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BREAKING :
CONTINUING HIS RESPONSE TO RECENT MASS SHOOTINGS IN TEXAS, GOV. GREG ABBOTT RELEASED AN ACTION PLAN THURSDAY THAT INCLUDED NUMEROUS GUN-RELATED RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE LEGISLATURE TO TACKLE BUT REJECTED CALLS FOR UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS OR LIMITS ON MILITARY-STYLE FIREARMS. THE GOAL IS TO IMPROVE SAFETY WHILE RESPECTING CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS, AND SOLUTIONS WILL REQUIRE MORE THAN WHAT WAS OUTLINED IN HIS 15-PAGE TEXAS SAFETY ACTION REPORT, ABBOTT SAID.A NEBRASKA CHARITABLE FOUNDATION HAS RAISED HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FOR PATIENTS BATTLING CANCER FROM THE SALE OF ONE OF AMERICA'S DEADLIEST BULLETS. THE UNLIKELY PAIRING UNDERSCORES THAT, WHILE GUN MANUFACTURERS IN THE U.S. FACE MOUNTING PUSHBACK FOR THEIR ROLE IN A STRING OF MASS SHOOTINGS, THE MAKERS OF THE AMMUNITION THAT GOES INTO THOSE GUNS HAVE LARGELY ESCAPED SCRUTINY.GUN OWNERSHIP WILL ALWAYS BE A HOT-BUTTON TOPIC IN A COUNTRY WHERE THE LANGUAGE OF A CENTURIES-OLD DOCUMENT IS STILL BEING ANALYZED FOR MEANING. WHAT WAS ONCE CONSIDERED A SUBJECT SAVED FOR JUST THE MEN OF THE WORLD, THOUGH, IS NOW BECOMING A UNISEX INTEREST, OPENING UP A WHOLE NEW INDUSTRY FOR FEMALE FIREARM CARRIERS. DATA FROM THE PEW RESEARCH CENTER SHOWS THAT ONE IN FIVE WOMEN OWNED A GUN IN 2017, THE YEAR WITH THE MOST RECENT OWNERSHIP FIGURES, AND THAT THIS PERCENTAGE HAS SLOWLY GONE UP OVER THE YEAR.DEMOCRATS' PUSH FOR STRICTER GUN CONTROL MEASURES ARE AN EFFORT TO "CHIP AWAY" GRADUALLY AT THE SECOND AMENDMENT, FOX NATION HOST TOMI LAHREN ARGUED FRIDAY ON "FOX & FRIENDS." LAHREN WAS ASKED SPECIFICALLY ABOUT DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE BETO O’ROURKE DECLARING AT THURSDAY NIGHT’S PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE, “HELL YES, WE ARE GOING TO TAKE YOUR AR-15, AK-47.” THE LINE FROM THE FORMER CONGRESSMAN FROM TEXAS RECEIVED LOUD APPLAUSE FROM THE AUDIENCE AT THE THIRD-ROUND DEBATE IN HOUSTON, AS HE PROPOSED A MANDATORY BUYBACK OF ASSAULT WEAPONS.PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP TALKED ABOUT EXPANDING BACKGROUND CHECKS, THEN WAVERED. HE WAS CONSIDERING A “RED FLAG” BILL TO LET AUTHORITIES TAKE GUNS AWAY FROM DANGEROUS PEOPLE, BUT HAS NOW “COOLED” ON THE PROSPECT, ACCORDING TO THREE PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THE DISCUSSIONS. THE WHOLE TIME, THE GUN RIGHTS LOBBY WAS THERE TO NUDGE THE PRESIDENT ALONG. ADVOCATES BOMBARDED THE WHITE HOUSE WITH CALLS AND PETITIONS. REPRESENTATIVES SCORED MEETINGS WITH SENIOR OFFICIALS. AND THE INDUSTRY EVEN HAS A FORMER STAFFER WORKING IN THE WEST WING ON LEGISLATION. MEANWHILE, GROUPS PUSHING FOR MORE RESTRICTIONS ON GUN PURCHASES HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO GET IN THE DOOR.

The Trap Called Social Media

Bob Rogers

Friday, June 29, 2018 – Society has become enslaved to the whims of thumbs and keyboards. There was a time when typewriters were both novel and iconic; novel because they replaced the ink pen, and iconic because they became the tool of the deadline author. Next will be called foolish by some, contemplative by others: Social media has become the new government. It is the miracle of communication without which some completely lose direction. Therefore, it is not just addictive but, like drugs or a boozer, forces us into dependence and helplessness.

Our two top stories today are not about guns. They’re about one individual who used Facebook and other social media means to vent his inability to rationalize. Eventually, he became rationally unhinged and chose his addiction as the vehicle to sooth his frustrations. Unfortunately for five newspaper employees, they became victims of his inability to medicinalize his mental health.

The world has become numbed to mass murderers. They exist and are elevated as subjects who use guns, knives, bombs, and vehicles to relieve their political, religious, or social frustrations. As such, they become like artifacts to be studied and, via incessant questioning of authorities by reporters, explained as quirks of humanity that are at the heart of every attempt to exonerate their motives.

