A Culture Of Fame And School Shootings: The Copycats

There’s a biblical proverb that capitalists debate all the time: “The love of money is the root of all evil.”

People use the expression to decry wealth and smear people who have amassed it, fairly or not. But the expression isn’t really about money. The important word is “love”. The focus on wealth, the intractable lust for it that causes people to behave reprehensibly, is the problem. Not the object of their desire.

And I think — bear with me — this applies to school shootings in a way. Because while culturally we’ve created a generation of kids who believe every emotion that isn’t approaching happiness and satisfaction is a sign of mental illness (but that’s another post for another time), we’ve also created a culture of fame in this country that can be overwhelming. People become famous on social media for almost literally doing nothing. It’s bizarre.

But, like money, it’s not the fame that’s the problem. It’s the need for it. And it’s a part — not the entirety, because there’s a lot to address in the problem of young men who cannot cope and grab guns to alleviate their confusion — of the larger problem of school shootings.

Buzzfeed had an interesting article just after the Santa Fe High School shooting Friday that addresses the issue of what these young men — and they are usually the outcasts (which, if the shunning is done particularly aggressively, can make one feel like they don’t exist. I remember it well from high school.) — might be after:

Experts told BuzzFeed News the recent uptick is likely due to the amount of attention the attacks get and the fixation on the people behind them, spurring copycats while at the same time desensitizing the public. Inadequate and poorly enforced laws don’t help, they added.

“These shooters get great satisfaction in doing this, and the media attention they get afterwards puts them in a place of history,” said Greg Shaffer, a 20-year FBI veteran and global security expert who studies domestic terrorism and active shooters. “We are also trying to use normal rational thoughts to define an irrational act, which is why we focus on them so much. But we will never understand why people like the Las Vegas gunman do what they do.”

Jaclyn Schildkraut, an expert on mass shootings research and assistant professor of public justice at the State University of New York, warned that the copycat effect is only getting worse.

“With the amount of coverage Parkland received, you probably will see an uptick,” said Schildkraut. “Copycatters are becoming a public safety issue.”

So that’s a cultural issue driven by news coverage, the possibility for insta-fame online, and the age-old truth that will always be with us: growing up is hard.

And maybe there are things we can do. As mentioned above, I’d personally like to stop seeing everything declared a mental illness so these kids stop feeling like they’re crazy and start realizing that the world is a tough place, and running into roadblocks trying to navigate it is normal. But again, another post for another time.

In the immediate, however, maybe there’s a way to start collectively scaling back the idea that superficial, empty stardom is some kind of great achievement in life so the next generation is a little more emotionally prepared to fail sometimes. Maybe we could address our values. And I don’t mean a top-down, mandated seminar on values. I mean individually, with our children and families.

As for guns, I’m a 2nd Amendment supporter and that’s not changing. But I agree with Schildkraut’s assessment in the Buzzfeed report.

“Stable is a reflection of our complacency,” she said. “We are putting a lot of Band-Aids on issues that need tourniquets to make people feel better, but at the end of the day, this will continue to be our reality until we fix and enforce the laws we already have.”

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Water Cooler 5/19/2018 – Open Thread – Another Sad Abortion Story

Odds and Ends

My wife is watching the royal wedding nonsense. It serves as proof that there is actually something more insipid on TV than CNN’s Chris Cuomo.

Speaking of CNN, they had to assign some special duties yesterday:

  • Who drew the long straw and got to pick the random number they’d repeat 8,000 times per hour as the number of school shootings this year?
  • Who drew the short straw and had to tell Stormy Daniels’ lawyer he was bumped for David Hogg?

Back to the Point

I came across a terribly sad story from Australia a few days ago. Put the abortion culture together with government health care and what could go wrong?

This could go wrong!

  • Mom is pregnant with twin sons.
  • She is advised one has a heart defect that will require surgery as soon as he is born.
  • Mom says hey no problem. Let’s just do a late-term abortion to solve the problem.
  • Hospital mistakenly kills the healthy baby.
  • Mom has the other one killed during a C-section.

