Dylan Klebold’s Mother speaks out about her son

This is one of them posts that is very hard for me to write. I remember this tragic event, I watched it play out on live TV at the time.

Here are some clips from the ABC TV 20/20 show that aired last night:


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I would like to think Diane Sawyer for handling this interview without coming off sounding like some anti-gun flaming liberal. Diane also handling this with the grace and professionalism that is sorely missing in the media today. Klebold’s Mother should not be blamed for what happened with her son. Mental illness is something that can hit anyone. Guns were simply the tool, if they had not used them, they would have used something else.

I could never imagine the literal and proverbial hell that this woman has been through. She says she does not believe in evil. Well, I must disrespectfully disagree with that. I really do not think that these guys were just evil young men; they were mentally ill young people, who were overlooked by the experts and ended up committing a horrible act of violence.

The unfortunate part about this entire situation, is that the political left in this Country; has used this situation and others like it; to attempt to exert strict gun laws and control on this Country —- none of which would have prevented this tragic event or any others like it since. It is has become a bit of a Cliché on the right — but it is absolutely true — Guns do not kill people, people kill people.

If these young man were going to kill people, they would have used other means, if the guns were not available. Are we going to ban knives? Are we going to ban cars? Are we going to be everything that can be potentially used as a weapon?

Of course not.

Still… one has to feel sorry or dare I say — Pity? For a woman that will go to her grave knowing that her son committed such acts towards people. It is a hell that will follow her to the grave — and that is a hell, that I would wish upon no one.

God be with her and the Harris family and with the family of the victims.

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Pro-gun advocates denounce Ted Nugent’s rant

As you all know, Ted Nugent stepped into it and I mean badly.

Well, it seems that a pro-gun blog has something to say about it. This comes via Bearing Arms:

Nugent’s appeal to authority—”my dad killed nazis & saved Jews in WWII”—doesn’t excuse what he posted last night, and he’s frankly seems too cowardly to address all the rational and factually correct criticism of the image he chose to use.

Quite a few people of the pro-gun people that I’ve spoken with today are simply done with Nugent. They’re tired of feeling that they have to defend his half-baked rhetoric and simple-minded outbursts. Many people are calling for him to resign from the NRA Board and for him to have his membership stripped from him.

While I think forcing him out of the NRA entirely is a bit much, I do think he owes the world a sincere apology. If he can’t find that sincerity in his heart, then he has no business being on the board of an inclusive organization such as the National Rifle Association.

I think Ted Nugent will not be saying anything else anytime soon.

 

 

Ted Nugent steps in it, deep

Hoo Boy! Ted Nugent has stepped into it and I mean deep too…

The Story:

Yesterday on Facebook, celebrity Second Amendment fan Ted Nugent posted photos of a dozen gun control supporters, all of them Jews, as indicated by the little Israeli flags over their faces. The headline: “So who is really behind gun control?” The captions on some of the photos mention additional offenses, such as “ISRAEL FIRSTER” (Alan Dershowitz), “gave Russian Jew immigrants your tax money” (Frank Lautenberg), “served in Israel’s army during Gulf War” (Rahm Emanuel), and “Nanny State troublemaker and 911 Israeli agent” (Michael Bloomberg). According to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the grid of 12 anti-gun Jews “was apparently not created by Nugent, but has appeared in the past on anti-Semitic web sites” (such as this one)  Source: Ted Nugent Claims Wildly Anti-Semitic Array of Gun-Hating Jews Was Misconstrued – Hit & Run : Reason.com

His posting? This:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And his reply to those who did not like the posting?

Just when you hope that mankind couldnt possibly get any dumber or more dishonest, superFreaks rise to the occasion. What sort of racist prejudiced POS could possibly not know that Jews for guncontrol are nazis in disguise? “NEVER AGAIN!” Anyone? Anyone?? RUFKM! The founder of Jews For the Preservation of Firearms Ownership called me his 2nd Amendment/Freedom hero. The NEVER AGAIN battlecry was universally embraced by all good people who will make sure another Holocaust never happens again. Freaks have plummeted to whole new low. Plummet on punks. Plummet on. Meanwhile I adjust my yamika at my barmitzva playing my kosher guitar. My dad killed nazis & saved Jews in WWII. Eat me. (source)

“The Nuge” as he is often called, is about to learn a hard lesson in what happens to one who dares to mention “The race of people who shall not be mentioned.” Good thing he is at the stage of his career that he is at; because if he were just starting out, he would be officially done, toast, finished.

I suspect before too long, Nugent will offer some sort of groveling apology to the masses for this little incident. I feel for him though, I have been there and it sucks when they do attack. I think he will ride it out; but there will be hell to pay. This is not a good way to promote a career though, not at all.

