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Colbert On Trump's 'Arm The Teachers' Plan


      Stephen Colbert On Trump's

      'Arm The Teachers' Plan

      "Yes, just arm the teachers. I'm sure it's in the school budget. Sorry your school can't afford enough copies of To Kill a Mockingbird but, good news, we're giving you something that could kill any bird."

      "Every option is on the table - except fewer guns"

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      Cartoon Roundup 2-23-2018


          Cartoon Roundup

          Selected From POLITICO

          An odd week for political cartoons, particularly surrounding gun violence. Well divide them into two categories, the one's that make a clear statement and the one's that are harder to fathom.

          And then there are the one's whose intent is less clear...

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          If Teachers Were Packing Heat: Arming Faculty Alarming


              I have been an educator for most of my adult life- middle school, high school, university experience. Nearly 40 years in the classroom. I am also a gun owner (handgun, shotgun and rifle) and have been so since I was 18. I was trained in gun care and use by the NRA in five courses taken from 12 to 18. For most of my adult life (until state law eliminated them) I carried licenses permitting me to use those weapons and my guns were registered with the police.


              Absurd/Dangerous because the costs of training, teacher bonuses, and liability insurance would be extraordinary (and this suggested by a President who has deeply cut federal support to schools).

              Absurd/Dangerous because trained, prepared, practiced, skilled police professional with their minds on the task of protecting their charges in live fire circumstances hit their targets 18 percent of the time.

              Absurd/Dangerous because the school environment, the relationship between teachers, students and parents, will, according to the experienced and the experts, be affected with teachers taking on roles for which they are not prepared and for which they often do not have the temperament. Studies have also shown that not knowing who is armed creates increased tension and hostile interaction particularly with troubled students not less.

              Absurd/Dangerous because in the chaos of a lockdown or an evacuation the chances of wild fire where the innocent are mistaken as a danger by other teachers, security personnel or the police, accidental shootings, and increased panic as those carrying guns are mistakenly identified as shooters.

              Absurd/Dangerous because securing and tracking the weapons will be a serious challenge to ensure that a weapon does not fall into a student's hands either through careless storage, misplacement, or even seizure by students in an altercation with a teacher. And properly secured weapons will not be instantly available in a crisis.

              Absurd/Dangerous because there are teachers who have "lost it" falling under the pressure of a very difficult job and their ready access to a gun is the last thing one would want.

              SO WHAT SHOULD BE DONE?

              1) Secure school buildings in the same way municipal buildings are now secured with single entry, scanners and detectors, and electronic surveillance/alarms. Further, classroom should be securable as well with strong doors, strong locks, two way communication systems, and identified safe spots in each room.

              2) Increased security personnel with quick access to guns.

              3) Regular, well developed emergency drills for fire, tornado, shooters shaped around the shelter in place or evacuate models with clear roles for students, faculty, staff, and administration.

              4) Comprehensive national and State Based background checks for ALL purchases of weapons, accessories, ammo etc

              5) A mental health based red flagging system that seeks to identify the potentially violent before they act.

              6) Limit the weapon options. And yes, that means the identification of those guns, accessories and ammunition that are particularly dangerous in mass shooting settings and then taking them off the market, disallowing trading or gifting, and having buy back programs.


              Worth Reading: http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-texas-school-a...

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              National Gun Reform Gains 75,000 New Volunteers After Florida Massacre



                  It is very gratifying to see that the 'Mom's Demand Action' Gun reform organization just gained 75 thousand new volunteers since the mass gun shooting in Parkland, Florida.

                  This group, founded as the Florida chapter of the national organization 'Everytown for Gun Safety' (which began as a result of the shockingly heinous gun shooting that killed 20 children between six and seven years old at Sandy Hook Elementary School,) has been a grass roots organization that advocates for gun control since that time.

                  Many of the 75,000 recent volunteers are students eager to help since the recent gun shooting that killed 17 people, most of them high school students. As a result, 'Mom's demand Action' has instigated a new offshoot called "Students Demand Action" to accommodate all the young people that are eager to fight against the glut of weapons that can kill so many in a matter of minutes.

