Sunday, December 15, 2013

ARMED SCHOOL OFFICER CONTAINED ARAPAHOE SHOOTER


After the huge tragedy in Newtown just over a year ago, NRA President Wayne LaPierre was roundly scorned, mocked and vilified by the Left for merely suggesting that one way to reduce the violence from school shooting incidents would be to place armed officers in our public schools.

After the initial firestorm however, many communities decided that what LaPierre said made sense, and actually began moving to place armed guards in their local schools.

In a stunning reversal after weeks of the Left's anti-NRA attacks aimed at the supposedly outrageous idea of armed officers in schools, in February of this year, the community of Newtown itself voted to place armed officers inside it's elementary schools. [The middle & high schools already had armed officers]

Now imagine how popular the idea of armed officers in schools will be after this news gets out: Today CNN is reporting that an armed school resources officer at the Arapahoe High School trapped the would-be mass shooter in the school library by responding so quickly to the sound of gunfire. Rather than trying to get past this armed school officer in order to get at more victims, 18 year old Karl Pierson took his own life.

The rampage might have resulted in many more casualties had it not been for the quick response of a deputy sheriff who was working as a school resource officer at the school, Robinson said. Once he learned of the threat, he ran -- accompanied by an unarmed school security officer and two administrators -- from the cafeteria to the library, Robinson said. "It's a fairly long hallway, but the deputy sheriff got there very quickly."
The deputy was yelling for people to get down and identified himself as a county deputy sheriff, Robinson said. "We know for a fact that the shooter knew that the deputy was in the immediate area and, while the deputy was containing the shooter, the shooter took his own life."He praised the deputy's response as "a critical element to the shooter's decision" to kill himself, and lauded his response to hearing gunshots. "He went to the thunder," he said. "He heard the noise of gunshot and, when many would run away from it, he ran toward it to make other people safe."
There have been several instances where would-be mass shooters have been thwarted early in their rampage by unexpectedly facing armed opposition. The best known before Friday afternoon's shooting at Arapahoe High School was the Clackamas Mall incident in which a shooter wearing a hockey mask got off 16 rounds and killed two people before retreating in the face of an armed citizen with a drawn Glock 22.

Another example is the Trolley Square incident in Salt Lake City in which a mass shooter with big plans for a wholesale slaughter had them ruined by an off-duty police officer who kept him pinned down with his handgun until SWAT could arrive.

Though the Left mocked LaPierre mercilessly for claiming "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun", subsequent events continue to demonstrate LaPierre was correct.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013


HOW OBAMACARE DESTROYS 
SELF-ANOINTED ELITES 
ILLUSION OF COMPETENCY


The biggest damage from the developing ObamaCare trainwreck is to the carefully crafted illusion that progressives have worked so hard to create for the past several decades: that Big Government self-anointed elites in Washington DC are competent super-managers of sterling character who can be trusted with an ever-increasing amount of power and control over the lives of citizens.

The Washington Post obtained a memo that detailed the White House in-fighting over how ObamaCare should be implemented. The memo goes over the struggle within the administration between what it dubs 'the economics team', who argued for bringing in private sector specialists with experience at start ups and complex problem solving of the magnitude that the ACA called for, and the 'political team' who wanted fast implementation by it's own in-house political staffers who fully believed they were up to the job.

After all, who needs actual experience when you believe all the 'right' things? The noble cause will grant you competency, or something. Progressives seem to actually believe this,and as David Horowitz explains here, this is why every central planning escapade turns into a flaming trainwreck.

When the political team won the debate, many members of the economics team, such as Larry Summers and Christina Roemer, jumped ship to avoid the looming disaster they saw coming. Recent developments have shown their decision was prescient. The political team that thought itself supremely competent to launch something of the size and scope of the ACA despite having had no such prior experience has now been exposed as totally inadequate.

As the scope of the abject failures involved in ObamaCare's implementation mount, even the die-hard Old media completely in the tank as propaganda arms of the DNC have to shake their head in bewilderment at how they are going to spin a disaster this obvious.

It used to be it took a decade or more for the results of bad social policy to manifest - which gave big government elites & their media allies plenty of time to put out plausible sounding excuses to paper over the failure and deflect any fallout onto others.

The difference with ObamaCare is that Obama & his administration have gone about passing & implementing this disastrous new policy so quickly with such a high level of deception and such abject incompetence that there isn't any gap in time of a few years in which to spin the increasingly evident bad results.

Never before have the progressives driving for social change gone for it with the speed - and the outright deceptions - that the Obama administration has. Which means the bad results are cropping up immediately and in a way that it's impossible to paper them over or shift the blame onto others.

Those who tried to warn the country what ObamaCare would actually do had to endure almost 5 years of ridicule, mocking and name calling for trying to sound the alarm. They were called racists and far worse. And now it's evident they were right all along.
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Progressives have done more to destroy their carefully crafted illusion of competency with this ObamaCare trainwreck than the GOP establishment ever did.

Progressives like Obama can only lobby for more power to be given to them based on promises about what they will competently do with it. In just a short amount of time, Obama & Co. have revealed themselves to not only be abject liars, but also completely incompetent blunderers.

The blowback for this should reach spectacular proportions. The Democratic Party can lie and spin all they want, say whatever they think will get them a momentary advantage. But millions of people over the next year will clearly see their experiences on health insurance are not matching the Democratic leadership's increasingly desperate rhetoric.

It must be remembered the vast majority of Republicans - and certainly almost all Conservatives - knew not to trust Obama as he traveled around the country repeating his 'Keep Your Plan' lie. The people he was out to deceive were in his own base. Remember, the ACA passed only after months of threats, arm twisting and outright bribery to gin up the required number of Democrat votes. Why did it take so long? Because Democratic lawmakers were getting opposition to the proposed law from their own constituents.

Keeping more people in the Democratic base from realizing what the law would actually do became crucially important to ever getting it passed. That is precisely why Obama embarked on a months long strategy of making false claims to his own base. And the fallout from this could be catastrophic.

I humorously point this fact out in my new 'Downfall' parody, in which Hitler hatches the 'Keep Your Plan' lie with his generals and then is shocked at the magnitude of Obama's hubris: