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Be A Rooftop Korean

More goodness from Kurt Schlichter…

“See, the dirty little secret of civilization is that it’s designed to maintain order when 99.9% of folks are orderly. But, say, if just 2% of folks stop playing by the rules…uh oh. Say LA’s population was 15 million in 1992…that’s 300,000 bad guys. There were maybe 20,000 cops in all the area agencies then, plus 20,000 National Guard soldiers and airman, plus another 10,000 active soldiers and Marines the feds brought in. Law enforcement is based on the concept that most people will behave and that the crooks will be overwhelmed by sheer numbers of officers. But in the LA riots, law enforcement was massively outnumbered. Imposing order took time.”

Kurt Schlichter: We should all be ready to do our duty as

Source: Be A Rooftop Korean

“Arming Teachers” – Fallacious Arguments and Irrelevant Evidence

Colorado Educators Training to Protect Their Schools, 2017

There is a disproportionate buzz about the newly signed Florida legislation that allows its school districts (each at its own discretion) to authorize concealed carry of firearms by teachers in their schools.

Why disproportionate?  Because the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, signed into law in March 2018 soon after the Parkland mass shooting, had already established the “Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program” named after the coach who gave his life attempting to shield students with his body during that shooting.  That program gave school boards the option of allowing school staff members to carry firearms, excluding most classroom teachers who were not JROTC teachers, or current service members, or current or former law enforcement officers.

Last year’s bill established a tough training standard, and left the decision to local school boards, both very good things.  And since school staff who are not classroom teachers often comprise as high as 50% of the total, this approach was rational, if overly cautious, as school boards would still have the authority to approve or disapprove any applicant, without the no-teacher provision imposed by law.

The only change with the new law is that now all classroom teachers are also eligible to volunteer for the Guardian program.  Note “eligible” and “volunteer” and you will understand why so much of the near-hysterical opposition to this law is baseless.

In Loco Parentis

Of course, no one is actually “arming” any teachers – there is no arms room where they will line up to be issued weapons before filing into the trenches – much less “all” teachers, which is how the opposition likes to frame its strawman argument.  They will arm themselves, if their school board votes to implement the Guardian program, and if they individually volunteer, pass rigorous screening and selection, and complete the legally mandated 132 hours of training.  No one is guaranteed approval, and the standards they must meet are high.

The Miami New Times, not known for smart or principled positions on any firearms issue, is one of the media outlets appalled that the legislature and governor, elected by citizens to legislate and govern, have not allowed themselves to be ruled by teachers’ unions, high school students, and some school boards and administrators. All those folks display their statist leanings by wanting to impose their own fears of positive protective measures on everyone. Under Florida law, if they (and, pointedly, the voters in their school districts) do not want to implement the Guardian program, they don’t have to. They can keep the Gun Free Zone signs over their doors and hope for the best. But that’s not enough for them; they think they know better than anyone else what is best for every school district in Florida.

Local control on this issue is a sound and sensible approach, in line with the rule of subsidiarity, the concept that decision-making should occur at the lowest level appropriate to its purpose. Local control is often preferable to decision making by officials far-removed from the affected population, less responsive to their local and regional preferences, and more likely to impose one-size-fits-all solutions. Voters can more easily influence or replace an unresponsive local elected official than his state or federal counterparts.  Here it means what Florida and many other states have ruled: let the school districts decide for themselves.

Beyond that repugnant statist attitude, opponents of “arming” school staff try to bolster their argument with unsupportable claims and sloppy ‘research’ – textbook examples of confirmation bias, the tendency to only consider evidence that supports one’s preconceived notions. The Miami New Times cites an analysis by Gabrielle Giffords’ anti-gun organization that purports to show how dangerous introducing “more guns” to schools will be. It is such a sloppy piece of research and reasoning that we cannot let it go unanswered.

This long piece cites 67 “incidents of mishandled guns in schools” from all over America, from 2014 to the present, to support their opposition to concealed carry of firearms by school staff who meet the requirements of Florida’s Guardian program.  But here’s the rub: only one of these 67 incidents involved a school staffer carrying a firearm under similar requirements. That one involved a Texas superintendent who left her authorized firearm locked in a district vehicle when she and her staff visited another district where she was not authorized to carry it – and then forgot to recover the weapon and left it in the van overnight, to be found in the morning.

