“There must be progress, certainly. But we must ask ourselves what kind of progress we want, and what price we want to pay for it. If, in the name of progress, we want to destroy everything beautiful in our world, and contaminate the air we breathe, and the water we drink, then we are in trouble.”These "factors" or reasons are what reformers call out and debate when some kook loads a clip into his (is it ever a her?) semi-automatic weapon and starts killing innocents. These victims can't say a word because they're dead, but their friends feel free to speak and, speaking as sympathetic survivors, common decency and human curiosity allows for an audience which #FakeNews corporations are eager to exploit.
-- Marjory Stoneman Douglas
Sunrise, Florida (CNN) - They were angry and frustrated. And given the chance to face the lawmakers and others who can make their lives safer, high school students who a week ago were running from gunfire pointedly demanded change Wednesday night from Washington and the National Rifle Association.
Ocean Parodie, a 17-year-old student at Broward County school, told The Daily Beast, “I knew him to be passive aggressive but not violent. He was rude to people. He had an act up like he was tough. He never got into, like, physical fights with anyone, but he did get into verbal arguments. I just thought he dropped out of school, I didn’t think he would do anything. He always kept a low profile.”So here are the KOTCB.com facts you need to know about Nick Cruz:
Parodie added, “He was definitely not accepted at our school socially. People saw him as someone who was different than the normal people at our school.” She said he wore “patriotic” shirts that “seemed really extreme, like hating on” Islam, making offensive jokes and deriding Muslims as “terrorists and bombers.” She added that she had seen him wearing a Trump hat.
He lived in Parkland, Florida
|Hell on Earth|
In 1980 the population of Parkland, FL was 545 people and in less than 25 years it grew to 24,000 which is pretty impressive but unnatural and results from a mass migration of affluent Broward county residents escaping older, more established neighborhoods to something new and protected like a 10 square mile gated community. It was never developed before the 80's because A. it was uninhabitable marshland bordering the Everglades and B. nobody in their right mind would live there, but as the beach communities started to deteriorate with an influx of undesirables the citizens that could move did pack up and drive inland. Also a bunch of snowbirds from New England decided to leave the flinty puritanism of their home town and move south which is how Nick Cruz landed in Parkland. This McCommunity is rich, godless, liberal and environmentally proud which is a wonderful thing if you're one of the citizens who feels exactly that way, but if you've got a different view (or opposing view) from the majority then members of that majority will make it their business to ruin your life.
He was expelled from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
His girlfriend dumped him in the Spring of 2016
His mother died in Autumn of 2017
single mother style with all too predictable results. Angry boys with no father figure to administer love and discipline are a danger and when Cruz's mother, who by all accounts coddled and enabled the boy, kicked the bucket there were no restraints on his behavior. Not that Cruz was an obvious psycho - 'We had this monster living under our roof and we didn’t know.' said James and Kimberly Snead who were letting the "monster" crash at their house upon their son's request. “I told him there’d be rules and he followed every rule to the T,” James said. Does this sound like the attitude of a homicidal maniac to anyone reading this blog post? No, it doesn't because Nick Cruz is not some Charles Manson or Eric Harris (Columbine) but he is a heartbroken and isolated "loser" living in an enclave of winners who let him know exactly how much of a loser he is every day at school.
His ex-girlfriend started dating a dude named Enea Sabadini
|Yeah, this guy...|
"Most of Sabadini’s responses appear nonchalant with a sarcastic tone. He writes, 'Hey man you should take a cold shower to calm down, I here (sic) they are refreshing.'"Note: When someone threatens to kill you the least you can do is take it seriously - if not the threat itself then just acknowledge the pain and inner turmoil going on inside the plotting murderers mind. Also, take a moment to humbly look at yourself and ponder the possibility that your adversary has just cause to wish you dead.
"Sabadini said he personally knew three of the students who were killed, and that he feels lucky to be alive."Who's laughing now Enea? "Lucky to be alive" you are and, by the way, where were you during the shooting? You knew some of the dead students? I'm not surprised - how well did you know them?
I'd like to know how many of the dead students knew or were friends with Cruz's ex-girlfriend or E. Sabadini because my suspicion is (and this is pure speculation) that this killing spree targeted very specific students at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who were tightly aligned with the principle actors in this love triangle. It's going to make a heck of a movie and it makes you wonder, if school shootings are so bad (and they are bad) why does Hollywood keep on making movies about them or other teen revenge flicks set at high school?
I'll tell you why - because they're scary as hell and given what goes on in your everyday high school it's frigg'n amazing that we don't have at least one school shooting every day. It's a testament to human endurance and blind faith in a better tomorrow that the Nick Cruz's of this world almost always suck it up and turn the other cheek.
Perhaps the NRA will cave and let the government take away the 2nd Amendment protections to own fire arms - but I doubt it.
Perhaps the elected representatives of Broward County will design a solution to school violence that can be legislated from on high - but I doubt it.
Perhaps the Broward County police will step up and do their job - but I doubt it.Keeping weapons of war off our streets will help save lives. Recycling bad, untested NRA ideas is a waste of time.— Debbie Wasserman Schultz (@DWStweets) February 23, 2018
I think the answer is to completely change our current education system starting with the dismantling and destruction of these huge high schools where a child can get eaten up and spat out like a faulty product getting ejected from some demonic machine. Teenagers are human beings, but unformed and impressionable in the extreme and they need attention from their teachers. Not all of these teenagers belong in school as currently designed and I have no doubt that at least 20% of the student body would jump at the chance to get out and do something else. For those who do participate in scholarly instruction a religious or spiritual component is absolutely necessary to concentrate the mind and instill empathy and companionship for their fellows. Daily prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Republic and it's flag, a proper and circumspect dress code and, most importantly, a ridged code of conduct should be implemented. For those who can't or won't participate in these requirements the option of a trade school, urban development project or farm/forestry work should be mandatory. Parkland could fill 4 right sized high schools which could share a common physical plant for athletics and special events (theater, art exhibits, etc). No loving parent could feel good about sending their kid to a high school like the one they have in Parkland and no one should be surprised that one of its former students came back with revenge on his mind.Maybe better employee vetting could have been done with the money spent for this? pic.twitter.com/uzJNtZqVQJ— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) February 26, 2018