‘Cowards Of The County’

Not the country song but the actions of the police department of Uvalde in the mass shooting that killed children.

I wrote earlier about the CYA that began after the shooting by the Uvalde PD……

And The CYA Begins

Now there is more coming out about the incompetence of the Uvalde PD….

Days after the revelation that police responding to the Uvalde school massacre last month didn’t try the Robb Elementary School classroom door behind which the shooter was killing 21 people, another revelation raises more questions about the law enforcement response to the tragedy: According to documents and surveillance footage from inside the school reviewed by KVUE and the Austin American-Statesman, within 19 minutes of the shooter’s arrival on campus, multiple officers with rifles and at least one ballistic shield were on the scene. That’s earlier than has previously been reported. The officers remained in the hallway outside the classroom for almost an hour after that, according to the reports.

Investigators believe this shows the police on the scene had enough firepower and protection to enter the classroom, according to KVUE. The newly released video shows that 11 officers were on the scene even earlier, within three minutes of the shooter’s arrival, but that the first ballistic shield did not arrive until the 19-minute mark. The latest information on the massacre, and the law enforcement response to it, will be presented Tuesday at the first of two consecutive days of a a Texas Senate hearing on the tragedy. Members of the public will be allowed to speak to lawmakers at the Capitol.

(Read more Uvalde mass shooting stories.)

AS this story unfolds the more they appear to be incompetent for a SWAT team….or they were just afraid to engage the shooter.

Not much more needs to be said…..other than disbanding a team of the police that cannot function the way it was intended and to hold the chief responsible for the deaths that his team could have prevented.

At almost every turn the police are illustrating the need to throw the slogan of ‘protect and serve’ into the crapper…..for it means NOTHING!

The war of the words continues around this shooting…..

On Tuesday we reported on the head of the Texas Department of Public Safety’s forceful, scathing denunciation of the decisions made by local police during the mass shooting in Uvalde. Our story didn’t contain one standout piece of information given in testimony before a special state Senate committee in Austin by Col. Steven McCraw: that murdered teacher Eva Mireles’ husband, a police officer, tried to save her but “was detained and they took his gun away from him and escorted him off the scene.” McCraw said Ruben Ruiz, a police officer for the school district, received a call from his wife, who said “she had been shot and was dying,” reports KSAT.

McCraw says that upon getting to the scene, Ruiz tried to force his way into the school and was stopped; McCraw didn’t provide details on who stopped him. McCraw himself ended up being a target on Tuesday, with CNN reporting Uvalde’s mayor “sharply criticized” DPS and McCraw; the Texas Rangers fall under the DPS umbrella and are heading up the investigation into the shooting. While speaking at a City Council meeting on Tuesday, Mayor Don McLaughlin said McCraw hasn’t been providing him with updates on the investigation, and he faulted McCraw for what he has revealed and what McLaughlin perceives to be spin.

“Colonel McCraw has continued to, whether you want to call it … lie, leak, mislead, or mistake information in order to distance his own troopers and Rangers from the response,” McLaughlin said. “There were no less than eight law enforcement agencies present in the hallway leading up to the breach of the door at Robb Elementary School,” he continued, per Fox News. “Every briefing, he leaves out the number of his own officers and Rangers that were on scene that day. He leaves out that during this time, every other classroom in the building was safely evacuated.” McLaughlin also made clear that the school building would definitely be demolished, saying, “You could never ask a child to go back or a teacher to go back in that school, ever.”

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“God Has A Plan”

In this recent spat of mass killings has brought about the usual BS from some….most of them are excuses or just pathetic rhetoric….kinda like the “thoughts and prayers” POS….and the equally stupid is the usual “bad people do bad things” and when we thought that it could not get more moronic the proverbial other shoe drops.

This time from an elected official from Texas (where else)…..

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is facing criticism after saying that his message to the families of the 19 students killed by a gunman at a Uvalde, Texas, elementary school last month would be that “God always has a plan” and “Life is short no matter what it is.”

In a May interview with right-wing radio host Trey Graham, 59-year-old Paxton said he would be “devastated” if he lost one of his children, but added that he would tell other parents who lost a child in the shooting that “there’s always a plan.”

“If I lost one of my children I’d be pretty devastated, especially in a way that is so senseless and seemingly has no purpose,” Paxton said. “I think … I would just have to say, if I had the opportunity to talk to the people I’d have to say, look, there’s always a plan. I believe God always has a plan. Life is short no matter what it is. And certainly, we’re not going to make sense of, you know, a young child being shot and killed way before their life expectancy.”

advisor to former San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro, social media users criticized Paxton who, as one person pointed out, “has been Attorney General of Texas since January 2015, only slightly less time than the Uvalde victims were alive.”