                  It looks like they'll be getting a lot of help to fend off the self serving attacks of the NRA against those who demand action on gun laws. Kudos to them!

                  Attending my first event in Raleigh.

                  It's a packed house. Standing room only.

                  Since a gunman killed 17 students and adults in Parkland, Florida, last Wednesday, gun violence prevention group Moms Demand Action has seen in a surge in new volunteers ― and it’s eager to mobilize them to support the new student-led movement for gun reform.

                  Local chapters of Moms Demand Action have also reported swelling attendance at events over the past few days, with anywhere from two to 10 times the usual number of people showing up at new member meetings, advocacy days and rallies.

                  Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action, said one of the most encouraging aspects of this influx has been how many new members are young students, mirroring the recent wave of teen activists mobilizing since the Parkland shooting. Students at Marjory Douglas Stoneman High School and beyond have been speaking to news outlets, pressuring legislators on social media and organizing national marches to call for lawmakers to take action on gun violence.

                  To meet these new members’ needs, Moms Demand Action has just launched a new initiative: Students Demand Action.

                  “When Sandy Hook happened, those were babies. They weren’t able to use their voices and express their outrage,” Watts told HuffPost on Tuesday. “These are kids who have come of age as the generation of lockdown drills. Our lawmakers are not standing up to the gun lobby, so our children are having to stand up to gunmen.”

                  “It’s going to be up to the next generation to make sure this work gets finished,” said Moms Demand Action’s founder.


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                  NRA's "Scorched Earth" Response To Parkland


                      NOTE: These are scripted comments, a word-for-word parroting of a four-minute video, the official NRA talking points, released by the NRA yesterday (with a black spokesperson) adding "and you, the , just put out the casting call for the next mass shooter."

                      The NRA's chief, Wayne LaPierre blames the FBI, "the elites" and Democrats "trying to eradicate all individual freedoms". He also echoed Trumpist faux-populism by painting people who want common-sense gun control as either out-of-touch elites or socialists.

                      Their hysterical, paranoid, rhetorical pull-out-all-the-stops response to this student uprising suggests they recognize they are in real jeopardy for the first time in a long time.


                      NRA’s Dana Loesch: ‘Many In

                      Legacy Media Love Mass Shootings’

                      “I’m not saying you love the tragedy, but you love the ratings.

                      Crying white mothers are ratings gold.”

                      By Willa Frej

                      February 22, 2018

                      National Rifle Association spokeswoman Dana Loesch said Thursday that the media exploits mass shooting to capitalize on ratings.

                      “Many in legacy media love mass shootings,” Loesch said after walking on stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC)to a standing ovation. “I’m not saying you love the tragedy, but you love the ratings. Crying white mothers are ratings gold.”

                      Her comments echoed a video that NRATV released Wednesday, which slammed the mainstream media for being the “casting call for the next mass shooting.” Loesch also said she is debuting a one-hour show on NRATV next month to combat the mainstream media.

                      Her comments at CPAC were also reminiscent of some President Donald Trump has made. The president regularly claims that news outlets such as CNN and NBC News spread mistruths about him and his administration in order to boost ratings.

                      "The mainstream media love mass shootings. I'm going to say it again;

                      the mainstream media love mass shootings…and and you, the ,

                      just put out the casting call for the next mass shooter."


                      Loesch said it’s not up to the NRA to protect children from gun violence.

                      “A failure of law enforcement is not a failure of the law, it is a failure of enforcement,” she said, blaming the FBI for “dropping the ball” by not acting on a tip it had received about the suspect in last week’s massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

                      “We have resources available at anyone’s disposal if they want to reinforce their schools, but I’ll say it again loud and clear: We’re parents too,” she said.

                      Loesch also appeared at a CNN town hall event Wednesday night to discuss gun violence. She told survivors of the Parkland shooting that she was “fighting” for them and defended herself by saying people who are “nuts” should not be allowed to buy guns.

                      Many in the crowd of about 7,000 people booed her, and Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, who was on stage beside her, challenged her.

                      “I understand that you’re standing up for the NRA … but you just told this group of people that you’re standing up for them,” he said. “You are not standing up for them until you say, ‘I want less weapons.’”

