We all know about the Texas school shooting by now, but:

Something has occurred to me when pondering  yet another hideous school shooting:

Of course, the first thing many think about is “TOO MANY GUNS!”  And, let’s face it, there ARE too many guns.   But most of us understand that guns don’t shoot themselves.  Obviously, if the guns weren’t there, they wouldn’t be shot, but killers would find some way to hurt others, in my humble opinion.  An argument might be that we very, very rarely hear about these killings in Europe, and most Europeans do not have guns.  But Swiss military, at least, take their guns home after they leave the military and we don’t hear a lot there.

HERE is my thinking:

1, Many of the shooter/killers have been red flagged in the past.  They’ve had histories of being ‘weird’, of being recluses even in school, some have actually threatened to kill but teachers or shrinks have talked with them and they’ve been deemed ‘just weird’, or they’ve scared their own families but families kept silent.

I believe a lot of that is due to the Left’s fear of EVER actually labeling someone as troubled, a possible killer.   God forbid someone is labeled unfairly,  or absolutely wrongly identified when they’re really just weird! ……..SO, these people get a pass often to the horrible outcomes we experience so much in America.

2. There have been discussions of armed guards at schools or other large facilities with a lot of people.   The Left doesn’t approve of that because people might feel uptight seeing someone with a GUN around them.    It might OFFEND SOMEBODY! (we need to start offending again).  The gun has been demonized to always mean something bad instead of the fact that the gun can kill a mass murderer and save many lives in the doing.

How do we retrain those silly enough to look at every gun as a weapon for killing innocents (possibly coming from the anti-gun, anti-military thing the Left loves to harangue about)?

HOW DO YOU THINK WE CAN AT LEAST HELP KEEP THESE INCIDENTS DOWN?

OR DO YOU THINK IT’S POSSIBLE AT ALL?

Please pray for the dead, pray particularly for their families……..there’s not much worse than this.

 

Z

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47 Responses to We all know about the Texas school shooting by now, but:

  1. bocopro says:

    In my country-boy opinion, you’ve offered a partial but very reasonable solution to the problem:

    “(we need to start offending again)”

    Without pontificating on the abject silliness of a society’s allowing 2 or 3 percent of its population to dictate pronouns, terminology, definitions, and behavior in general to the rest of us, just lemme say this about rapists, murderers, arsonists, and terrorists . . . .

    Cruel and unusual crimes deserve cruel and unusual punishment. The point is, of course, that punishment should be relevant and appropriate to the offense; it shouldn’t be greater than the crime, nor should it be lesser, but equal.

    In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says, “Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth” (Matthew 5:38). Yes . . . yes . . . I know, he also says if someone slaps you on the cheek, turn to him the other.

    But the current prosecutorial fad of releasing evil-doers with minimum or no bail, repeatedly, and providing food/shelter/health care/and endless appeals to convicted murderers . . . just ain’t cuttin it. And Miranda/Tempia has purty much emasculated jurisprudence.

    Public shaming and humiliation for repeat minor offenses such as stalking, harassing, window-peeking, vote muling, DWI, public indecency, cruelty to animals. Why not?

    And as for the worst offenders – the rapists, arsonists, identity thiefs, child molesters, drug pushers, terrorists, murderers – first confiscate all monies and valuables they have for distribution to the survivors and families of the victims.

    Then when all possible recompense is complete, allow the survivors and/or victims first opportunity to mete out appropriate justice, including horrible lingering death, to the offender.

    If by chance no survivors or family are available or willing to carry out fitting retribution, the local city or state government then assumes the role of justice administrator; for example, castration for non-violent rapists or exile for identity thieves.

    We are in no danger whatever of running out of misbehaving naked primates, so thinning the herd from time to time will not imperil the species. Get rid of the burrs under the collective saddle. Excise the malignant growths. Toss out the rotten potato infecting the bin.

    Need a volunteer to throw the switch? Look me up; I have plenty of free time.

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  2. Mustang says:

    Under our system, one cannot be charged with a criminal act unless or until they’ve committed a criminal act. We can, under certain circumstances, arrest someone who is mentally ill and dangerous to themselves, or others, but that too is a slippery slope. We have laws that keep mentally deficient persons from buying firearms. We have laws against such persons possessing firearms. But we do not have the mechanism for making sure that mentally off-balance Salvatore doesn’t take a firearm from his grandmother’s chest of drawers and used it against anyone. This may be the argument of the anti-gun mob. If this is what happened, then Salvatore’s grandmother has already paid the price for her stupidity.