Another user referenced comments Paxton once made about the COVID-19 pandemic — when he suggested senior citizens should be “willing to take a chance on [their] survival in exchange for keeping the America that America loves” — writing: “It’s always fine to sacrifice someone else’s grandparents or kids. His people will have the best protection and healthcare money can buy.”

https://people.com/politics/texas-ag-faces-backlash-for-advice-to-uvalde-families/

God has a plan?

Is that plan to force children to be born so they can be killed later in school?

Great plan but if that is the best he/she can then I suggest they stop drinking and pay attention.

I want NO part of that plan!

People like this d/bag proves just how moronic this situation has become…..more so than in the past.

Idiotic statements like this one above could be a reason why there has been a drop….

The last five years has apparently taken a big toll on Americans’ belief in God—especially among the young, the liberal, and Democrats. Gallup says that in its latest poll, a new low of 81% of Americans said they believed in God, down from 87% in 2017 and from a solid 98% throughout the 1950s and 1960s. Belief fell among every category of people Gallup spoke to, by more than 10% among Democrats, liberals, and adults 18 to 29, but by only 1% among Republicans and married people. Belief in God among women fell from 90% to 83%, according to Gallup. Among men, it fell from 83% to 80%.

Gallup says it has asked Americans about their belief in God in several ways over the years, sometimes phrasing it as belief in “God or a universal spirit.” The pollsters say the highest proportion of people express belief in God when it is phrased as a yes/no question. The proportion dipped significantly when respondents were given the option of saying they were unsure—and even more when they were asked if they were “convinced” that God exists. In the most recent poll, around half of those who said they believed in God said they believe God hears prayers and can intervene.

Other polls have found that while belief in a higher being has been gradually falling over the years, traditional religion is declining a lot faster, the Hill reports. Last year, Gallup said church membership had fallen below 50% for the first time to a record low of 47%, with numbers dropping sharply even among those who described themselves as religious. Gallup says confidence in organized religion has also dropped, “suggesting that the practice of religious faith may be changing more than basic faith in God.”

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Those Damn Guns!

But first a factoid….the year is not quite 180 days old and we have had 200+ mass shootings….now there is a stat to be proud of (sarcasm)……

The mass shooting in Texas that has left 21 people dead, mostly children, has ignited the debate on guns and what to do……and of course those idiots that say ‘thoughts and prayer’ are doing nothing to help only patronizing the people involved.

As usual after the fact the Congress has taken up the problem of guns and associated deaths…..The House tries to pass some form of solution and the senate as usual will do NOTHING!

At least 10 GOP senators would have to support gun control legislation for it to pass. The New York Times contacted all 50 Republicans to see whether they’ll back two measures that the House has approved to toughen background checks for people who want to buy guns. Most of them either wouldn’t say how they’d vote or said they’d oppose the House bills. Here are a sampling of their responses, which the Times ran along with their grades from the National Rifle Association and the amount of money the organization has contributed to the senators over their careers.

  • Maine Sen. Susan Collins: A spokeswoman said “Senator Collins is one of two Republican senators currently serving who voted for Manchin-Toomey, which included background checks for all commercial transactions.” NRA rating: A. Funding: $18,000.
  • Texas Sen. Ted Cruz: The senator blamed Democrats “and a whole lot of folks in the media” for rushing to “try to restrict the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens.” NRA rating: A+. Funding: $176,000.
  • South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham: “None of these things we’re talking about seems to change the outcome, before these most recent cases. I doubt if any Republicans vote for that.” NRA rating: A. Funding: $433,000.
  • Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey: “My interest in doing something to improve and expand our background check system remains.” NRA rating: C. Funding: $1.5 million.
  • Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell: No answer. NRA rating: A+. Funding: $1.3 million.
  • Alabama Sen. Tommy Tuberville: “I’m willing to say that I’m very sorry it happened. But guns are not the problem, OK? People are the problem.” NRA rating: A. Funding: $10,000.
  • Utah Sen. Mitt Romney: “I do believe that we will be looking at ways to improve our background checks. … And I do believe that red flag laws … are helpful.” NRA rating: A. Funding: $13.6 million.
  • Florida Sen. Marco Rubio: No answer. NRA rating: A+. Funding: $3.3 million.
  • Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe: “I hadn’t thought about it. You’re the first one to bring that to my attention.” NRA rating: A+. Funding: $82,000.

