Armed Teachers at One School District in Virginia

About time someone had the common sense – and the nerve – to do this. (They will be armed starting in the fall.) Southwest Virginia county becomes first to approve arming teachers.

The school board voted unanimously, but they had to get the requisite “I’m scared” and “more problems” quote from a teacher. (My guess is she won’t be armed.)

But many Lee County teachers are willing to go face-to-face with a gunman if it means saving one of their students.

“Sooner or later, it could happen and, like some of the board members said, we need to be prepared in case it does,” said Ronald Earley, a former Lee County teacher.

The board said teachers will be armed starting this fall.

You can pass laws, I’m sure there are laws forbidding drugs in schools. But the only way to have security, is to actually provide security, either by hiring armed guards, or allowing armed staff.

It is a debate that is starting to take place at least. Debate regarding armed teachers, staff rages on in Madison Township. And Ashland County school district seeks public input on arming staff (Northeast Ohio). Ohio allows armed school staff, but districts don’t have to publicize the issue.

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London Is Not So Peaceful, and It Isn’t Even Trump’s Fault. (Or is it?)

Because London has been in the news…

News from Thursday, that a teenage girl of 17 was killed. Man arrested on suspicion of murder after teenage girl is stabbed to death in Camberwell

The 17-year-old died after she was attacked at midday on Thursday on Brisbane Street.

London Ambulance and London’s Air Ambulance attended however the girl was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 1pm.

They were acquainted, but the story doesn’t give any other details. (Camberwell is part of “Greater London” that is one of the boroughs of London, but not part of the City of London. I never could figure out what the Brits meant by all that.)

Then there were a shooting and a stabbing in London on Friday. Thornton Heath stabbing: Man, 22, fighting for life after being knifed in broad daylight in south London

First at 1:45pm (local time – which is GMT)

A 23-year-old man staggered into train station crying for help after being shot in the leg in east London.

The victim was shot as he made his way along the street in Walthamstow on Friday afternoon.

He is expected to make a full recovery. (I know, a shooting in spite of all those lovely gun-control laws.)

Then at 3:30pm a more serious injury.

A young man is fighting for life after being stabbed in broad daylight on a quiet road in south London.

Emergency services rushed to Sandfield Road, not far from Thornton Heath station, shortly after 3.30pm on Friday.

The only current statistics that are jumping out at me right now regarding crime in the UK are from The Sun, and I hesitate to repeat them. That and the official statistics from Scotland Yard haven’t been updated since the beginning of the fiscal year. Or if they have, I can’t find them either. (I thought they did quarterly updates…) If you know of recent stats, leave a link in the comments.

But based on those numbers from 2017…

There’s a sharp rise too in cases of rape, burglary and robbery have during what police “busy and challenging time”. The Met Police official figures show:

  • Murders up 44 per cent (109 to 157)
  • Knife crime up 21 per cent (12,115 to 14,680)
  • Rape up by 18 per cent (6,510 to 7,707)
  • Burglary up by 11 per cent (69,528 to 77,626)
  • Robbery up 35 per cent (24,202 to 32,869)

The figures compare end-of-financial-year April to March 2017/18 with April to March 2016/17

The situation in London isn’t too good. What’s worse is things are moving in the wrong direction in a BIG way.

Oh, and Number of police officers per person lowest in 20 years (in London). Sadiq Khan blames the central .gov, because providing police officers for a major urban center is clearly the responsibility of people who live in rural districts. Or something. Why Mr. Khan is spending his time on NPR interviews over his disagreements with President Trump is beyond me. (I am reminded of something. Something to do with Nero, and Rome burning, and a violin. Or something to that effect.)

97.8% of Mass Public Shootings Happen in Gun-free Zones

This study has been updated. It covers 1950, through data available as of May 24th of this year. UPDATED: Mass Public Shootings keep occurring in Gun-Free Zones: 97.8% of attacks since 1950

You should just go look at the images. You should also read the article, but I know it most will categorize it as TLDR. But you should read it. But here’s something that the Left will explode over.

The official FBI definition of mass public shootings excludes “shootings that resulted from gang or drug violence” or that occurred in the commission of another crime such as robbery. The reason for this is pretty obvious: the causes and solutions for gang shootings over drug turf are dramatically different than the types of mass public shootings that we see at schools and malls where the point of the attack is to kill as many people as possible.

