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Hysteria Over School Safety Won’t Keep Us Safe | Mises Wire

Posted by M. C. on April 20, 2019

Unfortunately, school safety policies have long been dominated by institutional hysteria fanned by politicians, bureaucrats, and much of the media. The federal Education Department reported last year that “nearly 240 schools … reported at least 1 incident involving a school-related shooting” in the 2015-16 school year. National Public Radio investigated and found that the feds had exaggerated school shootings by twenty-fold; NPR could confirm only 11 incidents. Cleveland was credited with 37 shooting incidents when in reality it was simply a report of 37 schools noting “possession of a knife or a firearm.” One school system was listed as a shooting locale for an incident involving a pair of scissors.

https://mises.org/wire/hysteria-over-school-safety-wont-keep-us-safe

Numerous Indiana elementary school teachers were shot in January as part of a “safe schools” training program. According to the Indiana State Teachers Association, sheriff deputies ordered teachers “into a room four at a time, told them to crouch down and then shot them execution-style with pellets in rapid succession,” leaving several of them bloodied and many of them screaming in terror. The teachers union is “is lobbying lawmakers to add [legislative] language prohibiting teachers from being shot with any sort of ammunition” during school safety drills, according to the Indianapolis Star.

The Indiana program was part of the school lockdown drills occurring across the nation spurred in part by a Colorado massacre that occurred twenty years ago on April 20. Twelve students and one teacher died in a shooting spree by two students at Columbine High School. The Columbine carnage helped inspire subsequent school shootings, especially a Newtown, Connecticut attack in 2012.

While the media is vividly reminding Americans of the Colorado killings, few people remember how the Clinton administration rushed to exploit the killings. Attorney General Janet Reno praised the local police response as “extraordinary” and “a textbook” example of “how to do it the right way.” President Bill Clinton declared that “we look with admiration at the… the police officers who rushed to the scene to save lives.” Clinton invoked the Columbine killings almost every day from April 20 through mid-June 1999, when the House of Representatives narrowly defeated Clinton-championed gun control legislation.

In reality, “No efforts were made to stop the assault,” Read the rest of this entry »

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The Rutherford Institute :: Jackboots in the Morning: No One Is Spared From This American Nightmare |

Posted by M. C. on January 30, 2019

If you’re wondering why the Education Department needs a SWAT team, you’re not alone.

they always shoot the dogs first

https://www.rutherford.org/publications_resources/john_whiteheads_commentary/jackboots_in_the_morning_no_one_is_spared_from_this_american_nightmare

By John W. Whitehead

This is jackboots in the morning. This is an American nightmare that they would arrest somebody like this.”—Judge Andrew Napolitano

The American Police State does not discriminate.

Whatever dangerous practices you allow the government to carry out now—whether it’s in the name of national security or protecting America’s borders or making America great again—rest assured, these same practices can and will be used against you when the government decides to set its sights on you.

We’ve been having this same debate about the perils of government overreach for the past 50-plus years, and still we don’t seem to learn, or if we learn, we learn too late.

For too long now, the American people have allowed their personal prejudices and politics to cloud their judgment and render them incapable of seeing that the treatment being doled out by the government’s lethal enforcers has remained consistent, no matter the threat.

All of the excessive, abusive tactics employed by the government today—warrantless surveillance, stop and frisk searches, SWAT team raids, roadside strip searches, asset forfeiture schemes, private prisons, indefinite detention, militarized police, etc.—will eventually be meted out on the general populace.

At that point, when you find yourself in the government’s crosshairs…

Take Roger Stone, one of President Trump’s longtime supporters, for example. Read the rest of this entry »

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SWAT Team or SLOTH Team: Las Vegas Response Time

Posted by M. C. on October 5, 2017

I remember a WW II set movie where two buddies return home and one jokes about the other-I had to train him to enter a room without throwing a grenade in first.

Clearing a room is not a new concept.

https://www.garynorth.com/public/17210.cfm

Let me get this straight. A guy is firing automatic weapons at a crowd. The windows he is firing from are smashed — all those bullets, don’t you know. They are the only windows that are smashed in the hotel.

The smoke was coming out of one window. That was because it was smashed. That was a tip off, you see. “We saw all that smoke.” Yes, coming from where the shots were being fired.

It took 20 minutes for the cops to figure this out.

As comedian George Gobel used to say back in 1954: “Suuuuure it did.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Obama: “Assault” Weapons Have No Place on the Street! What About the Armored Personnel Carriers, Real (full auto) Assault Weapons, Tanks, Bayonets and Submarines?

Posted by M. C. on February 5, 2013

These days I am more afraid of militarized police than crooks.  William Grigg has been writing extensively about militarized police atrocities.  His stories lately seem to lately emanate from Colorado and the Southwest.  Tactics more suitable for clearing a Taliban village are used to abuse those accused of menial offenses.  People beaten to within an inch of their lives for some perceived action, snub, questioning authority,  exercising Constitutional rights or protecting themselves from the beating they know is coming.  They kick some old lady’s or a drunk street person’s ass just because they can.  Power trips.  Then the cop’s union, their lies and a compliant press keeps the real criminal free. Read the rest of this entry »

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Protecting Yourself From Police is a Felony in PA

Posted by M. C. on November 8, 2011

§ 5703. Interception, disclosure or use of wire, electronic or oral communications.

Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, a person is guilty of a felony of the third degree if he:

(1) intentionally intercepts, endeavors to intercept, or procures any other person to intercept or endeavor to intercept any wire, electronic or oral communication;

(2) intentionally discloses or endeavors to disclose to any other person the contents of any wire, electronic or oral communication, or evidence derived therefrom, knowing or having reason to know that the information was obtained through the interception of a wire, electronic or oral communication; or

(3) intentionally uses or endeavors to use the contents of any wire, electronic or oral communication, or evidence derived therefrom, knowing or having reason to know, that the information was obtained through the interception of a wire, electronic or oral communication.

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(Oct. 21, 1988, P.L.1000, No.115, eff. imd.) Read the rest of this entry »

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Militarization-Why I Don’t Like Erie PA’s New Armored Vehicle

Posted by M. C. on August 27, 2011

The new armored vehicle recently acquired by the NW PA Emergency Response Group seems relatively mundane. The concept bothers me none-the-less. The nationwide militarization of our police departments is a scary thing. What are police departments doing with armored personnel carriers, arrays of automatic weapons and, yes, stockpiles of bayonets? I haven’t seen this in our local police agencies but police in many places no longer “protect and serve”. They “take and hold“. Think Waco TX. Read the rest of this entry »

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