Every other incident on this list actually supports the premises behind Florida’s Guardian program, and similar programs in the many other states with similar laws on the books.  Not one carefully vetted armed staff member carrying a concealed firearm with knowledge and approval of their school board, in accordance with strict standards, in well over 1,000 schools around the country, was involved in any of the other 66 incidents cited.

Better than a “Gun Free Zone”

Fifteen of the incidents on this list involved subjects who were not staff members at all; some of these were commissioned officers, while others were merely family members or or other visitors carrying firearms on school property in violation of the law.  Another incident involved two coaches, but occurred off school property.  Desperate to plump up the numbers, are we?

What this list actually does is to demolish the assertion often made by opponents of armed school staff, that guns in school should be left to the “armed professionals.”  While the Miami New Times quotes some who seem to believe that armed officers make schools safer, Giffords does not think so, and on this point at least, we can at least understand the sentiment.  Fully 27 of the 67 incidents in the Giffords study involve “armed professionals” – commissioned police officers or deputies assigned to a school, officers responding to a call for assistance or visiting for other reasons, or other uniformed security guards or school resource officers employed on site. These “armed professionals” had unintentional discharges (several of which injured themselves or others), left their weapons in restrooms or elsewhere unattended, and in two egregious cases, failed to stop a child from pulling the trigger of their holstered weapon.

So much for ‘armed professionals’ – we who are armed professionals know how little sustained, realistic, demanding training most officers undergo, and how easily complacency creeps in.  Uniformed guards – commissioned or not – are not ten feet tall. They are unfortunately sometimes less dedicated and often less proficient than educators who understand their responsibilities “in loco parentis” and undergo rigorous and frequent training required by law and school district policy. Who has not heard educators saying, “we would sacrifice our lives to protect the kids in our care”?  Give the tools and the skills to those who are willing, and they can do better than just sacrifice themselves like Coach Feis did at Parkland.

This is not to say that officers are all deficient in their skills and judgment – far from it – or that they cannot train to a high standard; but we who are trainers know without a shadow of a doubt that motivated civilians can do just as well, with the proper training. In the schools as on the streets, they are not volunteering to act as law enforcement officers, which is a very broad skill set indeed, but only to protect innocents against lethal threats – a very narrow skill set that comprises only a small slice of a police officer’s responsibilities.

In fact, what we do know is that responding police – even when do not have unintentional discharges like several in this list – do not protect schools against active shooters, because they almost always arrive too late; and that uniformed officers on site have a very spotty record. The uncertainty in a potential aggressor’s mind that is created by the prospect of an unknown number of trained staff members carrying concealed weapons at various but unpredictable locations throughout a school, appears to be a better deterrent than one uniformed officer, as evidenced by the complete absence of active shooter incidents in such schools.  Arguably, if one is swayed by logic, they will prove to be a more effective and flexible defense as well, if that unprecedented day does arrive when a shooting happens in their school.

Columbine high school shooters captured on video.

Again, with the exception of that Texas superintendent, none of these incidents involved an approved, trained, school staff member carrying a concealed weapon.  The closest thing to it is the anomalous case of a teacher in Utah in 2014. State law there allows any resident with a concealed carry permit to carry in the schools. There is no requirement to even notify the school board or administration, much less be vetted or approved, or to be trained to any standard beyond the 8 hours of mostly classroom training required for a permit. This teacher dropped her weapon in a toilet stall (before school, with no students in the building); it discharged, shattering the bowl and cutting her calf with a flying shard.  That’s not a laughing matter, or not only a laughing matter, but should be taken in context. Utah’s law has been in place for 20 years, and out of 700,000 citizens with concealed carry permits (14 million person-years?), this is the only reported occasion in which anyone has been injured by a legal concealed carrier’s firearm in a Utah school. And she doesn’t work there any more.  It may also be significant that Utah has had no mass shootings in its schools, but we can only speculate. Pretty safe state, Utah, for all that their statute is far less prescriptive than Florida’s or many other states.

