Idaho school district bought guns in case of school shooting

And not one of these either. Get it? Because Idaho.

And not one of these either. Get it? Because Idaho.

All joking aside the Garden Valley School District in Idaho has purchased an undisclosed amount of firearms and are have said to have trained six of their staff in case a school shooting were to happen there. While I do support the 2nd amendment this is not a good idea.

First off the article states that it takes 45 minutes for police to get to the school which would be a somewhat reasonable argument however when I looked up the schools on Google Maps this is what I found.

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Granted I don’t live even remotely close to Garden Valley so if I have the wrong location or the police department is only an annex station by all means correct me.

But what it really comes down to is two things. The first is unless they served in the military or in law enforcement there’s no amount of training that can prepare school employees for an active shooter situation unless they continue to undergo ongoing training and even then there’s still no guarantee that armed teachers would cause more good than harm. Secondly, and this is the most important part, if there are guns in a school, no matter how secure they may be, it can become a temptation for would be shooters from within the school. If a kid is determined enough, and we’ve seen some abnormally determined kids over the years, they will find their way to the guns come hell or high water.

New Colorado law makes schools liable for school shootings

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Recently the state of Colorado passed a law that would make the schools themselves financially liable for school shootings.

Lawsuits would be limited to $350,000 per victim or $900,000 per incident when there are serious injuries or deaths from violence and the school is accused of negligence.

This legislation was born out of one incident and that was the shooting at Arapahoe High School where Karl Pierson shot and killed Claire Davis before taking his own life. Claire Davis’ parents believe that the school knew Pierson was a threat and failed to do anything about it.

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper had this to say…

“Certainly for our children to learn and to grow, we need to make sure that we ensure their safety,” Hickenlooper said moments before signing the bill at the state Capitol.

While I feel for the friends and families of all school shooting victims this law will do nothing to keep children safe. It is nothing more than what I call ‘feel good legislation’ devised mainly to look good in the press and to get politicians re-elected. For example see my posts on Roy Cooper and Richard Blumenthal.

Think of all the school shooters since the late 90s. Could any of them have been deemed a threat by the school before their acts of violence? Only peripherally at best. That opens up a whole other can of worms. Now schools could go overboard in naming students as potential threats. That in turn could lead to more lawsuits by parents whose precious snowflakes were deemed threats.

Also does this law hold the school liable when the shooters are from outside the school like an Adam Lanza or a Charles Carl Roberts IV? Colorado has had at least two of these incidents where adult shooters Bruco Eastwood and Duane Morrison fired on schools.

In my opinion this law will only cause more problems and will not make our children any safer.

30-year-old school shooting has modern connections

A then 14-year-old James Alan Kearbey at the time of his arrest.

A then 14-year-old James Alan Kearbey at the time of his arrest.

I had never heard of the school shooting at Goddard Junior High School in Goddard, Kansas, until recently. Close friend of the site Denise sent me this article detailing the shooting 30 years later. The shooting happened on January, 21st 1985. I was 16 at the time. I don’t ever recall the news of it making it out to the East Coast of that time unlike today when we hear about events like these almost as they’re happening.

14-year-old James Alan Kearbey entered the school that morning armed with a .308 rife and a .357 Magnum. Before it was over he had shot and killed Principal James McGee and wounded three others before he surrendered to police. Much like modern-day school shootings there were claims of bullying however investigations would show that Kearbey was a tough acting loner obsessed with guns. Other students have said that he was difficult to get along with. Much like the Jonesboro shooting Kansas had no laws at the time where Kearbey could be charged as an adult. As you can see in the photo Kearbey wore a long coat and sunglasses, instead of making him look like a bad ass he looks more like a boy playing dress up in his father’s closet. Ten years after his release he found himself in trouble with the law again on firearms and domestic violence charges, not that unlike Kenny Bartley who was the Campbell County High gunman.

So it seems that even 30 years ago there were people of my generation who felt that they were entitled victims who could only cowardly solve there problems through violence. Not many as there are today but still some.

Shooting at school in Estonia leaves teacher dead

Winter Forest flag of Estonia

Winter Forest flag of Estonia

Recently there was a school shooting in the Baltic nation of Estonia that left a teacher dead. A 15-year-old student shot and killed his teacher in the middle of a class with his father’s legally owned handgun. According to the news this is the first of its kind in the country.

In Estonia guns can be legally purchased but each gun has to be registered. A little more restrictive than the US but not by much and very liberal by European standards.

So much like I did in my post about the Russian school shooting earlier this year and in my post about Tommy Guns I have to say that it’s not access to guns that are to blame for school shootings in the US but the sense of entitlement that too many parents are instilling into their kids. And I don’t even own a gun nor do I plan to.

Shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School

Zoe Galasso

Zoe Galasso

As I’m sure most have you have heard there has been a shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Washington. What’s being reported so far is that one person and the gunman are both dead with varying reports stating that multiple people have been injured. The gunman reportedly took his own life.