    But … here’s what else is stupid. Texas (and federal) law makes school campuses “gun-free zones,” which means that no one may take a gun onto a school campus. Salvatore did exactly that, and no one at the school could stop him. They were not allowed to carry a gun that might have been used to stop Salvatore from slaughtering these innocent children. So now ask, how did “gun-free” save anyone?

    An armed teacher might have — even if Salvatore had gone to school with a machete or kitchen knife, instead of a firearm.

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  3. Layla Elizabeth Kanas-Gonzalez says:

    Guns are not the issue. Guns do not kill. PEOPLE DO! The problem is people not guns. There should be the same security system in our schools as when you go to traffic court or any courthouse as our children must become more valuable than money or politicizing the gun control issue. It is kit controlling guns. It is controlling the people who get them. People KILL-blame the people not the guns.

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  4. Layla Elizabeth Kanas-Gonzalez says:

    Typo …”It is not controlling guns …”

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  5. bunkerville says:

    An old post of mine started to get hits again…. Just for perspective.There were eight mass shootings under Clinton, eight under Bush, and 24 under Obama.

    The tradition of presidential silence in the wake of most mass shootings came to an end in the 1990s during the Clinton administration.

    President Clinton did not weigh in on every one of the eight mass shootings during his tenure,

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  6. peter3nj says:

    In 1992 an Elizabeth, NJ veteran teacher of 30 years at Elizabeth High School had enough and despite pending legal proceedings resigned and moved to Florida. What would precipitate the move on her part you may ask? She along with the Elizabeth BOE and the city of Elizabeth were all named in a lawsuit brought forward by a mother (Hispanic if you’re wondering) whose son brought a machete to the high school this in the days before metal detectors and armed guards in our public schools. With the machete taken away by the teacher and her son suspended mommy hired legal council to sue the offending parties named in the suit. Nothing new under the sun.

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  7. Mustang says:

    We have to rid ourselves of this notion that we can produce a bubble society within which people are protected from every possible eventuality. So, a few years ago, a young man was walking down the street when he was suddenly attacked by an African wielding a machete … and the African proceeded to decapitate the young man right there on the street. And then there was an incident a few years ago in NC when someone driving a car stomped on the gas pedal and ended up killing one and injuring several more. How does one protect against every possibility of whack-job walking our streets? Shall we develop technology that prevents a mentally stressed husband, who had a fight with his wife in the morning before going to work, from starting his forklift because he might hurt someone with it? What we could do is cut back on the number of incidents involving social stupidity.

    Shall we lock up everyone who has mental issues? We ALL have mental issues. Shall we drug anyone who has stress in their lives? We ALL have stress in our lives. Shall we remove all guns from the USA? Well, that doesn’t work. Our large city gangs are all carrying MP-5s. How did they get those weapons? Not from the local gun store, I can tell you that … and not in LA, Chicago, Baltimore, or Detroit. So where did they come from? Some gangs even have hand grenades. We should stop listening to leftist morons. We cannot protect everyone from everything – nor should we try. Preventing every single eventuality is not a free society.

    I grieve for those children and their parents. But when we have a society that refuses to put Salvadore in a ward where he belongs … because Salvadore has civil rights, then society needs to shut the hell up whenever Salvadore goes off the deep end. My bet is that Salvadore was one of those Ritalin kids no one wants to talk about — and THAT is an epidemic everyone ignores.

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  8. Layla Elizabeth Kanas-Gonzalez says:

    Mustang we cannot lock everyone up but if they can tighten up traffic court with scanners and security they can do the same in schools.

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  9. peter3nj says:

    Rhetorical question: How does a society survive when in essence the diagnosed or excused mentally ill potential killer angels among us are afforded free reign in the name of what, free speech while a teacher or administrator licensed and trained in firearms is forbidden to protect the innocent?

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  10. Mustang says:

    Right, Elizabeth … but you will note that people who operate court scanners are armed deputies. Teachers or administrators operating scanners at school campuses, who are unarmed, cannot prevent someone who is armed, from entering the school buildings or grounds. So the scanner idea is merely a band-aid applied to a sucking chest wound.