So Giffords, although it titles its piece “Every Incident of Mishandled Guns in Schools” and assures us that theirs is a “systematic analysis,” and that this list of 67 incidents is “comprehensive” for the date range of 2014-2014, has absolutely failed to make a case against armed school staff members in districts that opt in, under authorizing state law, with well-drafted programs and requirements.

Opponents of protecting our schools and children with armed staff on site will have to do better than this, to make a case worth listening to.

Below is a tabulation of the incidents the Giffords piece cites, upon which these conclusions are based. The “Disqualifiers” column notes specific conditions which render the example irrelevant to the argument. “Illegal firearm” indicates that the weapon was on school property in violation of federal and/or state law.  The only exceptions to this disqualifier are the 27 cases involving law enforcement officers and paid security guards, and the afore-mentioned cases of the Texas superintendent and Utah teacher. Those who violate the law or handle firearms incompetently are precisely the sort who are unlikely to volunteer in the first place, or to pass a careful vetting and selection process, or a demanding, standards-based training program, all characteristics of Florida’s Guardian program and those of many other states. As in so many firearms discussions, the actions of criminals and incompetents do not form a rational basis for critiquing the vast majority of actual or potential armed citizens in any venue, including schools.





Welcome to Adam Schiff’s, Bernie Sanders’, Ilhan Omar’s, John Brennan’s and The Cuomo kid’s Future United Socialist States Of America…

This why we have guns in the US. And this is why Adam Schiff, Bernie Sanders, Ilhan Omar, John Brennan and the Cuomo kids want to take them away:

Maduro is an evil man running an evil socialist government that has illegally seized power in a country that used to be a beacon of prosperity South America. What’s on that video is a testament to just how destructive socialism is. This is the inevitable end game that always plays out, i.e. murder and savagery via force.

Some American politicians, such as Ilhan Omar, have refused to even call the Maduro government illegitimate, instead choosing to criticize the U.S. for providing aid.

Meanwhile, the revolution is on in Venezuela right now and we can all pray that there’s minimum loss of life. Dictators like Maduro never go quietly though and freedom is rarely free.

They’re now running down protesting Venezualans:

Revolution has broken out.

Source: WATCH: Video Shows Pro Maduro Forces Running Over Pro-Guaido Protestors in Venezuela As Violence Escalates

Protecting Houses of Worship: Several Injured In San Diego Synagogue Shooting

Pittsburgh, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, and Poway have recently experienced attacks on houses of worship. If you are thinking about adding or upgrading security in your house of worship, may I suggest reviewing our house of worship security resources.

Recently, Bill Tallen, Executive Vice President, Distributed Security, Inc. presented a one hour briefing to 200 house of worship leaders at the Cody Auditorium March 26, 2019. DSI was invited to speak to a community gathering coming from churches across the Big Horn Basin. Bill spoke about armed security – how to plan, train, organize and conduct it. Other speakers included U.S. Attorneys from Lander, Cody PD Chief Baker, the department’s Chaplain, and Kenny Longfritz, the DHS Protective Security Advisor for Wyoming.

You can get a copy of Bill’s presentation by sending an email to info@distributedsecurity.com and putting “House Of Worship” in the subject line. You can also view an online version of the briefing by clicking here.

 

Source: Several Injured In San Diego Synagogue Shooting

A Nation at War With Itself

“America surely does not lack for diversity. Its diversity — racial, religious, cultural, ethnic, ideological, political — is visible and ever-growing. What is missing is the concomitant of unity. The questions raised by the present state of our politics, which might fairly be described as an American civil war without arms, are these: How does a nation so divided stand united in the world?”

 

Source: A Nation at War With Itself

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Dallas DA says he won’t prosecute ‘low-level’ crimes like theft up to $750 or criminal trespass. 

If law enforcement cannot or will not enforce your constitutional rights then when do you have the right to take matters in to your own hands?

Gov. Greg Abbott, too, has joined in the condemnation: “That is legalizing stealing for property less than $750”.

The Governor, the Mayor, the Police Department, the Police Union and many more aren’t too happy about this Democrat’s reform ideas.