Initially, every reporter working a criminal shooting focuses on the tool used. Primarily, a gun. The gun gets the blame. Without it, assumedly, the crime might never have happened. What’s missing is the mindset of the shooter. Sometimes unexplainable, like Stephan Paddock, the Las Vegas shooter, a motive is simply inexistent. Yet Jarrod Ramos let his anger with the world play out over social media and, to a misguided and troubled introvert with a dependence on laying out his anger for all to see on Facebook and Twitter, the evidence was there to, unfortunately, be ignored by similarly addicted marching throngs of misfits until the flood of rampage drowns out all reason.

Yes, Ramos used a shotgun (and not an AR-15 as is instantly assumed by established media) to murder his victims as did Dimitrios Pagourtzis, the 17 year old student who used a shotgun and a revolver to kill fellow students in Santa Fe, Texas. last month. Like their indelible predecessors, they are influenced by what they see on social media, the contemporary arbiter of human behavior in this day and age. Blame the gun? Sure, the gun comes first to mind because the act is “a shooting.” But the real tool may, instead, lay await as indelible as the palm of your hand.

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BREAKING :
CONTINUING HIS RESPONSE TO RECENT MASS SHOOTINGS IN TEXAS, GOV. GREG ABBOTT RELEASED AN ACTION PLAN THURSDAY THAT INCLUDED NUMEROUS GUN-RELATED RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE LEGISLATURE TO TACKLE BUT REJECTED CALLS FOR UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS OR LIMITS ON MILITARY-STYLE FIREARMS. THE GOAL IS TO IMPROVE SAFETY WHILE RESPECTING CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS, AND SOLUTIONS WILL REQUIRE MORE THAN WHAT WAS OUTLINED IN HIS 15-PAGE TEXAS SAFETY ACTION REPORT, ABBOTT SAID.A NEBRASKA CHARITABLE FOUNDATION HAS RAISED HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FOR PATIENTS BATTLING CANCER FROM THE SALE OF ONE OF AMERICA'S DEADLIEST BULLETS. THE UNLIKELY PAIRING UNDERSCORES THAT, WHILE GUN MANUFACTURERS IN THE U.S. FACE MOUNTING PUSHBACK FOR THEIR ROLE IN A STRING OF MASS SHOOTINGS, THE MAKERS OF THE AMMUNITION THAT GOES INTO THOSE GUNS HAVE LARGELY ESCAPED SCRUTINY.GUN OWNERSHIP WILL ALWAYS BE A HOT-BUTTON TOPIC IN A COUNTRY WHERE THE LANGUAGE OF A CENTURIES-OLD DOCUMENT IS STILL BEING ANALYZED FOR MEANING. WHAT WAS ONCE CONSIDERED A SUBJECT SAVED FOR JUST THE MEN OF THE WORLD, THOUGH, IS NOW BECOMING A UNISEX INTEREST, OPENING UP A WHOLE NEW INDUSTRY FOR FEMALE FIREARM CARRIERS. DATA FROM THE PEW RESEARCH CENTER SHOWS THAT ONE IN FIVE WOMEN OWNED A GUN IN 2017, THE YEAR WITH THE MOST RECENT OWNERSHIP FIGURES, AND THAT THIS PERCENTAGE HAS SLOWLY GONE UP OVER THE YEAR.DEMOCRATS' PUSH FOR STRICTER GUN CONTROL MEASURES ARE AN EFFORT TO "CHIP AWAY" GRADUALLY AT THE SECOND AMENDMENT, FOX NATION HOST TOMI LAHREN ARGUED FRIDAY ON "FOX & FRIENDS." LAHREN WAS ASKED SPECIFICALLY ABOUT DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE BETO O’ROURKE DECLARING AT THURSDAY NIGHT’S PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE, “HELL YES, WE ARE GOING TO TAKE YOUR AR-15, AK-47.” THE LINE FROM THE FORMER CONGRESSMAN FROM TEXAS RECEIVED LOUD APPLAUSE FROM THE AUDIENCE AT THE THIRD-ROUND DEBATE IN HOUSTON, AS HE PROPOSED A MANDATORY BUYBACK OF ASSAULT WEAPONS.PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP TALKED ABOUT EXPANDING BACKGROUND CHECKS, THEN WAVERED. HE WAS CONSIDERING A “RED FLAG” BILL TO LET AUTHORITIES TAKE GUNS AWAY FROM DANGEROUS PEOPLE, BUT HAS NOW “COOLED” ON THE PROSPECT, ACCORDING TO THREE PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THE DISCUSSIONS. THE WHOLE TIME, THE GUN RIGHTS LOBBY WAS THERE TO NUDGE THE PRESIDENT ALONG. ADVOCATES BOMBARDED THE WHITE HOUSE WITH CALLS AND PETITIONS. REPRESENTATIVES SCORED MEETINGS WITH SENIOR OFFICIALS. AND THE INDUSTRY EVEN HAS A FORMER STAFFER WORKING IN THE WEST WING ON LEGISLATION. MEANWHILE, GROUPS PUSHING FOR MORE RESTRICTIONS ON GUN PURCHASES HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO GET IN THE DOOR.