

It also had a little tourism problem.

It seems that wily criminals figured out that tourists were basically disarmed by state law. Tourists were getting mugged and murdered left and right. After a particularly nasty murder of a German national, Germany issued an advisory for its citizens to avoid Florida.

Florida finally did a few things about the problem. One was not letting car rental companies conspicuously mark their cars, making tourist ID a little tougher for criminals. That’s a little silly, since folks not in rental cars were getting hit.

Florida then allowed nonresident concealed carry.. They recognized several other states ‘CCW licenses, and they will issue Florida licenses to qualified nonresidents..

And suddenly tourism crime dropped to… well, I hate to put it this way, but normal levels.

So go right ahead, pencilboy. “Toughen” your laws. And watch the tourism stay away — again — because you want helpless victims for your criminal buddies.