Welcome to RedState’s only daily open thread! Enjoy!

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Upcoming May 22nd Primaries

On May 22nd, voters go to the polls in primary elections in Arkansas, Georgia and Kentucky.  Additionally, runoff elections will be held in Texas in several House seat races.


Four House seats and a gubernatorial election occur in Arkansas this year.  With all four Republican incumbent House members running for reelection, the chances of a Democratic pick up here are slim.  That has not stopped four Democrats from running in the 2nd District’s Democratic primary to face French Hill in November.  Arkansas does employ a runoff election system, so there is the possibility that on the Democratic side there will be one in this district’s race.

As for the Governor’s race, Republican incumbent Asa Hutchison has a whopping 57% approval rating with only 25% disapproving of his performance after four years.  With two Democrats on the primary ballot- one a hairdresser- it is a foregone conclusion the GOP has little to worry about here.


Georgia will have 14 House seats and the Governor’s office up for grabs in 2018.  Like Hutchison in Arkansas, current GOP Governor Nathan Deal has a good 56% approval rating.  Unlike Hutchison, Deal is term-limited.  Five Republicans will appear on the ballot.  Most polling puts current Lt. Governor Casey Cagle in the lead, but with a state senator, a popular former state senator and the current secretary of state on the ballot, there may be a runoff come July 24th.  On the Democratic side, two former state representatives- Stacey Abrams and Stacey Evans- there is no chance of a runoff.  A Cagle match up against either, according to hypothetical polls, shows a GOP win here, although the race may be closer than most think.

With no open races, the chances of any district flipping parties is very slim.  However, given the number of Democratic wannabes in some districts, that party apparently thinks otherwise.  They have five candidates in the 1st held by Buddy Carter (R-GA1) and six in the 7th held by Rob Woodall.  There are also three Democrats on their ballot in the 6th which Karen Handel kept in GOP hands in a special election.  If any district is vulnerable, this would be the one, but Handel has not done anything to hurt her chances of reelection.  With so many Democrats vying in primaries, a July 24th runoff looms in some districts.


Only six House races on the ballot this year in Kentucky.  None appear vulnerable on either side, but like other states this year, the Democrats are coming out of the closet.  Four will challenge in the 2nd, three in the 4th and six in the 6th District Democratic primaries.  With no runoff in Kentucky, the likely November losers will probably enter the general election getting less than 50% of the vote in their respective primaries.

Texas Runoffs

There will be the following runoff elections in Texas since no candidate achieved 50% of the vote in the March 20th primaries.  They are as follows:

  • Texas 5th Republican runoff between Lance Gooden and Bunni Pounds with the winner facing Democrat Dan Wood in November to replace Jeb Hensarling (GOP) who is stepping down;
  • Texas 6th Republican runoff between Ronald Wright and Jake Eltzy to represent the GOP in November to replace current Representative Joe Barton;
  • Texas 6th Democratic runoff between Jana Sanchez and Ruby Woolridge to oppose the winner of the GOP runoff in this district;
  • Texas 21st Republican runoff between Matt McCoy and Chip Roy to succeed Republican Lamar Smith in this open seat race;
  • Texas 21st Democratic runoff between Mary Wilson and Joseph Kosper to take on the GOP runoff winner in November;
  • Texas 22nd Democratic runoff between Letitia Plummer and Sri Preston Kulkami to face Republican incumbent Pete Olsen in November;
  • Texas 23rd Democratic runoff between Gina Ortiz Jones and Rick Trevino with the winner facing Republican incumbent Will Hurd in November;
  • Texas 25th Democratic runoff between Julie Oliver and Chris Perri with the winner taking on Republican incumbent Roger Williams in November;
  • Texas 27th Republican runoff between Bech Baum and Michael Cloud to replace Republican Blake Farentold;
  • Texas 27th Democratic runoff between Raul Barerra and Eric Holguin with the winner advancing to the general election in November in this open GOP-held seat;
  • Texas 29th Republican runoff between Phillip Aranoff and Carmen Maria Montiel with the winner to oppose Sylvia Garcia who outright won the March Democratic primary to succeed retiring Democrat Gene Green;
  • Texas 31st Democratic runoff pitting M.J. Hegar against Christine Mann who will oppose GOP incumbent John Carter in November, and;
  • Texas 32nd Democratic runoff between Colin Allred and Lillian Salerno with the winner advancing against GOP incumbent Pete Sessions.