                      Loesch said during her CPAC appearance that she needed a security detail to exit the town hall because people rushed the stage and threatened her.


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                      Trump Set The Tone For A Year Of 'Hate-Filled Rhetoric', Amnesty Says


                          Human rights have taken a back seat this year, and Amnesty International is laying a good share of it at the feet of Mr. Donald Trump, who joins some other unsavory leaders in "callously undermining the rights of millions" with hateful rhetoric and actions.

                          The report by Amnesty International is over 400 pages long, and it covers human rights abuses that takes our world backwards as it wipes out decades of human rights protections that were hard won.

                          The good that has come out of this, is that many more of us are protesting, marching, and calling out our leaders. World wide, we are seeing a new wave of social activism.

                          Here in the USA we are also seeing an extensive investigation into alleged reasons for how Donny got elected. Why is he leading the charge for abuse of human rights and removal of protections for the American people? Will we be able to oust him? Many believe so!

                          Most Americans seem willing to carry the need for change into the midterm elections. We will change our Congress into a more people oriented governing body! We will vote out the haters, the abusers, those who have been undermining our rights.

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                          The US government's polarizing decision to ban travel from six Muslim-majority countries set the tone for a year of "hate-filled rhetoric" that fanned the flames of bigotry and persecution, Amnesty International alleged in its annual audit of human rights around the world.

                          Donald Trump's effort to restrict travel to the US was "transparently hateful" and listed the US President alongside authoritarian leaders like Russian President Vladimir Putin and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte as global threats to human rights.

                          "The specters of hatred and fear now loom large in world affairs, and we have few governments standing up for human rights in these disturbing times," said Amnesty International's Secretary General, Salil Shetty, in a statement accompanying the report.
                            "Instead, leaders such as al-Sisi, Duterte, Maduro, Putin, Trump and Xi are callously undermining the rights of millions," he said, referring to the presidents of Egypt, the Philippines, Venezuela, Russia, the US and China.
                            n its report, Amnesty criticized the willingness of world leaders to cry "fake news" -- a phrase popularized by Trump -- in their attacks on the media. It also attacked the "weak and inconsistent" response of social media companies to a wave of abuse against women and minorities.

                            Against this dystopian backdrop, campaigners had nevertheless mobilized in greater numbers, Amnesty said, citing as positive developments the Women's March in the US, the #MeToo campaign against the sexual harassment of women and the steps towards marriage equality in Taiwan.

                            "2017 showed us what happens when people amass in great numbers to say they will not accept the injustices they face," Shetty told reporters at a news conference on Wednesday in Washington ahead of the report's launch. He suggested the movements had ignited "a new era of social activism."

                            "There's no better example of that than what we've seen with the kids in this country standing up against gun violence in the last few days," Shetty added, referring to actions of American high school students who are lobbying for stricter gun control measures in the wake of a deadly shooting in Parkland, Florida.


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                            The Kids In America


                                Children in Europe don't need metal detectors, armed guards, reinforced glass..............

                                Or worry about being executed by a mass murderer....

                                The answer is no............America cannot say the same.

                                It is that simple.

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                                The Black Rifle: The AR-15 "A Military Style Weapon". PERIOD.


                                    JUST TO BE CLEAR...........FROM SMALL ARMS REVIEW

                                    The Colt AR-15 is a lightweight, 5.56X45mm, magazine-fed, gas-operated semi-automatic rifle. It was designed to be manufactured with the extensive use of aluminum alloys and synthetic materials. It is a semi-automatic version of the United States military M-16 Rifle. Colt's Manufacturing Company currently uses the AR-15 trademark for its line of semi-automatic AR-15 rifles that are marketed to civilian and law-enforcement customers.



                                    Not a Member of the Armed Forces

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                                    John Oliver On Parkland School Shooting


                                        John Oliver On Parkland School Shooting

                                        "The people acting with the most maturity in this horrifying situation

                                        aren't even old enough to say the word 'bullshit' in front of their parents"

                                        John Oliver applauded the courageous students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas

                                        High School for stepping into the forefront of the gun control debate.

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