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Wow. what a difference geography makes.On March 15, 2019 a very white supremist went on a killing spree in not one but two Muslim mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.By the time he was captured, 50 people died and more than 20 others injured including a 4-year old child.The shooter live streamed the video of his rampage (he was wearing a GoPro style video camera) on Facebook and also left behind a very detailed manifesto explaining why he decided all of these innocents had to die.In the manifesto, which I’m sure that you can find online, he specifically credits American President Donald Trump as “a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose”.In the document, the man also stated that he was following the example of notorious right-wing extremists, including Dylann Roof, who killed nine black church goers in Charleston, S.C., in 2015.Yes, my President, as I am a citizen of the United States, has been credited in the manifesto of a terrorist who just gunned down 50 innocent people. Not exactly my proudest moment as an American.Naturally, one would think that being the President of the United States, Mr. Trump would immediately either distance himself from the manifesto or at the very least denounce the act.Instead, my President, when asked about the rise of white nationalism becoming more widespread, responded with “I don’t really. I think it’s a small group of people that have very, very serious problems. It’s certainly a terrible thing.”He then went on to say that he didn’t know enough about the incident yet or the people involved.Really????????I watched CNN and I know more about what happened than the President of the United States? The one person who has access to more intelligence than literally anyone else on the planet, and I know more than he does??But this shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone who’s been paying attention to the US President.On August 15, 2017, a few days after the incident that took place in Charlottsville, President Trump again gave life to the white nationalists by saying, “You also had some very fine people on both sides.”How in the actual fuck do you have very fine people on both sides???????Or how in January 2017, an ardent Trump supporter stormed a mosque in Quebec City and shot six people dead while they prayed. His reason? He was afraid that refugees coming to Canada were a threat to him and his family.The New Zealand shooter scrawled the Quebec City shooter’s name on one of his ammunition cartridges.This is the same President who stated “I think Islam hates us” during a 2015 CNN interview while on the campaign trail.But let’s take a look at how Jacinda Ardern, the New Zealand Prime Minister responded.The PM denounced the act by saying “New Zealand is united in grief” as well as other things.Jacinda Adern at Hagley College.Credit:Jason SouthShe then went to Christchurch and by 1pm had donned a black headscarf in solitarity with the grieving Muslim community located there.She met Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel and members of the Muslim community.By 9 am Saturday, New Zealand time, she had vowed from Wellington to immediately tighten her nation’s gun laws. She said, “I can tell you right now our gun laws will change.”She’s 38 years old. Trump is 72 and supposedly a billionaire who made his wealth on hard work. Who do you think is in a better position to know how to handle such a situation?Let’s be honest, with a support base falling to 41.6 (according to 538 as of this writing), he needs the David Dukes of the world to support him. Without them, he can’t put enough pressure on the Republican lead Senate to pass any kind of legislation or be anything other than a lame-duck President who will be the first in a long time to not be re-elected to a second term. And if that’s the case, then the long-standing Justice Department memo of not inditing a sitting President no longer protects Mr Trump.So being at the very least, a perceived supporter of white supremacy is, at least for the next couple of years, in Mr Trump’s best interest, it definitely isn’t in my country’s best interest, and that should give everyone who supported or continues to support him, pause.