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  11. kidme37 says:

    There are 3 main problems here. In order:

    1. Gun free zones invite murder.
    Sorry for longer story but important I think. Back during the ‘financial crisis’ of 2008, a local school district- Lakota schools, consisting of 6 physical schools, terminated 90 – count em NINETY administrators, and 100 teachers and called it good. Now honestly what did any of those 90 ‘administrators’ do beside bring the friggin donuts. If a school can afford to pay 90 admins and 100 teachers that they Don’t need, they can pay security people.
    People would be offended? Bullshit. False argument by the dems who Love when stuff like this happens. It helps them with their gun confiscation agenda.
    Get rid of the damn gun free zones.
    Plano Texas has more guns per capita than probably any place in the US. Murder rate of 0.4 per 100,000 – lowest on the planet.

    2. Single mothers. Seriously. Most single mother households have zero ability to raise boys. Adam Lanza, sandy hook, single mother, this kid – sounds like he lived with his grandmother. I recall others similar. Women can’t raise boys, Especially Troubled boys, and the women are out of the house working beside. (David Blaine (magician) raised by single mother. Wonderful human being, one of the best on the panet if you get to know him. Not the norm unfortunately.) The kids I knew growing up who were and are whackjobs had single mothers Every single one. And every single one who was in a single mother household was a whackjob. Every single one. Child rearing and raising has to be done a certain way. And this was in the 50’s and 60’s. Not this FUBAR’d child rearing environment we have today. It doesn’t work. It cannot be made to work. You can’t drill a hole in a boat and send it out on the water.

    3. Kids are being raised to be seriously screwed up. You know what I’m talking about. No one loses, No one can be offended. etc. Few kids can handle real life anymore. Someone gets offended or bullied on social media, they go shoot up a school. Fact. Plus they’re given drugs like glasses of water. Riddilin, Adderall, anti-psychotic drugs. These are real and serious problems and the result is you don’t get a society full of well balanced people able to handle real life and it’s been going on for a good while.

    You can’t keep the environment we have and fix it. It is not fixable. The only thing you can do is Deal with it. Start by getting rid of the gun free zones and if a bunch of donut hauling assholes lose their jobs to pay for it, a double win.

    Other countries without guns don’t have these problems? It is because they also don’t have the kind of people we have running around here in the USA. Not a single black person in Russia for example. No border crossers from Honduras either. Not a single person like you find in S. Chicago will you find in any other country in Europe. It’s the People Z.

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  12. kidme37 says:

    To Mustang’s point about guns. Most mass shootings are done with either illegal guns, magazine capacities or illegally acquired guns. “Gun control” is absolutely positively useless in these cases.

    PS – Once again, only one side of the ledger is discussed by the politico and media, That being the guns involved in killing people. WHat about the number of guns and guns involved in Saving people. WAY more, WAY more than those in killing people, and most gun deaths are form suicide so subtract that number right off the top.

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  13. bocopro says:

    Just a minor point here about causation and amplification and all . . . .

    What have all the shooters in the past dozen or so years had in common ?

    Social media. Methinks mayhaps the touch-screen be as culpable as the multi mag.

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  14. heidiannefiedler1328 says:

    In Texas, there is a process for school districts to apply to the Department of Public Safety and put into place a system for teachers and faculty to be armed. Sadly, very few ISDs take advantage of this program. Mostly it is implemented in deep-red areas. Santa Fe (literally the town next door to me in Texas) implemented it the school year following the deadly shooting at the High School and the kids and staff are far safer for it.

    It is interesting to note, that removing guns from other countries has not increased the safety of their citizens. In some cases, it hasn’t truly reduced the per capita numbers of gun violence. The thing about criminals – or evil people intent on evil – is that they don’t care what is legal. If laws could protect us, heinous crimes would not happen.

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  15. geeez2014 says:

    BUNKERVILLE: OFFENDING someone is a highly underrated thing…as is SHAME; Highly underrated. It kept us good for 200 years, until Wayne Dwyer’s “I’m OK, You’re OK”, I like to often joke.
    AND YES YES YES! What if SHOOTING AT A SCHOOL IMMEDIATELY MET WITH THE DEATH SENTENCE? MAYBE there’d be less of those? TOUGHER SENTENCING.
    I think this killer must have been a depraved monster, at least during that shooting spree, but we not only need to teach HIM a lesson but show others “That doesn’t work….you’ll be killed if you do anything like that guy did”

    MUSTANG says exactly what I’ve been saying for years….and particularly recently on my ‘SHIT HAPPENS” post……”We cannot protect everyone from everything – nor should we try. Preventing every single eventuality is not a free society” AMEN.