The usual track of this debate on guns will proceed at a usual tempo….blah, blah, blah and then it will fade for something else that will become more important….

After a racist shooting earlier this month at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, and Tuesday’s school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, guns have — yet again — emerged as a political issue that has dominated headlines. Democrats have issued impassioned pleas for the government to more tightly regulate the sale of firearms, and if past shootings are any indication, we will soon get a fresh batch of polling data showing that solid majorities of Americans agree with them. But again, if past shootings are any indication, Congress will not pass any reforms, in large part because many Republicans oppose gun control reform. And as happened so many times before, the strong public support for gun control will fade away with our memories of the shootings.

FiveThirtyEight took a look at polling and media data to show how support for gun laws has increased amid intense media coverage of past school shootings, but then reverted back toward the previous mean as the media spotlight moved on to other issues. We examined the period around two school shootings in 2018 to see how coverage of those events corresponded with changes in support for increased gun control. Specifically, we examined data around the Feb. 14, 2018, shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and the May 18, 2018, shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas.1 And as you can see in the chart below, there was an abrupt increase in the share of Americans who favored stricter gun laws right after each shooting, most especially Parkland, followed by a decline in support.

Support For Gun Control Will Likely Rise After Uvalde. But History Suggests It Will Fade.

I am a gun owner and I believe it is time, actually beyond the time, to have a real and honest debate without all the BS that some want to spread to deflect the attention from the fact that these killings were done with a gun….

Let’s take a look at the most manure that is spread….

If nothing else, mass shootings and school shootings always bring out the creative side of America’s worst human beings. Whether they’re desperate for the shooter to not be a white supremacist (for fear it would make other white supremacists look bad, because they look so good and normal otherwise) or for the usual reason that they just really, really don’t want gun control. They want it to be about literally anything else. Ideally, they’d especially like it to be about a thing they are mad about so that they can blame it on the Left. Because for them, it’s not about actually preventing these massacres or making people safer, it’s about who gets the political points.

To be fair, they also claim to believe that this is what we are doing. They believe the reason we look at mass shootings and say, “Wow, seems like we should perhaps be more careful about who gets guns and perhaps not sell guns that make it super easy to kill a whole bunch of people within a very short span of time” is not because this is the most obvious and logical conclusion to reach, but because it is part of our long game to take their guns and do tyranny to them. Granted, these are people who also really love Augusto Pinochet, Vladimir Putin, and Viktor Orbán so it’s not totally clear what they imagine “tyranny” is. It’s certainly not forcing everyone to adhere to one’s own religion or forcing them to give birth against their will or forcing them to conform to what you believe their gender identity or sexual orientation should be, because those are things they would enjoy. I’d say it’s “everyone having health care” but Russia and Hungary both, technically, have universal, publicly funded health care and even Pinochet couldn’t totally get rid of FONASA (Chile’s public healthcare program). It’s honestly hard to tell!

So in order to keep people from turning to that very logical conclusion, they have come up with umpteen entirely unreasonable conclusions in hopes of distracting us. Let’s take a look at some of the gems we’ve seen this go-round.

https://www.wonkette.com/mass-shootings-really-bring-out-the-creativity-in-america-s-worst-gun-creeps

This issue is an excellent example of just what money can buy from the Senate…..

Sadly the debate will soon die off and NOTHING will be done to try and prevent this from happening.

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A “Year Of Carnage”?

Closing Thought–25May21

So far this year there have been a wealth of fatal shootings all over the country…..far too many and yet nothing is being done to curb the trajectory of events.

Over this past weekend I read some disturbing news on gun violence…..12 mass shootings.

At least a dozen mass shootings took place over the weekend across the country, killing at least 11 people and injuring another 69. CNN combined its own stats with those from the Gun Violence Archive, as well as police and other media reports, and found the latest slew of mass shootings—defined by CNN as shootings that result in at least four people killed or wounded, not counting the shooter—took place in eight states between Friday night and Sunday: Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, New Jersey, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia. The weekend fatalities included three dead at a bar in Youngstown, Ohio, where three were also injured; one dead and three injured at an apartment complex in Fort Wayne, Ind.; a 16-year-old girl killed and five other people injured in a park shooting in Columbus, Ohio; two dead and 12 injured at a house party in Cumberland County, NJ; a 14-year-old girl killed and 13 other people injured at an unauthorized concert in North Charleston, SC; one dead and eight wounded in downtown Minneapolis; and two dead and four injured in Jersey City, NJ.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution calls this weekend’s shootings part of a “year of carnage,” continuing a “staggering trend of mass shootings [that] have quickly rebounded to the forefront of American life” as the country starts to get COVID-19 under control. In fact, the pandemic’s lockdowns and other restrictions may be partly what’s behind the resurgence of mass shootings, says Hart Brown, senior VP of crisis management firm R3 Continuum. “The environment that was created by the pandemic … and the compounding stressors is really what’s driving much of the violence that we’re seeing right now,” he told Reuters earlier this month. Despite the reemergence of this type of gun violence, a Pew Research Center survey conducted in April finds that gun policy remains a “deeply divisive” topic along partisan lines, with the majority of Democrats leaning toward stricter gun-safety laws, while Republicans are mostly balking at such measures.

