Mass Shootings

Donald Trump's Listening Session With Mass Shooting Survivors Was Really Powerful

The president showed empathy, engagement, and leadership in a way that will surprise many of his critics and supporters alike.

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President Donald Trump recently concluded a 90-minute "listening session" with survivors of last week's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Also attending were parents of children killed in shootings at Columbine High and Sandy Hook Elementary and others who had endured violence in various Washington, D.C.-area schools.

It's worth foregrounding that the exchange was genuinely powerful and often moving as children and parents shared their experiences and losses. Trump listened intently and actively throughout and gave the stage to the guests in attendance at odds with his usual modus operandi. He would follow up on and punctuate points but never felt a need to pull the attention back to himself or egomaniacally insist, as he did on the campaign trail, that he alone can fix problems such as school shootings. After more than a dozen people told their stories, Trump asked, "Does anyone have any idea of how to stop [school shootings]?" He minced no words about shooters, calling them garbage, but he also didn't lose contact with the idea that he was there to listen to and comfort the people in the room, not rail against miscreants. In a word, he was presidential, at least in his bearing and temperament.

In terms of substance and policy, there are clear indicators of where the president will head next. The participants underscored feelings of fear, anger, and resentment at what they saw as indifference from politicians at all levels. Students "need to feel safe," said Jason Gruber, who lived through the Florida shooting. The father of a slain student called for definitive action in a voice suffused with barely controlled rage. Parents of children killed in the Sandy Hook and Columbine shootings emphasized the need to detect mental illness at early stages and to make access to schools more difficult for interlopers. The emphasis throughout was much more on protecting schools rather than stripping weapons per se and a number of respondents talked about the need to arm teachers and staff with weapons. ""If you can't stop it from happening," said one parent, who further noted that hundreds of millions of guns are in circulation, "the challenge becomes to end it as quickly as possible."

The idea of arming teachers and staff is clearly something to which Trump is partial. The typical "attack lasts three minutes," he said at one point, "while it takes five to eight minutes for responders to arrive." He further noted that contemporary schools are often large, sprawling complexes and nodded toward reports that a Stoneman Douglas coach, Aaron Feis, who died shielding students, could have ended the shooting if he'd been carrying his firearm. The president talked about teachers and staff volunteering to carry weapons and undergo training for live-shooting situations. Trump attacked the notion of gun-free school zones and promised to improve and possibly expand background checks. He also pushed the idea that mental illness was the deep cause of mass shootings, especially at schools, and seemed to endorse vague forms of preventive detention if it seemed likely that a given individual might be likely to commit violent crime.

There is plenty to worry about in such responses. Even as she called for more funding for mental-health screening and interventions, the mother of a Sandy Hook victim stressed that most psychologically troubled people are non-violent. Virtually all plans to ban "mentally ill" people from owning guns define the term in such a way that a quarter or more of the population would be included. Such policies are also rife with due-process concerns, which are even more troubling when it comes to anything smacking of preventive detention, including the "gun violence restraining orders" that are gaining popularity among conservatives at National Review and elsewhere. Teachers and staff carrying concealed weapons may be preferable to flooding K-12 schools with yet more police (often euphemistically called "school resource officers"), but schools are already failing under the weight of an ever-growing list of non-academic responsibilities. When it comes to school shootings, virtually all have taken place not simply at public schools but at traditional residential-assignment public schools, especially those with heavy gang activity. Whether public or private, schools of choice tend to have fewer disciplinary and violence problems, so shifting toward choice may be an underappreciated means of reducing school shootings.

If you're in a cynical mood, you might want to consider that focusing on measures such as banning bump stocks, increasing the effectiveness of gun background checks, and expanding resources for mental-health programs are easy ways for Donald Trump to appear presidential while blocking out stories about nasty immigration-reform fights and the ongoing Russia investigation. Whatever the motivation, Donald Trump acted today in a way that will give his detractors pause and his supporters a respite from his less-than-presidential antics.

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  1. It’s as if a million cocktail party invites cried out, and then were silenced.

    1. nice one.

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    2. (insert gif of Orson Welles clapping)

  2. school choice is a non sequitur. The shooters will be affiliated with a school no matter what the mechanism.

    1. Well, it’s possible that a better environment would lead to less kids going down this road. But I agree that it’s far from a sure thing, and I don’t think that is the argument Nick was making.

    2. Not always … there was a guy just a few years ago that went into an Amish school … no connection whatsoever. It was just there.

  3. Well that was an unexpected article coming from Nick G.

    1. Happy hour to squash the TDS perhaps?

      1. Maybe Nick is fair and Trump usually deserves it.

        1. The stuff Trump deserves to get shit about, is rarely addressed on Reason or anywhere else. TDS is much easier. Its much easier to say “everything” Trump does is bad.

          Sounds like Trump acted normal and listened to the opinion of Florida school kids. Some of us already knew Trump acts normal around normal people.

