Only Uneducated People Favor Arming Classroom Teacher With Weapons–Concealed Or Otherwise

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https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/again-the-question-could-armed-teachers-stop-shootings/ar-BBJr9Lk?li=BBnbcA1

Here are the problems with this very old and discredited NRA idea, which of course is now being pushed by the extremely-limited capacity of Donnie’s brain (we’ll pay teachers bonuses if they agree to conceal carry in the classroom!):

1. Most shootings start outside or in the halls outside of classrooms. How many would-be gunfighter teachers will actually get sufficient training to calmly take out their concealed piece and calmly wait for the actual shooter to enter their classroom? How many teachers don’t even have enough time for basic lesson planning and grading papers now and parent-teacher conferences now? What if the teacher has their gun pointed at the door and they not so calmly shoot the first person(s) who comes through the door–like a panicked student frantically attempting to find a safe place to hide from the real shooter? This WILL happen.

Picture this: you’re a teacher in a classroom. Outside you hear the string of loud, concussive cracks of high velocity rounds being being fired outside your door from an assault rifle. You hear people screaming, crying, moaning in pain, or dying. You fear that shooter will either fire through your classroom door (or through the door of the classroom closet you’re hiding inside) and then burst in spraying bullets across the classroom or into that closet. He quickly points the rifle barrel at you and it’s still smoking and you know he’s already killed unknown numbers of people. And you’re holding a six-shot revolver or a semiautomatic handgun and in your stress and panic and fear maybe your aim is off and you shoot the door or walls and windows or students not hiding under their desks, but the shooter doesn’t have to be so accurate with his semi or fully automatic weapon and he kills you and others in an indiscriminate spray of high velocity bullets in less than a second. Are you willing to bet that there’s a 100% chance in that instant that you’ll take the shooter down before you’re taken down? You could lose a ton of money in Vegas along with your life in that classroom taking that bet. And what’s more, the chances are excellent you’ll miss the shooter but hit and kill other students in the classroom in your panic and rush to fire your weapon. And just imagine if you’re an elementary school teacher…

2. Stats say that it’s more likely a barely-trained teacher who got their Donnie bonus for carrying a concealed weapon in the classroom is more likely to be shot and and have their weapon taken by the shooter or some other untrained student,. In either case, innocent people will still die and you more than likely will be one of them.

The clearly sane and adult answer is that all assault weapons and high capacity clips and magazines must be banned and those bans strictly enforced. Background check laws must be strengthened and enforced. All weapons and ammo dealers and sellers MUST be federally licensed, All records of gun sales must be entered into both BATFE and FBI computer systems for future accessing for crosschecks and ALL private weapons and ammo sales banned, including at gun shows. In this way if it’s discovered that a weapon previously legally purchased was sold illegally to someone who committed murder and/or wounded people with it.

3. Remember how George Zimmerman got away with killing Trayvon Martin using the Stand Your Ground defense–or how countless white cops get away with killing unarmed black people with the officially-sanctioned law enforcement version of that law? Think of the classroom shootings of students by teachers that WILL occur because an armed teacher felt physically threatened by a loudmouthed teen who stood up a their desk–or made a move to stand up?

4. Teachers are overloaded with work now. In addition to their teaching responsibilities they’re now required to be psychological diagnosticians, behavorial counselors required to enforce and update individual learning plans or individualized educational plans for SpEd students or for those with acute behavioral problems to different state agencies and departments.

And now idiot Donnie and the others on the NRA payroll have the BRILLIANT idea to add being an armed security guard to their classroom duties? Yes, the top 1% have paid out A LOT of cash to have the lunatics running the asylum that once was the United States. This is an election year. We have to come out in numbers high enough to offset the GOP election fraud and Russian hacking that will be out in full force come November

 

 

 

 

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Juror B37 Stands Her Ground

http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/15/justice/zimmerman-juror-book/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

 

So, Juror B37 really saw this trial as an opportunity to cash in on Trayvon Martin’s murder and the subsequent media circus laughingly called a “trial”.  Little tell-tale remarks clearly show her bias towards George Zimmerman: “…I think his [Zimmerman’s] heart was in the right place. It just went terribly wrong.”  “I think George got in a little bit too deep, which he shouldn’t have been there.”  In fact, she refers to Zimmerman twice as “George” if you listen to her comments, although she it seems to be in her personality to refer to people she doesn’t know by their first names if you listen to her comments.