Does anyone else find this news disturbing and should be unacceptable to the American people?

And yet we just shrug it off and go about yelling about mask wearing.

Does any else see just how pathetic this all is?

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This Is Goddamn Pathetic!

WARNING:  There is language in this post that some may find offensive……

Closing Thought–12May21

When will the American people stop listening to bullshit and start realizing just how dangerous this country is becoming thanks to a society that is fucking awash in guns.

I realize the gun violence is so commonplace that it is barely noticeable…..

But really?

9 separate mass shootings in two days is becoming a truly pathetic norm for our society…..

A gunman opened fire at a family birthday party in Colorado Springs, leaving six people dead and a community in mourning.

“Words fall short to describe the tragedy that took place this morning,” Colorado Springs Police Chief Vince Niski said in a statement. “From the officers who responded to the shooting to the investigators still on scene, we are all left incredibly shaken.”
The suspected shooter — believed to be a boyfriend of one of the victims — is also dead, according to Colorado Springs Police.
 
At least 15 people were killed and 30 more injured in mass shootings since Friday night, according to CNN reporting and an analysis of data from Gun Violence Archive (GVA), local media and police reports.
 
Why do rational people allow this type of crime go on and on and few challenge the logic behind them?
 
When is enough enough?
 
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Yet Another Mass Shooting

Closing Thought–16Apr21

A headline that is all too familiar these days….and yet the American people seem to care less about this violence…..

This time the moron with a gun is in Indiana…..

Police say at least eight people were killed in a mass shooting late Thursday night at a FedEx warehouse in Indianapolis. Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department spokesperson Genae Cook says multiple other victims were hospitalized, the Indianapolis Star reports. Police believe the gunman killed himself, the AP reports. Cook says police found an “active shooter incident” with multiple gunshot victims when they were called to the scene just after 11pm.

 

Interstate 70 was briefly closed in both directions near the incident, which took place near Indianapolis International Airport on the city’s southwest side. “Safety is our top priority, and our thoughts are with all those who are affected,” a FedEx spokesman tells CNN. The New York Times reports that more than 100 people who have not been able to contact loved ones have gathered at a hotel near the facility and are being assisted by representatives of the police chaplain’s office.

I am sure that someone will offer up “thoughts and prayers”

Thoughts and prayers my ass.

What has this ever done to help stop these incidents?

The answer is easy….NOT A GODDAMN THING!

When will the American people wake up to the illness that is raging in this country?

If few care this will be an ever expanding problem that so many politicians are afraid to address……and with inaction more people will die and be injured by an idiot with a gun

Please do not offer thoughts and prayers….that is as damn disingenuous as it comes.

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Another Day–Another Mass Shooting

I appears the new ‘norm’ is another shooting/chaos every day or so.

The latest is in the state of North Carolina….where 3 have been killed in the attack….

Following a gunman’s rampage in Orange, Calif., on Wednesday that left four dead, CNN noted that mass shooting was one of 20 since the Atlanta spa shootings in mid-March. Now, yet another one to add to the list. Police say at least seven people were shot early Saturday at a house party in Wilmington, NC, leaving three dead and four injured, per WECT. After the shooting, which took place soon after midnight, police Chief Donny Williams said the general public didn’t appear to be any danger and that law enforcement was working on trying to ID suspects.

Police also they also don’t yet have a motive pinned down. It’s not clear what the conditions are of the injured. “Our hearts go out to all affected by this senseless violence,” a public information officer says in a release, asking members of the public to come forward if they have any info on the shooting, per the Wilmington Star-News. The number to call is 910-343-3609, or people can text an anonymous tip to 847411 by including the keyword “WPDNC.”

This is pathetic!

This is becoming a daily occurrence….

Another mentally ill person with a gun….apparently that is the ‘norm’ now as well.