    We CANNOT fix everything, we CANNOT protect everyone from everything….As the left likes to feel they have the edge because they TRY, what they’re TRYING to do is weaken our society with that ridiculous notion of protecting all, stopping all evil, etc.

    Obviously, that is NOT to say we shouldn’t do all we can to protect people! It’s just that some horrible things ARE going to happen………
    Who really CAN foretell that some punk 18 year old will snuff out the lives of 19 children and two adults (and maybe a third adult if his grandmother passes!)?

    BUT, as I said in my post, armed guards “offend,” and can’t even BE on campus per TX law!!…and bringing in a sick puppy who’s made death threats on line or in person isn’t “NICE” and could harm that person. I’m okay with that….he deserves help! We must cure ourselves of that “slippery slope” of not being able to arrest people who haven’t actually done something IF they’ve shown to be violent or a danger to others, or themselves.

    HOW DO WE DO THAT?

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  16. geeez2014 says:

    KID…so right….
    NO MORE GUN FREE ZONES, WE DON’T CARE HOW OFFENDED A LIBERAL MIGHT BE.

    FATHERLESS CHILDREN….SHOWN TO BE SUCH A DIFFICULT THING FOR SO MANY KIDS….

    PEOPLE ARE SCREWED UP….. As I said in my post, Swiss military resign and take their guns HOME! Almost ZERO killings in Switzerland. They know how to properly, safely store them…they aren’t NUTS, they have SHAME still in Switzerland (believe me)

    In OUR schools, for the last 30 years, kids can’t be allowed to WIN because then other kids FEEL BAD! We were RAISED feeling bad, folks, remember!? We didn’t win every sports even or every academic medal in elementary school or high school. We LOST so we could learn what we could do to WIN next time!! NOT TODAY: Our kids CANNOT COPE..>SIMPLY CAN’T COPE.

    And, voila; one way to cope is SHOOT UP EVERYONE AROUND YOU……

    AND YES! FOX last night had a guest reminding us how GUNS SAVE LIVES……….but many school districts won’t even ALLOW an armed guard at their school!! RIDICULOUS!! The kids can’t COPE with SEEING A GUN (laughing my bottom off here)

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  17. geeez2014 says:

    Heidianne…not sure which countries you mean; I know Europe has almost none of these shootings…
    And yes, you’re so right…..here in L.A., our sheriff has decided to BUY GUNS! And I think they got about 2000 guns. Think any criminals needed the money bad enough to sell a gun? NO! Think a lot of people who needed some cash, and some silly lefties who felt guilt cuz grandpa had a gun in the closet so now we can feel redeemed and sell it, are going to be safer without their guns? NO! Those selling guns are sitting ducks.
    NO CRIMINAL IS GOING TO SELL HIS GUN FOR ANYTHING. HOW STUPID WAS THIS ? aND THEY HAVE THESE SALES ALL OVER THE COUNTRY!!

    BOCOPRO; YES, they’re finding this killer had said some nasty stuff on line…you’re right. And, this school district says it has a task force of people reading social media to make sure they catch something. Well, this 18 year old had dropped out!!

    LAYLA….I hate to consider our schools being like WAR ZONES…..remember when you and I didn’t even CONSIDER we could get shot? Open, free schools…no chain link………..
    One armed guard……what’s the down side, right?

    LAYLA AND MUSTANG…’SCANNERS”???? What is that….something that can identify a weapon under a coat, etc??

    PETER: that is a HORRIBLE, AMAZING STORY.
    As for your second comment, check out my post….. I’d rather some kook would be ‘unfairly labeled’ because of the crap he put on Social Media, or acting weird, etc., than taking the risk of letting him go and THEN losing 20 kids at an elementary school.

    AND, OF COURSE…KAMALA AND JOE HAD THE VERY VERY BAD TASTE TO MENTION GUNS ON THE DAY MOST AMERICANS WERE MOURNING……….HEARING HOW JOE’S CHEST FELT SUCKED OUT WHEN HE LOST HIS BEAU, ETC………IT’S ALWAYS ABOUT HIM………..
    ‘NEVER LET A GOOD CRISIS GO TO WASTE”

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  18. kidme37 says:

    People that do mass shootings don’t even think about the possible consequences. Meaningless.

