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One study isn't 'irrefutable proof' that we should arm teachers

I wonder which well regulated militia this gentleman belongs to

Speaking of the Right getting things wrong about school shootings, because we were, another right-wing pundit claims that they have the answer to preventing school shootings. A Townhall columnist claims that a study done by the Crime Prevention Research Center shows that schools that allow their staff to be armed have not had a school shooting. This sounds suspiciously like a study where they already had their conclusion and worked their way backward.

To add some reality into the mix we first have to look at the Crime Prevention Research Center. That sounds like a nice and neutral research center, doesn’t it? Actually, it’s a pro-gun group that’s headed by Dr. John R. Lott Jr. who’s been accused of allegedly taking money from the NRA and gun manufacturers to fund his ‘research’. So, it doesn’t appear that any of the Crime Prevention Research Center’s is what I would call unbiased.

Getting back to the Townhall article, the columnist states that this study is irrefutable proof that teachers should be armed. Cue Inigo Montoya.

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It’s easily refutable because it’s a prime example of correlation does not equal causation. While school shootings have been on the rise, the odds of one happening at any particular school are extremely high. Just because a school shooting hasn’t happened at one of these schools, which I have to imagine is in a very small minority,  doesn’t mean it can’t happen. There have been school shootings at schools with armed security and police officers. If school shooters aren’t dissuaded by gun carrying professionals they’re not going to be dissuaded by a bunch of hick teachers with minimal training if any.

Since I’ve already memed this post, this entire study and article can be summed up by that time on The Simpsons where Lisa tries to explain to Homer about logical fallacies.

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Just like arming teachers.

The Real Crime Podcast Episode 5-A Stopped School Shooting

In this week’s episode, Trench talks about a school shooting that almost happened and one of the most prolific MySpace predators among other news.

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Yesterday, there was almost a school shooting at a high school in Portland, Oregon. First off, I’m not really surprised after two high-profile school shootings like the ones at UNCC in North Carolina and the STEM School in Colorado. After major shootings like those, there tend to be some copycat attempts. Secondly, while it obviously appeared in the national media I can’t be the only person who didn’t hear about this until today. If you heard about this incident in the news, please leave a comment letting me know when you first heard about it.

In Portland, 18-year-old Angel Granados Dias was said to have entered into Parkrose High School wearing a black trench coat *sigh* and carrying a loaded shotgun. Dias is said to be a student of the school so you think he might have known better to bring a gun into school when the security guard/football coach is a former Division One football player and NFL assistant. Keanon Lowe is a former wide receiver for the University of Oregon and was also an analyst for the Eagles and 49ers. Lowe reportedly tackled Dias to the ground and subdued him.

There has been no motive reported so far other than Dias allegedly wanted others to ‘feel his pain.’ At least one witness has said that Dias was pretty distraught over a breakup. No word on where Dias allegedly procured the gun, however, in Oregon you can purchase a shotgun at the age of 18. While Portland may be Oregon’s most famous city with its penchant for weirdness and hipsters, the rest of Oregon is very gun friendly.

Oregon is no stranger to school shootings either as they have had shootings at Roseburg High School, Umpqua Community College, Reynolds High School and most famously the school shooting at Thurston High School committed by Kip Kinkel.

Dias is currently being held on $500,000 bond.

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BuzzFeed News
UPI
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The Daily Threat for the week of 5/12/2019-5/18/2019

5/12/2019

3 juveniles arrested after school shooting threat in Poynette

Student arrested after selfie with gun posted online

A high school student who brought a gun to school, took a selfie of himself with the firearm in the bathroom that was posted on a social media website, was arrested by the school resource officer on Friday.

Fishers police deem social media threat to HSE schools not valid

Great Falls Police Department responds to rumors of school shooting threat

5/13/2019

Pisgah High senior arrested for Snapchat threat

Police arrest three teens for Woodland High hoax

5/14/2019

FPD: Fortuna Union High School lockdown lifted, police cite “no credible threat”

Mooresville High to have extra security after social media threat

School shooting threat locks down Cleveland ISD

5/15/2019

Fostoria schools increase police presence after shooting threat deemed not credible

Report Of Snapchat School Threat Investigated By Police In Rockland

5/16/2019

Seaside student threatens school shooting

Arrests made in threats that led to CHS lockdown

Police: Teen arrested after threat of school shooting in Argyle

Lander Middle School Student Makes Additional Shooting Threats

The same Lander Middle School student who threatened to “shoot up” the school last week again threatened to “shoot up the school,” the Lander Police Department reported Thursday.

