Thursday, December 12, 2013

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Last year, our son Trayvon Martin was stalked, chased down and killed by George Zimmerman, and Zimmerman received no punishment whatsoever. That's in large part because Florida is one of at least 21 states with some form of 'Stand Your Ground' law which enables people like George Zimmerman to claim self-defense.
'Stand Your Ground' was never meant to give aggressors the opportunity to get away with murder, but that is what happened when our son Trayvon was killed. After Trayvon's death, law enforcement used the law as an excuse to refuse to arrest George Zimmerman. Even worse, the jury in the case was instructed to think of what Zimmerman did as self-defense, even though Zimmerman ignored instructions from the police and instigated conflict with our son, who was just trying to get home to his father.
We are shocked and heartbroken by the jury’s decision to allow our son’s killer to go free. Despite our despair, we must honor Trayvon’s legacy by doing all that we can to protect other young people from being targeted, pursued, and senselessly murdered.
We are not the only ones calling for 'Stand Your Ground' laws to be reviewed. President Obama spoke out on the need for review, and prominent Republicans like Senator John McCain have joined him. This is not a Democrat or Republican issue, it’s not ‘black’ or ‘white’ issue, it’s a wrong and right issue. 
This is a matter of making sure that no other family will ever have to go through what we have been through. No parents should ever have to know what it feels like to watch your child's killer walk free.
Our hearts broke on the night of February 26, 2012 when George Zimmerman killed our son -- and we were stunned and devastated when the police refused to arrest Zimmerman. We petitioned for Zimmerman's arrest on, and after more than 2 million people joined our call, Zimmerman was charged with our son's murder. We felt so much closer to justice for Trayvon, and so grateful for the support of those who signed our petition.
But on July 13, 2013, our hearts broke again when the jury set Zimmerman free. Our hearts broke because it is so hard to accept that we can't protect Trayvon anymore. But we can fight to make sure that this never happens again. 
We want to say thank you to all of you who have stood up for our son. Because of all your efforts, Trayvon’s life is celebrated all over the world. Please continue to stand with us as we fight to ensure that his legacy is to leave behind a safer and more peaceful world for all our sons and daughters.
Thank you,
Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Rolling Stone Celebrates the Boston Bomber

The failing magazine has resorted to putting the Boston Bomber on the font cover. Are they that desperate to sell magazines now? I won't ever buy that publication again. It's bad enough they've been putting non-rock stars on there lately. And there "news"stories have wandered off into conspiracy theory and bad cheap fiction.

They should have put the cop who was shot in the shootout or some of the survivors on the cover.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Drunk Cowboy Cop in Arizona

Drunk cowboy cop shirtless in a bulletproof vest waves gun at store clerk. It sounds like a outrageous headline, but it's a true story.  The 23 year old cop was intoxicated only wearing a bulletproof vest when he technically assaulted this store clerk by threatening him and waving his gun at him. The man has been arrested and fired from his position.

First of all, why is a 23 year old even allowed to be a police officer? Most adults are not psychologically fully matured until their late twenties. Even despite his obvious intoxication, and perhaps a mental condition, did the department do appropriate psychological screening? And still even if they did, many mental disorders do not show until people are in the mid to late twenties, e.g. Schizophrenia. Many departments around the nation do not hire under 25. The age of this deviant officer should scare us in itself.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013


One of the six jurors who acquitted George Zimmerman tells CNN that Zimmerman's "heart was in the right place" the night he killed unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin." 
Isn't that an oxymoron? How is your heart in the right place when you carry a gun, stalk a victim, and then shoot him in the heart? 

Sunday, July 14, 2013

The President Urges Us to Think about Prevention

From CNN:
President Barack Obama released a statement a day after the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, saying the "death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy. Not just for his family, or for any one community, but for America. I know this case has elicited strong passions. And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher. But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken. I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son."
"And as we do, we should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to widen the circle of compassion and understanding in our own communities. We should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence that claims too many lives across this country on a daily basis. We should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, how we can prevent future tragedies like this. As citizens, that’s a job for all of us. That’s the way to honor Trayvon Martin."

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Florida Sets Another Example...

...of American craziness...

So an adult thug can stalk a black teenage boy, shoot him dead, and then claim he was the one who was defending himself? It's asinine to think a seventeen year old boy (by only  few weeks) of any size (only a few inches taller) is of any threat to a grown man of any size with a gun and an SUV. Florida is one crazy scary place where people can just about do anything to anyone, unless they're black probably according to one examination.

So who are the brilliant six jurors who acquitted the man (with a prior arrest record) who shot and killed a black boy?

Well, at least five of them are white females. At least half of them have guns in their FL household or have family members with guns. Nice jury selection. Perhaps the prosecution lost this case before they even got started.

Zimmerman claimed Martin was on top of him punching the life out of him. First of all, Martin was about 30 pounds lighter. Second, if he had a gun, why didn't he just pull it out and tell Martin to get away from him. Why couldn't he get away from the boy?

Third, why weren't there any marks on Martin's fists (except for one abrasion on his left hand- probably from falling or from something earlier-- he is also right handed)? And why did Zimmerman not look like he was being punched on the ground?  Click here for the mugshot. And here for the photoshopped version released by the defense.

What was this guy with an arrest record even doing out patrolling his neighborhood with a gun?

