Category Archives: Mass shootings

Holocaust remembrance

DEDICATION

We never knew how just was our cause until we entered the rotten interior of Germany and beheld for the first time the unbelievable results of Nazi greed and cruelty – the shallow, quick lime graves – the feeble thanks and tears of joy of the emaciated walking dead – the slave laborers, who were former free men in Europe – miserable wretches whose plight might well have been the lot of our own loved ones had we not succeeded.

May this history, then, be dedicated to those who died inconspicuously, but not in vain, that freedom might live.

—From the Combat History of the 137th US Infantry Regiment (Kansas National Guard), 35 US Infantry Division, which fought
from Normandy to the Elbe with the 1st, 3rd and 9th US Armies

Via commenter David All at Simply Jews

An armed society is a polite society

“The answer is for more good people to own guns making it less likely a coward would attack a soft target because of return fire. Bad people will always find a way.” —commenter JimTDavis at Gab

Gab CEO responds

Gab CEO Andrew Torba responds on NPR to the censorship of his site and its 800,000 users (of which I am one) by the Silicon Valley oligarchy. Here’s the full interview of 16 plus minutes which NPR is very unlikely to use in full.

He makes valid points: Gab had like 4 minutes from an ambiguous post Bowers made about “going in” until he murdered the synagogue congregants (I see no reason to call him a suspect); Bowers also had a presence on Facebook and on Twitter but they’ve not been called “a hate megaphone” of “far-right extremists” nor taken down and banned for it; Gab is working with law enforcement to help prosecute Bowers, not stalling them like the big social media platforms have done in the past.

Torba, who has a connection to Austin (according to a business profile on Bloomberg), says he’s now receiving death threats from the usual suspects. He makes another interesting point: that it’s only been since Trump won the presidency that conservatives on platforms like Twitter and Facebook have been censored, which led to the creation of Gab.

Via The Daily Haze

UPDATE:  Gab expects to be back online by the weekend, three days from now.

The worst thing you can do is stand still

Or hide under something.

That’s the advice from PJMedia gun columnist Jeff Sanders on dealing with an active shooter. Of course it’s easy to say what you should do. Only when confronted (by surprise!) can you know what you would do.

“MOVE!…Keep moving and you will increase your chances of survival. And if you run away, you will become a smaller target. The worst thing to do is stand still.”

Or shelter in place as the current official advice has it. Disperse. Run for your lives. The perp is likely a lousy shot and there’s nothing harder than hitting a moving target, as soldiers learn in combat.

“So… remember to do something, anything, to throw off the attacker’s plans. If dozens of people are running away in dozens of directions at the same time, he cannot focus on all of you.”

If you must shelter in place, barricade the door with something heavy. Or tie a tie or a belt around the doorknob and hold it at an angle from the door which makes entry impossible. If you must, fight back. Throw something at him, distract him. He’s very likely a coward to begin with who is not expecting a fight.

Via PJMedia

The Synagogue Murderer

Is as anti-Trump as he is anti-Jew.

He rails and retweets here at his Gab dot com alternative to Twitter before it was wiped. He is a hard-core hater with a license to carry concealed, for which he passed an FBI background check, and no respect for Trump whom he thinks is controlled by Jews in “a kike infestation.”

But don’t let that stop you from believing Robert Bowers’ is just one more bad example of what the Trump presidency has wrought.

Via Twitter, Gab, and Breitbart

The Synagogue Shooting

It was inevitable was my first thought. After all there already have been multiple mosque and church shootings. After I found out it was a conservative shul, I was a little surprised to learn they didn’t have better security. But then my own reform synagogue only has obvious security on the high holy days.

We’re just fortunate to be in a gated community that theoretically would catch a non-member. Theoretically. Our gate keepers are none too careful and seem to let vehicles without stickers through with only minor chat with the driver. And the stickers would be easy enough to steal.

But you can’t lock down a house of worship, especially in these times of scant membership of all religious stripes. You can’t make them hard to get into. What you can do, with a little thought and preparation, is have a congregant or congregants who carry concealed. Someone bold enough to shoot back when needed. But that’s a tall order, whatever the faith.

Via Fox News