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  19. geeez2014 says:

    The shooter’s mother is now said to be a drug addict…which is why a lot of young kids live with decent grandparents…….Nice way to raise your kids, huh? Being strung out enough that you can’t have them live with you?

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  20. geeez2014 says:

    WHICH REMINDS ME OF SOMETHING;

    I HAVE LIVED IN EUROPE….I HAVE NEVER SEEN NOR HEARD OF BIG DRUG ABUSE BY KIDS, LET ALONE THEIR PARENTS. I am in NO WAY suggesting it’s not done. We all know Amsterdam and other places are drug havens…………….
    You won’t see anybody getting high on pot in Munich or Paris streets…….not saying it doesn’t exist, it’s just not done in public like it is here now…in NYC, apparently?

    Remember when rock groups had short, clean hair, suits and ties, and performed? (Beach Boys, Turtles, Hermans’ Hermits, ..even the Stones and Beatles!)…THEN it suddenly, like over night, became so cool to be HIGH, like LUCY IN THE SKY…………..and we got Woodstock, etc….and it was SHOCKING at the time…
    and then it stopped being shocking….and something snapped here in AMerica….really snapped…I will never stop crediting some of our morals, our culture, to people living stoned….never stop believing a TON of those things are FROM DRUGS.

    sOmething SNAPPED. I was there.

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  21. geeez2014 says:

    KID, I think mass shootings take that kind of person….who doesn’t care if he lives or dies…I totally agree.

    And I think there are more than that kind of person who would toy with the idea of doing something really bad and would be too scared of what could happen to him or her.

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  22. Layla Elizabeth Kanas-Gonzalez says:

    @Mustang “Right, Elizabeth … but you will note that people who operate court scanners are armed deputies,/b>. Teachers or administrators operating scanners at school campuses, who are unarmed, cannot prevent someone who is armed, from entering the school buildings or grounds. So the scanner idea is merely a band-aid applied to a sucking chest wound.”

    Mustang that is what is now being called for in public schools around the nation. They do it in Chicago they can do it around the nation. It is the same security system with deputies that are armed. Not school staff Mustang.

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  23. geeez2014 says:

    Can you all tell me what this SCANNER actually is, what it does? Thanks.

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  24. geeez2014 says:

    BETO O’ROURKE seems to be building his electoral chances by attacking Gov Abbott about not going to the NRA convention this weekend.

    Watching the presser now and some guy came up and heckled Abbott….I THINK I heard someone say it was O’Rourke, who got strongly put down with “Can’t you stop POLITICIZING the pain and suffering of our parents just for a DAY?” He kept heckling but finally left.
    I think it was O’Rourke!

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  25. geeez2014 says:

    One officer who came to the scene was MARRIED to a woman who was killed and he came upon her 😦 SO tragic.

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  26. peter3nj says:

    Just tuned in to FOX for a few minutes to see bastard Beto grandstand at the ongoing press conference. Hopefully those asleep across the nation understand what pieces of shit the opportunistic democrats truly are.

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  27. MAL says:

    I believe the question is, if we didn’t have the 2nd amendment to begin with, would we still have a country today? i.e., what has happened where it saved our country? The argument that it has discouraged invasions by foreign countries in the past because they feared an armed citizenry.is somewhat moot as we can’t prove that for sure. And we all realize any type of confiscation at this point wouldn’t work, so like it or not, we’re stuck with it.
    Also, something to ponder: If everyone carried, would be be any safer, or just have more shootings? I believe it would be the latter.

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  28. kidme37 says:

    Let’s leave God out of it for this one statement. I am born with a right to protect my life. There is no shortage of vermin out there, where I will need a gun if and when I end up in the wrong place at the wrong time.

    This is not the country to be disarmed. If a person chooses to be, it is their choice for them not for me.

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  29. peter3nj says:

    First thy came for….On the contrary, first they took away all the guns then they came for…

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  30. Baysider says:

    Mustang – right about gun-free zones. I mentioned elsewhere that the Colorado theater killer searched for one that did not allow guns. They’re not stupid! One school shooting years ago was stopped by a vice principal who ran to his car which was parked just beyond the 1,000 feet distance from the school required by federal law because he had a firearm there. He was still the first on the scene with a firearm – well before the sheriff. He could have saved more had he not had to run nearly half a mile to respond.

    I don’t think there are ‘too many’ guns just as there aren’t too many cars. Depends how they’re used.

