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Bob Gabordi Knows The Answer, He Just Wants To Ignore Them. UPDATED!

Florida Today Executive Editor Bob Garbordi

(UPDATED with Orlando shooting of a carjacker at the bottom of this post.)

Florida Today Executive Editor Bob Gabordi has what can be described as an “interesting” opinion piece on the Florida Today site. By “interesting,” we mean one that is just really strange and lacking in so many things.

Let’s talk about ‘good guy’ without a gun who saved lives in Tennessee Waffle House

James Shaw Jr. is the guy who never gets mentioned in the gun debate. He’s the “good guy” without a gun.

Early Sunday morning, Shaw, 29, rushed a bad guy with a gun who had opened fire at a Waffle House near Nashville, Tennessee. The gunman killed four people and Shaw felt trapped, thinking he might be next.

Local police say Shaw decided not to be a victim and rushed the shooter, disarmed him and threw the assault rifle he was carrying over the Waffle House counter. He took his chance when he saw the gunman look down at his rifle, as if he had to reload. Thank God.

Why do we think heroes always have to have a gun?

Why do we not talk more about people like Shaw?

Yes, there are a lot of people who choose not to have a weapon. Yet as Garboldi states, James Shaw, Jr. was in a no-win situation. “Not wanting to be a victim,” the police and Garbordi say. What is missing is that the patrons in the restaurant were going to be victims because no one in Waffle House was carrying a weapon. You see, it is against Waffle House policy to allow weapons into their restaurant. They do make exceptions for law enforcement, but have known to refuse service to a National Guard Soldier wearing a side arm.

So let’s be clear about this: the shooter walked into a restaurant as a wolf amongst the sheep. Shaw was placed in the position of being a victim because of the choices others made for him and other patrons – choices that included banning weapons on the premises.
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Bill Mick: Apologist?

Radio Host and Florida Today Columnist Bill Mick.

FloridaToday columnist and radio host Bill Mick has a rather interesting opinion piece in the FloridaToday, part of which concerns the Broward County Deputy Sheriff Scott Peterson who remained in his car while the horrific shooting was taking place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Mick wrote:

Don’t be quick to judge deputy

A Broward County deputy has resigned after it was revealed that he stood outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for four minutes while the killing of 14 students and three adults occurred.

It’s said that it was clear that there was a massacre going on inside. Did he freeze, potentially in fear? Did he react as he had been trained early in his career to wait for SWAT to respond? Or did he just ignore the current training that says to attack an active shooter because waiting for backup or SWAT only costs more lives?

We won’t know unless he speaks out or the agency does if there is further investigation into his actions.

What I would urge, though, is this. Until you have been in those shoes, of responding to a situation where your life is on the line, even as bullets are flying at others, you have no idea just how you would respond. Period.

Yes, criticism is easy and from all appearances, this deputy failed in his chief duty of protecting those kids. He’ll suffer for that as he punishes himself. It doesn’t require us piling on.

While Mick sounds the what appears to be the right moral tone that we often hear of “don’t judge,” ultimately Mick’s point fail like dominoes collapsing.

First, we need to discuss the meaning of “judge” in context here. People will often cite the Bible and say “see? Even Christ says not to judge others!” (Luke 6:37) The problem is that the word “judge” is somewhat imprecise and has two meanings within the Bible:

F.F. Bruce, a New Testament scholar, explains the linguistic dilemma this way:

“Judgment is an ambiguous word, in Greek as in English: it may mean exercising a proper discernment, or it may mean sitting in judgment on people (or even condemning them).”

While there may be some who are judging the deputy’s actions, we’ve seen darn few people judge him as in pronouncing a sentence on him.

We certainly can criticize and even judge (as to discern) the former officer’s (in)actions if nothing else because we can simply echo what the Broward County Sheriff said:
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Dana Loesch Has Been Busy This Week Using Logic And Reason In The Wake Of the Parkland Shooting.

This past week NRA spokesperson and author Dana Loesch made several appearances on different panel debates after the horrific shooting in Parkland, Florida.

The first appearance was at the CNN “townhall” that according to many, was a scripted and rigged event.