          Trump trolls the media because they are not normal people and thrive off the TDS. It keeps them occupied while Trump can try and roll back government.

    2. Matt’s on vacation. He would have put a stop to this Trump worship.

  4. Government should listen to The People when they comes all the way to Washington to speak with their government.

    There’s a civil way to do that and evidently that happened.

    There is also nothing wrong with Trump not advocating any gun control measures because they violate the 2nd Amendment.

    One more thing to make Trump more popular.

    1. Damn fine idea. Most shooting in a school will be well over 100 yards, and only a rifle will do.
      Kabuki is as Kabuki does.

  5. So far no Hihn.

    1. He must not be able to see your beacon in Canada.

    2. Now you’ve done it. Talk about it, it happens.

        1. Sweet. This should be fun.

          1. Somebody help me my head is jammed up my ass!

            (giggle)

            ((snort))

            AGGRESSION!!

            1. [waves garlic]

              1. Chipper Morning Baculum’s aggressor mentality presumes the right to wave garlic at random because he doesn’t understand how rights can be in conflict.

                (snort)

                Another racist Ron Paul junkie doll! A bully who believes that he has the right to infringe upon the rights of those who disagree with him!

                Moronic right-wing bully! See it get jammed up his ass here: reason.com/blog/2008/06/12/vio

            2. Alright, who is parodying Hihn’s account? I mean, this is funny and all, but it’s missing a certain something…

              1. It’s me.

                1. I am enjoying it. It’s great 🙂

                  1. Thanks. Any suggests for how I can make it more Hihn-like and more overtly parodic? (Yes, I want to do both.)

                    1. Hihnny-poo (or at least his spoofer, I remain convinced it’s not the actual Michael Hihn) has resorted to spamming comments and wall-o-text/blockquotes that portray his full unHihnged self in all its glory. See the After the Gun Ban article for up-to-date examples.

                    2. Needs more italics. You have to link directly to one of your comments in the current thread that doesn’t address what you say it does one per long post.

    3. Putin ordered all bots back for reprogramming.

    4. So far no Hihn.

      But a few of you TEAM RED! sycophants are here.

      1. Yea Team Red’s been curb stomping your team quite a bit of late. Good for them for gloating.

  6. Yes, this was the day he became our president. He got the public to propose a nationwide network of mental hospitals to protect us from the crazies (which has long been one of his goals). And ‘early intervention and treatment’ to create lots more of them. Also of course Trump loves this diversion because it will take all the blame for inaction on DACA. Everything’s coming together perfectly.

    Actually the solution is simple: round up all the psychiatrists and deport them to where ever they came from or at least to Mexico, and build the wall so they can’t get back in.

    1. Would Mexico agree to such an arrangement? What’s in it for them?

      1. They will pay for it?

        1. Exactly. If they complain, just say, “OK and how does that make you feel? The bill is in the mail.”

      2. Prescription pills

    2. I blame the courts for the inaction on DACA. They’ve enjoined Trump from taking the only legal action, commencing deportations.

      It’s a sad day when the courts start ordering a President to NOT ‘take care that the laws be faithfully executed’, and pretend to be defending the Constitution in doing so.

      1. Then the lower court decisions get reversed by the Supreme Court.

        Congress should impeach some of these federal judges.

  7. Jesus, could it be that bloviating Trump is all an act? DID WE ALL JUST LOSE AT 3D CHESS?

    1. This fits with Scott Adams’ idea of Trump as a Master Persuader.

      What works in a stump speech wouldn’t work in talking to grieving families, so he adapts accordingly.

      1. Anyone who has been paying attention already realizes this. Trump plays to his audience. He always has. The people at his rally’s want the bombastic bloviations. Victims of school shootings wanted a sympathetic ear. He provides both. He good at that.

        1. Adams realized it when the “experts” were saying Trump wouldn’t win.

        2. Oh, please. Every fucking politician ever does this.

          1. Sure, but how well do they do it?

            1. How do you measure success? Winning elections?

              1. In this particular context? Sure. It doesn’t make his policy ideas good or bad, of course.

        1. Well, sure, the Pres is expected to behave appropriately when dealing with grieving relatives, most non-psychos would be on their best behavior.

          More interesting is how Trump can adapt to whatever situation he’s in, to the extent of building his brand and ending up as President. Obviously, not everyone is that good.

          1. Presidents generally are able to do that. Which is a big reason Hillary never got to be president.

            More interesting is how Trump can adapt to whatever situation he’s in

            Uhh… okay. You’ve cited two examples that are basically the opposing extremes of expected behavior, but sure, he’s a social chameleon.

            1. I’m relying on Adams. Who knows, maybe Adams is full of crap, tho I doubt it.

                1. He predicted the election outcome.

                  1. So all it takes for you to buy what someone is selling is one correct prediction?

                    1. Yeah, sure, whatever.

                    2. I take this as your admission that this was all pretty weak. Tomorrow’s a new day.

                    3. You can take it as an admission that it’s a waste of time debating someone who enjoys, shall we say, creatively rephrasing my remarks.

