Dunbar Village gang rapists want their sentences further reduced

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By on February 18, 2018
Dunbar Village gang rapists want their sentences further reduced
Jakaris Taylor

In non-school shooting, but equally as disturbing, news, the Dunbar Village gang rapists are back in the news. In case you’ve never heard of this story back in 2007, a group of four teens committed the home invasion of a mother and her son in the Dunbar Village housing project in West Palm Beach, Florida. The quartet not only gang raped the woman but they forced her to have sex with her 12-year-old son. The four tried setting their victims on fire, but when they couldn’t find a lighter they doused their victims in cleaning fluids to try to remove any DNA evidence. Three of them were sentenced to life and the fourth was sentenced to 30 years after turning on his friends. Two of the suspects, Jakaris Taylor and Nathan Walker, had their life sentences reduced to 60 years after the Supreme Court ruled that life sentences for teens were unconstitutional.

Of course, being reduced from a life sentence to a 60 year sentence just isn’t enough for a pair of rapists. Now their attorney is arguing for an even further reduced sentence. As usual, their argument contains the same old tired tropes…

“What the U.S Supreme Court has said is that juveniles need to be treated just as that, as juveniles. That their brain is still growing in essence that their ability to understand clearly right from wrong and control their actions is not fully formed. Their brain is not fully formed when they’re teenagers,” said Defense Attorney Gregg Lerman.

Same old, same old. If teenagers don’t allegedly have the brain capacity to realize that gang rape, forced incest, and trying to set someone on fire was wrong then they shouldn’t have the ability to dress themselves or use a fork without stabbing themselves in the eye. If anything their life sentences should be reinstated.

“They need to be punished. They need to be sentenced to prison time, but there should be some opportunity to show that they can be rehabilitated and be put back into society,” said Lerman.

What does it say to their victims to put them back into society? Their victims have to live their lives with the horrible memory of this atrocity. They shouldn’t have to worry about their assailants being back out on the streets and running into them again. Kids or not, these rapists are nothing short of monsters and don’t deserve to breathe the air outside of a prison ever again.

National school walkout planned for Columbine anniversary

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By on February 18, 2018

UPDATE: Other groups are proposing a similar walkout but, for March 14th. I’m more comfortable with this date.

National school walkout planned for Columbine anniversary

In the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, an anonymous Twitter account and a Change.org petition are calling for school students to walk out of class in order to protest the gun violence that continues to plague our nation’s schools. To be honest, I have no problem with this and I’m optimistic to see kids actually trying to do something to try to prevent school violence.

The problem I have is the date they chose. April 20th, 2018, the 19th anniversary of Columbine. I would suggest that whatever entity or organization is trying to coordinate this event pick a different date. Of course, I understand the significance of the date, but what the organizers may not understand is that April 20th is the high (un)holy day for would-be copycat shooters. I’ve lost count of the number of plots and attacks that were planned for the anniversary of Columbine before the plotters were arrested. While to my knowledge no successful attack has ever been carried out on April 20th since Columbine, this proposed walkout may present too tempting of a target for a potential shooter.

If this movement were to gain nationwide traction, I implore you to move the walkout to a different date. Even then, so many students congregating outside of the country’s schools may be a hazard regardless of the date.

In defense of DCF and the FBI

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By on February 18, 2018

In defense of DCF and the FBI

(Special guest post by Lady Gray)

Where to start with all the things wrong with this article? Especially the assertions by Cruz’s defense attorneys that DCF, the FBI, the school system, local law enforcement and the local mental health center are all waaaay more to blame than he is. His defense is woefully misguided, and apparently they want to ensure the rest of the public is misguided as well.

First off, DCF did nothing wrong or different in this case than they would have done in any other. Most states’ DCFs operate on what is known as “a preponderance of the evidence”, meaning a reasonable person, presented with the same facts, would most likely come to the same conclusion. Their investigation of Cruz in 2016 found him to be living at home with his mother, receiving services at the mental health center, with no history of suicidal ideation or attempts, no criminal history, and no current gun ownership. DCF had no reason to do anything further.

Secondly, even if the FBI had forwarded the tip to local law enforcement, there really was no reason for them to act on that report, because, again, Cruz had no criminal history and no documented history of threats of violence. In fact, had they spoken to him about it, it may have inflated his ego even more and/or pushed him to live up to his own sick sense of importance, being under scrutiny by the FBI and all.

Thirdly, it’s interesting that the attention whore of a headline screams “Cutting”, yet almost no mention is made of it and no details are provided. My background in psychology tells me if this did happen, it was either a petulant, look-what-you-made-me-do act directed toward his girlfriend, or even a look-at-what-a-tough-guy-I-am display.

The best, and most truthful, paragraph in the entire lengthy article is the very last one, where Broward county sheriff Scott Isreal stated the only one to blame here is Nikolas Cruz.

