by baldilocks

Sitting in for Fausta today and Friday.

Just a Utah kid doing some research.

ST. GEORGE– Police confirmed Tuesday that the device that caused the evacuation at Pine View High School Monday was a “homemade explosive device” left inside a backpack and the juvenile arrested in the incident has been charged with a first-degree felony related to the manufacture, possession or use of a “weapon of mass destruction.”

“After examining the device, bomb squad members indicated that if it had detonated; the device had the potential to cause significant injury or death,” the St. George Police said in a statement.

The backpack was left in the cafeteria of the high school during lunch where some students noticed it smoking. They alerted the resident school resource officer and faculty, which led to the school’s 1,100 students being evacuated to the football field for the rest of the school day. (…)

“Based on our investigation we can confirm this was a failed attempt to detonate a homemade explosive at the school,” the police said in the press release.

The police executed a search warrant at the home of the suspect, identified as a juvenile male attending Pine View High School, where investigators found “materials consistent with the materials used to build the device.”

Additional evidence was found linking the suspect to last month’s incident at Hurricane High School in which the school’s outdoor American flag was replaced with an ISIS flag and the words “ISIS is comi” were spray-painted on the side of the school walls.

Safe bet that this kid knew that there are laws against bringing a bomb to school, but he didn’t follow that law. Why not? Because those who would blow up – or shoot up – their classmates not only couldn’t care less about law, but look forward to the defiance of law, not to mention the glory of the slaughter.

This one failed, but there will be other lawbreakers. We are a species of lawbreakers and for many of us, no earthly statute will make a difference when we are dead set on defiance. But, especially where murder or attempted murder is involved, we are also defying a law from another jurisdiction: we defy God.

And that is the bottom line. The United States of America can make tons of new laws from federal to municipal, but they will not change the desperately wicked human heart.

Only God can do that.

(Thanks to Hot Air.)

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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Finally might I suggest my book Hail Mary the Perfect Protestant (and Catholic) Prayer makes an excellent Gift.

Dr Ray Stantz:Gozer the Gozerian… good evening. As a duly designated representative of the City, County and State of New York, I order you to cease any and all supernatural activity and return forthwith to your place of origin or to the nearest convenient parallel dimension.

Dr. Peter Venkman: That oughta do it. Thanks very much, Ray.

Ghostbusters 1984

James McCandles:Ain’t this a little showy Pa? I mean that big red box and all the guns out?

Jacob McCandles:I hate secrets, never knew one to be kept. They’ve all heard of what’s in that red box, and they all want it. What we’re doing by this ostentatious display is telling them they can’t have it! Hell, we may be saving some poor miscreant soul’s life by doing this, maybe even our own.

Big Jake 1971

One of the weaknesses of liberalism is the belief in the power of good intentions. That if you simply express a belief that it makes you a virtuous person.

The lefts moves on guns is similar. A direct action such as the placing of guards in a school, is inferior to a law that doesn’t achieve the desired goal of protecting children. In fact said law is more virtuous because supporting such a law counts as a personal action.

There are many ways to illustrate this mindset, but I think the best one I ever saw was yesterday at the Post Office to try to pick up blank Tax Forms at the IRS office.

When you get out of the elevator there is a sign with Warning with big red letters and an exclamation point saying any use of a firearm to kill, or kidnap a person on the premisses was a federal offense and listed the consequences of such an act according to federal law.

It took all my control to not break out laughing.

I can see it now. A crazed angry heavily armed guy with a grudge with the IRS overpowers the guard at the ground floor by the elevator, goes inside and gets to the floor where the Social Security & IRS offices are ready to get his name on the national news broadcast. Then the elevator opens he see that big sign with the big red letters and the exclamation point!

Of COURSE he is going to not only instantly think better of it and go home, he’s going to write a short note of apology while the elevator is heading down and leave it on the prone body of the guard that he left behind the desk.

Just like in NY every single drug dealer, burglar, mafia member and potential jihadist as soon as they see the text of the new law limited magazines to seven shots they are going to instantly unload their clips making sure they don’t have that 8th bullet to fire.

Let me ask one simple question to all those who insist NRA’s armed guard idea is so wrong. What would you want between your child and a madman with a gun?

Choice

And before you answer, ask yourself: Which of these two types do the rich and famous employ?