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Parkland Shooting ~ One Year Later

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Happy Valentine’s Day everyone. Sadly, here in the U.S., today is also the first anniversary of the mass shooting at the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida, that resulted in the deaths of fourteen high school students and three school faculty members.

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While an initial sense of hopelessness descended upon our nation, for those of us who believe in common sense gun reform, that’s slowly given way to cautious optimism. The students who survived that horrifying massacre have created a movement for change that for the first time has outlasted the initial news cycle. In 2018, at least 67 new gun laws were enacted in in Florida and 26 other states, as well as the District of Columbia. In Washington, 17 newly elected House members are supporters of stricter gun laws and more than two dozen House members who were backed by the National Rifle Association were defeated…

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Fred Hopkins Accused Shooter Of Six LEOs And Killer Of One, Arrested After 2 Hour Standoff

Fred Hopkins, killed one officer and wounded 6 others

On October 3, 2018 in South Carolina around 5pm, several police officers attempting to serve a search warrant showed up to the home of 74 yr old white male Frederick Hopkins. At this point Hopkins began to fire upon the officers and barricaded himself inside the house, using his children as hostages. During the chaotic shootout, 7 police officers were shot. One police officer, Terrence Carraway, an African American man who just celebrated 30 years as a Florence County police officer, was killed during the shootout.

After 2 hours which armored vehicles were called and ESU/SWAT officers were called, Fred Hopkins surrendered . Fred Hopkins is facing several charges.

AOL reports;

“Officers went there unknowing the firepower the suspect had,” Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone said. “Fire was being shot all over. The way this suspect was positioned, his view of fire was several hundred yards. So he had an advantage. The officers couldn’t get to the ones who were down.

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Right now a story from Time: These Are the Victims of the Jacksonville Madden Tournament Shooting

Condolences to the families and best wishes for the full recovery of those injured.

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One was a championship-winning video game competitor with a young son. The other was a rising competitive gaming star who was just getting started.

The Jacksonville Sheriff?s Office identified competitive video game players Elijah Clayton, 22, and Taylor Robertson, 28, as the two victims who passed away when a gunmanopened fire at a live video game tournament in Jacksonville, Fla. They were known best in the gaming community by their aliases Trueboy and SpotMePlzzzz, respectively.

Police said the suspected shooter was David Katz, a 24-year-old video game competitor from Baltimore, who opened fire at The Landing shopping center in Jacksonville, where players competed in EA Sports?s Madden NFL 19 championship series. The horrific mass…

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Michael Drejka Charged With Manslaughter For Killing Markeis McGlockton – Stand Your Ground Law

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I saw the video for this case when it first happened, and also read that the Sheriff refused to arrest Michael Drejka because of Florida’s stand your ground law.  When I saw the video, it was my impression that the shooter was an elderly man.  Maybe it was his posture or the fact that he fell to the ground so easily.  It turns out that Drejka was 47-years old on July 19, 2018 when he shot and killed 28-year old Markeis McGlockton.

Here is the video.

 

 

Comments were quickly posted on Twitter protesting that Drejka was not arrested.  Thinking that an elderly man might be afraid of a younger man pushing him to the ground, I sighed at the thought that he could avoid arrest using stand your ground in his defense.  Then, I watched the video again and saw where Markeis’ girlfriend Britany Jacobs, was getting out of the car and Drejka was standing at the car’s door invading her space.  I wondered what he said to Britany that provoked Markeis to push him.   I sighed again, because Markeis is not alive to tell anyone what he heard and believed that provoked him to push Drejka out of Britany’s face.

Other thoughts came to mind, such as Drejka thinking he was entitled to approach and engage Britany for parking in a handicapped parking space.  How is it possible to provoke a  confrontation, verbal or physical, then claim self-defense when someone takes action to stop the confrontation?

On August 13, 2018, Michael Drejka was charged with manslaughter.  He is currently in jail on a $100k bond and is going to be appointed a public defender. Read the rest of this entry

Gunman Who Previously Sued Maryland Newspaper Kills Five In Targeted Attack

Home of Parkland School Survivor David Hogg Swatted

They call it a “prank” or a “hoax”, but it’s actually a fraudulent call to law enforcement with intent to have an innocent person or persons killed under color and claim of official right.