    2. Have you not read “The Art of the Deal”? Make some outrageous demand and then settle for what you really want.

    3. I said he was PT Barnum way before the primary ended. Facts have shown that PT Barnum statement is accurate.

  8. So, I just took a look over at https://www.reddit.com/r/The_Donald/

    Uh, is the CNN harassing an old woman true? Well, yeah. Um, well, that’s fucked up.

    And youtube is warning someone about analyzing video of the activist kids from the Florida school.

    And a kid was suspended for “disrupting” an anti-gun “protest” organized by the school by yelling “I love guns.”

    So, uh, what the fuck is going on? This is getting creepy.

    1. Tell me about it.

      The CNN thing should raise eyebrows.

      1. I just watched the video. That was pathetic. And then after reading more about it, they’re berating this woman for sharing a link on facebook that was supposedly made by Russian trolls or something, but apparently CNN got duped by Russian trolls into covering some anti-Trump rally they organized. Something like that, I don’t know. And they didn’t just berate her, they showed her full name, middle name and all, and showed her house to everyone too. It wouldn’t take much to track her down and threaten her or harm her, so it was definitely an intimidation tactic and maybe even a message to others. Damn, CNN, you’re fucking pathetic.

        1. Give the same treatment to the CNN official who approved coverage of the anti-Trump rally.

        2. Word is she is now being harassed and threatened by CNN’s army of brain dead viewers. This is a new low for the media. This is beneath what even I thought they were capable of. And note it was some nice old lady. These assholes are the worst bullies. They would never do this to some crazy redneck who would sick the dogs on them or worse. Pathetic

          1. From their point of view, they’re doing the Lord’s work by exposing Russian agents who support a fascist President.

            They don’t see an elderly woman, they see a black-hearted conspirator against the Lord’s anointed (Hillary Clinton).

    2. There’s might be more than meet the eyes. Former Sheriff Clarke think then some big fat cats, mainly George Soros push for students movements pushing for gun control http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-…..orge-soros

      1. The same Clarke whose mismanagement led to an inmate dehydrating to death?

      2. Credible suspicion. I watched both the White House town hall and the Florida capital rally (I’m, um, between occupations). The people at the White House seemed pretty genuine (though disappointing that the anti-disarmament crowd was forced to couch their stance in phrases like “we need to remember not everyone has the same opinion” and that “people feel differently and we should respect that” language while the pro-disarmament crowd felt fine calling for an outright ban on “assault weapons”), more and less sure of themselves, but the teens speaking in front of hundreds, if not thousands, of people spoke clearly and confidently using some rather specific language.

        1. I wondered as I saw it, particularly when this (presumably) popular blonde girl with glasses took her turn (Delaney Tarr), if they’d had auditions. That wouldn’t, in and of itself, be an unreasonable thing to do – but it’s been a very short time to get very organized and very polished. We’re talking roughly 163 hours since the shooting stopped to the beginning of the rally. How many hours did they grieve, how many hours did they spend in shock, how many hours did they spend just decompressing with loved ones? How many hours does that leave to a) come up with a plan of activism, b) communicate said plan to wide audience and get an idea of who will be participating, c) arrange transportation, d) make signs/placards, e) choose speakers, f) write speeches, g) practice speeches, h) plan schedule/order of speakers, i) disseminate and adjust said program, j) get home from school day of shooting, k) eat, sleep, talk to friends, etc.
          Money for transportation and arranging for transportation could come from parents, sure. It could come from donations or GoFundMe pages. Still, the logistics of such an act are not inconsiderable. I am very impressed with the poise and determination of these students, but I doubt this was an “organic” demonstration absent professional direction…

          1. Parkland Survivor: Media Using Tragedy To Push Gun Control

            Quotes:
            Brandon Minoff, an 18-year-old survivor of the Florida school shooting, slammed the media for politicizing the aftermath of the deadly incident.

            Minoff, who was previously interviewed by CNN and MSNBC, told Fox News Tuesday that too many media outlets are focusing on gun control rather than the 17 people who died in last Wednesday’s shooting.

            “I wholeheartedly believe that the media is politicizing this tragedy,” Minoff said. “It seems that gun control laws is the major topic of conversation rather than focusing on the bigger issue of 17 innocent lives being taken at the hands of another human.”

            “I know many people who are pro-gun and others who support gun control but it seems that the media is specifically targeting those in support of gun control to make it seem as if they are the majority, and the liberal news outlets are the ones that seem to make the bigger effort to speak to these people, and I’m talking from experience,” Minoff explained.

            “And all day Thursday, CNN was interviewing gun experts and specialists to brainwash the audience that gun control is a necessity,” he told Fox. “They even have an army of my classmates trying to persuade other students that guns are unnecessary and should be illegal.”

