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Daily Tech News 18 July 2022 | Main | Mid-Morning Art Thread
July 18, 2022

The Morning Report — 7/18/22


Good morning, kids. Start of a new week and I'm still in NYC. A SNAFU resulted in having to ditch our original moving company and scramble for a new one. So, if all goes to plan, we'll be on the road just one week late. Please G-d. Huge thanks to cobs Weird Dave, Buck Throckmorton, Mis Hum and CBD for filling in in my absence. Now, on to the meshugas, of which there is an abundance (as always) given the current state of the world.

Let's lead off with a deadly shooting at an Indiana mall yesterday that left two dead and three wounded. It could have been much, much worse except for the one thing that prevented that.

Even with the best will, training, and resources in the world, unless police are already on the scene when a shooting starts, there will be a lag time between the shooter’s control over the scene and the police’s arrival. The only thing that can change the dynamic during that interval before the police arrive is a legal gun owner willing to act. That’s what happened in Indianapolis, when a man started shooting in a shopping mall, killing three people and injuring two others, only to be stopped dead by an armed citizen.

As of this writing, a local Fox News affiliate has the most comprehensive report I’ve seen. According to that report, the shooting occurred in Greenwood, at the Greenwood Park Mall. A lone shooter entered the food court with a rifle and several filled magazines. He began to shoot into the mall, killing three people and injuring two others. Fortunately for all the other people in that mall, a 22-year-old man with a legal gun and a good eye killed the shooter. There is no news about the shooter’s identity or motive.

As this shooting demonstrates (again), the notion of making guns illegal is ludicrous. Guns, having emerged from Pandora’s Box, will never return. The only thing one can know with certainty is that, once law-abiding people are disarmed, only two kinds of people will still have guns: Individual bad guys...and the government. And speaking as a Jew, I know exactly what happens when only the government has guns, and it decides that certain people in the country are disfavored and need to be removed.

Bingo times infinity. Which is exactly the reason the latest degradation of our absolute Gd-given right of self defense passed in Congress, aided and abetted by the Leftist confederate stooges in the GOPe in the wake of the mass shooting massacre in Uvalde a few weeks back. Speaking of which, the official report has been released and it's not pretty.

The report, compiled by a Texas House Committee, detailed a series of missteps on a number of fronts — from the shooter’s family failing to identify warning signs to the school’s apparent habit of leaving doors unlocked or propped open — but the strongest condemnation was reserved for law enforcement officers who arrived on the scene and then waited to act for over an hour.

“They failed to prioritize saving the lives of innocent victims over their own safety,” the report read, openly criticizing law enforcement for failing to act in the face of a clear emergency — and making it clear that the biggest failure had not been in a lack of manpower or equipment but a lack of leadership and communication at a critical moment. . .

. . . While much of the heat in the wake of the shooting has been directed at local authorities — Uvalde school district officers and local sheriff’s deputies — the report indicated that the overwhelming majority of responders on the scene had been state police officers (91) and U.S. Border Patrol agents (149). The remainder were U.S. Marshals, federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) officers, and local authorities from neighboring counties.

So our betters in government — the enlightened elite who proclaim their intellectual and moral superiority gives them the right to lord over us "for our own good" — who insist only law enforcement should have firearms have created an environment that has degraded law enforcement to such an extent that literally hundreds of cops show up on scene and do nothing as children are massacred barely a few yards away from them. And this in perhaps the deepest of deep red states where the 2A is for the most part sacrosanct.

Either ACAB or they aren't. Which is it, Lefties? Even when firearms aren't even involved, it's in your face just who those in power deem are threats. Not to the citizenry but to their attainment and hold on absolute power.

Just recently, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg charged a bodega worker with murder for defending himself with a knife against an unprovoked attack by an ex-con that resulted in the assailant’s death. Meanwhile, the assailant’s girlfriend has escaped all charges whatsoever for stabbing the bodega worker because, prosecutors said, she was only trying to help her boyfriend fight back against the bodega worker. . .

. . . More dangerous criminals on the loose who are in possession of illegal guns make us less safe, not legal guns in the hands of law-abiding people. District Attorney Bragg would rather let dangerous criminals back on the streets where they can obtain illegal guns on the black market and continue jeopardizing public safety. But he does not hesitate to go after a crime victim for defending himself. . .

. . . Here is another example of progressive madness in New York’s criminal justice system that has turned New York City upside down. Two suspected Mexican drug-cartel smugglers were apprehended with their horde of $1.2 million worth of crystal meth while trying to make two drug deliveries. They were then promptly released with no cash bail requirement. That is because crystal meth is considered a controlled substance in New York, not a narcotic, and the charge of second-degree possession of a controlled substance carries no bail requirement under New York State’s progressive criminal-friendly bail “reform” law. . .

. . . Nevertheless, for some unexplained reason, New York City’s emergency management agency decided to put out a public service announcement on July 12th giving advice to New Yorkers about how to survive a nuclear attack. The agency advised New Yorkers to get inside a building, secure the doors and windows, and stay inside. Although hardly likely to protect New Yorkers against the devastation of a nuclear attack, staying off the streets is certainly one way to avoid dangerous encounters with violent criminals. Even staying inside, however, won’t protect New Yorkers against home invasions.

Most New Yorkers are not very worried about a nuclear attack these days. They are worried about surviving in the madhouse created by reckless progressive government policies that have caused violent crime to become the new normal.

Psaki-psircling back to the Indiana mall shooting, you see why this story is going to be buried if it can't be spun. When every second counts police are minutes away. In the case of Uvalde, they're actually right there waiting for the taxpayer funded ESU roach coach to deliver coffee, donuts and a CNN crew to do a Leni Riefenstahl shuffle on evil white boys with AR-15s. But when a responsible, armed citizen is doing the job today's American law enforcement can't or won't (which by the way has been the natural order of things since time immemorial), and doing it absolutely effectively, that cannot be allowed to stand. Even when firearms aren't even involved, as is the case with the bodega owner who had the gall to selfishly put his individual life above that of collective. He refused to be the broken egg from which the rotten omelet is allegedly made. And it never is.

NOTE: The opinions expressed in the links may or may not reflect my own. I include them because of their relevance to the discussion of a particular issue.

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