That’s all you need to know.

Gun store that sold weapon to school shooter closes up shop

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By on February 17, 2018

Gun store that sold weapon to school shooter closes up shop

The owners of the gun store who sold the AR-15 to Nikolas Cruz have closed their store and have withdrawn from the public. Reports are saying they’ve gone into hiding, but to me, that implies they’ve done something wrong. In my opinion they haven’t and in fact have done everything right.

The owners of the store are “distraught over the tremendous sense of responsibility in this situation”. Only an inhuman monster wouldn’t feel some kind of remorse in this situation, but their hands were tied. Cruz gave off no indication what he was buying the gun for and the background check didn’t throw up any red flags.

I don’t blame them for concealing themselves from the public. In this day of swatting, doxxing and social media lynch mobs, It wouldn’t take much for someone to try to exact some kind of unwarranted but catastrophic revenge.

Am I saying that all gun stores should close? While I wish they would, they are still legal businesses and have the right to continue to do business. However, I hope the store owners have closed the shop for the right reasons and aren’t just waiting to set up shop somewhere else once the furor dies down.

Kenny Bartley arrested again, and he’s out again

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By on February 17, 2018
Kenny Bartley arrested again, and he's out again
Kenny Bartley

Last week I posted how an arrest warrant had been issued for Kenny Bartley. Bartley was once convicted of the 2005 shooting and killing of Principal Ken Bruce at Campbell County High School in Tennessee. In 2014, that conviction was overturned and Bartley was convicted on the lesser charge of reckless homicide. He was sentenced to time served, given a pat on the head and let loose. Since that time he’s been in and out of jail for various reasons and a child died while in his care.

Earlier, this week Bartley was arrested and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor offense for criminal trespassing for breaking into a Knoxville Salvation Army office. His sentence once again? You guessed it. Time served.

Bartley pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 30 days in jail, suspending all but the time he has currently served.

I thought surely they didn’t let Bartley walk again. They did, and don’t call me Shirley. According to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, Bartley is currently not a resident of their jail.

This guy gets more breaks than a Kit-Kat bar. How many more will he get before he hurts someone else?

For the last time, psychiatric drugs do NOT cause school shootings

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By on February 17, 2018

So I go to the vast cultural void that is Facebook, and I see people posting memes and bullshit about mass shooters and psychiatric drugs. You know, things like this…

People who post bullshit like this are the reason that seeking professional mental healthcare in this country is so stigmatized. You are all Luddites who are just as bad as anti-vaxxers, if not worse. You people, and please take that in the most derogatory way possible, are a bigger cause of mass shootings than the drugs you demonize. You are a big reason why people who are suffering in silence every day won’t go to get the help they need. Some of you may as well have pulled the trigger yourself.

Hell, let’s even analyze the pitiful meme I posted that’s being passed around the world’s restroom wall that is Facebook. I’m going to focus on the top row because those four are school shooters I recognize. From the top left, Dylan Klebold from Columbine was not on any kind of psychiatric drug. His partner, Eric Harris was on Luvox but he’s only half the equation. You can’t blame Columbine on psych drugs if only one of the shooters was taking them. Next is Cho Seung-Hui from Virginia Tech. No drugs, prescription or otherwise, were found in his system. And of course, the little troll on the end is Adam Lanza from the Sandy Hook shootings. While he had a history of psychiatric problems, no drugs were found in his body either. I’ll even give you a bonus one. Stephen Kazmierczak, who ten years to the day before the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, killed 5 at Northern Illinois University. He had been taking Prozac but had stopped taking it three days before the shooting. However, Prozac doesn’t leave your system quick enough for there to be that much of an emotional change.

Then again, that’s another problem with your deadly conspiracy theory. You can’t make up your minds whether or not being on meds causes violence or being off of them does. And yes, it is a conspiracy theory. I defy you to find a peer-reviewed medical study that connects medications to school shootings. Not a link from WND or Free Republic and not one from Natural News or Huffington Post either since you dolts seem to run the political spectrum. Try not using the term Big Pharma either. You might as well say jet fuel can’t melt steel beams.

I was going through the archives of this site and I came across this post I made five years ago about a coalition who believed antidepressants caused school shootings. The coalition was made up of gun rights advocates, Scientologists and physician-skeptics. So that means people who shoot themselves while cleaning their guns, people who think essential oils can cure cancer, and a cult that believes evil aliens inhabit your body and will get rid of them for a nominal fee think that medicine is bad. That is the company you keep.

Again, you all need to learn the phrase ‘Correlation does not imply causation’.

In conclusion, you’re an anti-science Luddite who has no compassion for those with mental illness. You should feel bad, you’re a horrible person, and may God have mercy on your soul.

Thanks to Nick for the tip.