5/17/2019

Manchester High lockdown stemmed from hoax

False report made in alleged threat at Twin Falls High School

5/18/2019

Two 12-year-olds arrested for school shooting threat

What the Right got wrong about the STEM School shooting

Then how the fuck do you know, Karen?

It’s no secret that in the early days of this website I considered myself to be a conservative. How I got to be that way is a story in itself that I’ll tackle at some other time. As time went on and I got older I became more of a centrist. There are liberal policies I agree with and conservative ones I agree with. However, the closer we got to the 2016 Presidential Election I could no longer in good conscience call myself a Republican. I couldn’t bear to see people who I thought were smarter than that get behind the Tangerine Nightmare of  Donald Trump. I grew up near Atlantic City and watched how his M.O. of consistently declaring his businesses bankrupt cost a lot of people their jobs in America’s Playground. In 2016, I changed my party affiliation to Independent and gladly voted for Hillary Clinton even though I’m still not a fan of her husband’s Presidency.

In the run-up to Trump’s ascendence to the White House, racists and bigots became emboldened in their public displays of hate. While Facebook was already a dumpster fire of political discourse, in the past three years it’s become a toxic hell-stew of hatred full of misinformed memes that only tell part of the story. How people who consider themselves to be ‘good Christians’ continue to support this racist and immoral idiot is beyond me, but I digress.

Since the STEM School Highlands Ranch school shooting happened in Colorado, the right-wing media has been falling all over themselves due to the political and societal views of the suspects. Devon Erickson has been described as an anti-Christian Obama supporter who supports the rights of the LGBT community. Alec McKinney is trans and is transitioning from female to male. The right-wing press couldn’t wait to point these facts out as if to say: “Hey look, these shooters are Liberals. It’s the Liberals’ fault school shootings happen.” All the while ignoring the fact that the guns used in the shooting were legally purchased by one of the shooter’s parents and easily stolen by the shooter. We can’t possibly infringe on our God-given right to own firearms just for the sake of owning them. Jesus would have owned an AR-15 don’t you know. 

Then the right-wing press had what they must have considered a Christmas present fall into their laps as it was reported that Alec McKinney’s father, Jose Evis Quintana, not only has a criminal record but has been deported from the US twice for being in the country illegally. You know what that means don’t you? It must mean that immigrants are the cause of school shootings, BUILD THE WALL!!!!!

As far as none of this being reported in the ‘mainstream media’ it was, but when you’re reading nothing but right-wing rags like Breitbart, of course, you’re not going to see it reported in the mainstream press. That’s called confirmation bias, look it up sometime.

For once, a mass shooter in the US is a Liberal and the right acts like they just won the damn Super Bowl. How about we list all the MAGA hat wearing members of the alt-right who have been mass shooters instead? Nikolas Cruz of the Parkland school shooting, William Atchison of the Aztec High School shooting, Incel Prime Elliot Rodger of the Isla Vista shooting, Dylann Roof, Chris Harper-Mercer of the Umpqua Community College shooting, do I need to go on?

This is all sleight of hand done by the right to detract from the real issues that cause school shootings: lack of accessible and affordable mental healthcare, the ease of gun access, and institutionally endorsed hate. I’m not saying that the shooters aren’t responsible for their own actions but it sure as hell has nothing to do with Obama, LGBT rights, or immigration.

If you’re one of these hate-filled troglodytes, I’d rather not have you as a reader.

Juvenile STEM School shooting suspect charged as an adult and other news

Both Devin Erickson and Alec McKinney appeared in court yesterday to face the 48 charges so far before them. The charges include first-degree murder, attempted murder, arson, robbery, theft and firearms charges. The 16-year-old McKinney has been charged as an adult as he should be. Both suspects are being held without bond. However, arrest affidavits and a probable cause statement have been sealed for now since the investigation is still ongoing.

One report is stating that the guns stolen from Erickson’s parents were kept in a gun cabinet. Unlike gun safes which are used to keep guns out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have them, gun cabinets are generally used more as display cases. I think of gun cabinets on the same level as liquor cabinets and filing cabinets, not exactly the most secure of storage options. Especially since most gun cabinets have glass windows which the last time I checked isn’t exactly a security feature.

Speaking of guns, there is an investigation into whether or not the armed security guard at the school possibly shot and wounded a student and may have exchanged gunfire with police by accident. I’ll give the guard some respect since he’s former military who has actually been trained for combat situations but if the allegations are true it goes to show that the ‘good guy with a gun’ trope isn’t the end all and be all of school defense and likely will lead to even more bloodshed due to potential shootouts between school shooters and barely trained teachers.

If you detected a certain political stance in this post that means you’re paying attention because it was intended.