One of the more interesting segments came when Loesch and Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel had a very interesting exchange, especially in the light of new revelations that a Broward County School Resource Officer was on the scene and sat in his car for 4 of the 6 minutes the shooting was going on.

First, watch the exchange between Loesch, a student and Israel:

Additionally, from the transcript:

ISRAEL: So if an individual was threatened and it was real, that’s a crime. But these posting things – –

LOESCH: Yes, they were threatened with death. They were threatened that they were going to bleed. They were threatened that they were going to be killed.

ISRAEL: Well what’s your specific case?

LOESCH: And he had already taken bullets and knives to school. He had already assaulted people. He assaulted his parent. He assaulted other students. Thirty-nine visits and this was – – known to the – – to the intelligence and law enforcement community.

ISRAEL: You’re – –

LOESCH: Now I’m not – – look I’m not saying that you can be everywhere at once, but this is what I’m talking about. We have to follow up on these red flags.

ISRAEL: You’re not the litmus test.
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ISRAEL: You’re absolutely not the litmus test for how law enforcement should follow up. You’re wrong. There weren’t 39 visits. Some of them, they were GOA. Some of them called from other states, so say there were 39 visits I don’t know where you go those facts, but you’re completely wrong.
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The Jordan Peterson Interview.

Professor, clinical psychologist and author Jordan Peterson sat down with Britain’s Channel 4 presenter Cathy Newman last week and the result was what was called a “fiery interview” which has been taking the internet by storm. The interview delves into the alleged gender pay gap, free speech, patriarchy and a host of other issues.

The interview also turns into a debate as Peterson skillfully refutes the accusations Newman makes.

Two things have been noted by many on the internet and we think they are worthy of the attention they are getting.

First, Newman tries to make Peterson look horrible due to his refusal to cede control of language he uses to others.

The discussion concerning freedom of speech was sparked due to Peterson’s famous refusal to capitulate to the Left’s demands over language. He said he was “not going to cede the linguistic territory to radical leftists, regardless to whether of not it was put into law,” he explained during the interview. As you can imagine, his refusal to bend became centered on transgender pronouns and Peterson was labeled “transphobic.”

The professor reiterated that he’s no such thing and said he’s never called a student by an “incorrect” pronoun, nor would he. “I never mistreated a student in my class,” he said.

During the discussion, Newman makes a statement that Peterson turned around and exposes her hypocrisy and the hypocrisy of all people who want to legislate speech – both compelled speech and speech that is censored.
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Another Sign That The Media Is On Top Of Stories And Facts.

From our friends over at This Ain’t Hell (But You Can See It From Here) comes the tragic story of a teenager who shot and killed himself while playing Russian roulette.

Here’s the headline and the graphic used by WCTI12.com:

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) – Authorities say a Mississippi teenager who shot himself while playing Russian Roulette has died.

Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant told news media that 17-year-old Tovaris Deloach died Wednesday afternoon at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle. Officers found Deloach in a bedroom with an apparent gunshot wound to the head Tuesday.

In case you don’t see the problem, we’ll let Jonn Lilyea point it out:
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MSM Idiocy.

There are very few things that have lower approval ratings than the government, Congress, Trump, etc. One of those things is the main stream media.

Why?

Well, one reason might be stupidity like this:

There is no such thing as an “automatic round.” It just doesn’t exist.
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Never Let A Crisis.

(Courtesy A.F. Branco at Comically Incorrect.)

And then there is this:
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The Truth.

The night of the Oscars, (which had a dip in ratings to a 9 year low), the New York Times decided to run an ad during the show on “the Truth.”

Clearly this was in response to the attacks against the media by President Donald Trump. After all, the Times admitted their coverage of Trump was biased during the election. When Trump called out the media on some of their reporting, the media has been pushing back.

This ad was part of that push back:

The ad states that “the truth is more important now than ever.”

What a crock.

The Times thinks that when it comes to “the truth,” their reporting “the truth” can take a holiday. When you agree with someone ideology, reporting the “truth” doesn’t matter. When you disagree, well then suddenly you have to rush in like a knight in shining armor to report the “truth” even when you have admitted that you didn’t report the “truth” in the past.
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