In these types of situations it’s better to wait until the dust settles so we have all the information. Usually in school shootings early information turns out to be misinformation. Having said that it probably won’t be until at least tomorrow before I post more about the shooting.

This is not the first school shooting to happen in the Seattle area this year as in June of this year Aaron Ybarra opened fire at Seattle Pacific University killing student Paul Lee.

Sometimes these shooters are looking for fame or infamy with their actions. With the increased frequency that these kind of shootings keep happening more than likely their names will be lost to history.

UPDATE: The dead gunman has been identified as Jaylen Fryberg.

UPDATE 10/25/2014: Fryberg was a popular athlete who was even named his school’s homecoming prince. Reports are stating that the girl he shot and killed was a romantic interest who spurned his advances. Somehow I get the feeling we’ll still hear how he was ‘bullied’ somehow. The deceased girl’s identity has not yet been made public.

Two of Fryberg’s victims that were wounded were two of his own cousins, Andrew Fryberg, 15, and Nate Hatch, 14. Both were shot in the head and are in serious and critical condition respectively. It’s one thing to have to deal with when there’s a killer in your family, it’s another when the victims are your family as well.

UPDATE II 10/25/2014: The female victim who was fatally shot by Fryberg has been identified as Zoe Galasso. A GoFundMe page has been set up in order to help with her funeral costs.

The two girls who were wounded are 14-year-olds Shaylee Chuckulnaskit and Gia Soriano. Both are still in Intensive care after also being shot in the head.

My thoughts and prayers go out to all the friends and family of the victims involved.

UPDATE 10/27/2014: I was saddened to read that 14-year-old Gia Soriano passed away yesterday. If anyone knows of a charity or fund that has been set up in her name please let me know in the comments.

UPDATE 11/3/2014: 14-year-old Shaylee Chuckulnaskit died from her injuries this past Friday.

Also here is a list of all the GoFundMe sites for the victims to help deal with either medical or sadly, funeral expenses…

Shaylee Chuckulnaskit: www.gofundme.com/shayleeadellechuck

Andrew Fryberg: www.gofundme.com/gakcno

Zoe Raine Galasso: www.gofundme.com/ga9oao

Nate Hatch: www.gofundme.com/gbkdg4

Gia Soriano: www.gofundme.com/giasoriano

UPDATE 11/8/2014: More sadness to relay as 15-year-old Andrew Fryberg died on Firday. The remaining victim, Nate Hatch, was released from the hospital earlier this week.

Speaking of victims I’m sick of media reports referring to the shooter as a victim. Someone who kills 3 people before taking the coward’s way out doesn’t get to be called a victim.

The Arapahoe High School shooter was either bullied or held a grudge. Which one was it?

Arapahoe High School ahooting victim Claire Davis

Arapahoe High School ahooting victim Claire Davis

I originally posted about the Arapahoe High School shooting in Centennial, Colorado here. That’s when, back in December of 2013. 18-year-old Karl Pierson stormed the school with a shotgun, shot and killed 17-year-old Clare Davis then turned the gun on himself. At the time of the shooting his motive was said to have been that he held a grudge against his debate team coach and was actively looking for him in order to kill him.

Recently the Arapahoe County Sheriffs Department released their report on the shooting. In the report it says that Pierson hoped the school shooting would start a conversation about bullying because Pierson claimed he was bullied in middle school. Too many people are willing to take that statement at face value. If you do you’re taking the word of a self-admitted psychopath. Let’s not forget that Pierson was said to have had this obsession with the need to always be right. You don’t develop that kind of personality trait overnight. While Pierson may have seen it as bullying it sounds more like that other people thought he was a jerk. Not to mention that I doubt Claire Davis was his bully. She probably didn’t even know him. And once again the conversation does not turns toward bullying. Every article I’ve read from about the report talks about identifying the next shooter before it happens. If anything school shooters just make the bullying problem worse.

Pierson was just another narcissistic, ego-maniacal coward who blamed everyone else for his own failings. To excuse his actions in any way is reprehensible.

T.J. Lane escape wrap-up

T.J. Lane

T.J. Lane

Just posting some news tidbits in the aftermath of T.J. Lane’s brief escape from prison.

Lane was in possession of a pitchfork at the time of his capture but what I found more interesting is that prior to his arrest he was disciplined for having Pokemon cards in his cell among other more heinous infractions. The big badass can’t get by without his toys apparently.

Lane is now being housed in the maximum security Ohio State Penitentiary. From what I understand the facility he escaped from was minimum to medium security. He’s in there with the worst of the worst from Ohio. I wonder how tough he thinks he is now.

Chardon High shooter escapes from prison (CAPTURED)

T.J. Lane

T.J. Lane

Out of all the school shooters who are currently serving prison sentences T.J. Lane is probably the last one you’d want walking around free. In 2012 Lane opened fire inside the cafeteria of Chardon High School in Chardon, Ohio. WHen the smoke cleared 3 students were dead. Lane eventually pleaded guilty to murder charges and was sentenced to life without parole. At his sentencing he removed his short which revealed a t-shirt underneath that he had scrawled the word ‘killer’ on it then went on a vulgar tirade about his victims.