    3. CNN gunning for MSNBC’s audience.

    4. And now there’s a bunch of proglydyte trash harassing her on her Facebook page.

      And people think i’m out of bounds when I say that these people want you and your children dead.

      1. Progressivism is as fanatical and “fundamentalist” (dogmatic) as Islamism. Both are totalitarian ideologies that rely on faith and zealotry, while demanding the complete submission of their adherents to the collective. Both are psychotic (irrational, delusional, impulsive, and absolute). The difference is that while Islamism demands jihad to create a caliphate on earth with the promise of utopia in the afterlife, Progressivism demands jihad to create utopia on earth – a fundamentally impossible task, but one which also requires the creation of things which must be “fixed”.

  9. I’m not love with the idea of arming teachers, either. Cops supposedly get training to handle dangerous situations and they still shoot unarmed people, kids included. I worry something similar will happen with teachers, and you can be sure the teachers unions will demand the same legal protections as cops. Maybe teaching self-selects for less trigger happy people (or cops self-select for more trigger happy), but all it will take is one or two incidents, and restrictionists will argue that gun advocates’ solutions don’t work.

    1. But cops are selected to be psychopaths.

        1. The bad teachers don’t have the energy to be psychopaths.

          The good teachers better hope they work in a good school, or they’ll get constantly sabotaged, which might make them wish they were psychopaths.

    2. Cops shoot people they shouldn’t because they are largely out looking for trouble. A teacher is in a situation when the need to draw a gun would be exceedingly rare and extremely obvious. I doubt you’d see many innocent students killed by teachers.

      1. I hope so, but hysteria has strange effects on people.

        Anyway, just something to keep in mind. Unintended consequences and all that.

    3. This is why I prefer professional soldiers, not armed teachers.

    4. I’m not “in love” with the idea of armed teachers, but I might be more comfortable with the idea than with the alternatives:

      (a) a “gun free school” (except for murderers who wander through the hallways picking off victims at will)

      or

      (b) sending in cops to patrol the school (taking them off the streets and priming them to treat students like they treat suspects on the streets).

      1. I’m not in love with requiring anyone to be armed, but I am in love with allowing concealed carry everywhere, including schools, by anyone legally allowed to do so. In some sates, that could conceivably mean students too.

  10. Some punk was on earlier saying do something do something. Do what ya idjit? The FBI was told point blank the guy was an armed nut who made many death threats.

    1. Perhaps trying to rely on a federal agency who’s central purpose is to stop interstate crimes to solve a local problem is the wrong way to go about this.

      1. But th FBI are very serious people.

        The most serious ever.

        1. Top.Men.

      2. The internet threats put it in their purview.

  11. There was no way Trump would have flown off the handle in a meeting like this. He certainly appeared presidential in the recent SOTU and during speech before the Korean congress.

    I think what’s more remarkable is that the parents of the victim (if what Nick is saying is true) were much more nuanced in proposing solutions rather than hysterically arguing for blanket gun control. Which tells me that, even in their deepest grief, they’re mindful of the constitutional rights of citizens and limitation of the government. I wouldn’t blame them if they tearfully argued for total gun confiscation by Australia.

    Trump was never all that friendly to the FBI and now I think it’s time for him to clean house or put the whole organization under a microscope. They dropped the ball on Cruz (the latest tip never reaching their field office) and we have a right to know why they stopped investigating the Boston bombers, Omar Mateen, and slew of others.Dylan Roof should never have been allowed to own guns.

    1. like Australia

  12. Donald Trump acted today in a way that will give his detractors pause

    For about two seconds. Had Trump been Trump they would squawk loud enough, but they’ll say it’s even worse when the evil bastard tries to pretend he’s not an evil bastard. He might fool some people by his acting all nice and presidential but he won’t fool the clear-eyed apples at CNN.

  13. Lil’ Taco getting hammered.

  14. Idiotic.

    No, look. Trump is all about the photo op. Putting a bunch of victims in a room for a “listening session” is just about the appearance of action, the appearance of empathy. And I don’t believe for a second that it’s any coincidence that the victims’ message so easily translated into acceptable GOP solutions like “more guns” and “more infringements on freedoms” and not, say, “let’s start with a buy back program and just try to get the number of guns on the streets down.”

    Fuck you gullible morons. You’re falling for the same old schtick.

    1. Lets end drug prohibition which would lower the murder rate immediately. Then have carry with no license required. Those who cause problems will take a dirt nap.

    2. You mean like having a beer with a couple of guys?

      1. That’s different cause reasons…

      2. No one was celebrating Obama for being “presidential” when he managed to keep his mouth shut for an hour with those two, moron. Not that your whataboutism is relevant anyway.

        1. No one was celebrating Obama for being “presidential” when he managed to keep his mouth shut for an hour with those two, moron.

          Yes they were, moron.

    3. Trump acts like a narcissistic buffoon:
      He Bad ! Hatey hatey hate hate hate.

      Trump acts with some degree of empathy and restraint:
      He Bad ! Hatey hatey hate hate hate.

