Thoughts and prayers and a little lead

The indentured servants at the Stately Manor are abuzz over the father who walked into Shorewood Hills elementary school Thursday and handed out pieces of cardboard written with a single word, that word being “GUN!”

GunCould it be that the young man was making a statement? Next time, let’s hope the staff at Shorewood Hills Elementary are better prepared; that they are able to reply with a piece of cardboard that says “You’re Dead.”

They can’t do that if teachers and staff aren’t carrying cardboard — or, in the case of an actual gun — real protection. Cowering in place is a poor alternative.

President Trump has quite reasonably suggested that so-called “Gun-Free Zones” constitute welcome mats for zombie-loser shooters. They don’t shoot up cop shops.

The Wisconsin Legislature has taken tentative steps, authorizing diminishing three-year grants to schools that employ “armed school safety officers,” those being current or former law enforcement officers. That financial carrot could persuade Madison public schools to retain police in its four high schools. Yeah, Madison considers expelling cops rather than troublemakers.

If one teacher is armed, all might be

The better idea is to lift the ban on firearms on school property for teachers and staff possessing valid concealed carry permits, voluntarily and at the discretion of the school district. Armed staff would be registered with the district and the local police agency. Less expense, no new hires. (Some have suggested storing personal weapons in readily accessible lock boxes. Fair enough.) We outlined that proposal here, an idea the Werkes has been promulgating for years.

  • Eight states already allow teachers to carry guns on school grounds, including Ohio, Kansas, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wyoming. Six more states are considering doing so: Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Missouri, Maryland and Oklahoma.
  • The Polk County, Florida, sheriff says schools must empower concealed firearms holders.
  • Hundreds of Ohio teachers are signing up for free concealed weapons class just north of Cincinnati, home of a previous school shooting, it says here.

Girl tracksWhen will Big Gummint come to save us?

Parkland Florida proved that we cannot always depend on government to keep us safe. The Daily Wire comments: “Every single government authority failed in Parkland and they expect Americans to forfeit our self-defense rights to them?!” 

We know the FBI whiffed on the Parkland, Florida, shooter. Now it transpires that the sheriff’s deputy assigned to Marjorie Stoneman Douglas H.S. in Florida cowered outside while the shooter sprayed death. Opponents of cops in schools will seize on this development. Do the social justice warriors really think Madison police are all cowards?

The Broward County sheriff’s office was told in November that the Parkland shooter “could be a school shooter in the making” but deputies didn’t bother to write up a report.

Florida social services conducted an in-home investigation and gave the kid mental health counseling.

More mental health treatment is not a panacea

Yes, make more mental health treatment but it is no firewall. The human mind confounds easy nostrums. This mental health professional, writing in The New York Times (of all places), agrees.

Mr. Cruz had suffered from depression and was getting counseling at one point. He was also evaluated by emergency mental health workers in 2016, but they decided not to hospitalize him. Why, some critics are demanding, didn’t he receive proper treatment? And can’t we just stop angry, unstable young men like him from buying firearms?

It’s much harder than it sounds. The mental health system doesn’t identify most of these people because they don’t come in to get care. And even if they do, laws designed to preserve the civil liberties of people with mental illness place limits on what treatments can be imposed against a person’s will. 

… Even if all potential mass shooters did get psychiatric care, there is no reliable cure for angry young men who harbor violent fantasies.

So consider the idiocy of the following New York Times headline:

“School shootings put teachers in new role as human shields.” 

Think about how the New York Times buys into the victim mentality, the utter helplessness unless Big Gummint comes to the rescue.

Blaska’s Bottom Line: The “No Firearms” sign at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School was false advertising.


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35 Responses to Thoughts and prayers and a little lead

  1. Patrick M O'Loughlin says:

    And all we hear from the left is that, a.) More guns are not the answer and b.) We’re going fund armed guards when we can’t afford to pay teachers decently?

    They simply will not admit that guarding the children and hardening the soft targets have any merit because it’s not what they want. They want guns banned, or at least heavily restricted despite knowing full well that it will not be effective in stopping gun violence. Today, the cry is “Ban the AR-15 and large capacity clips!” But the shooters at Columbine used shotguns and the Virginia Tech shooter killed 45 with two handguns that held 10 bullets. But suggest a professional armed guard (that isn’t a coward) be hired, and suddenly they become fiscally responsible. “Too costly, and it’s just sad that we have come to this point.” More sad than dead kids?


    • AnonyBob says:

      The Columbine shooters used 2 shotguns, a carbine rifle and a TEC9 semi-automatic pistol with large capacity magazine. (Accuracy counts.) Guns banned or heavily restricted not effective? Tell that to the Australians. No mass shootings there since they did that. 2nd Amendment too sacred to change? Not too long ago no one thought gay marriage would be legal.


      • Patrick M O'Loughlin says:

        The Australians confiscated 700,000 guns, which amounted to about 25% of all the guns in Australia. It is estimated that there are 325 million guns in the US and over 5 million of them are AR-15s.Internationally, gun confiscation programs have about a one third compliance rate. That would leave over 200 million guns in the hands of citizens who would now be criminals. And you think this could be an effective plan?