Lawyer: School shooter will plead guilty if death penalty ditched

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By on February 17, 2018

Lawyer: School shooter will plead guilty if death penalty ditched

There’s a lot of news to dissect about the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and I vow to get to it all in due time. However, one story came out today I definitely want to comment on right the hell now.

According to Nikolas Cruz’s attorney, public defender Howard Finkelstein, Cruz will plead guilty to the 17 murders he committed, if the death penalty is taken off the table. However, before we get to that, I also have to comment on the tactic the defense attorney is taking with Cruz.

“I am overwhelmingly saddened that every system failed. The school system, the mental heath system, DCF, law enforcement and the FBI,” said Broward County Public Defender Howard Finkelstein, whose office is representing Cruz. “Because we failed to stop it, and we could have, we should not kill the person who behaved as we feared but ignored.”

Be that as it may, that doesn’t change the fact Cruz killed 17 people just for the sake of killing. Whatever system may or may not have failed him, he’s ultimately the one who pulled the trigger. He is responsible for his actions. He knew it was wrong and knew it was illegal and he did it anyway. For those reasons alone he is the textbook candidate for the death penalty. What other punishment is there to mete out the justice his victims deserve? My hope is the prosecution will not even consider offering this assclown a deal and fervently pursue his execution.

The only drawback to the death penalty is it will still be at least 20 years before he’s actually executed, filing his appeals while his victims don’t have that luxury.

(Thanks to Lady Gray for the assist.)

A gun is a coward’s weapon

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By on February 15, 2018

A gun is a coward's weapon

I’m done. For 18 years I stood up for the rights of ‘responsible’ gun owners but no more. After yesterday’s school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17, mostly children, dead, I reached my breaking point. While I realize that shootings like this are part of the plane crash principle, where you only hear about the planes that crash and not the ones that make it safely, if there had been three plane crashes with massive losses of life since the beginning of the year, you bet your ass there would be calls for regulation against the airline industry. Yet when it comes to guns we just throw our hands up and go ‘What can we do, it’s in the Constitution.’ You know what else was in the Constitution: slavery, prohibition, and denying women the right to vote but all of those have been changed. Now it’s time to change the Second Amendment which hasn’t been changed in centuries. I’m not talking about gun control, I’m talking about gun eradication. Sorry to you responsible gun owners, but the bad apples have spoiled the bunch. No grandfather clauses and no exceptions. But you hunt? Too bad. Welcome to bow season motherfucker.

And don’t give me that shit about Nazi Germany stripping their citizens of weapons. You’re not living in Nazi Germany. This is the modern-day and if you can’t recognize that the landscape has changed since then, you’re an idiot. “But what if we need to defend ourselves against the government?” You mean the government that hasn’t come after you in over 200 years? Bitch, please. If the government wanted to become a dictatorship there’s no amount of guns that compares to those owned by the US Military. Plus you sound you like should join one of those whack job militia groups that hole up in the woods. Speaking of militias you’ll say that the Constitution guarantees that we’re entitled to a well-regulated militia. What do you think the National Guard is?

I still believe that the main causes of school shootings are lack of sufficient mental healthcare, the stigma of seeking psychological help, and the over-inflated sense of entitlement these cowards have. But what else do they all have in common? The gun. But since most of you also think that healthcare isn’t a right and should be expensive, fewer people who need it aren’t getting the treatment they should.

Also, some of you thinks the solution to that is to arm teachers. That’s one of the stupidest ideas I’ve ever heard. Sure, let’s put even more guns in our schools. I’m sure teachers will act like perfect automatons when it comes to the handling of firearms and not one will be lost or misused.

The gun is not a multipurpose tool. It’s only purpose is to destroy whatever is put in front of it. Another argument I hear is that baseball bats are used to kill people and they’re still legal. Baseball bats can’t be swung 45 times a minute or used from a distance of hundreds of feet away or from a window that is ten stories up.

I’m also sick of the good guy with a gun myth. Where do you think most bad guys with guns get theirs? Either purchased legally or stolen from a ‘responsible’ gun owner. Let’s also talk about the overly used ‘Guns don’t kill people’ trope. While it does take a person to pull the trigger of a gun to kill someone, the gun makes it a whole lot easier to do so. Then there’s the ‘If guns are outlawed only outlaws will have guns’ trope. You’ve got to start somewhere and it seems to be working ok for Australia, who banned guns after the Port Arthur massacre and has seen a steady decline in homicides since enacting the legislation.

Do I think that police and military should be disarmed? No. Don’t be ridiculous. However, most of the police and military go through a career’s worth of training to learn how to handle their weapons in highly volatile situations. While they’re not always perfect, they do a hell of a lot better job than most armed civilians who sometimes can’t even clean their guns without shooting themselves or a loved one.