      1. I’ve learned, after about a dozen attempts at acting “presidential,” that it has always been an act. This “listening session” is just like the immigration sit-down he had with congressional leaders not that long ago, where he acts one way when the cameras are in the room, and then another when it comes to brass tacks. This example is proving no different: he “acted with empathy and restraint” for about two news cycles; then the NRA got him on the horn and apparently put him on message: “More guns!” Yeah, go figure.

        I’m not buying it any more, and neither should anyone else. Stop being so gullible.

  15. Nick sure took his time getting on the Trump Train, but hey #MAGA

  16. I’ve also seen reports that he didn’t proposition any of the teenage girls in the room, so I’m ready to put him on the $10 bill.

    1. Another deep thought Ken.

  17. In a word, he was presidential, at least in his bearing and temperament.

    All of his farts were SBD

    1. +1

      I laughed.

  18. I skimmed the story earlier today about whether libertarian arguments against gun control were effective–it just left me wondering how the arguments could be any more effective in the wake of another tragedy. If the worst we get out of the third big mass shooting in the past year is a bumpstock ban, then the gun lobby and libertarian arguments against gun control must be doing something right.

    Two of those three tragedies involved the FBI dropping the ball in some way or their background check system failing–and those issues should be addressed.

    Trump is throwing the gun-grabbers a bumpstock bone, and, quite frankly, that doesn’t impress me much.

    I really don’t care how presidential Trump seems.

    If Hillary Clinton had won the election and used these mass shootings to launch a war against the Second Amendment, would it matter how presidential she seemed while she was doing it?

    1. none of that would have mattered, because we would have had a 5th vote on the Supreme Court to rule against the 2nd amendment anyway.

      1. Yeah, and the point is that where a president stands on the Second Amendment is far more important than how presidential he or she seems.

  19. CNN’s townhall is great. Please Dems, run on repealing the 2nd. See how well that does for you.

    When people bitch about how they hate the NRA, they are really bitching at other people. Bitching that they hate a majority of people because they disagree with them. The NRA doesn’t have influence because they spend money (they don’t even crack the top 10), it’s because millions of people support them and vote. So again, when lefties bitch about the NRA, they really just hate a majority of Americans.

    1. If there were any issue that might save the House for the Republicans this year, it might be if the Democrats made the midterms all about gun control.

      I don’t think the Democrats are that stupid.

      They’ll conveniently move on to some other topic come Monday.

    2. The NRA makes for a convenient boogeyman for simple-minded progtards who need to fulfill their childish emotional need to have a “Big Bad” to fight against. That’s why their only frame of literary reference for anything these days are the stupid Harry Potter books.

    3. Keep on clinging, and branding the Republican Party with bigotry, backwardness, superstition, corruption, and gun nuttery. The predictable consequences over the next 50 years, as the old clingers take their stale thinking to the grave and today’s young people continue to vote, should arrange another nice half-century run of progress for the liberal-libertarian alliance against just about every preference and effort of the right-wingers.

      I am content.

      1. Fortunately, we know why Arty-poo is content, because we know his strategy

    4. Keep on clinging, and branding the Republican Party with bigotry, backwardness, superstition, corruption, and gun nuttery. The predictable consequences over the next 50 years, as the old clingers take their stale thinking to the grave and today’s young people continue to vote, should arrange another nice half-century run of progress for the liberal-libertarian alliance against just about every preference and effort of the right-wingers.

      I am content.

      1. Rev. Arthur L. Kirkland|2.21.18 @ 11:36PM|#
        “I am content.”

        Actually, you’re a smug, self-righteous asshole:
        Rev. Arthur L. Kirkland|2.19.18 @ 7:51PM|#
        “The smart, ambitious young people have been departing our can’t-keep-up rural and southern communities for generations, leaving at high school graduation, never to return, seeking opportunity and education on liberal-libertarian campuses and in modern, successful communities. It’s called bright flight, and it is wrecking right-wing chances with America’s young voters.”
        Ignoring your assertions posing as arguments, let’s see it:
        You claim to be ‘libertarian’, but so far, all I’ve seen is run-of-the-mill lefty whining, and I’ll bet you were upset when that hag last in November ’16. So tell us why you even imagine you’re ‘libertarian’.
        And then you whine about ‘conservatives’ and claim this and the Volokh sites are populated by them. Please define ‘conservative’.
        BTW, I take you claim as “Rev.” every bit as seriously as you claim to be libertarian; a lie. And in doing a web search, I find it seems to be bullshit.
        Now perhaps you think that claiming to be a “Rev.” somehow makes your comments more convincing. Coming from a lefty twit, I would not find that sort of bullshit surprising. Care to comment on why you chose a ‘sympathetic’ handle? Or should we assume the obvious?
        Let’s see it, Rev. Put up or shut up.