How long must we Americans endure this terrorism before someone steps up to put a stop to it?

Cops with bigger and better guns has done little to curb this trend.

I apologize but it seems hollow to wish a Happy Easter when there is so much stupid and ignorance is grasping the country.

Any thoughts?

Be well…..Be Safe….

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Closing Thought–30Dec20

The year id 1970…..the height of the antiwar movement….the location is Kent State…..Four Kent State University students were killed and nine were injured on May 4, 1970, when members of the Ohio National Guard opened fire on a crowd gathered to protest the Vietnam War. The tragedy was a watershed moment for a nation divided by the conflict in Southeast Asia. In its immediate aftermath, a student-led strike forced the temporary closure of colleges and universities across the country. Some political observers believe the events of that day in northeast Ohio tilted public opinion against the war and may have contributed to the downfall of President Richard Nixon.

I bring up this short history because one of the survivors of that shooting spree has died….

Alan Canfora, who was one of nine students who were wounded in the 1970 Kent State shootings but survived, has died. He was 71.

Canfora died Dec. 20 at home from an illness unrelated to COVID-19, according to a Facebook post by his sister, Chic Canfora.

“It is with immense sadness that I share news of the passing of my beloved brother, Alan Canfora — a devastating loss to our family, friends and the Kent State/May 4 community,” she wrote in the post as reported by the Akron Beacon Journal.

As a junior at Kent State, Canfora was one of the hundreds of students who protested at the Ohio campus May 1-4. They were demonstrating against the Vietnam War and the National Guard’s presence on their campus.

The Guardsmen fired on unarmed protesters May 4. Canfora was shot in the right wrist in the first 13 seconds. Four students — Allison Krause, Jeffrey Miller, Sandra Lee Scheuer and William Schroeder — were killed.

(thehour.com)

This may not mean much to some but to me it was a turning point in our protests against the Vietnam War….

It is a crying shame that this country cannot muster a protest movement against our many wars and especially our endless wars of Iraq and Afghanistan.

These people we brave beyond compare….something that is sadly missing in our society these days.

Will we ever see the antiwar movement re-born?

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The Killings Of 2019

As the year come to an end we should look back at 2019 and the record setting year for mass shootings.

It all began just 19 days into the New Year….

The first one occurred 19 days into the new year when a man used an ax to kill four family members including his infant daughter. Five months later, 12 people were killed in a workplace shooting in Virginia. Twenty-two more died at a Walmart in El Paso in August.

A database compiled by The Associated Press, USA Today and Northeastern University shows that there were more mass killings in 2019 than any year dating back to at least the 1970s, punctuated by a chilling succession of deadly rampages during the summer.

In all, there were 41 mass killings, defined as when four or more people are killed excluding the perpetrator. Of those, 33 were mass shootings. More than 210 people were killed.

https://apnews.com/4441ae68d14e61b64110db44f906af92

Sadly it is NO longer shocking…..even sadder is that these killings have become common place and in doing so has become a so-so event……even the MSM does not dwell on the shootings as it once did.

The new year and the new decade may prove to be yet another record setting time for our gun violence and mass killings.

It is truly sad.

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Closing Thought–14Nov19

We all have read or heard about the mass shooting this year (348 so far) and the pundits and so-called experts have had a wealth of ideas to stop or at least slow down the rate of death.

One such ‘solution’ is to encourage the male fighting spirit…..

Horrific mass shootings routinely bring out strong and passionate views from all sides of the political spectrum. Is the breakdown in family to blame? Or is it not enough background checks and lax firearm regulations, violent video games, mental illness, a cultural fixation on aggression as a solution to problems? The pundits and politicians have all the answers—yet somehow the mass shootings don’t stop.

Behind this debate over violence, however, lies a counterintuitive truth about conflict.

In a certain way, mass shootings—most often perpetrated by males—are a sign that we need more fighting. They are a reclassification of violence from direct to indirect, a shift from confrontation to elimination. Let me specify what I mean here. Gun violence provides a false avenue for loners and sometimes mentally ill young men to store up resentment and then unleash it all at once in overwhelming, lethal force. Rather than direct conflict against bullies or a bitterly resented group as a whole, it provides a false alternative, a fake ace up the sleeve. Rather than confronting those who torture our psyches, weaponized violence gives the illusion that we can just eliminate such people and situations altogether.

In Defense of Male Fighting

Sounds nutty right?

Is this a “Fight Club”?

Well if it ends the mass shootings then I say let the suckers fight…..a couple of missing teeth is far superior than dying, right?

Just a thought!

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