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Too many Bruce Willis action movies

Another white twenty something male has done it again with an AR-15 assault weapon. Too many Bruce Willis action movies.

John Zawahri, 23, was identified by police as the heavily armed man who rampaged through a mile-long stretch of Santa Monica, California Friday, dressed head to toe in black and carrying an AR-15 assault rifle as well as a duffel bag stuffed with as much as 1,800 rounds of ammunition. Multiple people were shot and killed. 

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Blood on Their Hands

Who would want the gun that killed so many people in several mass shootings? Well, I guess lots of crazy Americans. Weird fanatics are lining up for semi-automatic assault weapons. Maybe we ought to be investigating all of them for possible terrorism. I gather most of them are probably for the use of torture in the war on terror, so we'd better apply that standard to them too. After all, we need information that will protect Americans. We can't take any chances.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Minnesota School District Gets Bulletproof Whiteboards! 

I guess this is what it has come to.

Buy one here.

Monday, April 22, 2013

various shootings

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

A Tragic Week

On Monday April 15, 2013, the 148th anniversary of Lincoln's assassination and Patriots' Day,  a deranged lunatic targeted innocent families in Boston with two bombs that killed three and injured nearly 180 people.  Why? For what purpose? There is no logic for this senseless violence. Though we cannot let terrorists like this win, domestic or foreign, we obviously are going to need more and more security and surveillance.

On Wednesday, April 17, 2013, the corrupt and morally absent Republican U.S. Senate voted down background checks and semi-automatic regulation. Republicans like Sarah Palin called today a victory, but President Obama asked "a victory for who?" The only ones who won today were criminals seeking guns and the billion dollar gun industry, and their sales representatives in Congress.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Piers Morgan

Bravo to CNN's Piers Morgan who has been covering the gun issue on a consistent basis. Last night he had a full panel of pro-safety folks and a couple of pro-gun folks too. Tonight he brought on Dana Loesch, who refused to answer any direct questions, could not define a rifle that kills dozens of people in seconds as an assault weapon, and actually laugh numerous times. What's so funny, Dana Loesch? People dying? Children being slaughtered? You talk of the founding fathers, yet they would be the first to regulate these kinds of outrageous weapons that infringe on all our freedoms. These people are so outrageous and Morgan said it best when he wrapped up the trying interview with the difficult guests: "These people can't agree with one of President Obama's proposals and it makes me sick."

Piers can't get an answer from any of these anti-safety folks, but thank you for trying.

23 Executive Orders

The president and his administration will execute the following the 23 executive actions, listed in order by the White House:

1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system.
2. Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system.
3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system.
4. Direct the Attorney General to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks.
5. Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.
6. Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers.
7. Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.
8. Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission).
9. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.
10. Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement.
11. Nominate an ATF director.
12. Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations.
13. Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime.
14. Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.
15. Direct the Attorney General to issue a report on the availability and most effective use of new gun safety technologies and challenge the private sector to develop innovative technologies.
16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.
17. Release a letter to health-care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law-enforcement authorities.
18. Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.
19. Develop model emergency-response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education.
20. Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental-health services that Medicaid plans must cover.
21. Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges.
22. Commit to finalizing mental-health-parity regulations.
23. Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health.
Source: White House

And before you start calling the president "KIng" or "Dictator" please remember your Republican kingpin Ronald Reagan signed many many executive orders. The president will also push Congress to pass new laws such as a ban on assault weapons. Also please note that President Reagan also supported a ban on military style assault weapons.

After another two school shootings this week and several other terrible starts to the new year, we finally have some action from our government on sensible gun policy. Today President Obama signed 23 executive orders that will immediately begin protecting innocent American citizens from madmen with guns and the NRA which protects them. Yesterday also marked the first gun policy signed into law since the Newtown elementary school shooting when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law several key improvements.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

A teacher's perspective

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Time's The Worst Mass Shootings of the Past 50 Years from July 2012 edition and updated on December 14, 2012,

Saturday, January 5, 2013

More Gun Violence in Aurora, Colorado

Breaking News on hostages barricaded inside an Aurora, Co home

Friday, January 4, 2013

The Good Guys Already Have Guns

That is the point. The good guys already have guns and they still get shot by thugs with guns that the NRA enables. It seems the NRA is on the side of the criminals who buy illegal or legal guns for "bad" reasons because they make it so much easier for these creeps to obtain weapons. Of course, assault rifles and unique "cop killer" bullets are not so police friendly.

A gun battle in a NY subway just left two cops shot and a third was shot elsewhere in the city. They all luckily survived, but that isn't always the case, and being shot isn't fun even if you survive. Many of the officers shot who survive do not return to their jobs or cannot return to normal duty.  Twelve officers were shot just in New York City in 2012. Add up all the cities and you have a pretty big number nationwide. There were 126 officers who died in the line of duty last year and almost half of them involved guns. Some years gunfire kills as many as 70 officers. Add that up by the years and you have hundreds of hundreds of police officers killed by gunfire.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, recently said,

“In recent weeks, we've heard some people say that the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. But sometimes the good guys get shot – and sometimes, they are killed. Tonight, thank God, three good guys – three New York City police officers, who acted heroically – are going to make it. But we owe it to the good guys to do whatever we can to protect them – just as they do whatever they can to protect us. Instead, Washington is letting the bad guys shoot our police officers, our children, our neighbors – and it just has to stop."  U.S. News on NBC