Category Archives: Gun Control

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

Jeffery Zeigler

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.

The Crusader Journal

AR-15 rifles are displayed for sale at the Guntoberfest gun show in Oaks, Pennsylvania FILE PHOTO – AR-15 rifles are displayed for sale at the Guntoberfest gun show in Oaks, Pennsylvania, U.S., October 6, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

(Reuters) – A Chicago suburb has banned the possession, sale and manufacture of assault weapons and large-capacity magazines in response to the massacre at a Florida high school and other recent mass shootings in the United States.

Residents of Democratic-leaning Deerfield, Illinois have until June 13 to remove any firearms and magazines that fall outside the new restrictions or face a fine of between $250 and $1,000 per day, according to an ordinance passed by the town board on Monday night.

The ban was a direct response to the Feb. 14 killing of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and the student-led campaign for tighter restrictions on guns inspired by the mass shooting, the ordinance said.

The Deerfield decision is likely to…

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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.

Scotties Toy Box

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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

Trial begins for widow of Orlando nightclub gunman

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

Guns Have Changed, But Not Gun Laws

I posted the following 30-second video in the comment section on a post, but feel it deserves its own post.

The organization that made the video is States United To Prevent Gun Violence.  Its website says:

“States United to Prevent Gun Violence is a grassroots network of 32 state affiliates working to make our communities and families safer.”

The most recent school shooting has resulted in teens becoming activists.  Maybe a movement titled “Student Lives Matter” (#SLM) should start, since more families can now relate to how guns are used under government sanction to take innocent lives.

 

School Shooting Suspect Made ‘disturbing’ Social Media Posts — Chicago Sun-Times

PARKLAND, Fla. — The suspect in a deadly rampage at a Florida high school is a troubled teenager who posted disturbing material on social media before the shooting spree that killed at least 17 people, according to a law enforcement official and former schoolmates. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said the 19-year-old suspect, Nikolas Cruz,…

When school bullies turn into killers

Dakota Mutchler, a 17-year-old junior, said he used to be close friends with Cruz but hadn’t seen him in more than a year following his expulsion from school.

“He started progressively getting a little more weird,” Mutchler said.

Mutchler recalled Cruz posting on Instagram about killing animals and said he had talked about doing target practice in his backyard with a pellet gun.

“He started going after one of my friends, threatening her, and I cut him off from there,” Mutchler said.

 

via School shooting suspect made ‘disturbing’ social media posts — Chicago Sun-Times

Wordless Wednesday – Feb. 14, 2018

Texas victim’s family files first claim against U.S. Air Force over church massacre

The Crusader Journal

A memorial is seen at the site of the shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs A memorial is seen at the site of the shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, U.S., November 7, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman

By Tina Bellon

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Parents of one of the victims killed in the Nov. 5 shooting rampage at a Texas church filed a claim on Tuesday against the U.S. Air Force in what appeared to be the first legal action in connection to the incident.

The administrative claim, which was filed directly with the Air Force in Washington, said the military acted negligently when it failed to report the criminal record of gunman Devin Kelly to a federal database that would have prevented him from legally purchasing a firearm.

Kelly killed 26 people and wounded more than 20 at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

The Air Force said in a statement it did not comment on specific claims. “Every…

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Hundreds of Las Vegas shooting victims file lawsuits in California court

The Crusader Journal

A hat rests on flowers in a makeshift memorial during a vigil marking the one-week anniversary of the October 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas A hat rests on flowers in a makeshift memorial during a vigil marking the one-week anniversary of the October 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada U.S. October 8, 2017. REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus

By Tina Bellon

(Reuters) – Hundreds of victims of the Oct. 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas filed five lawsuits on Monday in a California court against the operators of the hotel from which the gunman fired, the organizers of the country music festival he targeted and the killer’s estate.

The largest of the lawsuits was filed on behalf of 450 people who were either injured in or witnessed the shooting, while the other four were brought by families of people who were killed or severely injured.

All five cases were filed in Los Angeles Superior Court.

Muhammad Aziz, a Houston-based lawyer heading the lawsuits, said they were filed in California because nearly all the plaintiffs…

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Thinking Out Loud About Discussions

Discussions.  Lately, people are talking about the time being right for discussion about gun control, discussion about race relations, discussion about police reform.

People have discussed these things for decades if not longer.   In my opinion, there are no resolutions because people do not go to the foundation of the issues.

The second amendment?  An argument can be made that when it was written, it was for the protection of this country against other countries because the U.S. did not have organized Armed Forces.  In that argument, it can also be said that guns then are not the guns that exist now.

Regarding race relations, there are many foundational problems including ignorance and prejudicial assumptions.  The experiences of minorities are generally diminished .   Once comparisons start, it is no longer a discussion but a competition of which is the better race. Read the rest of this entry

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