A busy May was on tap, but June is even busier with 17 scheduled primaries.

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Guns Are Not The Disease, But They Are A Tool In The Hands Of The Afflicted

I’m in a very tough position right now. Just last night, several kids I’ve gotten to know through various school events or activities graduated. They walked across the stage and into their futures. Next week, I say goodbye to the kids I teach and end my school year.

On the same day that our kids graduated, many lost their lives at a school in Texas.

These tragedies have happened all too often, and they are becoming more and more high profile, given the media attention that is given to every one of them and the speed with which a school shooting becomes a political debate. We are far more engaged in debating one another than in fixing problems.

It’s true. We are far too invested in the fight to let there be a solution. The fight over guns is one we get to keep having. There is a Constitutional right versus a scary weapon of war. It’s a beautiful showdown, one for the ages, that we can’t get enough of. The moment a shooting happens, we race to our social media profiles with talking points and links and memes at the ready, hoping to completely own the opposition.

But, here’s the reality. There is a good chance many of you reading this aren’t going to walk into a school on Monday and be asked by students about this. You might be asked by your children, but it’s different when you walk into a classroom and you have students worried about their safety.

The chances of a shooting occurring at my school or your kids’ school are still slim, but the odds seem to be increasing. Children are scared. Families do get worried. Parents worry for their children’s safety.

Yesterday in Texas, a handgun and a shotgun were involved. Nothing controversial about those. They are rarely discussed in gun control debates. The shooter, a kid who wore a trench coat, wore medals that included an iron cross and a hammer and sickle. His personal writings and social media indicated suicidal intent, although he admitted to the authorities he didn’t have the courage to follow through.

In Florida, the Parkland shooter was a troubled kid who was completely ignored by the system to the point of neglect. Going all the way back to Columbine, the trend isn’t one of gun availability, but of kids who weren’t given the help they needed when they needed it most. These are children who were ignored by parents/guardians, school systems, and in some cases law enforcement.

The bottom line is this: This is not the time for thoughts and prayers, nor is it the time to sound the call for seizing guns. Right now, we should be focused on what we’re missing in our kids.

There are loads of reasons that kids end up on the wrong side of the law or of their own sanity. None of those get brought up in our debates, but they should be the central focus. What can we do besides blame each other? How can we be more invested in our children’s lives and their future?

That’s where this discussion – not the debate, but the discussion – needs to head next. We need to focus on the children, and what’s causing them to bring weapons to school and murder their classmates. It’s not as though they wouldn’t find some other way. Guns make it easier, but they aren’t the disease. They’re not even really a symptom.

Maybe we have this fear of othering the mentally unwell. Maybe we just aren’t comfortable admitting that there is a deeper issue that can’t be solved with a simple “Seize the weapon!” debate. Whatever it is, we choose to ignore the real disease at our peril.

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Breaking: Active Shooter Near Graduation Ceremony in Georgia

10:52 EDT Update: Shooting did not take place at a school ceremony.

Updates are still coming in. A graduation ceremony at Mt. Zion High School in Clayton County, GA was disrupted by gunfire Friday night.


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Why is the FBI Outing Stefan Halper As Their Informant In the Trump Campaign?

This is just insane.

The FBI and Department of Justice has been fighting tooth and nail to not tell Congress the identity of the informant they used to gather intelligence on the Trump campaign. And their allies in Congress and elsewhere have chimed in with all manner of ridiculous and bullsh** threats directed at Devin Nunes…though not at Trey Gowdy who is working with Nunes to identify this FBI source. A reflexively leftwing law professor (but I repeat myself) made this astonishing statement tonight:

— Steve Vladeck (@steve_vladeck) May 19, 2018

This is just stupid. The law clearly defines who it covers as employees of an intelligence agency. This does not cover informants or sources and intelligence agencies are forbidden by law from collecting information on US persons. And the very idea that the Department of Justice is going to okay a grand jury investigation and indictment of a member of Congress when the FBI has leaked the same information to multiple media outlets is simply insane.

The ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee made a similar threat today:

The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee warned Friday that his colleagues could be committing a crime if they obtain the identity of a secret FBI source and use it to undermine the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) raised the alarm in a Friday evening statement, as Republican allies of President Donald Trump have pressed the Justice Department for details about a source believed to have aided the FBI and Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Trump campaign contacts with Russians.

“It would be at best irresponsible, and at worst potentially illegal, for members of Congress to use their positions to learn the identity of an FBI source for the purpose of undermining the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in our election,” Warner said. “Anyone who is entrusted with our nation’s highest secrets should act with the gravity and seriousness of purpose that knowledge deserves.”

If Warner were truly concerned about irresponsible or illegal he’s be worried about the FBI and Justice because they have effectively outed their informant. Last week, there was speculation that the informant was a US academic teaching at Cambridge named Stefan Halper. He had a connection to US intelligence. He had a friendship with a retired head of MI6. He contacted George Papadopoulos out of the blue and paid for his flight to London in addition to several thousand dollars for a “research paper.” Papadopoulos broke off contact with Halper started asking about Clinton emails. Halper struck up a friendship with Carter Page.

Today, the FBI and Justice go back the the leak well and give us enough information that we can say pretty conclusively that Halper is the man.

Secret FBI source for Russia investigation met with three Trump advisers during campaign.

In mid-July 2016, a retired American professor approached an adviser to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign at a symposium about the White House race held at a British university.

The professor took the opportunity to strike up a conversation with Carter Page, whom Trump had named a few months earlier as a foreign policy adviser.

The Washington Post — after speaking with people familiar with his role — has confirmed the identity of the FBI source who assisted the investigation, but is not reporting his name following warnings from U.S. intelligence officials that exposing him could endanger him or his contacts.

Page recalled his conversation with the professor as pleasant, if not particularly memorable. It was the first interaction they ever had, he said.

Page and the FBI informant stayed in touch after the conference, meeting several times in the Washington area, Page said. Page said he did not recall exactly what the two men discussed.

People familiar with his outreach to Papadopoulos said it was done as part of the FBI’s investigation. The young foreign-policy adviser had been on the radar of the FBI since the summer, and inside the campaign had been pushing Trump and his aides to meet with Russian officials.

[Trump campaign emails show aide’s repeated efforts to set up Russia meetings]

“Please pardon my sudden intrusion just before the Labor Day weekend,” the professor wrote to Papadopoulos in a message described to The Post.

He said he was leading a project examining relations between Turkey and the European Union. He offered to pay Papadopoulos $3,000 to write a paper about the oil fields off the coast of Turkey, Israel and Cyprus, “a topic on which you are a recognized expert.”

Here the FBI claims that they are trying to protect this guy’s identity but they give it to the Washington Post who then calls people to ask them about their contacts with the source.

And apparently Trump’s tweet today on the subject acted like catnip for the New York Ties because this

yielded this:

F.B.I. Used Informant to Investigate Russia Ties to Campaign, Not to Spy, as Trump Claims.

Law enforcement officials have refused, saying that handing over the documents would imperil both the source’s anonymity and safety. The New York Times has learned the source’s identity but typically does not name informants to preserve their safety.

