Well, there goes the #guncontrol narrative: Armed guard at Atlanta school stops shooter

One of the arguments gun control advocates have made in the wake of the massacre at the Sandy Hook elementary school is that an armed defender would do no good, perhaps be even more dangerous to children and staff than simply hiding, or… something. (1)

I guess the administrators of Price Middle School in Atlanta didn’t get the memo, because an armed security guard disarmed a psycho student with a gun, preventing a potential slaughter:

Atlanta’s police chief says an armed officer working at a city middle school where a student was shot was able to disarm the suspect, also a student, moments after the shooting. 

Authorities say a 14-year-old boy was shot in the back of the neck Thursday at Price Middle School and his injury does not appear to be life-threatening. The suspect was taken into custody.

Once again, the best defense against a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.

via Dana Loesch.

RELATED: This isn’t the only time an armed defender has saved lives: an off-duty cop recently prevented a workplace massacre in Texas, while Columbine might well have been much worse, had it not been for the presence of an armed deputy on campus.

Footnote:
(1) Maybe they’ve seen that bizarre DHS “What to do in a mass-shooting situation” video.

Edit: On rereading the original article, there’s nothing to clearly indicate the guard was an off-duty police officer, though many “armed resource officers” are police working a second job. I’ve altered the text for accuracy’s sake.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

French minister commits unpardonable sin of telling truth: “We’re broke.”

**Posted by Phineas

And he’s deep in la merde, for it:

Michel Sapin made the gaffe in a radio interview, which left French President Francois Hollande and other ministers racing to undo the potential damage to the country’s reputation as a solid economy for investors.

On Monday, Mr Sapin said: “There is a state but it is a totally bankrupt state. That is why we had to put a deficit reduction plan in place, and nothing should make us turn away from that objective.”

The comments came as Mr Hollande attempts to improve the image of the French economy after pledging to reduce the country’s deficit by cutting spending by 60bn euros (£51.5bn) over the next five years and increasing taxes by 20bn euros.

It came as several high profile individuals, including the actor Gérard Depardieu, have left the country to avoid punitive taxes. Last week it transpired that Bernard Arnault, France’s richest man, had transferred his entire fortune to Belgium, where he hopes to gain citizenship.

Pierre Moscovici, the finance minister, said the comments by Mr Sapin were “inappropriate”. He added: “France is a really solvent country. France is a really credible country, France is a country that is starting to recover.”

Why do Moscovici’s claims remind me of Baghdad Bob?

Sapin later tried to “clarify” what he meant, saying France could still pay its bills, and he’s technically right; they’re not in danger of defaulting,  yet.

But what’s truly interesting is the public reaction to Minister Sapin’s description of France as a “bankrupt state”  — most of the public agrees with him:

But it now transpires that a large majority of his fellow countrymen share Mr Sapin’s view. In all 63 per cent agree that “in France, the state is bankrupt”, with 45 per cent saying the claim was “more or less justified” and 17 per cent feeling it was “totally justified”, according to a CSA poll for BFM TV.

You would think that, realizing that their nation is in a fiscal mess, French voters would not have voted for a government who only solution was to jack up taxes to confiscatory levels, leading to an exodus the most productive members of their population. Instead, they throw public fits over the least adjustment to their unsupportable welfare state. They see the problem, but they don’t see that it is them.

But before we in the States point and laugh too hard at France (some is always justified), keep one thing in mind: their debt-to GDP ratio (how much they owe vs. how wealth the nation creates) is at 91 percent. Imagine your credit card debt amounting to nine-tenths of your annual income, and you can see why someone would say they’re broke.

And in the United States? As of 2012, that same ratio stood at an estimated 100.8%, skyrocketing under Obama.

Merde, indeed.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

Obama Kiss of Death strikes again: 1,200 layoffs announced for NC Freightliners

An awful day for a lot of hard-working folks here in NC:

Oregon-based Daimler Trucks North America has announced it could lay off 1,200 workers at three plants it owns in the Charlotte area, according to a notice given to the state.

The cuts are described as temporary layoffs, meaning the company could rehire some workers at a later date.

The biggest layoffs are planned at the Freightliner manufacturing truck plant in Cleveland, where 715 people could lose jobs, according to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act notice given to the state.

Another 405 workers are expected to lose jobs at a Freightliner plant in Mt. Holly, while 80 could be laid off at Daimler’s Gastonia Components and Logistics business, according to the WARN notice.

The layoffs would become effective April 1, according to the WARN list posted on the website for the NC Department of Commerce.

Daimler currently employs 2,900 people at a truck manufacturing plant in Mount Holly and a parts factory in Gastonia. In addition, 2,100 people work at a manufacturing plant in the Rowan County town of Cleveland.

What connection does any of this have to President Obama? He visited the Mt. Holly plant last March, and hailed it as an example of the “recovering economy”:

MOUNT HOLLY, N.C. –  409! It’s not just a number, it represents people! And that’s how many layoffs will take place at the Freightliner plant in Mount Holly.

Up to 1,300 Daimler Trucks workers could be unemployed in our area. The tough news comes as the landscape for jobs and the economy looks cloudy.

[…]

President Barack Obama came to the Mount Holly truck plant in March. He talked about how administration policies had created the type of jobs that existed here at the time.

