Mass Shooting

The Do-Nothings


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Former Broward County sheriff’s deputy Scot Peterson was arrested and charged yesterday with 11 charges of neglect of a child, culpable negligence and perjury. Why? Because he sat outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in relative safety while a 19-year-old gunman killed 17 and injured 17 others.

An investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said Peterson didn’t investigate the source of gunshots, retreated during the shooting while victims were still under attack, and directed other law enforcement officers to remain 500 feet away from the building. If he was a Republican, he would have cited bone spurs for his inaction.

While Peterson hung around outside busy not doing anything, over 70 shots were fired by the killer. How many of those shots found a human target? While the shooter is the murderer and responsible for the deaths and injuries, Peterson, who was hired to protect the school, could have probably saved a few lives.

The people who don’t do anything to protect children from mass shootings are culpable in their deaths. That includes Republicans in Congress. That includes the Republican president, who said in an interview with Piers Morgan that people need the AR-15 assault rifle for “entertainment.” As Morgan compared gun deaths in Britain, 35 a year, to the 150 mass shootings in the U.S. in 2019 (so far), Trump compared U.S. gun deaths to stabbings in England. Trump said, “In London, you have stabbings all over. I read an article where everyone is being stabbed.” I’m sure the headline read, “EVERYONE IS BEING STABBED.” The truth is, annual stabbing deaths in England are fewer than 300 a year, much less than gun deaths in the U.S. Trump argued guns in England could stop stabbings.

Trump has a point. We’re too busy in the U.S. shooting each other to bother with stabbings. Nobody goes to a school and stabs 17 people, or to a church or rock concert and stabs 50. In case you haven’t noticed yet, Donald Trump is an idiot.

The thing is, nobody “needs” an AR-15. You don’t need it for protection. You don’t need it to compensate for your small penis. You don’t even need it for entertainment. There’s a difference between “need” and “want.”

Fred Guttenberg lost his daughter Jaime in Parkland. He said Peterson deserves the misery coming his way and that he should “rot in Hell.”

Peterson didn’t do the job he swore to do, which was to protect and serve. Trump and Congress are also not doing their jobs. They’re not protecting the citizens of this nation from gun deaths. Their inaction makes them culpable for every single person killed by a gun.

For that, they should all rot in Hell. That would be very entertaining.

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An Offensive View


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Today is my birthday. My birthday gift to you is a cartoon that my girlfriend, who patiently allowed me to do some work today, says is going to get me into trouble.

Amanda took me out last night to a craft beer place here in Woodbridge. Minutes after sitting down, she pointed at the TV to tell me there was another mass shooting, this time in our state. I can think of three shootings in Virginia alone over the past several years that have made national news. Nationwide, it’s almost a daily thing.

Meanwhile, we have a White House that’s more offended by a boat with John McCain’s name on it than with thousands of gun deaths.  Quite frankly, the view sucks.

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White Terror


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During a segment last week, CNN’s Don Lemon made an accurate and factual statement. Since this is America, the land of the aggrieved, there was immediate condemnation and calls for him to apologize.

While talking about a shooting at a Kroger in Kentucky where a white man killed two people, both black, Lemon said, “The biggest terror threat in this country is white men.” In doing so, he reminds us that white men, who complain about political correctness, are the biggest whiners in this country. Old, white, conservative men present themselves as the most victimized in society, despite a political and legal system that mostly benefits them.

White racists, like Donald Trump did yesterday, will tell you that pointing out their racism is racist, but Don Lemon is right.

The Government Accountability Office issued a report that says the vast majority of deadly attacks in this country from 2001 to 2016 were carried out by far-right violent extremists.

A 2017 report from the Nation Institutes Investigative Fund says far-right plots and attacks outnumber Islamist incidents by almost two to one.

The Anti-Defamation League says home-grown extremists of all kinds killed at least 372 people in the U.S. from 2007 to 2016. Right-wing extremists were responsible for 74 percent of deaths. Left-wing extremists were responsible for only two percent.

The nonpartisan think tank, New America, looked at attacks in this country for the time between 9/11 and Charlottesville. They found that of the domestic terror attacks, 68 were by far-right groups. Only eight were by left-wing or black separatist groups.

The narrative from conservatives is that we need to fear Muslims, Hispanic gangs, Antifa, and Black Panthers. We need travel bans on Muslims and a wall on our southern border to protect us. Meanwhile, they’re silent on protecting us from guys who mail pipe bombs, shoot up synagogues, or kill people in schools and concerts, like what happened in Thousand Oaks, California this week when a white gunman killed twelve people.

In fact, groups like the National Rifle Association are helping white terrorists. A state law banning the types of magazines the shooter used in Thousand Oaks is currently not being enforced because it’s held up in court; by a lawsuit from…wait for…the National Rifle Association.

