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Parkland School System Failed Nikolas Cruz

On Friday, The Sun Sentinel reported the findings of a special report conducted by the Broward public school system on the Parkland High School shooter, Nikolas Cruz. The report, which was redacted but due to an error in the publication, could be read entirely by copy and pasting into a different document, found that Cruz had asked for help from the school system but they did not follow through on his request.

From The New York Times:

The report revealed that two months after Mr. Cruz was forced to leave Stoneman Douglas, he tried to take the school’s earlier advice and enroll in Cross Creek. His mother said “he had come to realize that the only way he would achieve his goal of graduating from high school” was to do so, the report says.

The district was required to respond to Mr. Cruz’s request for special-needs services, known as exceptional student education, within 30 days, the report found. Instead, the district told Mr. Cruz that it would need to evaluate his eligibility for assistance — despite his 15-year record in the school system — and that the process could take six weeks.

The process never began: For a new special-needs evaluation to take place, Mr. Cruz first had to re-enroll in Stoneman Douglas. An administrator said it was too late in the school year to take him back.

Because of failing grades, Cruz withdrew from school. Three days later, he purchased the AR-15 he used one year later in the Parkland shooting.

It’s obvious to see from the report, that Cruz had a long history of alarming behavior, so it’s a hard to say if receiving additional support from the high school would have changed the outcome of the Parkland shooting.

What it does point out, is that the school system failed to properly do their job.

Those instances, from the Sun Sentinel:

— School officials misstated Cruz’s options when he was faced with being removed from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School his junior year, leading him to refuse special education services.

— When Cruz asked to return to the therapeutic environment of Cross Creek School for special education students, the district “did not follow through,” the report reveals.

In part because of the errors, Cruz had no school counseling or other special education services in the 14 months leading up to the shooting on Feb. 14, the report says.

Maybe with all the evidence coming to light that not only did the Broward County Sheriff’s department botch their on the scene response procedures but the school system also failed Cruz, people will stop blaming legal gun owners and the NRA for something they had nothing to do with?

 

 

 

Trump Tweets Against 3D Printed Guns

Tomorrow, it will be legal to download blueprints for using a 3D printer to make guns at home. But ahead of the new ruling by the justice department, President Trump seems to be pushing back. A few hours ago, he tweeted this:

Many gun control advocates have expressed concern over someone having the ability to make a weapon at home. Actress Alyssa Milano stated in an op-ed to CNN today,

Imagine the damage one of these guns, even if it was only capable of firing one shot, could do aboard a plane. Or in a government office. Or in your child’s classroom.

This is part of the larger problem of ghost guns. These guns are made from DIY kits, which have no serial number, require no background check and are currently fully legal due to loopholes in our laws. An internet search on ghost guns tells a terrifying tale: headlines of gangs stocking up on these untraceable weapons. Of states with strict gun laws like Massachusetts confiscating hundreds of these guns. Of a tide of guns we don’t know are out there and we don’t know how to trace.

However, Stephen Gutowski, a writer for Free Beacon, Tweeted a long thread explain how everything people are hearing about 3D printed guns is false.

Interesting.

So far the NRA has not responded to the President.

 

Opinion: NRA Member’s “Feud” with Alyssa Milano is Petty

The NRA annual convention wrapped up this week in Dallas and a record breaking 87,154 attendees traveled to the Lone Star State to check out the speakers, entertainers, appearances by the President and Vice President, and the latest firearms.

As expected, there were a fair share of protests from gun control advocates, including actress Alyssa Milano, who was there representing the NoRA organization. At the protest, she was approached by NRA member Will Haraway, who accused Milano of being a hypocrite because it appeared her security detail were carrying. During their converstation, Milano was escorted away by security and Haraway was asked to leave.

Here’s the unedited video from that exchange which Ben Howe from RedState posted on Twitter.

Milano states that the security hired for the protest was not her personal security detail and that she has no issues with law abiding NRA members.

Several pictures popped up online that show what might be the outline of a firearm under her guards’ clothing.

Do I agree with Alyssa Milano’s stance on gun control? Absolutely not. Like all “common sense gun reform,” it’s based on the idea that criminals will suddenly follow new laws when they already aren’t following current laws. Banning weapons isn’t going to change anything and may I remind her that the last time we had an assault weapons ban, Columbine happened right smack dab in the middle of it.

I do believe in her right to free speech and protest as she sees fit.

