School Shooting? WHAT school shooting?

by Datechguy | December 19th, 2013

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School Shooting? WHAT school shooting?

If there was ever a shoot­ing that the media should have jumped all over it was Arapahoe.

The ducks were all seem­ingly in a row. Here you had a shoot­ing in Col­orado at a high school just eight miles from Columbine, tak­ing place right after there was a big change in gun laws and the recall of Sen­a­tors who voted for them.

This shoot­ing was prac­ti­cally made to order for the Gun con­trol crowd to charge for­ward with flags fly­ing and drums beating.

The rel­a­tive silence of the media on this is so deaf­en­ing so atyp­i­cal that the ques­tion becomes.…What’s going on here?

Well there are two facts that have really inhib­ited those who would nor­mally be beat­ing their breasts and parad­ing this before all the nation.

1. The Shooter:

To a media just wait­ing to report on Tea Party vio­lence the ini­tial reports of him as polit­i­cally active had poten­tial, alas he had the wrong ene­mies:

In one Face­book post, Pier­son attacks the philoso­phies of econ­o­mist Adam Smith, who through his invisible-​hand the­ory pushed the notion that the free mar­ket was self-​regulating. In another post, he describes him­self as “Keynesian.”

I was won­der­ing to all the neo­clas­si­cals and neolib­er­als, why isn’t the mar­ket cor­rect­ing itself?” he wrote. “If the invis­i­ble hand is so strong, shouldn’t it be able to over­power regulations?”

Pier­son also appears to mock Repub­li­cans on another Face­book post, writ­ing “you repub­li­cans are so cute” and post­ing an image that reads: “The Repub­li­can Party: Health Care: Let ‘em Die, Cli­mate Change: Let ‘em Die, Gun Vio­lence: Let ‘em Die, Women’s Rights: Let ‘em Die, More War: Let ‘em Die. Is this really the side you want to be on?”

and this:

Senior Chris Davis, 18, was among many stu­dents Sat­ur­day try­ing to make sense of Pierson’s shoot­ing rampage.

He was a weird kid,” Davis said. “He’s a self-​proclaimed com­mu­nist, just wears Soviet shirts all the time.”

Pier­son became eas­ily aggra­vated, “always liked to be right” and didn’t like los­ing, Davis said.

In fact the Den­ver Post arti­cle had him described as a social­ist before that line was scrubbed As RB pun­dit put it:

He was pretty much right.

But even a left­ist with a gun is still a bad guy with a gun. The Media could have still spun this, but if the polit­i­cal pro­cliv­i­ties weren’t enough to bury this story for the left a sec­ond fac­tor was:

2. The Armed Guard

Gran­ite Grok’s post on the lat­est school shoot­ing was titled thus:

The Rea­son the Ara­pa­hoe School Shoot­ing Lasted Only 80 Seconds

It was not only short the causal­ity count was low. In their report­ing on the shoot­ing the Chris­t­ian Sci­ence Mon­i­tor noted why.

As they inves­ti­gate the lat­est school shoot­ing in the United States – Fri­day at Ara­pa­hoe High School in Cen­ten­nial, Colo. – one thing is clear to law enforce­ment offi­cials there: The pres­ence of an armed deputy sher­iff on reg­u­lar duty at the school was the key fac­tor in pre­vent­ing more deaths and injuries.

What Armed guards as a solu­tion to the prob­lem? The Inde­pen­dent Jour­nal has more:

Although it may seem like our soci­ety is becom­ing more vio­lent, gun vio­lence in Amer­ica has dropped almost 40% since 1993, accord­ing to the Depart­ment of Jus­tice. Sadly, school shoot­ings will hap­pen regard­less of pub­lic pol­icy. And the fact that schools are “gun-​free” zones makes them easy tar­gets for crim­i­nals seek­ing to inflict harm on inno­cent Amer­i­cans. So, are armed guards the answer?

It pre­vented fur­ther loss of life at Ara­pa­hoe High. New­town adopted armed guards in their school dis­trict after Sandy Hook. Last Jan­u­ary, a major­ity of Amer­i­cans were com­fort­able with the idea – and that sen­ti­ment hasn’t changed.

I sug­gested armed folks a year ago yes­ter­day when the NRA made that sug­ges­tion the media scoffed and insulted them.

Now they are just silent.

As I’ve said over and over again, sim­ple math­e­mat­ics sug­gests that sooner or later the media will get the tea party shooter they want and parade him before the nation for weeks on end.