      • madisonexpat says:

        You’ll have to have more than the half dozen or so Blue States the Dems now control to convene your constitutional convention. Until then you’re bringing a knife to a gun fight.


      • @AnonyBob;

        DISCLOSURE: My Gay Sister (whom I LUV-n-adore) has the right to enjoy the privileges, immunities, and the ~ 50-50 shot at happiness legal marriage supplies.

        ”Not too long ago no one thought gay marriage would be legal.”

        Heck, even I remember that!

        Wasn’t it the 2008 democrat debates when the Top Three Lefties (Joltin’ Joe, Hopey Changey, AND Hillarity all came out AGAINST it?

        But when pudgy, manicured, moistened fingers were subsequently held to the wind (AKA: political expediency) they evolved?

        Your recall as well?

        The Gotch


  2. Patrick M O'Loughlin says:

    And by the way, there is one group who you can bet will never give up their guns, and that’s the maniac killers you’re supposedly trying to stop.


  3. Patrick M O'Loughlin says:


    I noticed that you sidestepped the matter of armed defenders. Are you opposed to armed guards because they’re too expensive, or are you opposed to them because they don’t restrict gun ownership like the laws you’d prefer?


  4. AnonyBob says:

    It was a buy back program, Australians were compensated. The remaining firearms are probably legitimate hunting and sporting guns. But the bottom line is, it worked. No more dead kids there. I’ll bet they’re not wasting money on armed guards and hardening schools. Why do we tolerate it?


  5. Batman says:

    No one cares what bobo the troll considers a credible new source.


    • AnonyBob says:

      Just because I confound you with rational arguments doesn’t make me a troll. Get out of your Fox info silo.


      • Batman says:

        Rational arguments. Laughable!
        You are a troll, because of your constant incendiary Trump criticism like, -Trump is a tyrant- comment.
        Continual sidestepping rebuttals that clearly demonstrate your mistaken thinking.
        Tiresome belittling of anything right of center buttressed with specious arguments.
        And persistent use of genetic fallacy.
        You just like to poke the bear.

        Let me put it in familiar bobo language; it’s all Obama’s fault…

        Indeed; bobo is half human, half troll..


      • AnonyBob says:

        I am no more a troll than Dave is for his unending hating on Dems and liberals or Splat’s slavish tongue baths of Trump (ewww).
        Trump: “I would have run in there even without a gun.” He’s yours. You can have him.


      • AnonyBob says:

        I prefer: comment provocateur who offers a countering viewpoint. It keeps the discussion lively.


  6. Patrick M O'Loughlin says:

    I always find it fascinating when lefties suddenly choose to become fiscally responsible in the middle of a debate on social issues. Anonybob is quite concerned about the expense of having armed guards, but not about the cost of “buying back” all the 5 million AR-15s in America as well as the other 320 million guns. (And it’s only a buy back if people have a choice. They didn’t in Australia.) My guess is that it costs more to ship 325 million guns across town, than it does to arm every school in America .

    You’ve confused “rational arguments” with rationalizations..


  7. richard lesiak says:

    Misleading and cherry picked article. In Ohio right now teachers can bring guns onto school grounds; not said, they must be kept locked in their cars. That police chief you cited also wants to ban fire drills. huh??? It was 3 cops who failed to enter that school, not one. Finally; no one is calling Madison cops cowards; leave them out of it.


    • Batman says:

      Richard (nothisrealname) Lesiak,
      You’re right, no one is calling Madison cops cowards, so WTF are you talking about.
      Which “misleading and cherry picked article” are you referring to?
      What is your overall point?


      • richard lesiak says:

        Dear Bats#$t; maybe YOU should read what Blaska posts here. I’m referring to the article about the Polk County Sheriff and the Ohio Teacher article. My response about Madison cops was to Blaska’s question if the “social justice warriors are calling all Madison cops cowards.” Maybe you should read the article again and actually go to the sites Blaska loves to liberally sprinkle throughout his writings before shooting off your mouth.


  8. Batman lives says:

    Calm down Ritchie; it’s just a little blog site. We’re not making policy here.
    I didn’t feel like doing the leg work, so thanks.


    • richard lesiak says:

      There you go hurting Blaska’s feelings. Little blog site? Not making policy? And here I thought David was a really big mover and shaker in Madison politics.


      • Batman lives says:

        Little blog site– just an expression Ritchie.
        This is actually the secret go-to site for Madison honchos in need of understanding which way the wind is blowing politically.
        So you better step up your game and begin to articulate more persuasively and coherently.
        And that’s a wrap.


  9. When the East High School students blocked East Washington Avenue during Black Lives Matter, were any arrested for disorderly conduct? I can’t believe that a protest with a card written with a single word on it, is considered more of a disturbance.


  10. David Blaska says:

    Batman raises a good question, Lesiak. What IS your point?


  11. AnonyBob says:

    Not Batman, but Batman Lives. Can’t Gotch keep a consistent identity?


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