Obama said that was a sign of a recovering economy.

At a speech inside the factory, Obama said improving domestic energy production and developing alternative energy would create jobs.

The trucks assembled at the Freightliner plant in Mount Holly played a role.

“The Freighter trucks that you’re making here at this plant run on natural gas and that makes them quieter,” said Obama, “it makes them better for the environment.”

Today, they’re parked by the hundreds, unable to sell.

By my count this is the third time a North Carolina business Obama has visited and praised as an example of job creation has either gone belly-up or experienced significant layoffs: Lincolnton Furniture Company was one (closing its doors) and Celgard (layoffs) was the other.  Now this.  There may be more (someone please correct me if I’m wrong).

Interesting that they all have a “green energy” links, hmm?  Don’t hold your breath waiting for the mainstream media to make that connection, though.

I’m not the superstitious type, but I’d gladly use this excuse to implore the President to stop visiting this state if I thought it would work. :)

The #guncontrol crowd’s portrait of a mass killer is all wrong

**Posted by Phineas

That’s the gist of a report from the Department of Homeland Security, working with local New Jersey police. The gun-control legislation passed in New York and introduced by Senator Feinstein in Congress, and all the demands of the gun-grabbing crowd, have nothing to do with reality:

This is what a mass killer looks like, according to a Department of Homeland Security analysis. He works alone. He uses a semi-automatic handgun. He’s a he. And he probably didn’t serve in the U.S. military.

That’s the conclusion of a November 28 analysis by the New Jersey branch of the Department of Homeland Security’s partnership with state and local law enforcement. The so-called intelligence “Fusion Center” sifted through data on 29 major mass killings in the U.S. since 1999, starting with the Littleton, Colorado school shooting. Its practical advice is to be more concerned by your co-worker with the bad hygiene who mutters about putting his “things in order” than by the war veteran in the next cubicle.

The basic pattern found by the New Jersey DHS fusion center, and obtained by Public Intelligence (.PDF), is one of a killer who lashes out at his co-workers. Thirteen out of the 29 observed cases “occurred at the workplace and were conducted by either a former employee or relative of an employee,” the November report finds. His “weapon of choice” is a semiautomatic handgun, rather than the rifles that garnered so much attention after Newtown. The infamous Columbine school slaying of 1999 is the only case in which killers worked in teams: they’re almost always solo acts — and one-off affairs. In every single one of them, the killer was male, between the age of 17 and 49.

They also don’t have military training. Veterans are justifiably angered by the Hollywood-driven meme of the unhinged vet who takes out his battlefield stress on his fellow Americans. (Thanks, Rambo.) In only four of the 29 cases did the shooter have any affiliation with the U.S. military, either active or prior at the time of the slaying, and the fusion center doesn’t mention any wartime experience of the killers. Yet the Army still feels the need to email reporters after each shooting to explain that the killer never served.

In other words, “wrong person, wrong weapon.” But that’s immaterial to the gun-control posse, since their objective is really to make it incrementally harder for law-abiding people to obtain weapons, until it reaches the point where no one will bother trying — a de facto ban. That’s why facts and truth don’t matter to them: the strategy is to go for the scariest looking weapons first and play on people’s emotions, as well as tarring (again, law-abiding) people who buy such weapons as themselves objects of fear. The goal is not public safety, but abolition.

Thankfully, this latest federal effort looks to be going nowhere, but the fact-free assault on our natural right to keep and bear arms goes on in the state capitals. We need to carry the fight and the truth there, too.

As Mr. Jefferson said: “The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.”

via Ace of Spades, which has a picture you must see.

RELATED: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is rapidly becoming my new hero. Check out this video of him taking the Senate hearing on gun violence to school with facts and truth, all while being polite and respectful to the opposition. This is how you get the message across.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

#ChicagoWay: Mayor Rahmbo tries to bully banks, mutual fund companies on “gun reforms”

Right, because this will help Chicago’s escalating violence problem. Not. Via Politico:

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, in his latest bid to pressure gun manufacturers and those who do business with them, asked mutual fund companies Wednesday to “blacklist” and divest from firearms-makers that oppose “common sense” gun reforms.

The Democratic mayor made the request after telling commercial banks Tuesday to stop lending to gun manufacturers that stand in the way of gun control legislation.

The first-term mayor defines common sense reforms as universal background checks and a ban on assault weapons.

“The time is now for everyone to do anything they can to stop these military-style guns and magazines from ending up on the street,” Emanuel said in a statement. “This has to be about doing what is morally right and not what is financially beneficial to their bottom lines.”

He sent letters to chief executives of Allianz, BlackRock, Dimensional Fund Advisors, Vanguard, James Investment Research and Capital World Investments.

Emanuel made his request Tuesday to Bank of America and TD Bank, which prompted a retort from Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.

The freshman senator sent a letter to chief executives at those banks telling them to bring the business to his state “in light of the reception you have received in the Windy City.”

He also told the chief executives of Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger & Co. Inc. : “Should Emanuel’s bullying campaign prove successful, I am confident that there are numerous financial institutions in Texas that would be eager to earn your business.”

Heh. God bless Texas.

Meanwhile, Chicago – where our celebrity President fine-tuned his fascistic government philosophy and earned most of his political stripes – grows more totalitarian by the day.

Chilling.