The family of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student activist David Hogg was the victim of a “swatting” incident Tuesday morning.

A SWAT team responded to a call just after 8:30 a.m. of a barricaded subject at Hogg’s residence. The caller said there was a person with a weapon inside of the home, Broward County Sheriff’s spokesman Joy Oglesby told CNN.

The call was later determined to be a hoax.
No one was at home at the time of the incident, Oglesby said. Hogg and his family are in Washington D.C to accept the RFK Humanitarian Award.
Swatting is usually done by computer hackers, gamers or people skilled in online and smartphone communications as a prank. They make a false report of a serious crime in progress, resulting in police making a major show of force on innocent, unsuspecting people.
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Texas High School Shooter Planned His Actions

A day after the deadliest high school shooting since the Valentine’s Day massacre at Parkland High School, details about shooter Dimitrios Pagourtzis are starting to trickle out. And in one of the most shocking revelations, the Wall Street Journal reports that Pagourtzis spared students that he liked so they could “tell his story.” According to […]

via Texas High School Shooter Spared Students He Liked, To “Tell His Story” — peoples trust toronto

Students Walk Out of Class to Demand Tighter U.S. Gun Laws

Fourteen Year Old Asking For Directions To School Shot At By Neighbor

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Jeffery Zeigler is a White man of 53 years-old.  He lives in the Christian Hills subdivision of Rochester Hills, Oakland County, Michigan.  He is a retired Detroit firefighter.  Because of his actions on Thursday, he has been arraigned on charges including assault with intent to murder and felony firearms.

On Thursday, April 12, 2018, Zeigler’s wife called 911 and reported that her husband had chased a Black male who tried breaking into their house.  Oakland County Sheriff deputies learned that a shot had been fired and found the 14-year old Brennan Walker down the street, unarmed.

Brennan told deputies that he missed his school bus.  His mother had taken away his phone so he didn’t have that to use to get directions.  He tried walking the bus route, but got lost.  He knocked on the door to Zeigler’s house.  A woman inside began yelling “why are you trying to break into my house?”  Brennan said he tried to explain to her that he was trying to get directions to Rochester High, but she continued yelling.

Jeffrey Zeigler came downstairs and grabbed a gun.  When Brennan saw the gun, he started to run.  While he was running away, Zeigler fired a shotgun.  Brennan ran further, hid, and broke down crying.

The Zeigler’s have home security video, and their story is contrary to what the video shows. Read the rest of this entry

Chicago suburb bans assault weapons after Florida massacre

The rest of Illinois should do the same.

Ray Of Hope

Ray of Hope is a song written by Eddie Brigati and Felix Cavaliere, two members of the music group known as the Rascals.  The song was released in 1968.   It’s been 50 years, and Felix is still performing.

The message of the Rascals has always been to stand for peace, love, and happiness.  I’ve always said that the Rascals were before their time.  They did not receive much cross-over attention until the release of their song “Groovin'”.   Now, the lyrics they wrote in songs such Ray of Hope ring true again.  For example, in Ray of Hope the lyrics include, “wait my turn ’till I can vote”.  It’s a message that the Parkland High School shooting survivors promote for teens reaching the age to vote to make changes in gun control and to end gun violence. Read the rest of this entry

Against Bullying Of March For Our Lives Teens

I think that mostly everyone has read or heard about the teens of Parkland High School being denigrated for wanting gun control.  Here’s a bit from an article published in The Guardian.

“And as of this weekend, this group of idealistic young people have officially become the right’s leading hate figures.

The first and most repugnant strategy was to directly attack high-profile campaigners, especially students David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez.

Running short of reasoned arguments, many attempted to push conservative buttons with high impact visuals. Alt-right social media company Gab was one of many that disseminated a doctored animation of Gonzalez in which she falsely appeared to be tearing up the US constitution. Cartoonist and Trump sycophant Ben Garrison depicted Hogg as an assault rifle, wielded by CNN, and loaded with Marxism. Breitbart re-published a round of tweets accusing Hogg of throwing a Nazi salute.”

They are being called names that challenge their intelligence and education.  The people doing this must have forgotten that these kids lost people they know.  They were in an active-shooter situation.  If no one has been in an active-shooter situation where people are being killed, let me share the following with you. Read the rest of this entry

March For Our Lives 2018.

This is a powerful video.

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Brother of Nicolas Cruz, Douglas High School Killer, Arrested For Trespassing at Same School

MIAMI — The brother of the teen charged with killing 17 people at a Florida school was arrested Monday afternoon for trespassing at the same school, authorities said.

Zachary Cruz, 18, was arrested at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and charged with trespassing on school grounds, a Broward Sheriff’s Office report said.

The teen was recorded by security cameras riding his skateboard at the school around 4:30 p.m. though he had received prior warnings from school officials to stay away from the campus, the report said.

Zachary Cruz told the arresting deputy that he was there to “reflect on the school shooting and to soak it in,” according to the report. It added that the teen had “surpassed all locked doors and gates and proceeded to ride his skateboard through school grounds.”

The youth’s brother, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, has been charged with 17 counts of first-degree murder in connection with the Feb. 14 shooting.

The Associated Press reported Sunday that documents show some officials recommended in September 2016 that Nikolas Cruz be involuntarily committed for a mental evaluation, though the recommendation was never acted upon. Such a commitment would have made it more difficult, if not impossible, for Cruz to have legally obtained a gun such as the AR-15 assault-style rifle used in the shooting.

Jail records didn’t immediately list an attorney for Zachary Cruz.

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Prosecutors Seek Death Penalty For Nikolas Cruz

MIAMI — Florida prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty against school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz in the fatal shooting of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

The office of Broward County State Attorney Michael Satz filed the formal notice Tuesday. The 19-year-old Cruz is scheduled for formal arraignment Wednesday on a 34-count indictment, including 17 first-degree murder charges.

Cruz’s attorneys have said he would plead guilty if the death penalty was not pursued in the Valentine’s Day massacre. The action by prosecutors Tuesday does not necessarily mean a plea deal will not be reached.

The only other penalty option for Cruz is life in prison with no possibility of parole.

via Florida prosecutors seeking death penalty in school shooting — Chicago Sun-Times

Personally, I don’t believe in the death penalty.  As this case illustrates, killing people who kill people to teach that killing is wrong does not work.

Parkland School Shooting Victim Files Legal Notice Of Suit Against Local Government

By Tina Bellon (Reuters) – A lawyer for a student wounded in February’s mass shooting at a Florida high school on Monday filed a legal notice of intent to sue the county sheriff’s office and the school district for failing to protect the students. The lawsuit would be the first for the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in which a gunman killed 17 people and wounded or injured more than a dozen others.

The notice of intent to file a claim is required by Florida law before a lawsuit can be brought against government entities.

It would be brought on behalf of 15-year-old Anthony Borges and his family. Borges was shot five times during the massacre, suffering life-threatening injuries, and remains hospitalized, according to the notice.

“The failure of Broward County public schools, and of the principal and school resource officer to adequately protect students, and in particular our client, from life-threatening harm were unreasonable, callous and negligent,” the family’s lawyer, Alex Arreaza, said in the notice.

 

 

via Florida school shooting victim files legal notice to sue local government — The Crusader Journal

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Republicans in Congress reject new gun limits

Shine – Courage and Tribute of the Students of Stoneman Douglas High School

The students of the Stoneman Douglas High School Drama Club perform “Shine.”  They wrote the song after the shooting at their school that took the lives of 17 and wounded 15.

Victims’ bios are at this link.

 

Knowledge of Automatic Guns When The 2nd Amendment Was Ratified Is A False Hypothesis

While watching the CNN townhall meeting last night, I became interested in how Dana Loesch, spokesperson for the NRA, said that there was knowledge of automatic guns when the Second Amendment was written, so the Second Amendment included ownership of automatic guns.

I’m one who often says that when the Second Amendment was ratified, that the guns of that time consisted of muskets.   Loesch’s rebuttal of that caused me to research today. Loesch named the Belton and Puckle guns as automatic weapons that existed when the Second Amendment was ratified. Read the rest of this entry

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