My problem with this whole exchange is that these kinds of things are only done so that the videos will go viral. Nothing has been gained on either side and it’s led to name calling and mudslinging from both sides. And since it was instigated by an NRA member, it really makes their side look like trouble-makers.

Milano says she has no problem with law abiding gun owners and her security detail is just that. We have no idea what they were carrying – could it have been a semi-automatic “assault weapon” that Milano wants to ban? Possibly.

Is she a hypocrite if that’s the case? Yes.

But this petty bickering really needs to stop. It would help the 2A cause more if we talk sensibly with people and present facts, rather than showing up at anti-gun protests to heckle people back.

Milano needs some educating, that’s for sure – she’s shared incorrect information from Mom’s Demand founder Shannon Watts multiple times but running up to her to shout “hypocrite” at her isn’t really going to change her position on anything. And unless she’s talking about Planned Parenthood, she’s wrong to blame an organization made up of millions of law abiding gun owners for deaths of innocents.

One thing the NRA could learn from these types of exchanges is that the way they present themselves in marketing campaigns and to the media could use some softening. Kimberly Ross at RedState wrote a great piece on this earlier this year. From that piece:

If we are to be the level-headed side, disagreeing with others but not pushing an emotional narrative, then the NRA needs to tone down its rhetoric. It is not helping the cause.

“…their fate will be failure and they will perish in the political flames of their own fires. We are the National Rifle Association of America, and we are freedom’s safest place.”

We are not engaged in a civil war, though some would certainly wish that to be the case. We hold differing opinions than our fellow Americans, some who don’t own guns, don’t want guns, and don’t understand why others might. You certainly don’t have to share their anti-gun views, but you should respect them.

Couldn’t agree more.

Next year, the convention moves to our hometown of Indianapolis and I’m planning to attend and cover the convention for our site. Doubtful either side of the gun issue will have come to any sort of agreement on anything, but maybe they’ll both be a little less petty when it comes to crashing each other’s events and protests.

Finally! CNN let’s us know David Hogg’s plans after high school

CNN loves them some David Hogg.

You know, who I’m talk about, right? He’s the Parkland School shooting survivor who is on their network more than Brian Stelter. But honestly, he’s probably more reliable than the ‘Reliable Sources’ host, so maybe that’s part of the reason.

Anyway, Mr. Hogg is the lad whose been the most out front and in your face about guns, gun laws, the NRA, saying lawmakers have literal blood on their hands, organizing protests and other pleasantries.

Hogg also believes his parents “don’t know how to use a “f**king” democracy.”

So, you know he’s seems like a perfectly pleasant, reasonable young man.

CNN, “the most trusted name in news,” is without a doubt the primary, if not the sole reason, Hogg has gained so much fame and notoriety.

CNN’s Alliysn Camerota was absolutely incredulous when she learned that any college could turn away their media darling, exclaiming “what kind of dumbass colleges don’t want you?”

Well, now thanks to CNN we now know Hogg won’t be attending any “dumbass” colleges, at least for the next year.  What will the left’s intolerable poster child being doing for the next year?  Well, don’t you worry, he, just like to resident sane person and “comedian” Chelsea Handler, will be making our democracy even better.

How selfless of the lad!

Listen, this isn’t so much about Hogg as it is CNN. Hogg doesn’t realize he’s being used by those pushing gun control and the media. He’s lapping up all the fame and honestly, what 17-year-old kid wouldn’t like being told how great they are and how brave they are for holding opinions that the media elite hold.

Feeling it necessary to tell us what Hogg plans to do after high school just kind of shows where CNN’s credibility is at this point. Next to zero.

Perhaps CNN will tell us what he plans to do for the weekend? What his parents get him for his 18th birthday?

CNN, please do keep us informed! You know, “the most trusted named in news.”

Sexist Liberal Men Ridicule Dana Loesch Over Hairstyle

What is it about our society that we focus more on how a woman is dressed, her size, or how she wore her hair than on what she has to say?

Dana Loesch was ridiculed on Twitter by a bunch of leftist men who thought her top knot was stupid. Loesch normally wears her hair down but went for an updo on her new NRA TV show, Relentless, and instead of focusing on what she was actually saying, these sexist pigs decided to insult her new do.

This is a common hair style for women, and an easy fix for a bad hair day. Not sure why wearing her hair in a bun was so triggering for these men.

Dana’s response was to shake it off and say she’d probably wear it up again today, too.

 

 

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