The informant is well known in Washington circles, having served in previous Republican administrations and as a source of information for the C.I.A. in past years, according to one person familiar with the source’s work.

F.B.I. agents were seeking more details about what Mr. Papadopoulos knew about the hacked Democratic emails, and one month after their Russia investigation began, Mr. Papadopoulos received a curious message. The academic inquired about his interest in writing a research paper on a disputed gas field in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, a subject of Mr. Papadopoulos’s expertise.

The informant offered a $3,000 honorarium for the paper and a paid trip to London, where the two could meet and discuss the research project.

“I understand that this is rather sudden but thought that given your expertise it might be of interest to you,” the informant wrote in a message to Mr. Papadopoulos, sent on Sept. 2, 2016.

Mr. Page, a Navy veteran, served briefly as an adviser to Mr. Trump’s campaign until September 2016. He said that he first encountered the informant during a conference in mid-July of 2016 and that they stayed in touch. The two later met several times in the Washington area. Mr. Page said their interactions were benign.

The two last exchanged emails in September 2017, about a month before a secret warrant to surveil Mr. Page expired after being repeatedly renewed by a federal judge. Mr. Trump’s congressional allies have also assailed the surveillance, accusing law enforcement officials, with little evidence, of abusing their authority and spying on the Trump campaign.

The informant also had contacts with Mr. Flynn, the retired Army general who was Mr. Trump’s first national security adviser. The two met in February 2014, when Mr. Flynn was running the Defense Intelligence Agency and attended the Cambridge Intelligence Seminar, an academic forum for former spies and researchers that meets a few times a year.

The identity of the informant could not be more clear. And the identification didn’t come from a leak by Congress, it came from multiple leaks by the FBI and DOJ who are burning Halper to the ground for their own reasons And I think those reasons will be come abundantly clear as the DOJ IG finishes up his investigations.

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The Changing World: ‘Deadpool 2’ and What it Means



A few days ago, I wrote a piece about the death of Margot Kidder, America’s fiery sweetheart in the 1978 blockbuster Superman. That movie brought the caped character to life in an unprecedented way. From Richard Donner’s expert direction, to John Williams’s monumental score, to Christopher Reeve’s sensitive portrayal of the wholesome hero, the world of Metropolis — and the struggle of good against evil — lit up the big screen and gripped a generation.

Long before the hit film thrilled audiences, Superman graced the small screen as played by George Reeves. For little boys of the 1950’s, the slick-haired, spandex-wearing luminary was a mammoth reason to pretend they were faster than a speeding bullet.

In between black and white TV’s The Adventures of Superman and the big screen’s Warner Bros. Pictures extravaganza, other heroes made their mark. ‘Til 1957, ABC’s The Lone Ranger had youngsters wearing masks and transforming their bicycles into horses. The sixties’ Batman met great popularity, driving young lads to their imagined Batcaves and make-believe Batmobiles.

Like The Lone Ranger, Batman and Superman were, of course, products of comic books — hand-drawn, often supernatural stories of adventure, made to engage young boys — Superman arriving in 1938 and Batman #1 releasing in 1940. And on it went, for decades: young boys were galvanized by books and movies and television and toys, making their own capes of towels and pretending to be their favorite super-powered heroes who were all Appropriate for a General Audience.

Notably, one generation — those who came up in the 80’s and 90’s– never forgot the Rated-G defenders of justice they had idolized at a young age.

However, something happened on the way to their adulthood: the world grew more profane, as did they.

And amid that increasing vulgarity and a rising self-indulgence — in a universe where 30-year-olds bought game systems and hung Spiderman posters while slinging expletives like so many webs — there flourished a desire among young entertainment professionals to make what they had adored as kids. But updated, according to their newfound crudity.

And so, they did.

As a result, industries which had always focused on children became overrun with adults focusing on themselves. The outcome was R-rated videos games, explicit and profane comic books, and increasingly “adult” movies based on comics. 

And that is how we arrive at Deadpool 2: 2016’s raunchy superhero hit has spawned another. And if this one succeeds, there will be more. And adults with vulgar sensibilities will continue to create that content for their own enjoyment. 

Thus, we are left with a tremendous need and a pressing question: who is creating inspiring characters and making exciting, adventurous movies anymore, for children? Who will be doing so in 20 years? Who is investing in the imagination of our youth, while preserving their innocence? Where are the adults making fantastic content for the young and impressionable, who need inspiration much more than do their parents? 

Our world has become selfish. Self-focused. Social media has given rise to the epidemic of narcissism, as we continue to deconstruct traditional values.

And for the coming generation, we are failing. As a society, we are so obsessed with our own desires that we have forgotten our most instinctive of purposes: to give back to the world by giving to children, so they may do the same when they are us.

If only we will turn to them and give our best, we will become what our generation most wanted to grow up to be: heroes. Otherwise, our selfishness will leave their fertile and innocent imaginations in the dust, the ash of their loss — and ours, as well — disappearing into the ether, up, up and away.



Please check out the companion article to this piece — about Margot Kidder — here.


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Why Is the Left Lying About the Texas School Shooter Wearing Nazi Paraphernalia?

The crime scene tape hadn’t even been dropped at the scene of the school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas when the left was trying to paint the shooter, 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, as some kind of neo-Nazi. The reason for that was pretty simple. He was not old enough to have purchased a weapon, the weapons he used were a Glock revolver and an AR-15 shotgun. These are weapons that the gun-grabbers say they don’t want to ban.

So all that was left to them was his politics. Their first stop was his Facebook page.

As you can see, this guy’s political beliefs are as strongly formed as your typical 17-year-old. But, as you can see, this doesn’t stop the geniuses at BuzzFeed from just making stuff up.

Most egregious is a douchenozzle at The Daily Beast names Jason Miller. This is his contribution to lowering the collective IQ of the nation.

As an FYI, that badge the guy is wearing on his darling headband is not a Nazi symbol

There are two problems with this narrative. One is pretty obvious:

That is a red star with a hammer and sickle pinned to the lapel. That is not Nazi regalia. Even at The Daily Beast.

The second problem is that not only does Pagourtzis not mention anything Nazi in his own description of what the Iron Cross stands for bravery. The Iron Cross he has is a pre-1939 Iron Cross without the swastika in the center, so it isn’t Nazi paraphernalia.

There is nothing that indicates this guy had any politics or any politics that formed his desire to kill classmates. If any of his badges do hint at a political philosophy then the left has to claim him because he has an undeniable symbol of the Soviet Union on his lapel and he is part of the LBGT-whatever-whatever community as well.

This kind of a cheap and stupid shot is really all the left has. And it isn’t going to work out all that well for them in the long run.

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Right Here: Mass Murder is the Problem, and Today, Hollywood Has the Answer


Searching for answers in the wake of a terrible tragedy, many people turn to God.

Others consult friends and family.

Perhaps some find wisdom in the words of experts.

However, there is a large contingent among the masses that looks nobly to that greatest bastion of superior thinking: Hollywood actors.

For many across the globe, those who sit in makeup for hours and have their clothes put on them by other adults, in order to stand on a taped X under bright lights and speak the words they are told, have the answers the world needs.

That is, at least, apparently according to…Hollywood actors.

In light of the terrible mass murder of 10 people at Santa Fe High School in Texas today, many Tinseltown elites took to the Twitterwaves in order to solve the planet’s problems in 280 characters or less.

For example, American Horror Story and Difficult People star Billy Eichman, for one, has it all figured out — Vice President Mike Pence is wrong; thoughts and prayers are the enemy:

Ed Asner and Julianne Moore blamed the atrocious murders committed by a lone 17-year-old boy on — him? That would make sense, right?

