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Politicizing The Florida Shooting Too Soon?


  • “Every time one of these things happens we say enough is enough and then it happens again” —Senator Ben Nelson
  • “You always think it can’t happen to you but it does” young high school girl who survived the Florida shooting.

The smoke hadn’t even cleared yet and the names of the people killed weren’t even posted yet when the typical left-wing pundits started in with their redundant arguments for gun control.

Former President Barack Obama sounded off on Thursday following the deadly Florida school shooting, calling for “common-sense” gun laws.

Since Obama took office in 2009, the nation has dealt with a number of deadly mass shootings, including the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 and the Pulse nightclub and the movie theater massacre in Colorado. Obama memorably gave an emotional press audience in 2016 when he spoke of the tragedy in Newtown, CT.

Although I can understand him speaking out and being sympathetic naturally, he had his chance to do something about gun laws when he was in office. He had eight years to do something and did nothing. Obama was a person who disrespected law enforcement and there were plenty of riots and shootings while he was president so there is no reason for him to start talking about common sense laws now. There are already over 100 gun laws that are already on the record. How many do we need? What more can you do in that area? I agree with what some pundits like Sean Hannity suggested having retired service members or retired police officers who are armed patrolling the schools.

I don’t know why people in politics always say the same thing without using their brains. Only law abiding citizens will follow gun laws!!! Get that through your thick skulls. Those who are criminals or wanting to kill people will ignore every single word on any gun law and still end up with a gun or some other weapon. They can get them from the black market or the dark web or gangs.

  • Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old suspected of killing 17  in a shooting spree at Florida high school, legally purchased the AR-15 he allegedly used in the crime.
  • Florida wouldn’t require fingerprints, a special permit, or even a waiting period before Cruz bought his gun. Anyone over 18 can buy a rifle in Florida if they pass a background check.
  • At 19 with no criminal background — despite Cruz’s disciplinary record at school — all he needed was a few hundred dollars to buy the rifle.

New gun laws wouldn’t have prevented any recent mass shootings and declared it true. Time and again, existing laws failed, or no proposed new gun-control law would have prevented the purchase. The reason is obvious. Mass shootings are among the most premeditated of crimes, often planned months in advance. The shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School reportedly wore a gas mask, carried smoke grenades, and set off the fire alarm so that students would pour out into the hallways. Though we’ll obviously learn more in the coming days, each of these things suggests careful preparation. A man who is determined to kill and who is proactive in finding the means to kill will find guns. He can modify guns. He can find magazines. Just like the Vegas shooter modified his guns to become a rapid-fire machine gun.
If you’ve been following the unfolding story of Wednesday’s mass shooting at a Florida High school, which left at least 17 people dead and numerous more injured, you’ve likely heard this claim making the rounds on the news and social media:

“Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida marks the 18th school shooting in 2018 alone.”
No, it’s not.

Firstly, let’s look at where this claim originated. This false stat comes from Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun control activist group known for peddling false gun violence statistics and the New York Times. This isn’t the first time they’ve been caught spewing nonsense. It likely won’t be the last.

Everytown’s “18 school shootings” number is wildly misleading, at best. Instead of calculating the number of times a person intentionally shot up a school. Everytown’s   compilation includes every instance of a gun being discharged on or near school property, including suicides on school property, stray bullets fired near a school, and accidents that had nothing to do with intentional gun violence against children.

The vast majority of other instances involved altercations between students, most of which either resulted in only one victim and no fatalities.

Only three of those 18 incidents, including Wednesday’s shooting in Parkland, involved gunmen – all of them students – entering a school building and firing indiscriminately, a situation that most Americans would classify as a “school shooting.”

The rest of the media, of course, is treating this report as gospel when it’s propaganda.

On Tuesday, MSNBC’s Hardball host Chris Matthews spent over two and a half times more airtime on trumpeting the need for gun control and chastising gun owners, the National Rifle Association, and ordinary Americans over the issue than covering the deadly Florida school shooting, and its victims.

All told, Matthews spent 38 minutes and 46 seconds on segments or parts of ones discussing the issue with guests but only 14 minutes and 48 seconds on the actual shooting, recapping what was known during the 7:00 p.m. Eastern hour, and interviewing students who fled the scene. The rest involved speculation over the gunman’s personality and his motives.

Ghoulishly, CNN law enforcement analyst Phil Mudd, MSNBC’s Hardball host Chris Matthews, and MSNBC’s The 11th Hour host Brian Williams chose to condemn America as an exceptional country due to its gun policies.

Over on MSNBC, Williams told Matthews that many of these shooting sites are “[g]reat places to live but these names will always be associated with tragedy and that city you’re in, Washington, if you match it against public opinion polls of their constituents, lawmakers in that city are failing American people every day.”

Matthews thanked Williams and slammed American exceptionalism:

“Thank you so much, Brian and that, of course, is the question so much about American exceptionalism is wonderful. How different we are from the rest of the world is wonderful. The country of opportunity and true freedom and this part of the American exceptional story isn’t so easy to sell to the rest of the world.” Mathews is another Destroy Trump Media person and hater of America.