      2. Rev. Arthur L. Kirkland|2.21.18 @ 11:36PM|#
        “I am content.”

        Actually, you’re a smug, self-righteous asshole:
        Rev. Arthur L. Kirkland|2.19.18 @ 7:51PM|#
        “The smart, ambitious young people have been departing our can’t-keep-up rural and southern communities for generations, leaving at high school graduation, never to return, seeking opportunity and education on liberal-libertarian campuses and in modern, successful communities. It’s called bright flight, and it is wrecking right-wing chances with America’s young voters.”
        Ignoring your assertions posing as arguments, let’s see it:
        You claim to be ‘libertarian’, but so far, all I’ve seen is run-of-the-mill lefty whining, and I’ll bet you were upset when that hag last in November ’16. So tell us why you even imagine you’re ‘libertarian’.
        And then you whine about ‘conservatives’ and claim this and the Volokh sites are populated by them. Please define ‘conservative’.
        BTW, I take you claim as “Rev.” every bit as seriously as you claim to be libertarian; a lie. And in doing a web search, I find it seems to be bullshit.
        Now perhaps you think that claiming to be a “Rev.” somehow makes your comments more convincing. Coming from a lefty twit, I would not find that sort of bullshit surprising. Care to comment on why you chose a ‘sympathetic’ handle? Or should we assume the obvious?
        Let’s see it, Rev. Put up or shut up.

    5. Please Dems, run on repealing the 2nd. See how well that does for you.

      Maybe they’ll run on, “Let’s stop school shootings finally,” instead. I’m sure that will be a rough pitch to make.

      When people bitch about how they hate the NRA, they are really bitching at other people.

      Or maybe they’re bitching about a corrupt gun lobbying organization that systematically and routinely pollutes the public discussion around guns and lobbies politicians to block even incremental gun control measures.

      And you know what? Maybe we are bitching about gun rights supporters. Because they’re fucking putting us in this position of struggling to find some accommodation that could somehow result in fewer kids dying every year. There’s nothing wrong with that. Gun nuts can be idiots. And they are. It’s no different from what libertarians are bitching about when they bitch about social welfare programs. A majority of voters support those, too. And at least they don’t fucking kill people.

      1. a corrupt gun lobbying organization

        Proglydytes love their boogeymen.

        1. Proglydytes love their boogeymen.

          Laugh now, while you can. Don’t be surprised when reality makes your smugness seem a bit premature. The FBI is investigating the NRA’s role in channeling Russian money in support of Trump’s campaign. Tick, tock.

          Anyway, speaking of boogeymen… what’s going down with the “deep state” theorizing, lately?

          1. Laugh now, while you can. Don’t be surprised when reality makes your smugness seem a bit premature

            You’re not getting that gun ban, soyboy.

            Anyway, speaking of boogeymen… what’s going down with the “deep state” theorizing, lately?

            The same thing going down with “PUTIN HACKED THE ELELCTION!!”

          2. The FBI is investigating the NRA’s role in channeling Russian money in support of Trump’s campaign. Tick, tock.

            Lol, talk about conspiracy theories.

  20. My solutions?not only allow certain teachers to bring guns but also allow them to wear bullet proof vests. Also more cameras at schools using AI to detect students with guns in and around campus. Also have all faculty and administrators with ear pieces and mics so they can communicate at all times.

    Also allow MLB pitching coaches to communicate with the catcher and pitcher with headphones.

  21. Also SF media decided long ago to stop covering Golden Gate suicide jumpers…so the media is admitting coverage of events gives people ideas.

  22. I think many are taking the “arm teachers” to mean teachers need to be armed, not that they could choose to be. Prohibiting guns on campus is the problem. My history teacher in high school was ex-navy; if he wanted to carry on campus why shouldn’t he be able to?

    There is a reason all mass shootings occur at soft targets, where they expect no opposition. How many mass shootings, or shootings at all, occur at gun shows, gun stores, etc… . I can recall a darwin award winner trying to rob a gun store with a knife http://darwinawards.com/darwin/darwin1993-06.html . “Gun Free Zone” is basically a flashing red sign to terrorists and mass murders that “hey, you won’t get any opposition here!”.

    It’s time to abolish the “gun free zone.” The mere possibility of a gun maybe being someplace is a proven deterrent.
    I’m sure leftists understand this but they don’t want to. How many of them have “protected by X security system” stickers on their house. How about instead they have a sign in front of their house that says “Gun Free Zone”.

    1. I support teachers carrying but I doubt it will prevent these school shootings. So the reason school shootings happen is because young males start spiraling into mental illness around 17. So obviously we should install cameras with AI all over schools that alert teachers if a gun is detected but most of these young men have a death wish and want to die. Remember one of our greatest warriors was shot with another service member while armed at a gun range…so obviously more guns can’t hurt but it won’t necessarily prevent these nuts from killing.

    2. I think many are taking the “arm teachers” to mean teachers need to be armed

      Because that’s what being said, and not that teachers should be allowed to carry if they please.