Have I pissed you off? I don’t care. You’re clinging to a belief that died when the US became a military superpower. You no longer have to worry about King George trying to tax your tea. Your thinking is fossilized and belongs in the dustbin of history. Want to unfriend me? Fine, then obviously our friendship wasn’t that strong. Want to stop reading my site? That’s fine too. Have fun wrapping yourself in your comfortable little bubbles on Facebook where you only commiserate with people who think exactly like you. God forbid you should step outside of your narrow world view. Call me a liberal communist if you want. I was registered Republican until 2016 whereas now I’m officially unaffiliated with any party. They both suck for their own reasons.

In summation, guns suck and serve no purpose in modern society except for inflicting death.

Shooting at Florida high school leaves 17 dead (UPDATES ONGOING)

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By on February 14, 2018

UPDATE 7:10 PM CT: The Daily Mail is hinting that Cruz had some kind of history of aimal abuse. While it wouldn’t surprise me in the least, I’d like to see further confirmation on this.

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UPDATE Oh FFS: Fox News is saying that Cruz has ISIS connections. That’s funny for a supposed ISIS guy who posted the following on Instagram…

In 2015, he posted a screenshot of a Google search for the phrase, “what does allahu akbar.” He then wrote a caption that included an anti-Muslim slur, “Well at least we now know what it means when a sand durka says “allahu Akbar” ??????”

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UPDATE 6:35 PM CT: On my Twitter account I said that the trigger babies on Twitter are probably going to fawn all over this assclown since he was taken into custody. See here about their admiration of Aurora theater gunman James Holmes. Now, Buzzfeed is reporting that Cruz complained about bullying and talked about guns a lot. Before the pearl clutching bullying criers go to give him milk and cookies, Buzzfeed also says that Cruz was expelled from the school for disciplinary problems. If he’s not a columbiner, I’ll eat my hat.

Buzzfeed also says there are teachers and students among the 17 dead.

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UPDATE 5:25 PM CT: CNN is reporting that law enforcement sources say there are 16 dead.

USA Today Reports 17 are dead.

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UPDATE 4:41 PM CT: The gunman has been identified as Nicolas Cruz, or Nikolas Cruz.

Heavy.com is reporting on Cruz’s social media activity and guess what. He’s one of those tough guys that likes to pose with guns and knives. Seems like the alt-right type too. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was a columbiner too.

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UPDATE 4:13 PM CT: CNN is reporting that there have been two fatalities and that the gunman is a former student.

While this is probably not the time, ABC is already touting Everytown’s inflated statistic of how there have allegedly been 18 school shootings so far this year. Just a few weeks ago they said the number was 11. There have been three.

ABC is also reporting that the gunman is 18-years-old.

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UPDATE 3:42 PM CT: Fatalities have been reported in the shooting as US Senator Bill Nelson told MSNBC that there were multiple deaths at the scene. The number of injured has been lowered to 14 which makes me wonder if the fatalities are the six remaining victims who were previously reported injured.

Also of note, the gunman has been captured but no other information about the shooter has been released.

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Shooting at Florida high school leaves 20 injured

This story is still developing, but what we know so far is there was an active shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Reports have varied from 20 to 50 wounded, but most sources say the number is closer to 20 than 50, but that could always change.

Frustratingly, the gunman is still at large.

While each shooting that has happened in schools so far this year have been serious, this has officially gotten ridiculous. At this rate we’ll have at least 24 school shootings this year.

I’ll post more details as they become available.

Mother gave guns to would-be school shooter to “let him grow up”

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By on February 14, 2018

Mother gave guns to would-be school shooter to "let him grow up"

Back in late January, just days after the shooting at Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky, that left two dead, a cache of weapons was found in the bedroom of a 14-year-old student of Uniontown Area High School in Pennsylvania. Police were tipped off to the juvenile suspect after another student recorded the suspect making a threat against the school. Whenever one of these stories breaks you always wonder where these kids get the guns from. Well, wonder no more.

The boy’s mother, 45-year-old Lenora Ann Hendrix, has been charged with knowingly and intentionally delivering or providing a firearm to a minor. When asked why she would give a 14-year-old an arsenal of weapons she allegedly replied to teach him responsibility and to “let him grow up.” Guess what, lady. He was neither responsible nor grown up.

While a parent being charged for giving their kids guns that would be used in a school shooting is rare, it’s not unheard of. On the other side of the Keystone State, in Montgomery County, Michelle Cossey was sentenced to four months in prison and five years probation for illegally obtaining guns for her home-schooled son Dillon who plotted an attack against Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School near Philadelphia.

I understand gun culture is different in rural America than in it is in urban areas. I understand allowing one of your children to possibly have a rifle to go hunting if they have an adult to go hunting with to teach them how to responsibly handle a gun. However, allowing your son to keep a semi-automatic rifle, a shotgun, two machetes, throwing knives, two lever-action rifles, a revolver, a crossbow with arrows, and bulk ammunition in his room only teaches him to be selfish and violent.