Source: Dallas DA says he won’t prosecute ‘low-level’ crimes like theft and felony drug possession

‘What We Heard, We Didn’t Like’: NYPD Counterterror Chief John Miller Analyzes Sri Lanka Attacks

Good to see NYPD Counter-terror Chief John Miller taking the Islamic terrorist attack on Christian worshipers in Sri Lanka seriously. Unfortunately, Miller is also the chief advocate of not using profiling to identify prospective terrorists and he’s a gun grabber. So basically Miller will not use one of the most effective tools for identifying potential terrorist attacks while limiting the ability of individuals to defend themselves against such an attack.

Speaking on “CBS This Morning,” John Miller said “the wheels started turning in New York” from the very beginning of the attacks.

Source: ‘What We Heard, We Didn’t Like’: NYPD Counterterror Chief Analyzes Sri Lanka Attacks

The ACLU, SPLC, Paypal, GoFundme, New Mexico’s Democratic Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham Conspire To Arrest Larry Hopkins And Shut Down UCP

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-militia-idUSKCN1RW0O5

I am not personally acquainted with this group or their methods. I can smell a den of thieves from a mile away, and the group going after Hopkins and UCP stink to high heaven.

The reason I’m posting this is because of the nagging question:  “if government or law enforcement is not able or refuses to defend individual constitutional rights, then at what point does the individual have the right to defend their life and property”?

Brits among 207 killed in Easter Sunday terror attack on 8 Sri Lankan churches & hotels…

Three churches and three hotels – the luxury Shangri-La Hotel, Cinnamon Grand and The Kingsbury Colombo – were targeted in the devastating attacks.

BRITS are believed to be among 207 killed in an Easter Sunday terror attack on eight churches and five-star hotels in Sri Lanka today. Nearly 500 were injured when suicide bomb blasts ripped throug…

Source: Brits among 207 killed in terror attack on 8 Sri Lankan churches & hotels

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Colorado Gov. Jared Polis Signs Democrat Gun Confiscation Bill

Tribune Ledger News reported that the legislation, House Bill 1177, did not garner a single Republican vote. And more than half of Colorado’s county governments have voiced opposition to the bill, making clear they have no plans to enforce it.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) signed into law on Friday the Democrats’ gun confiscatory Red Flag legislation.

Source: Colorado Gov. Jared Polis Signs Democrat Gun Confiscation Bill

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Distributed Security Responds To Texas Removing The Limit On Armed Teachers.

This report by Alex Parker at redstate.com reports on Texas’s efforts to legislate armed staff and teachers in schools. In his article he raises a couple of questions that Distributed Security’s Bill Tallen answers below:

What do you think? Are we safer with more guns in school? Or is it best to limit the number of armed staff, therefore hopefully more effectively relegating the privilege to the very most-equipped staff to handle such an immense responsibility?

Alex Parker redstate.com https://www.redstate.com/alexparker/2019/04/09/sanfa-fe-high-school-shooting-sb-244-armed-teachers-texas-school-marshals/

First, Texas both before and after the reported legislation is in no way unique.  Over half the states in the nation have provisions that allow armed staff – in some cases any legally armed citizen – on school property.  And here’s the first and perhaps the most important question: Alex asks, “What is the balance of lives saved due to the deterrent versus harm done via accidents or improper use of force?”

The historical record of armed “good guys” on school property since the passage of the federal Gun Free School Zones Act in its final form in 1996 makes this answer an easy one.

There has been one – exactly one – documented accident, which occurred in Utah early one morning (before any students were present), when an armed teacher dropped her drawers in a bathroom, and a presumably substandard handgun fell out of a clearly substandard holster, hit the floor and discharged, demolishing the toilet bowl and wounding the hapless teacher, whose leg was struck by a ceramic shard.  Context is important: Utah’s law (still in place) allows anyone with a concealed carry permit to carry on school property. The school’s administration need not be informed or aware; there are no standards or for acceptable firearms, holsters, or ammunition; and there is no training standard beyond the minimal one required to obtain a permit. Since this has not happened again in any Utah school, we might (since we have no access to confidential personnel files) infer that the teacher involved is no longer employed or received a solid education in how to carry and handle a firearm safely; and others took her inadvertent lesson to heart. It is hard to argue with Utah’s record of success with its law over the last twenty years, but a case can be made that there are better ways to provide armed security in our schools.