Others: Right Wing Watch, Mother Jones, addictinginfo.org, TIME, Bearing Arms, Politicus USA, Hit & Run, Mediaite and twitchy.com

Scott Shackford at Reason.com makes a good point

This guy gets it, and for that, he gets credit. I’m glad someone has finally told the truth about the reaction to the mass shooting.

Quote:

Socially, Americans and American media have developed a pattern in responding to these sudden incidences of mass violence. It starts with the initial hunger for any and all information, often absent of much concern about its accuracy. Give us all of it, and we’ll sort it out as we go. But even from the very start, we’re not just looking for information about the incident. We’re looking for who is responsible for the violence. No, not the actual shooters. Who else is responsible? Speculation begins immediately about the shooter’s political affiliation, as though this is any way relevant. Dear’s voter registration has him listed as a female! Does this mean he’s transgendered? Is this the transgendered movement’s fault? No, it turned out to be a data entry error, and even if he did identify as transgendered, the answer would still obviously be no, the transgender movement was not responsible for his actions. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) got into some hot water for speculating about this odd little detail, though really he was trying to point out that it was awfully early to be speculating about Dear’s motives.

The problem, though, is that Dear’s motives may matter to the courts and to the law, but why is this a matter for presidential candidates, politicians, and society at large? Because, for some people, it can’t just be Dear’s fault. The culture war demands that everything bad that happens is due to the actions and attitudes of one’s ideological opponents. Everything bad that happens is due to the failure of society to monolithically embrace one’s view of how the world should be run. And when people operate under such collectivist attitudes (on either the left or the right) about society, obviously the behavior of a person who acts out in violence is (and must be) an indictment of whatever ideology or philosophy that person operates. Dear is an indictment of anti-abortion conservatives. ISIS attacks are an indictment of leftist support for diversity and the entire Islamic faith.

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Since nobody’s ideology can lay claim to all the world’s mentally ill people, because that’s not how serious mental illness works, we end up with absurd comparison stories like this clickbait from William Saletan at Slate, arguing that Christian extremists from the Carolinas have killed more Americans in the United States than Syrian refugees. His goal is ultimately to challenge the argument that the fleeing Syrians are a terror threat to the United States, but his poor logic begs to be thrown back in his face by pointing out how tiny even that number is (less than 100) compared to the total number of Americans murdered in just 2014 (14,249). And even the total number of Americans murdered annually pales in comparison to the number of Americans out there (nearly 320 million). Statistically speaking, if you’re an American, you’re unlikely to ever be murdered at all, be it by mentally ill ISIS death-cultists or Americans suffering some sort of psychotic break from reality.

But no media site ever got readers by telling them, “You’re probably never going to be murdered,” and no politician wins votes that way. If every crisis is an opportunity, then every person with signs of mental illness is a potential crisis, and therefore an opportunity.

Given this regularly occurring cycle of responses to mass violence by the disturbed, is it really any mystery how college campuses turned into one massive emotional freak-out session? Where did they get the idea that invoking vague mental health issues to demand “trigger warnings” and safe spaces and declaring speech that contradicts their opinions or offends them to be a form of “violence”? They learned it from us, of course. They’re just extending it to its natural, absurd conclusion.

Go read the rest : Stop Using the Mentally Ill to Advance Your Ideology – Hit & Run : Reason.com

Man, is he right. The response for both sides has been, quite frankly, morbid. 😡

Why I am not blogging about the Colorado shooting

I am, of course, referring to this here.

The reason I am not really blogging about it, is because of the stupidity of the left and the stupidity of the right. I mean, the man was obviously mentally off of his rocker. The best the right and left can do, is make idiotic political statements about the tragic event.

The left is hollering “more gun control!” and the right is making just downright asinine statements about the shooting. I refuse to be a part of it. The truth is, some dude, whose elevator didn’t go past the lobby floor, went and shot up a planned parenthood. Now, everyone wants to make it about politics. It’s sickening, cynical and high school at best.

…and I want no part of it. I’m not playing the game, at all. People were killed and I won’t turn a tragic event, like this, into a political debate, at all.

Just letting y’all know.

 

Every person who is on the fence on guns should read this! #p2 #tcot #guns

This is a very good article!

Via Hotair.com:

Every time a tragedy like the recent one in Roseburg, Oregon takes place there is a knee-jerk reaction to blame the gun. Right on cue there are calls for more gun control, more background checks, and more arguments by politicians aiming to convince you that disarming law abiding citizens will stop senseless acts of violence. What you rarely hear in the media are the stories of people who have used guns to protect themselves.

Not “gun nuts” as some would like to call them, but regular, average, everyday people. People who at one time believed because they lived in a small town they were safe. People who grew up with a dad as a police officer and believed the police could always protect them.  People who never really even wanted a gun in their home. People like me.

Yes, it’s true; as a new mom I never really even wanted a gun in my home. That all changed several years ago.

Go read the rest, it is that good.