This mass shooting was brought to you by your friends at the NRA. But let’s get angry at Don Lemon.

Correction: I originally wrote that the Kroger shooter killed two back men, which was wrong. He killed one man and one woman. Thanks, to the comment below for the correction.

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The Accomplice


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Journalists are used to taking hits. Politicians left and right, have always argued and fought with news organizations. There were bumper stickers decades ago that read, “Annoy the media. Vote Republican.” The media even comes in with lower approval ratings than Congress. Most ordinary people have issues with their local newspapers, and you probably know at least one derogatory nickname for your hometown paper.

Republicans and conservatives have especially been harsh on the media over the years. They have always accused the press of having a liberal bias. While we argue against that, we’re used to it. We can take it and we do.

But Donald Trump has turned that criticism into something ugly, hostile, and outright dangerous.

Trump pines for approval from the press, specifically The New York Times. Failing to get that, he refers to them as the “Failing” New York Times. The other top newspaper in the nation is called The “Amazon” Washington Post. You can count the endorsements he received from daily newspapers on one hand and have fingers left.

He pointed out members of the media by name at his rallies, inspiring his sycophants to heckle and jeer reporters simply doing their jobs. Journalists like Katy Tur of MSNBC needed security to get out of the building to keep her safe from a crowd who was told by the candidate he would pay their legal bills if they assaulted anyone. His campaign manager did actually assault a reporter from Breitbart, and that’s an organization friendly to Trump.

A Republican candidate in Montana beat up a reporter from The Guardian. Sarah Huckabee Sanders has turned the White House podium in the press room into a position to insult reporters asking her questions.
Trump refers to news and facts as “fake news,” while he argues that the National Enquirer should have a Pulitzer Prize.

All this has built an atmosphere of animosity. There was a similar atmosphere built by Newt Gingrich and the GOP in 1995 against all things government when a domestic terrorist bombed a government building in Oklahoma City. It was the same feeling put out by Republicans and the Tea Party during Obama’s presidency when a Democratic Congresswoman was shot in the head in Arizona. Sarah Palin had put crosshairs on her congressional district.

The man who killed five at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland yesterday had a long-running feud with the newspaper long before Trump ran for president. But, he did this in an atmosphere where the president labels the media as the “enemy of the American people.” Surely, this shooter didn’t disagree with that. In fact, he made a post on Twitter with a veiled threat toward the Gazette for something they wrote about Trump. Surprise!

Today, Trump offers “thoughts and prayers” to the media, taking a break from his daily offering of lies and condemnations. As a member of the free press, I say no thank you.

Republicans and Trump sycophants will argue this shooter had no connection to Trump and that they only shared a hatred for the news and the people who report it. The man could have walked in wearing a MAGA hat, and they would still fail to see a connection. There’s a connection.

While Republicans are upset that they get heckled and kicked out of restaurants, other Americans are being killed.

Congresswoman Maxine Waters has encouraged people to harass members of Trump’s cabinet and make them aware of their disagreements. Trump has described her comments as encouraging people to assault Republicans. Trump also issued a veiled threat at her over the comments. In the past, he made comments encouraging gun owners to take out Hillary Clinton if she won the election.

If Waters’ comments that you should tell Republicans you disagree with them is a call for violence, then the man who calls reporters “horrible,” “dishonest,” and “the enemy,” is an accomplice to the shooter of the Capital Gazette.

Republicans have been on a tear attacking the media. You can find photos of people at Trump rallies with “lynch the media” shirts. Milo Yiannopoulos, a right-wing troll who was most excellent in Springtime for Hitler, “joked” that journalists should be shot right before journalists were shot. And, the leader of the free world, who should champion liberty and democracy, says the foundation to democracy is the enemy.

Despite all this, the press is doing some of the best work in our nation’s history. The Times, The Post, CNN, NBC, and many others are covering the assaults on our nation by this administration subservient to a Russian autocrat.

Friday morning, the Capital Gazette published a newspaper. Why? Because, that’s what they do. They report the news. Whether you, Trump sycophants or the Trump himself, hates that facts are being reported, they will continue to be reported.

It’s what we do. No gunman or enemy of a free press, who also happens to be president of the United States is capable of stopping us.

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A Ban To End Gun Violence


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Another mass shooting at another school. The president is tired of making speeches about these things. I’m getting tired of drawing cartoons about it but I’m not a politician who will ignore it, or offer condolences and not action.

An editor at one my client newspapers graduated from Umpqua Community College in Oregon, where the latest shooting took place Thursday. I know he’s having a hard time this week. These shootings have come close to home in Virginia for me. Someone mentioned that people may have to know someone affected by gun violence before they’ll make any efforts to end this insanity. At this rate, everyone will be touched soon enough.

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