By now most folks who subscribe to any legitimate news source has seen this image.This was the scene this past Friday in Washington DC where a group of kids from Covington Catholic High School who were there for a pro-life rally decided to confront a group of Native Americans who were also at the same location to participate in the Indigenous People’s Day March.The picture and social media videos show the teenagers mocking Omaha elder Nathan Phillips as he sings and drums.Congresswoman Deb Haaland, a Native American, tweeted that the students showed “blatant hate, disrespect, and intolerance”.I have to be honest. I cannot completely explain just how much this disgusts me. It disgusts me on many levels, as a Catholic, as a parent of a teen, and as a Martial Artist.When I saw the picture and the videos which have gone viral on social media, I could not believe what I was seeing. How could a Catholic school allow such behavior? How could the chaperones allow kids in their care to behave like this? What would their parents think when they see this?Well, as the last few days have rolled by, new video has been released showing a lot more footage of the area and the drama that ensued. The video can be seen HEREThe video shows a small group who are indeed taunting the group of high school kids. However, Mr. Nathan Phillips, the Native American, was not involved in the harassment the kids were subjected to, and they knew it as Mr Phillips and his group were obviously walking through when the confrontation occurred.Now, you would have thought that the drama would have peaked there, and that if there was any more drama then it would have been generated by social media. Well you would be wrong.On Sunday, Heavy.com reported that a woman claiming to be the boy’s mother basically blamed the student’s actions, (Who’s name has been revealed to be Nick Sandmann, again, via Heavy.com) was a result of the said altercation between the students and a group of “Black Muslims.” An altercation that happened literally minutes before Mr Phillips and his group arrived on the scene.Today, Monday, Mr. Sandmann issued a statement which you can read HEREFunny thing about both statements, neither the author of the email nor Mr. Sandmann is accepting responsibility for Mr. Sandmann’s actions. In fact, Mr. Sandmann is stating that he was attempting to diffuse the situation.Since the incident, A ‘Support Nicholas Sandmann’ Facebook page was created and has posts by people including David Duke supporting him.So we have a privileged MAGA hat wearing teenage boy and classmates from a private Catholic school who gets into not one, but two altercations, the first being with “Black Muslims” and the second with an elderly Native American Vietnam Vet, who doesn’t take responsibility for anything, not even for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, who is being supported by the likes of David Duke.Since the incident, Mr. Sandmann and his family have been under fire from social media. “I have received physical and death threats via social media, as well as hateful insults. One person threatened to harm me at school, and one person claims to live in my neighborhood. My parents are receiving death and professional threats because of the social media mob that has formed over this issue.” (Source)While I in no way excuse the cowardly and terroristic acts of those on social media, I have no sympathy for Mr Sandmann or his family. Contrition which is a staple of the Catholic Church as well as dilligient, strong yet forgiving parenting which includes having our children stand up and take responsibility for their actions.Perhaps if Mr Sandmann’s family would have instilled the values which the church teaches he would not have been in this situation.Perhaps if Covington Catholic High School and it’s chaperones would have instilled the values which the church teaches he would not have been in this situation.Instead all of these folks decided that they should not only allow but also encourage these teenage kids wearing MAGA hats to attend a political rally (because at the end of the day, that’s all the pro-life and pro-choice rallies are), in a geographic area where bunches of political rallies take place all at the same time, because, what could possibly go wrong??
Let’s re-define the phrase “active shooter” to the more accurate phrase “active killer” (“AK”) because that is what they are. Simple enough.Now, here is what to do if you aren’t armed:1.) Understand the psychology of an Active Killer. In a nutshell (no pun intended), the AK wants to kill as many people as possible. They want their “number” (of murdered) to be larger than anyone else. They don’t want hostages so negotiating is futile and will only get one killed. Finally, AK’s want easy targets and they are cowards as most end their own lives once confronted by someone with a firearm or some type of upper hand.2.) Understand your own psychology. Events can’t be predicted, but always be on alert. If something weird happens your brain will try to make sense of it, but that delay in reacting can be deadly. So…3.) Train for active killer situations. Take any and all courses you can. Prep over and over in your mind what you can do. How would you best evacuate? Where will you take cover if you can’t evacuate? What will you do if you actually end up face-to-face with the AK? Take self-defense classes specific to AK situations. Forget Karate, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and MMA. These are great for sport, but it takes many years to get skilled enough in any of these forms of Martial Arts (or any martial art), and you need AK strategy more than anything else. (Except a gun that you know how to use.)4.) Don’t Panic. So your brain has caught up to the situation and you’re still alive. You have a great chance of surviving this ordeal if you don’t panic and if you play the odds. (Sorry, unless you’re armed and know how to use the gun you’re carrying, the best advice i can give is “play the odds”*.)5.) Play the odds. Your reaction has to be the best possible given the situation. We know,from thousands of survivors, what works.6.) Know the following facts. Concealment (hiding) can work. Cover (hiding behind something that stops bullets) works. Fleeing, if safer than hiding, can work. Last ditch effort of aggressively attacking the AK works. So in more practical terms: Flee if you can. Hide in a locked room if you can’t flee. Take cover in the locked room, but plan an attack strategy while hiding. Be prepared to attack and kill the AK if they get into the room. (We know most go to unlocked rooms and continue the killing spree.) Continue hiding until the police find you.Other Things to Remember: If you are able to flee make sure to hold your hands up so you don’t get shot. If you have a gun make sure you aren’t holding it when first responders arrive or they may mistake you for the killer and they will shot you. Don’t be alarmed if first responders seem rude to those who need first aid or more serious medical treatment; their primary concern is neutralizing the target.*There have been so many AK’s over the past 20 years in the United States alone, that we have very accurate data on what happens during an active killer situation. Based on that data we are able to now give very good advice in how to survive and in how to die. Don’t die.Follow the advice and play the odds. Unless you have a gun (and really know how to use it and are really willing to use it) all you have are the odds.
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