So Joan Peterson of Protect Minnesota and the Brady Campaign has a post up where she alleges one of her Grand Children’s classmates threatened to bring a gun to school for the purposes of murder.
Overall the story isn’t unbelievable, but given that Joan is such a practiced liar, and has been well documented in manipulating the truth to suit her political agenda of banning guns, I must make note every time she tells a story without documentation.
Of course the post quickly dissolves to anti-gun boilerplate, and somehow all her agenda points could have prevented this “Tragedy”.
What isn’t mentioned is Did the offending kid have a gun, or access to guns? As I said, Joan’s story isn’t unbelievable, and I suspect it happens rather frequently in this country. That is, Joan’s story as it’s written. If Joan has said the kid had guns, ammo, and a plan to carry out those murders….well that would be national news, as those events are as rare as school spree shootings are. In this modern world, calling in a “Gun Threat” is likely as common as calling in a Bomb Threat. I was evacuated twice from my High School due to bomb threats. I wasn’t particularly concerned, as I knew the only thing you needed to make a bomb threat in the 90s was a telephone and the ability to say “I planted a bomb in the school”. We had bomb threats, we didn’t have any actual bombs. Actually we did, one kid I went to school with did some jail time for robbing a science lab in school to pilfer bomb making chemicals. I knew several other kids (one went on to go to college in MIT) who made bombs as a hobby. So while we had kids with explosives (illegal explosives I may add) and bomb threats, there was never any actual danger. I’m sure these gun threats are about the same, its an easy “Cry for help” behavior.
So if this event happened at all, likely it wasn’t more than an empty threat, but Joan has solutions, and some of them might even make sense in her mind.
Still in the comments section there was an interesting comment:
he NRA teaches safe storage to thousands of gun owners every year and the gun industry has distributed over 35 million free gun locks to gun owners in partnership with local police departments through its safe storage program called Project Childsafe.
Interesting as Joan let it through. He’s right of course, the NRA, and industry groups like the NSSF are working VERY hard to keep guns out of the wrong hands, and eliminate accidental deaths from firearms. I think Joan let the comment through so she could respond:
If the gun lobby truly cared they would support universal background checks, mandatory reporting of lost and stolen guns, safe storage laws, child access prevention laws, gun violence protection orders and other such laws to stop guns from getting into the hands of kids and others who should not have them. But such has not been the case. Instead the gun lobby supports arm everyone to carry guns everywhere laws that will clearly not do one thing for public safety and will, in fact, make it worse. Their gun safety training for hunting is a great program. But Eddie Eagle just doesn’t do the job as documented in many videos and what kids actually do when they find a loaded gun. Facts matter.
Hilarious, huh? A kid called in a threat, and likely had no plans to act on that threat, and that’s justification to push universal background checks, mandatory reporting of lost and stolen guns, safe storage laws, gun violence protection orders. Even if this kid was ready to rampage (and he wasn’t, otherwise it would be on the news RIGHT NOW) how would ANY of that crap have changed anything.
Meanwhile pro gun groups DO teach quality safety programs….and yes Eddie Eagle Works, the crap the antis push to discredit it is nothing more than propaganda.
Of course I would respond: “If the anti-gun lobby cared at all about public safety rather than banning guns they would back away from FFL based Universal Background checks with the expressed goal to show they don’t want want a backdoor gun registry for confiscation purposes. They would back away from “Gun Violence Protection Orders” because they are so easily abused to strip the rights from people who have done nothing wrong. They would back away from Lost and Stolen laws because they simply blame and entrap victims of crimes under the guise that it will stop black market arms dealers and straw buyers….two things that are not only already crimes, but more severe crimes than lost-and-stolen. And of course they would back away from mandatory safe storage laws because THOSE LAWS HAVE BEEN RULED IN DIRECT VIOLATION OF THE 2ND AMENDMENT. You know, that part of the constitution Joan claims to support…of course this is the same Joan who says “Nobody is cumming for your guns” while openly supporting door-to-door confiscation!
I would openly say this in her comment section, but my comments are banned. I wonder why…..
Because you are a mean hurtful bastard who values facts over emotions. If we don’t remember that feelings count for as much, if not more, than facts how will the world ever heal? I *feel* your facts are not contributing to the conversation, therefor your right to speak will be curtailed until you have learned to speak more nicely and validate my world view. Anything less is very disrespectful, and is therefor banned.
Hey there, Weerd!
Been a long time and thought I’d stop buy. For some reason, ol’ Joan came to mind and I thought I’d see what you have. LOOKITHAT! And the irony is that my kid’s school had a bomb threat today.
So…Joan’s as crazy, stupid, and dishonest as ever. I wonder if I’m still banned. Nah… Not really. I think I’ll just ignore her.