But it is the official FBI definition.

The Hat tip goes to The Price of Liberty, and Nathan Barton’s Things to do to keep from getting shot. You should go read that too. (It’s a baker’s dozen of things, most of which are easy to do. And it is a good list!)

It’s a Good Thing Armed Self-defense Is Illegal in the UK, Someone Might Have Been Hurt

But then, someone was hurt. Widow, 88, left with life-changing injuries after ‘horrific, planned attack’ 

She was disarmed for her own safety. Of course she probably would have been horrified at the idea of defending herself – the British are just too civilized. Or something.

Blanche Rowlands suffered facial injuries when she was assaulted by Jeffrey Earp, 50, during a violent burglary at her home in Newtown, Powys in June last year.

The cops have only released pictures of her – and they are graphic. Because that would offend the tender sensibilities of the jury pool.

One of her attackers was sentenced to 14 years. Two others were sentenced to three years apiece.

The UK has some insane rule about only defending yourself with proportionate force. It basically means that if you are attacked by multiple people using only their fists, you cannot resort to the use of any weapon.

But really, how is a 88-year-old supposed to defend herself without some kind of weapon to equalize the situation? The short answer is – they aren’t. They have to just take whatever the thugs are dishing out. (In America, Octogenarians have other options.)

This was all over an engagement ring, and some other presents from her late husband. The jewelry was never recovered.

Homemade Mortars in Nicaragua

Anti-government protestors are building their own weapons, because the .gov instituted gun control. Facing gunfire, Nicaraguan protesters build own mortars

Demand for the makeshift shells has jumped in recent weeks as anti-government protesters seek to fend off President Daniel Ortega’s riot police, who are accused of unleashing deadly violence as the Central American country faces a sociopolitical crisis.

Government forces have AK-47s. Protestors have shotguns, Molotov-cocktails and now mortars. They are (so far) designed to injure not kill.

The Masaya resident said protesters are ultimately fighting an asymmetric battle, anyway: “Police carry AKs; they carry shotguns.”

“They are the only ones who have access to weapons,” he says. “The people have been able to repel them with stones, Molotov cocktails and mortars — with the only things we can use to fight.”

The populace was disarmed for their own protection. Of course it also ended up protecting the government.

Civilized Spain – Where It Is Next to Impossible to Prove Rape

Remember that when the Left says what a great place all of Europe is. Thousands protest for third day in Pamplona over ‘wolf pack’ gang rape case

The men, aged 27 to 29, had been accused of raping the woman at the entrance to an apartment building in Pamplona on July 7, 2016, at the start of the week-long San Fermin festival, which draws tens of thousands of visitors.

The five, all from the southern city of Seville, filmed the incident with their smartphones and then bragged about it on a WhatsApp messaging group where they referred to themselves as “La Manada”, or “The Pack” in English.

All 5 were acquitted of rape, but sentenced to 9 years on other charges. This all has to do with an insane twist in Spanish law.

Go read the whole depressing thing. And self-defense? They are civilized Spaniards!

In the Gun-free, Socialist Paradise of Venezuela, Murder is on the Rise

The Left used to love Venezuela, and Bernie Sanders wanted the US to be more like that country. In the wake of a gun ban, Venezuela sees rising homicide rate

In 2012, the communist-dominated Venezuelan National Assembly enacted the “Control of Arms, Munitions and Disarmament Law.” The bill’s stated objective was to “disarm all citizens.” The new law prohibited all gun sales, except to government entities. The penalty for illegally selling or carrying a firearm is a prison sentence of up to 20 years. Despite criticism from the democratic opposition, the bill went into effect in 2013.

Made it easy for the dictatorship to remain in control.

The stats show that they always had more murders than we did per capita, but since the gun ban went into effect the rate has gone up substantially.

More importantly, the national homicide rate rose from 73 per 100,000 in 2012 to 90 per 100,000 in 2015. The real figures are likely higher as the Maduro regime is well known for purposely undercounting crime.

How can that be?

And, predictably, since they have a monopoly on firearms, they use said firearms to attack protestors.