America reeled on Wednesday as news broke of a school shooting in South Florida. As the reports were still coming in fast and furious throughout the afternoon, the White House opted to cancel Wednesday’s scheduled press briefing — a move that was quickly attacked by critics of President Donald Trump.

Over at MSNBC, several reporters lamented that the white house press briefing had been cancelled due to the shooting, as well it should have, but suggested it was to get away from questions about Rob Porter. How shameless is that?

MSNBC host Chris Hayes crossed a line with his now-deleted hot take

Is the White House really hiding behind a school shooting so they don’t have to answer questions about a host of scandals in the administration? Kinda looks like that’s what’s happening.

Hayes was likely referring to the recent resignation of Rob Porter, the White House staff secretary who has faced multiple allegations of domestic abuse from two ex-wives and one ex-girlfriend.

Meanwhile, Trump took the high road where others should have also but didn’t when he said, My fellow Americans, today I speak to a nation in grief,” the president said. “To every parent, teacher and child who is hurting so badly: We are here for you whatever you need, whatever we can do to ease your pain. We are all joined together as one American family, and your suffering is our burden also.”

“No child, no teacher should ever be in danger in an American school,” he continued. “No parent should ever have to fear for their sons and daughters when they kiss them goodbye.”

Trump plans on visiting the families of the victims in the next couple of days just like he did with the families of the Las Vegas shootings.

The Huffington Post, part of the destroy Trump media, posted a picture of Nikolas Cruz with a red Make America Great Again hat on and an Antifa-like mask across his face. So now all the libs will blame Trump when this guy also followed radical movements like ISIS and following resistance groups, like Syrian Resistance groups and fighter groups out of Iraq and. Just as far as a week ago, that he was involved in a Youtube chat room conversation about bombs or building bombs. He also followed a white supremacist group that calls itself the Republic of Florida Jordan Jereb a leader in the group the Republic of Florida told the Associated Press Cruz “acted on his own behalf.” However, he said Cruz participated in his group’s paramilitary drills in Tallahassee.

Ben Bennight, a YouTube vlogger and bail bondsman in Mississippi, knew something was amiss when someone named Nikolas Cruz posted, “I’m going to be a professional school shooter,” in the comments section of one of his YouTube videos, Buzzfeed News reported Thursday. So he urged YouTube to remove the comment and emailed a screenshot of it to the FBI, the report said.

The FBI briefly spoke with Bennight, who denied knowing anything about the YouTuber named Cruz.

All of this happened last September, about five months before a 19-year-old man named Nikolas Cruz entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, with an AR-15 and multiple magazines, and opened fire on students and teachers, killing 17 people and wounding at least 14.

The FBI has also not confirmed that the Cruz who posted the message is the shooting suspect, though the statement appears to align with other disturbing social media posts made by the suspect.

Cruz has been described as a troubled young man who was a “loner” obsessed with guns and violence. He was expelled for undisclosed disciplinary reasons from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last year and was considered by some faculty to be a “threat.”

“All he would talk about is guns, knives and hunting. I can’t say I was shocked. From past experiences, he seemed like the kind of kid who would do something like this,” former classmate Joshua Charo, 16, told the Miami Herald. “He used to tell me he would shoot rats with his BB gun and he wanted this kind of gun, and how he liked to always shoot for practice.”


The question remains, “How does an “Unemployed 19 yo” come up with $1000 to $1500 to “Legally Purchase an AR-15″…… That money came from “Somewhere”!!

Here’s what we know. The shooter used an AR-15, the most common rifle in the United States. The shooter was on the radar of school authorities, and he was reportedly in frequent contact with the police; he was reported to the FBI as well, but follow-up was apparently insufficient. People warned authorities about him, and they didn’t do anything or couldn’t do anything. That’s probably the best place to start looking for answers.

The shooter’s gun was obtained legally. He had never been arrested; it’s difficult to think of a way to prevent the sale of a gun to a person with a clean record without a mass gun ban or confiscation. He also had a gas mask and grenades — and it’s unclear where he obtained the grenades.The FBI interviewed him and did nothing even though students had complained about him and he posted violent threats on his Facebook page.

Cruz’s mother Lynda Cruz died of pneumonia on Nov. 1 according to the Sun-Sentinel. Cruz and her husband, who died of a heart attack several years ago, adopted Nikolas and his biological brother, Zachary, after the couple moved from Long Island in New York to Broward County. The boys were left in the care of a family friend after their mother died.

So as the fighting begins once again with people on both sides of the aisle pointing fingers at the other just remember the old saying, “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.”


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Jim Clayton

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  1. Here is the equation plain and simple;

    Doctor Spock – it is wrong to spank children (leftist mentality)

    My body my choice – disregard for human life and the Murder of 61 million innocent American Citizens thru abortion.

    Equals multiple generations with a disregard for human life and a lack of the understanding that Freedom is equal parts Personal liberty and Personal responsibility!

    The left blames EVERYONE but themselves. It’s an easy sell – it’s what the virtueless human being wants to hear – I’m not at fault; the NRA made me do it!

    Every human being HATES to hear he is wrong. No one believes he is evil! But the Truth is unbiased and often hard to face. Children must be taught from birth that consequences are a part of action.

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