We just don’t know how many of the cur­rent mem­bers of the media will still be alive by the time it actu­ally happens?

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If there was ever a shooting that the media should have jumped all over it was Arapahoe.

The ducks were all seemingly in a row. Here you had a shooting in Colorado at a high school just eight miles from Columbine, taking place right after there was a big change in gun laws and the recall of Senators who voted for them.

This shooting was practically made to order for the Gun control crowd to charge forward with flags flying and drums beating.

The relative silence of the media on this is so deafening so atypical that the question becomes….What’s going on here?

Well there are two facts that have really inhibited those who would normally be beating their breasts and parading this before all the nation.

1. The Shooter:

To a media just waiting to report on Tea Party violence the initial reports of him as politically active had potential, alas he had the wrong enemies:

In one Facebook post, Pierson attacks the philosophies of economist Adam Smith, who through his invisible-hand theory pushed the notion that the free market was self-regulating. In another post, he describes himself as “Keynesian.”

“I was wondering to all the neoclassicals and neoliberals, why isn’t the market correcting itself?” he wrote. “If the invisible hand is so strong, shouldn’t it be able to overpower regulations?”

Pierson also appears to mock Republicans on another Facebook post, writing “you republicans are so cute” and posting an image that reads: “The Republican Party: Health Care: Let ‘em Die, Climate Change: Let ‘em Die, Gun Violence: Let ‘em Die, Women’s Rights: Let ‘em Die, More War: Let ‘em Die. Is this really the side you want to be on?”

and this:

Senior Chris Davis, 18, was among many students Saturday trying to make sense of Pierson’s shooting rampage.

“He was a weird kid,” Davis said. “He’s a self-proclaimed communist, just wears Soviet shirts all the time.”

Pierson became easily aggravated, “always liked to be right” and didn’t like losing, Davis said.

In fact the Denver Post article had him described as a socialist before that line was scrubbed As RB pundit put it:

He was pretty much right.

But even a leftist with a gun is still a bad guy with a gun.  The Media could have still spun this, but if the political proclivities weren’t enough to bury this story for the left a second factor was:

2. The Armed Guard

Granite Grok’s post on the latest school shooting was titled thus:

The Reason the Arapahoe School Shooting Lasted Only 80 Seconds

It was not only short the causality count was low.  In their reporting on the shooting the Christian Science Monitor noted why.

As they investigate the latest school shooting in the United States – Friday at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colo. – one thing is clear to law enforcement officials there: The presence of an armed deputy sheriff on regular duty at the school was the key factor in preventing more deaths and injuries.

What Armed guards as a solution to the problem?  The Independent Journal has more:

Although it may seem like our society is becoming more violent, gun violence in America has dropped almost 40% since 1993, according to the Department of Justice. Sadly, school shootings will happen regardless of public policy. And the fact that schools are “gun-free” zones makes them easy targets for criminals seeking to inflict harm on innocent Americans. So, are armed guards the answer?

It prevented further loss of life at Arapahoe High.  Newtown adopted armed guards in their school district after Sandy Hook. Last January, a majority of Americans were comfortable with the idea – and that sentiment hasn’t changed.

I suggested armed folks a year ago yesterday when the NRA made that suggestion the media scoffed and insulted them.

Now they are just silent.

As I’ve said over and over again, simple mathematics suggests that sooner or later the media will get the tea party shooter they want and parade him before the nation for weeks on end.

We just don’t know how many of the current members of the media will still be alive by the time it actually happens?

***********************************

Olimometer 2.52

It’s Thursday and the good news the ball has moved.

The bad news it only moved $4.

Don’t get me wrong every little bit helps but as of today we’re still $219 shy of this week’s goal and a full $340 short to keep pace this month’s goal.

9 $25 Tip jar hits will solve the 1st problem, 14 will solve the second but any hit will move us closer to both goals.  But will we get them?

Help keep us moving by hitting DaTipJar below.

We are only 59 1/4 new subscribers at $20 a month to cover both the Mortgage and the Magnificent Seven without a daily shake of DaTipJar all year.

The Breaking of the 60 subscriber barrier is a great leap but not as great as the ability to know the Mortgage & Magnificent Seven are going to be pain in full on the 1st instead of on the 30th.

Give yourself a Christmas present that will inform and entertain you 365 days a year in 2014. Subscribe below.




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