And from her comments you get the clear impression that this a well-to-do elitist white property owner who would welcome Zimmerman as a neighbor if “he didn’t go too far”—like killing an innocent male black teen on his way back to his dad’s girlfriend’s condo where he was visiting?  She believes that although Zimmerman shouldn’t have gotten out of his car, she clearly believes his story that he was attacked by Trayvon Martin with no other evidence than Zimmerman’s testimony, because I think she believes this is what black men do when they’re being followed. She’s convinced it was Zimmerman’s voice on the 911 tape calling for help, because why would Trayvon be calling for help just because he’s locked in a death struggle with a scary dude who’s been stalking him for unknown reasons?

She also amply proves that, as I’ve always suspected, when a judge orders a panel to disregard certain testimony in court, at least some jurors ignore that order.  She says she was influenced by the important testimony from Sanford Police Detective Chris Serino that he had found Zimmerman to be “truthful”, a remark that the judge ordered the panel to disregard. Juror B37 claims she based her decision on that testimony, which I think would and should invalidate the verdict and call for a re-trial—IF there were any justice in Florida.

She also condescendingly describes Trayvon’s friend, Rachel Jantel, “not credible” and felt sorry for her because Jantel seemed “to feel inadequate because of her poor education and communication skills” (as described in a NPR report). Juror B37 would have us believe that she is so intuitive and insightful that she can read into the minds of both George Zimmerman and Rachel Jantel and thoroughly know their characters.  What a white elitist snob she is.

One of her most telling comments which clearly shows why she lives in Florida: “I think he has every right to carry a gun. I think everyone has a right to carry a gun.” You can bet this woman is a Republican who supports the Stand Your Ground law. The juror admits both she and her husband had concealed weapon permits but she let hers lapse.

The most telling comment of all was that she believed Zimmerman was not guilty from the start.  And yet the prosecution allowed this person to sit on the jury which was assigned to judge Zimmerman impartially and on the facts.  It was a setup from the beginning by the Florida legal system which doesn’t recognize that black citizens deserve justice, too.  At least the proposed book deal that she hoped to use to capitalize on her verdict has been cancelled.  I guess there is still some justice in Florida after all.

As I was upset by the black jury that acquitted O.J. Simpson of a double murder, I find no difference between that panel and this white one that acquitted Zimmerman of the shooting of Trayvon Martin. It serves to prove that miscarriage of justice in this country remains color blind.

 

Stand Your Ground About To Stand Trial

Trayvon Martin was an ordinary, average 17 year old kid. Well, mainly average and ordinary. He was also black in a south Florida town, which some people think is a crime until itself. I would assume as most ordinary and average 17 year olds go, Trayvon never gave any thoughts to starting a movement to reverse insane NRA-written gun laws, or to strike back against the bigotry and discrimination hurled against most black people in the U.S. throughout every waking hour of their days. And in fact, Trayvon on his own didn’t start those twin movements. George Zimmerman did–by choosing to pump a 9mm slug into Trayvon’s chest under very shadowy and suspect circumstances. Trayvon Martin’s parents didn’t realize at the beginning that they were at the genesis of two national movements; they were just trying to get justice for their son. There was such pushback from the white power structures among the police and Florida state government that they soon found that the only way to get justice was to grow these two movements in the name of their son.