There has been, across the country, not a single case of improper use of force involving a legally carried firearm in a school.  Students do not take away teacher’s guns; teachers who carry do not “go off the deep end” and shoot people.  Opponents of “guns in schools” can’t stop expressing their fear of these events, but there’s no evidence to support their angst.

So there you are: on one end of the scale, only one minor accident nationwide in the last twenty years, and no improper use of force.  Against that, we weigh the interesting datum that there appears to have been no shooting – zip, zero, none – in any school in America that has had school staff – or citizens, as in Utah – legally carrying concealed weapons.  Note this does NOT include schools with “school resource officers” or other uniformed, armed security personnel, because schools “defended” by those have been attacked, with a very mixed record. At Columbine, and in Parkland, Florida, school resource officers failed to stop the shootings; in a few other cases, they have been successful. But the key thing is that when a potential attacker does not know how many people may be armed in their target location, or who they are, or where they will be at any given moment – they simply don’t come, because they cannot be confident of how long they will have to work their evil intentions before someone steps forward to stop them; they do understand that it would be within the first few minutes, long before police arrive on scene.  That is deterrence.

So the simple answer to Alex’s question is this: concealed carry by school staff appears to have deterred attack (saving lives from potential threats), while there has been essentially no down side to balance against that sterling record. 

Local control is key to the success of this approach.  State legislation must establish the legal authority for armed school staff, because they must “license” individuals to carry as an exception to the federal Gun Free School Zones Act. But once that authorization is in place in state law, local school boards – the lowest level elected officials in the nation, presumably responsive to the wishes of their community – must establish policy, and approve armed individuals in their schools.  Where a community strongly supports this approach, the school board trustees should ensure that it happens, and provide for careful vetting of volunteers, as Texas does, and establish specific requirements for initial and ongoing training and for the safety and effectiveness of firearms, ammunition, and ancillary equipment.

There is no logical reason for a legislature to limit the number of staff members who can be armed in a school; their job, and the school boards’ job, is to set a high bar of qualifications and training, and then support, encourage, and approve every individual who volunteers and meets those standards. The Texas legislature has shown that they understand this simple principle.

I have yet to meet a proponent of arming school staff who does not understand the importance of detection and intervention programs to prevent school shootings from occurring. But rather obviously, these shootings do occur, and each time they do, it’s because those programs have failed.  Innocent lives must be protected if and when that day comes.

Alex quotes one opponent of armed school staff who gets it exactly wrong. Guns in the hands of carefully screened volunteers, who train to a rigorous standard, are precisely that last line of defense, and will deter armed attack or – if deterrence fails – defend innocent lives.  “Adding guns to the problem” in the hands of dedicated, well-trained persons is most definitely the solution.

Bill Tallen is Executive Vice President – Tactical Operations for Distributed Security. Prior to joining the enterprise he had a 20 year career with the Department of Energy, where he served as a Federal Agent, team leader, unit commander, training instructor, and manager in the agency which provides secure transportation of nuclear weapons and nuclear materials within CONUS. He helped to found DOE’s Special Response Force program, developing and teaching urban and close quarter battle techniques to Federal Agents charged with recovery of lost assets. He has designed and conducted a variety of wargaming efforts in support of vulnerability assessments, security system design, and leadership training, and has taught a variety of crisis decision making models. Bill holds the degree of Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. 

Capitalism (aka Self-Ownership) Is the Only Moral Economic System

Politicians’ popular claims against capitalism rely on false assumptions about markets and governments.

With all the “turn that over to the government, too, so someone else will have to provide it for you” proposals that have come from Democrat presidential hopefuls already, candidates are actually being asked if they are a “socialist” or a “capitalist.”

Bernie Sanders, who has called for “economic rights” guarantees to be treated as constitutional rights, admits being a socialist. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who may want even more people to live at everyone else’s expense, is on the same bandwagon: “Capitalism is an ideology of capital—the most important thing is the concentration of capital and to seek and maximize profit.” Consequently, “capitalism is irredeemable.”

However, other candidates, proposing or supporting very similar changes, have claimed they are (modified) capitalists.

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