      And my understanding is that the school did have an armed guard, so not the softest target. Deterrents can only do so much, especially against the truly crazy.

      Wayne Allyn Root is right: the solution is armed drones monitoring every school.

      1. You just need cameras with AI. The same tech that will power autonomous cars could alert faculty if a gun is on the campus.

  23. Trump did nothing more here to ‘solve the problem’ than Obama ever did; paid lip service to a hope, offered sympathy to the emoters, and waved on the way out the door.
    I did see one later comment regarding his use of some notes, but that is really straw-grasping by the TDS-afflicted; no one ever wanted to hear Obo off-script. Not even Willie Brown, for pete’s sake.
    So, like Obo, he will do nothing, because there really isn’t a lot that can be done, and like Obo, he’ll get credit for ‘doing something’ as a result. It is passing strange that he had to do nothing of substance in response to a deranged murderer to be credited with ‘doing something’ as was Obo forever: Emoters are the plague upon the human race.
    A-2, Hihn. Read it and weep, you pathetic piece of shit. And “Rev”? please tell us; you’ve been called on bullshit.

  24. Michael Hihn|2.22.18 @ 12:25AM|#
    “Do YOU have a child or grandchild in an American classroom?”

    BTW, isn’t this wonderful?
    Hey, Mike! Should we ignore, oh, A1 for they chilluns, you slimy piece of shit?

    1. You guys really ought to try and petition Reason to do something about Hihn. When he’s active, this place is unreadable.

      1. We can’t really do anything about it, or he’ll discuss our posts with the Koch brothers and have the whole place shut down.

      2. Tampermonkey + ‘Full Reason’ is working well for me:

        https://github.com/sthgrau/greasonable/

        Hinfection innoculation

  25. Public schools that are forced to educate the uneducatable is part of the problem. Some kids deserve to be kicked out of school long before they can build up a desire to shoot the place up. No child left behind and the like insures that genuine whack jobs get to stay in the school, actively shitting up the place, and not learning. Some kids don’t belong in school.

  26. We need to put an end to GUN FREE ZONES that have become killing zones for the disarmed and defenseless. The American public is coming around to this point of view.

    Washington Post-ABC News Poll Feb 2018

    Quote:
    Q: (You may have heard about the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida this week.) Do you think this event could or could not have been prevented by allowing school teachers to carry guns?
    A: Could have been prevented: 42%

    And teachers have heard the message.

    Sheriff offers free CCW class for teachers, 250 sign up in 24 hours
    http://www.fox19.com/story/375…..o-teachers

  27. Well done Reason. A pretty well balanced review of Trump’s performance and proposals, without the usual ‘”oh, by the way, he is Satan incarnate, and Hitler too”.

    When he does bad, call him out, when he does well, he ought to at least get a sober assessment.

  28. There could be a cultural side benefit of requiring all teachers to be armed with guns. The policy would dissuade anti-gun hippies from becoming teachers.

    1. Lol THIS THIS THIS^

  29. Donald Trump acted today in a way that will give his detractors pause

    No it won’t. Not even for one tiny second.

    Here’s how I know….

    During this morning’s commute I listened to 3 radio stations. The old-guy hard rock station morning show guy was on his every-day-since-the-shooting rant about gun control.

    The Christian morning show wasn’t fully on the topic at the time, but did have multiple mentions of the children speaking out.

    The pop station morning crew was talking about whether some chick who was upset that her man was on facebook liking bikini and underwear photos of a waitress at a restaurant he frequents was crazy to be upset about it. So they know their target audience.

    So I hopped on CNN when I got to my desk.

    21 headlines about gun control – all on the anti-Republican, pro gun control slant

    One headline on another topic:Techs biggest companies spread conspiracy theories. Again.

    The one headline mentioning Trump directly: “Student slams Trump’s ‘terrible idea'”

    So can we stop pretending that there isn’t a coordinated agenda at work here? 22 out of 22 above-the-fold headlines being partisan hit pieces is pretty definitive.

    1. So what does the other side think of Trump’s listening session?

      Head on to HuffPo.

      At a “listening session” with victims of gun violence on Wednesday, President Donald Trump needed a reminder to listen.

      We know this because Trump ? or one of his advisers ? helpfully wrote it down on a cheat sheet he carried into the meeting.

      So no… they are not going to give him any credit for anything under any circumstances…. ever.

  30. Reason has posted a bunch of articles about this shooting, and I have seen almost nothing point out that mass shootings are NOT a significant threat, and we should STOP worrying about them.

    That is really disappointing. “Reason” should be the one place to get away from the “I’ll prove I’m sympathetic by wringing my hands and coming up with solutions” stuff.

    It is very important to understand what is a threat and what is not. I don’t know the exact statistics on this stuff, but the chance that your child will be killed in a mass shooting is lower than almost every other imaginable threat.