“This hand that pulled the trigger that killed your sons now masturbates the memory. Fuck all of you.”

Lane never showed any remorse and has been kept in isolation.

Tonight reports are coming from Lima, Ohio that say Lane was one of three that escaped from the Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution in Lima, Ohio.

At last report Lane was at large along with another inmate, 45-year-old Clifford Opperud, who was serving time for kidnapping and aggravated robbery. Neither man is said to be armed and both are wearing prison uniforms.

“All available troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol have been joined by Allen County Sheriff’s deputies and local area law enforcement in establishing a perimeter and searching the area. A Patrol helicopter with advanced infrared detection equipment has been deployed and is engaged in the search as well. The public is encouraged to report any suspicious persons or possible sightings by calling 911.”

With any luck Lima police or the Highway Patrol will catch this coward before he has the chance to harm anyone else. I can see Lane wanting to hurt more people if he were to get his hands on any kind of weapon.

Thanks to Steve Huff for the tip.

UPDATE 9/12/2014: Lane was apprehended five hours after his escape still in the area near the prison. Luckily no one was injured in his apprehension. No details yet on exactly how Lane was captured but I hope he resisted arrest.

The Journal of the SPU shooter

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Late last month a King County, Washington judge made the journal of the Seattle Pacific University shooter, Aaron Ybarra, public. In shootings of this nature there’s almost inevitable a journal and they almost always appear like every known school shooter is reading from the same script. Ybarra is no exception.

In the first part of the released journal Ybarra talks about how he underwent mental healthcare for two and a half years and how he felt it didn’t help. Considering he went into it on day one determined that it wouldn’t help him it’s no surprise. You can’t be helped if you don’t want to be. He also talked about how he only underwent treatment because his friends and family kept urging him to. If everyone you know is telling you to get help maybe there is actually something wrong with you.

I’ll also remind the anti-pharmaceutical Luddites that Ybarra went off his meds before attacking SPU. That doesn’t matter to them anyway because they like to play both sides of the argument. If he was on meds it was because of the meds. If he went of his meds it was because of the meds. They are the living embodiment of trying to have your cake and eat it too.

Next, Ybarra talks about all the people he wanted to get revenge on for perceived slights against him and his family. None of whom, as far as I can tell went to SPU and none of them were Paul Lee, the man who Ybarra killed. Like most school shooters Ybarra is just another coward lashing out violently against people who had nothing to do with his own inadequacies and over-inflated sense of entitlement.

Then Ybarra notated about how he scouted out SPU and how everyone was so nice and helpful to him. You think that may cause someone to reconsider their actions but not Ybarra. Like most school shooters he’s just a selfish punk looking to make a name for himself.

Lastly, on the day of the shooting he writes about how he used to feel bad about the people killed during school shootings but now he’s being guided by Eric Harris And Cho Seung-Hui. Like those who came before him Ybarra is just another unoriginal loser unable to cope with the real world.

While some may think that this is a good way to make a name for themselves in a few years his name will be forgotten. We may remember the Jesse James’ of the crime world but how many outlaws were there whose names have been forgotten to history?
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Guns in the media and the SPU shooting

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Apparently it’s not the media’s job to inform anymore but to incite. It’s not about reporting the facts anymore, it’s about how to get as many pageviews and clickthroughs as possible and the best way to do that is to piss people off. For example, take an article from the Seattle Times about Seattle Pacific University shooter Aaron Ybarra.

The headline from the article is “SPU shooting suspect once had AK-47, 7 other firearms at home”. The article constantly mentions that Ybarra’s family owned the guns but not him. The article also goes on to state that the guns in question were stolen from the home and none of the guns mentioned were the one that Ybarra used when he killed SPU student Paul Lee.

The article also obsesses over the fact that one of the guns owned by the Ybarra family was an AK-47. I don’t know why the AK-47 keeps getting demonized just because it’s one of the most mass-produced guns in the entire world. It’s the Toyota Camry of guns. It is no more or less deadly than any other gun but for some reason the media has this obsession over the AK-47.

What really gets me is that while the article obsesses over guns that had no part whatsoever in the SPU shooting it totally buries the lede in the article.

Aaron Ybarra and his family members kept eight firearms in a safe at their Mountlake Terrace home, even though Ybarra had been hospitalized in 2010 after hearing the voice of Columbine killer Eric Harris telling him to hurt people, documents say.

Emphasis mine.

So let’s blame the shooting on guns and not the fact that he’s a psychotic mutant.

While I consider myself to be a centrist on the issue of guns, having guns in the house is not like having some kind of radioactive element in the house that infects everybody with wanting to kill disease by being exposed to it.