How about his parents? Nope:

Of course, it isn’t just the actors who have a lot to say. To Executive Producer Andy Lassner of The Ellen Show, “thoughts and prayers” is evil Republican-speak:

Conan sidekick Andy Richter questioned whether President Donald Trump is aligned with the Texas murderer:

Avengers: Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon, who has made clear his far left views on many occasions, labeled the President’s expressed sympathy for the victims “a threat”:

Alyssa Milano — who uses armed guards, even at an anti-gun rally — called the idea that the NRA didn’t pull the trigger “spin.”

If I may, for a moment, break the fourth wall of writing:

Alyssa, the NRA didn’t “flood” America with guns. In fact, the NRA doesn’t make guns. They didn’t flood the country with guns; Americans — including your bodyguard — bought guns. And so, now they have them. There is a gigantic difference between the two. P.S. You seem like a nice person, and I loved you on Who’s the Boss.

One last, and perhaps most bizarre, Hollywood offering: in a completely perplexing move, writer/director Judd Apatow accused Donald Trump — who is worth billions of dollars and financed his own presidential campaign — of being owned by the NRA.


Hollywood — perhaps the last place in the world to be accused of having a moral high ground — sure loves to call that elevated hunk of dirt its own. The response to the Texas shooting is no exception. They’re solving the world’s problems, one issue at a time. If only they could keep their industry from being riddled with drug abuse, infidelity, sexual harassment, narcissism, and scandal. But I suppose the same could be said of Washington. And the beat goes on…



For more about a Hollywood insider’s solution to the world’s problems, check out my article on George Clooney’s wife’s message to Vanderbilt Graduates. 


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Santa Fe Tragedy and the Mind of the Left: a Primer


The Left wants your guns, and they want them now.

The Left wants your guns, and they want them now.

The Left wants your guns, and they want them now.

That is the overwhelming conclusion from the media coverage of Fridays’ shooting in Texas. Horribly, ten were killed at Santa Fe High School; immediately, the Left — in the political, news, and entertainment realms — began their quest for your guns.

They want your guns.

They want your guns.

And why?

Because, to some people walking around at this very moment, the way to solve the problem of one bad guy with a gun who is willing to break the law by murdering the masses…is to disarm all good people with guns who are willing to follow the law and capable of defending themselves.

The logic of this escapes me.

And, probably, you.

But somehow, there are brains floating in fluid inside skulls all over this continent, which have reached this conclusion.

They want your guns.

And they want them now.

Anything less is unacceptable.

Therefore, during MSNBC’s reporting on the tragedy today, former ATF agent and NBC law enforcement pundit Jim Cavanaugh used the opportunity to bash President Trump for his expressed sympathy for the victims:

“So these are ongoing, ongoing issues. And you know, we’re just not getting the politicians to stand up. I mean, the President — those are empty words.”

“Empty words,” because you still have your guns.

And the Left want your guns.

Host Ali Velshi agreed with Cavanaugh: “Yep.”

The guest continued:

“They don’t walk the talk, they do not walk the talk. They talk, they talk, it’s all empty.”

“[Walking] the talk,” meaning taking your guns.

I wish taking the guns of good people would magically eliminate gun crime committed by bad people. That would eliminate, for self-defense purposes, the need of good people to have guns in the first place.

However, if all the guns are taken from all the good people, bad people are still going to use guns to murder good people. And, if commons sense plays any part, they will kill more good people, because those good people will be unarmed.

At that point, we’ll be in a worse situation than now. And we will have wasted time, effort, and resources on making the world an even less safe place.

Nevertheless, no amount of this rationale will reach the made-up minds to the contrary.

Am I saying our gun laws are perfect? No way. The state of mental health care? Not by a long shot. All I’m saying is this:

They. Want. Your. Guns.


Please speak your mind in the Comments section below, and check out my article here covering more on the Left raging against gun ownership.


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