    You make good points, Z. We cannot protect everyone from everything. The last 2 years are more evidence of that. And also evidence that many don’t learn. As Mustang said, “when we have a society that refuses to put Salvadore in a ward where he belongs … [we] need to shut the hell up whenever Salvadore goes off the deep end.” How do we re-train? Being smacked in the face with reality will help those closer to a ‘tragic’ view of life and harden others who expect safe perfection from life.

    Not too long ago U.S. deaths by firearm statistics were compared with the rest of the western world. With a slight twist. They are higher per capita. Until inner city murders by black gangs are set aside. THAT is what makes for such a high U.S. death-by-gun rate. That seems to be the biggest difference between here and “there.”

    Poor grandmother. So many grandmothers who are more or less forced to step up, and do. I know one made a magnificent young man out of her criminal son’s son. And still pray for young Dylan who was forced to face the most tragic view of life so early.

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  31. geeez2014 says:

    I WAS RIGHT…O’Rourke is running for Governor and he stormed the stage where Abbott was with many law enforcement people…..screaming loudly about GUN CONTROL………….

    A free campaign stop. A guy on stage said “you’re a SICK SOB and YOU NEED TO LEAVE…maybe you can just give us a few days to grieve before you bring politics into this??
    LEAVE NOW”…fantastic!!

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  32. geeez2014 says:

    MAL, I believe it’s been proven that states with open carry have less shootings…
    Yes, I just ‘talked’ with someone on Facebook, from England….it was a joke conversation because this person SO doesn’t understand America……
    But, more and more, we’re all waking up to the fact that our biggest problems are MENTAL HEALTH, not GUNS.
    There are approx 50 MILLION kids in school today…19 died yesterday, 20 died ten years ago. Yes, I MUST add “ONE IS TOO MUCH” (we’d not have had to add that only 20 years ago, but everybody’s so so sensitive…seems obvious to ME)…..

    Here in LA, The Sheriff bought guns back! WHOOPPEEE>…all are SO happy!! Trouble is, I’m doubting anybody who’d KILL with a gun turned HIS gun in for ANY amount of money 😦

    KID…we have EVERY RIGHT to protect OUR LIVES…no doubt about it.
    Ya, I don’t think the gun situation is ‘cut and dried’ but we have a HUGE mental health problem in America today and bad guys with guns require good guys with guns to KEEP THEM.

    BAYSIDER….I mentioned in my post… we can’t even hold someone with mental health problems because our Left finds it mean and unconstitutional, etc etc………That has to stop………
    Too many grandparents raising grandchildren; drugs have affected too many of the parents.

    I believe drug problems are bigger than most of us think………….As I said above, it’s odd how even rock groups had short, clean hair, ties and suits, BIG rock groups; Beatles, Stones, Beach Boys…suddenly, drugs hit, Woodstock hit, and we’re done……..gone.
    I can’t TELL you guys the drug stuff I hear even at a Christian high school…that is ZERO guarantee….

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  33. MAL says:

    Z, I Stand corrected on that. I remember seeing a short video clip of folks dining in a cafe, some sitting at a counter, when a gunman walks in holding a gun, and everyone in the cafe jumped up with a gun in their hand, aimed at the guy. Really funny. No shots fired. It wasn’t necessary.

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  34. Baysider says:

    Yup, drugs is why my friend was raising her grandson. Interestingly, she had 2 sons. The criminal and a “good” one. The good one’s wife told me her husband was where he was today by the grace of Jesus, to whom he’d turned his life. He was experimenting with his brother and could have gone the same way. She said Jesus saved their marriage, too. Go figure. Jesus knows what he’s talking about.

    The Sackler family who owned Purdue Pharma which fostered the current opioid epidemic, got barely a slap on the wrist despite strong evidence of deceit and manipulation in years of calculated maneuvering and regulatory capture. The FDA official who greenlighted Oxycontin was soon working for Purdue for $400k/year, too. They ALL knew. So many lives destroyed, doctors flat out lied to and so many of them did not know at first how dangerous it was. Well, the family is still rich, and thousands – and millions by extension – of lives destroyed.

    Glad to see I’m out of moderation. I don’t know why it was a problem yesterday. Maybe cuz I was traveling and posting from my phone??

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  35. kidme37 says:

    Get rid of the democrat hellholes and the USA is down near the bottom of the list for gun murders. Fact.

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  36. geeez2014 says:

    BAYSIDER….You were only in moderation on one comment; there’s no rhyme or reason usually….