George Zimmerman was charged today with second degree murder and taken into police custody. He will stand trial. At a press conference, one of the Martin family attorneys, Benjamin Crump, said something I have been saying for weeks and I will paraphrase: the Stand Your Ground law will be on trial along with Zimmerman. This is the third national movement that Zimmerman created that night.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has found something he hates worse than Occupy Wall Street: Stand Your Ground. And this time, Bloomberg is standing on the right side of the law. He is calling for the repeal of these types of laws from every state which has put them in place. Van Jones and Color Of Change have mounted all-out campaigns against ALEC and its member companies who are responsible for funding the politicians who voted and signed these laws into place. Thanks to COC, companies like Coca-Cola, Pepsi, the Bill and Melissa Gates Foundation, and Kraft Foods have dropped out of ALEC, with more corporations to follow. The back has been broken on ALEC, and perhaps the NRA as well.

These Stand Your Ground laws have spread to 32 states like a foreign weed. Under this law, justifiable homicides in Florida from 12 a year to an average of 36. This means that either a lot of killings got a bum rap before this enlightened law, written by the National Rifle Association and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), or else this law is now being used as a license to murder, with the police and the courts unable or unwilling to do anything about it.

What Stand Your Ground allows is for someone to setup an entrapment situation where they lure someone into their home—or even the street—where they can then blow them away and successfully claim self defense. The Martin family is extremely lucky that Zimmerman had such delusions of law enforcement grandeur and was so stupid that he botched it up for himself, and now everyone else trying to disguise their murderous deed within the law.

George Zimmerman did not “stand his ground” according to Special Prosecutor Angela Corey. In the words of Dennis Baxley, the Republican state representative who carried the SYG bill through the Florida House, Zimmerman chose to “pursue and confront”.

There is an old adage: “the truth shall set you free”. George Zimmerman and his surrogates have now learned the opposite lesson: perpetuating a lie will land you in jail facing a second degree murder charge.

Win or lose the Zimmerman trial, the genie is out of the bottle now. After almost 150 years, black folks feel they’re more than entitled to full citizenship in this country with all the legal and social and professional rights it bestows. And people in general feel that they no longer want to be subject to laws that essentially make them living targets so that the NRA can get more guns and bullets sold which stuffing its special interest campaign coffers so full of cash that they have to shoot the lock off to get the damned treasure chest open.

So to all you white racists who hide your Confederate flag tramp stamps above your ass, or anyone who fancies themselves the thing standing between civilization and black anarchy, it’s time to face reality: this is 2012 and a black man is the President of the United States. Blacks are people, too, my friend. Not sure I can say the same about you.

The Republicans Are Protecting George Zimmerman

It doesn’t make sense that George Zimmerman has gotten so much protection from the Sanford Police, the Florida State Attorney, and the Republican mass media. They’re all fighting his arrest and eventual trial. Why would this be?

Zimmerman is just a loose cannon with a homemade police officer badge but with a very real 9mm semiautomatic handgun. He thought he saw a black male in a hoodie sneaking around the condo complex in the dark and immediately profiled him as acting weird and up to something.

Zimmerman got out of his SUV and pursued Trayvon Martin even though the real cop on the other end of the phone told him “We don’t need you to do that” and Zimmerman answered “Okay”.

Everyone on the Left and the Right is expounding on why Stand Your Ground does or does not apply in this case. But Zimmerman’s own attorney, Craig Sonner, has stated Stand Your Ground doesn’t apply in this case, as has State Rep. Dennis Baxley, who introduced the bill into the Florida House, and former Florida governor, Jeb Bush, who signed it into law. Rick Scott, current Florida governor, took State Attorney Norm Wolfinger, who personally told Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee to turn Zimmerman loose, off the case. Again I ask: why would this be?