    If there were a disease that killed 50 people a year, no one would propose structural changes to combat it.

    The correct reaction to mass shootings is no reaction. Stop publishing a million headlines. Stop trying to draw everyone’s attention and make the threat seem far greater than it is.

    I don’t know why everyone wants to believe mass shooting are a huge threat when they aren’t. Maybe we’re all a bunch of silly drama queens.

    1. I had some similar thoughts, minus the Reason-shaming.

      There is a rational discussion to be had. And step one is always identifying the problem. It is often the most difficult step.

      In this case, there is a general consensus that we have to “do something to protect our students”.

      There are a thousand other agendas, but this one has a lot of consensus.

      So back to your point….. if stopping mass shootings at schools is the problem, you first have to ask “what is the cause of these shootings?” I think it is a pretty fair to speculate that school shootings are largely driven by the fact that the example is out there for people to emulate.

      What is the frequency and size pre-Columbine and post-Columbine. I’d wager we are talking about “close to zero” and “a small but regular-ish number”.

      So It might be fair to postulate that our outsized reactions and public handwringing is a large factor in these types of shootings. Absent the presence of this idea in the zeitgeist, there’s a good chance that this disturbed kid never thinks of acting out in this way.

      Remember “going postal”? It never happened. Until it happened. Then it was kind of a thing for a while. Now… not so much.

      Of course, this points to an impossible solution: Stop bringing attention to these shootings. You might as well propose unicorn horn as a cure.

      1. No, I’m not saying “too much reaction causes mass shootings, and that’s a problem”.

        I’m basically saying there is no problem.

        To the extent that “there is a general consensus that we have to do something to protect our students”, THAT ITSELF IS THE PROBLEM.

      2. Solution: Next time a mass shooting happens, torch the bldg. to disguise the crime. We just say the victims died in the fire. There was no shooting. People don’t panic over the fact that fires occur.

    2. The numbers are even lower than I thought. According to the Washington Post, 176 children/teenagers have been killed in mass shootings over the last 50 years.

      That’s less than 4 per year.

      It’s important to understand what is a threat and what is not. Car crashes are a small threat. Accidental poisoning is a small threat. Mass shootings cannot be reasonably called a threat at all.

      1. Mass shootings are not a threat. Shootings generally are, albeit a small one. But my point is, you’re safer vs. being shot when you’re in a school than when you’re not. So why focus on schools?

        1. Because schools are full of kids, and adults are highly protective of kids, so you can get them to agree to irrationally excessive measures to protect them. “Do it for the children!”

          Yeah, if we were rational this effort would be put into fighting gang shootings, but that wouldn’t have the same potential of producing gun control laws to reduce the rights of the law abiding, so it’s not a priority.

    3. I thought Reason did reasonably well, as they came out swinging that these were rare and that we better watch closely that our civil rights don’t get tossed overboard. I’ll say that given the progressive-light sympathies of some of the contributors now (my perception) I was pleasantly surprised.

    4. It is very important to understand what is a threat and what is not. I don’t know the exact statistics on this stuff, but the chance that your child will be killed in a mass shooting is lower than almost every other imaginable threat.

      As are the odds of dying in a terrorist attack, being killed in a robbery on the street, etc.

      Your argument might have some merit if you were, say, arguing that attention should be on lowering gun deaths generally, or focusing our efforts on reducing traffic violence (which kills far more children every year), or addressing some other issue next to which the threat of school shootings is demonstrably less pressing. But that’s not what you’re arguing. You’re trying to argue that school shooting should just be normalized, as an unavoidable, unremarkable fact of life, without any basis for believing that this kind of nonchalant attitude will somehow actually reduce their occurrence.

      And yet you scold Reason for not being reasonable. You’re wading into the debate without any evidence whatsoever, making a ridiculously unsupported assertion. Take your toys and go home.

  31. I’m sorry but while the shooting was a horrible occurrence, the ones calling themselves survivors without anything actually happening to them beside just being there is an insult to actual survivors, like cancer survivors, accident survivors, others with actual injuries caused by something tragic or those overcoming some disease. Those who were there and not injured were unwilling participants or whatever, by just not survivors.

    1. Hmm. Well, agree they play it up a bit much, but I think the label is accurate.

      If you were on a ship that sank, but managed to get on a lifeboat without your feet even getting wet, we’d still call you a survivor of the sinking. So, if you were at the school when it was attacked, I’d say you are a survivor, whether injured or not.

      I think the problem is their self-assumed moral authority.

  32. Gillespie, this is embarrassing. Trump literally had crib notes telling him platitudes that would make him “sound presidential”. Even you should know when you have been played. You can do better than this. Just ignore it. There was no reason to write about this listening session. It was designed to appease. It’s goal is to look presidential while doing nothing until people forget about things and go back to porn stars and bots.

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  34. The gullible can talk about the perceived “genuine empathy.” Reason-based adults will focus on the president’s decision to go all-in with the gun nuts.

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