In a decision that has completely bewildered a great many within his conservative base, President Trump has seemingly sided with the gun control crowd in his response to the horrific Parkland, Florida Valentine’s Day massacre.
Nearly a month ago, 19 year old Nikolas Cruz entered Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, guided by “demon voices” that he heard within his own head, and began to slaughter his ex-classmates. At the end of the event, Cruz was arrested without incident, and seventeen young Americans were dead.
In the aftermath of the Parkland incident, a sinister storyline emerged, in which we learned of a depraved scheme between the school system and the local Broward County Sheriff’s Department in which the latter would turn a blind eye to serious criminality within the school’s population in order to secure federal grant money for the district.
“’I spent about 18 months in 2012, 2013 and 2014 investigating Broward and Miami-Dade school policies and how those policies transfer to law enforcement practices,’ CTH explains. ‘What I stumbled upon was a Broward County law enforcement system in a state of conflict. The Broward County School Board and District Superintendent, entered into a political agreement with Broward County Law enforcement officials to stop arresting students for crimes.’
“The 2013 ‘Collaborative Agreement On School Discipline’ between the School Board of Broward County and the Sheriff of Broward Country, as well as the Fort Lauderdale Branch of the NAACP and a variety of other state and local legal bodies, can be found HERE.”
This bombshell was dropped on the heads of mournful Americans, just moments after we were told that the school’s resource officer, the only armed person on campus, ran and hid during Cruz’s melee.
Oh, and just in case there was another reason to cast a suspicious eye toward the situation, that school resource officer just happened to be a very well compensated Sheriff’s Deputy from, you guessed it, Broward County.
“Sheriff Scott Israel said Deputy Scot Peterson should have ‘went in. Addressed the killer. Killed the killer.’ Video footage showed Peterson did none of that, Israel said.
“The sheriff’s office also said Thursday that two deputies were put under investigation for how they handled potential warnings about Cruz, including one from November in which a caller said Nikolas Cruz ‘could be a school shooter in the making.’”
Just how sickening was the cowardice displayed by Peterson?
“The sheriff said video shows Peterson was outside the building for ‘upwards of four minutes’ while students were gunned down inside.”
“’What I saw was a deputy arrive … take up a position and he never went in,’ the sheriff said at a news conference. ‘There are no words. I mean these families lost their children. We lost coaches,’ Israel said.”
So, on top of the fact that Cruz’s rampage was solely caused by his severe, obvious, and reported mental illness, and the fact that the entire response to the crisis was a realtime clinic on how not to be a police officer, the left still tried like hell to blame guns for the savagery.
What happened in Parkland, Newtown, Sutherland Springs, Aurora, Littleton, and the seemingly countless other cities and towns across the US are no longer acceptable byproducts of our second amendment rights. Something has to be done. #GunReformNow
— Grownup TJ Detweiler (@ryrygameguy) February 15, 2018
40 school shootings this Millenium, schools running ‘active shooter’ drills where students hide under desks and barricade doors. This can’t be what the founding fathers had in mind with the Second Amendment? #guncontrol #Parkland https://t.co/3vAGueeRKD
— Bradders (@ajbradders) February 15, 2018
I really don’t give a shit whether the Parkland shooter was a white supremacist, or a registered Democrat, or a domestic abuser, or all of the above. I don’t care if he was a priest. The problem is that he had an AR-15. Repeal the Second Amendment, ban guns now. Period.
— Ken Fitzgerald (@loudlong) February 15, 2018
This sampling is but a tiny fraction of the voices that called for the wholesale end to our right to bear arms. Even major publications got in on the act.
The New York Times went after the AR-15 in an article entitled “To Repeat: Repeal the Second Amendment”:
“There’s a good case to be made for owning a handgun for self-defense, or a rifle for hunting. There is no remotely sane case for being allowed to purchase, as Paddock did, 33 firearms in the space of a year. But that change can’t happen without a constitutional fix. Anything less does little more than treat the symptoms of the disease.”
NPR suggested that 70% of Americans were on board:
“Anticipating that, some gun control advocates — and at least one lifelong Republican— want to leap to the ultimate battlement and do it now. They want to repeal, or substantially alter, the formidable amendment itself.
“That would seem logical, at least to these advocates. If some 70 percent of Americans want more gun control and the Second Amendment stands in their way, why shouldn’t they be able to do something about it?”
That polling, it should be noted, hasn’t been replicated in perpetuity, with a great many newer results trending far more in favor of gun rights than gun control.
“Sixty-six percent of American voters supported stricter gun laws in the United States six days after the Feb. 14 massacre, up from 58% on Dec. 20, 2017, a Quinnipiac University poll shows.
“But by Mar. 6, 2018, support for tighter gun control measures had already waned, with only 63% of American voters saying they wanted more restrictive gun laws.
“A similar trend emerged around Americans’ support of a nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons.
“On Feb. 20, 2018, 67% of Americans said they supported a ban, while 29% said they were opposed.
“But by Mar. 6, 2018, the percentage of Americans in favor of a ban had slipped to 61%, with 35% opposing a ban.”
Yet, still, the President announced on Monday a massive overhaul in terms of gun laws and school safety, with a particularly worrisome reliance on ERPO’s, or “Extreme Risk Protection Orders” in order to stave off tragedy.
President Trump’s Administration is calling on every State to adopt Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs).
The President is directing the Department of Justice to provide technical assistance to States, at their request, on establishing and implementing ERPOs.
ERPOs allow law enforcement, with approval from a court, to remove firearms from individuals who are a demonstrated threat to themselves or others and temporarily to prevent individuals from purchasing new firearms.
These ERPO’s are the crux of the issue for many Second Amendment advocates, who believe they fall into a category of easily-corruptible legal procedures that could be used to nullify the Second Amendment for angry political dissidents in the future, effectively disallowing any revolution against tyranny.
Americans were torn on Twitter.
In Florida threatening mass shooting in not illegal and without #redflag laws the police could not remove #nicolascruz guns. #ERPO (Extreme Risk Protection Orders) are opposed by NRA but proposed by Trump. https://t.co/kRVEik5tAT
— Kristen Weigle (@KristenWeigle) March 2, 2018
Trump White House Declares Support for California-Style Gun Confiscation Orders | Breitbart https://t.co/2gG3xMLEFr
— Rufusthedog66 (@Rufusthedog66) March 12, 2018
— USA online 🇺🇸 (@USA_online) March 12, 2018
The potential for abuse in the ERPO system is far too great to be used as a bandaid for the issue of mental health violence in our country. Unfortunately, the left is completely uninhibited by the idea of harming our Constitution in order to achieve their pedantic political goals.