The answer is clear: the Florida Republicans enacted Stand Your Ground into law. Zimmerman claims he shot Trayvon Martin in self defense, which is what Stand Your Ground is all about. If the law doesn’t exist, maybe Zimmerman thinks twice before pulling out his gun. So it is being argued at the highest levels of the Republican Party that they have a serious exposure problem to this if  with this first high profile Stand Your Ground case, Zimmerman is arrested and goes to court. It won’t just be Zimmerman who’s put on trial but the Republican written, passed, and signed into law legislation. And this…is an election year.  And Jeb Bush, who signed the bill into law, is a potential Republican presidential candidate in 2016. If Zimmerman is tried and convicted, Bush would be the “Republican Governor Who Killed Trayvon Martin”. Not exactly a campaign slogan he’d want to see on bumper stickers.

So, that’s why the Republicans along with their media surrogates have circled the wagons on this one. I think it’s possible the “temporarily stepped aside” Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee may have seen the political implications of a male black kid being killed in cold blood by a half Peruvian cop wannabe claiming protection under the law and communicated this concern to Wolfinger. I don’t know both men’s political affiliation but I could reasonably guess it’s Republican. But this would be why Wolfinger got so personally involved THAT NIGHT to the point of meeting with Lee to override the lead homicide detective’s recommendation to arrest Zimmerman on a manslaughter charge.

18 states have passed Stand Your Ground laws, some of these signed into law by Democratic governors who were cravenly pandering to conservative voters, or perhaps had received healthy campaign contributions from the NRA and ALEC-affiliated groups, or just didn’t have the guts to stand up to both. 31 states have passed the so-called “Castle doctrine” into law, which is what Stand Your Ground is derived from.

So, since both the NRA and ALEC funnel so much money—primarily to the Republican Party who introduced and passed the overwhelming majority of these bills, they could also be accused of being accessories to the killing of Trayvon Martin. Once again, not a good thing in an election year, especially with ALEC now bleeding corporate members and the loss of their dues.

This is why Fox, Limbaugh, and all the Republican surrogates are attempting to frame this case as a “liberal” and an “attempt at dividing the races” thing because those words their fans can understand. Most people who turn on right wing shows don’t know how to think logically and see the big picture: that’s exactly why they watch and listen to those shows—it’s done for them so they don’t have to.

George Zimmerman himself is small potatoes and no one on the Right gives a whit about him. It’s the Stand Your Ground law he symbolizes which is the Right Wing lightening rod. If this (literally) fatally flawed law goes down, then everyone who was responsible for getting it enacted—which are primarily Republicans up for re-election or will be in a couple of years—goes down with it. And believe me, there are quite a few Democrats who deserve to go down in flames with them.

Lies And The Lying Lawyer Who Tells Them

Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton the parents of Trayvon Martin, are extremely fortunate that George Zimmerman picked the highly incompetent lawyer, Craig Sonner, to be his attorney.

With the release of the police surveillance video by ABC News that clearly shows an unmarked, unbruised, and un-bloodied Zimmerman, Sonner, once again clearly uncomfortable on a TV interview, at least twice describes the video as “grainy”. The term grainy typically refers to video or film footage that was either shot in very poor lighting or the poor quality of the footage due to the age of the film or the video tape. Neither is the case here. By necessity, both the outside and inside of the police station are brightly lit. I’m not at the Sanford Police station but I would guess they’re using a digital video system. If they did to a transfer to tape, the cassette would be brand new since every recording of a prisoner being brought in and booked would have to be saved as evidence.

Sonner also said that one of the cops looked at the back of Zimmerman’s head. His implication is that the cop was examining the damage. Look closely at the video. There are two cops with Zimmerman next to the patrol car. As he’s being searched and frisked, neither cop ever looks at the back of Zimmerman’s head. They’re both taller than him and they don’t even peek at the top of his head. A third cop walks into the frame and opens the station door for the other two cops to walk Zimmerman inside. The two cops walk Zimmerman to the door and the one behind him is looking down at the ground. Once inside, none of the three cops look at Zimmerman’s head at all. In fact, it looks like a three were making a conscious effort to not really look at him at all. Near the end of the video, the cop behind him quickly looks away to the side as Zimmerman walks out of frame.

If there’s one thing worse than a lying lawyer, it’s a blatantly lying lawyer.