    The story of the Head Master at Pacifica is similar to that which you describe….two single moms with two little boys decided to live together as neither was making a really livable salary on her own….the boys became close friends, like brothers, growing up together…… The one got into drugs and other problems, Jim did not. The one has been in and out of jail for many years…I think he still is. Jim credits his upstanding life to his faith in Jesus….which led to a wonderful wife with a marvelous supportive family and his influence on hundreds of kids each year…..
    That’s why I often say it’s changed lives which is the biggest ‘apologetic’ I can imagine!

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  37. Baysider says:

    Tnx. I had a lot of trouble trying to post. Good story to hear about a renewed life. Yes, the best apologetic – evidence of durability. Like James said, its your works that show what you are.

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  38. geeez2014 says:

    BAYSIDER….I didn’t know you’d had trouble trying to post…..I figured, like often happens with Mal, and usually with others from time to time, a comment just didn’t post…
    I have no idea why that happens…sorry.

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  39. geeez2014 says:

    KID, I’m sure you’re right.

    By the way, what’s an air-firearm? Some guy from the UK was spouting about how low shootings are (almost 0) in the UK, so I checked around….he’s mostly right, which shocked me, since they got much tighter gun laws a few years back. But they have AIR FIREARMS? I googled a bit…but is that literally shooting AIR?? I think they’re illegal :-)!!!

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  40. MAL says:

    Air firearms? Maybe thats how you get “blown away”! Ya think?
    ;0)

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  41. kidme37 says:

    I’ve never heard the term air firearm. I have heard air rifle which is a rifle or pistol that takes a CO2 compressed air capsule and shoots BB’s. I’ve been shot with those. Won’t kill ya but do sting pretty good.

    U shootings are down? Machetes and knife attacks way up ! Years ago a retired Chicago cop convinced me I’d much rather be shot than stabbed.

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  42. geeez2014 says:

    KID, SHOT than STABBED? WOWZA!
    https://www.bing.com/search?q=air+firearms+uk&form=QBLH&sp=-1&pq=air+firearms+uk&sc=4-15&qs=n&sk=&cvid=745B80EA4A5C45A9B1FB678BBDAAFB46
    Ya, bad guys in the UK carry air firearms!??

    I’d never known this…..

    EVERYBODY: I forgot to mention something completely OFF TOPIC:

    Mayor Eric Adams of NYC was taking credit yesterday, hugely complimenting the NYPD for ‘getting this guy” (the guy who shot the fellow on his way to Brunch Sunday on the subway)….But the story that followed was how THE GUY TURNED HIMSELF IN WITH THE HELP OF A PASTOR WHO WAS DRIVING A ROLLS ROYCE!
    They didn’t GET THE GUY!

    I think Eric Adams might be THE biggest disappointment EVER…..Even I had some high hopes for him after DeBlasio………….wrong.

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  43. kidme37 says:

    Not going to do any inet research but my guess is that moslem vermin have firearms. Like they’d respect anyone’ laws. The two vermin kids in the San Bernardino shooting had illegal assault rifles (for California). Why anyone thinks laws are going to improve situations like this is beyond me.

    Yes, I’d rather be shot than stabbed. Knives can cause some real havoc with internal organs.

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  44. geeez2014 says:

    KID, probably true about knives/internal organs…..I’d have thought the blast of a gun doesn’t help, either, but some bullets go right through….no big deal.

    I just heard a guy on Tucker say that there are more attacks with HAMMERS than RIFLES!! Yikes!! THAT would hurt 🙂

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  45. geeez2014 says:

    ALSO: OFF TOPIC GOOD NEWS:

    My sis went to her granddaughter’s assembly at school this morning…. She said they opened with the Principal saying “Before we start, let’s have a moment of silence for the children of the world”, which is SO much better than mentioning the terrible shootings in TX and scaring little kids, and of course, is what she’d meant….that showed class to me;
    BETTER NEWS, is my sis was excited because they said the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE and sang THE NATIONAL ANTHEM!!
    In PUBLIC school………….hurrah!!

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  46. MAL says:

    That gives us hope, Z. Good for the principal doing that.

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  47. geeez2014 says:

    MAL…I thought it showed such caring and such CLASS….what 7 yr old needs to even know about that awful shooting, right? And then to add the Pledge AND the Anthem! My sis was THRILLED! 🙂

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