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ABC News
Denver Post

The Real Crime Podcast Episode 4-The STEM School shooting

In this week’s episode Trench talks about the shooting at the STEM School Highland Ranch, a missing boy who has yet to be found and what that has to do with Nancy Grace.

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Guns used in STEM school shooting were stolen from shooter's parents

Earlier this week it was reported that the guns used in the shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch that left one student dead were believed to have been stolen from one of the suspects’ parents. The guns were reportedly taken from the parents of Devon Erickson. It sounds like we have another case of ‘responsible’ gun owners.

While it’s not known yet how the guns were stored if they were stored in such a way that they were easily accessible by the suspects then, in my opinion, the parents should be held as equally responsible for the shooting as their reprobate offspring. However, if history is any indicator, they’ll probably face no repercussions whatsoever.

Once again, guns are afforded more rights than school children in our country.

Brothers plead guilty to grisly double craigslist murder

Barker and Garcia-Boettler

Again, I have to apologize for being late in bringing you this story. The recent spate of school shootings has been keeping me busy, however, this story is no less important.

Back in the Spring of last year,  21-year-olds Alize Smith and Jarron Moreland were shot and killed during a craigslist transaction gone wrong. Smith and Moreland were said to be selling a gun on craigslist and met 22-year-old Kevin Garcia-Boettler and 16-year-old Brett Boettler. Once Moreland and Smith approached the suspects’ van, one of the suspects claims they heard a gun being cocked by one of the victims. This resulted in one of the suspects firing on the two men, killing them both, but this was no case of self-defense.

After shooting the two victims in their van, the Boettler brothers took their victims to their mom’s home where 43-year-old Johnny Barker, Mrs. Boettler’s boyfriend, is said to have helped the brothers dispose of the bodies. Smith’s and Moreland’s bodies were dismembered before being thrown into a pond. Inside the Boettler’s van police found a bucket of water with a chainsaw bar inside and soaking in the water along with several jigsaw blades.

More recently, both Boettler brothers have pleaded guilty to murder charges. Kevin Garcia-Boettler was sentenced to 25-years while Brett Boettler was sentenced to life. However, the district attorney’s office said that he will end up serving 30 years in prison and 15 years on probation. I imagine that would be because Boettler was a juvenile at the time of the murders even though he was charged as an adult.

Craigslist’s terms of service forbid firearms from being sold or traded on their site, yet it happens all the time. The problem with craigslist is the usual one as they hardly ever do any kind of moderation on their site for any kind of illegal items or sales. Instead, they rely on their users to flag any kind of inappropriate ad, the same users who are posting illegal ads, to begin with. This is akin to the inmates running the asylum. Craigslist has the ability to screen for ads but refuses to do so unless it benefits them. They allow guns to change hands of ‘responsible gun owners’ without even batting an eye.

 

One of the STEM school shooters was an actual bully

As is usual when a school shooting happens the accusations of bullying as a motive are quick to be thrown around. Once again, this is what I like to call the perpetuation of the Columbine bullying myth. This is based on the fact that right after Columbine it was reported that the shooters committed their attack on the school because they were bullied. Further investigation proved that not to be the case but the myth continues to gain a foothold in the American consciousness. Even in subsequent school shootings where bullying is claimed as the motive more often than not the shooters were actually the bullies. According to at least one former acquaintance of one of the shooters, the shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch is no exception.

One of the accused shooters, 18-year-old Devon Erickson was said to be not only a physical bully but a psychological one as well

“They couldn’t believe that he would actually do it, but they weren’t entirely surprised that he did,” Kevin Cole said of the suspect’s friends.

He would enter the classroom and say, “when the pencil hits the floor I’m going to start shooting.” Then, he would spend the rest of class sporadically dropping pencils, Cole said of the suspect.

And sometimes, the “jokes” were more like threats.

“He would just get really close and kind of hunch himself over your shoulder as you were sitting down, and he would just whisper in your ear ‘don’t come to school tomorrow’ and just kind of crack a smile and walk back to his seat,” Cole said.

People would write it off as “that was just a Devon thing” and laugh, Cole said.

And the physical bullying went well beyond what I would call bullying and more into the assault and battery category…

The alleged gunman would get into fights when people he didn’t like made him mad, Cole said. He described an incident in the eighth grade when he said the alleged gunman choked one of his own friends with a rubber tube in the middle of class.

He probably thought it was playful, Cole said, but the friend had to go home that day. Cole didn’t know if there were any consequences to that incident.

“That’s how he got his kicks, that’s what he thought was funny is if he could get a reaction out of you,” Cole said.

But please keep telling me how these murderers were bullied.

With the way Erickson is said to have acted, I can almost guarantee that we’ll find out he is a columbiner.