One Year Later, The Parkland Shooting Remains Controversial

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Students are brought out of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after a shooting at the school
Students are brought out of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after a shooting at the school

Fayetteville, AR – -(AmmoLand.com)- One year ago this week, a deranged young man entered the Parkland High School and murdered seventeen students and members of the staff, while injuring seventeen others.

One student who survived, Jaclyn Corin, has written an editorial for The New York Times to express her objections to what she sees as inaction regarding the attack. She argues that there have been no bipartisan investigations or bills, that if an airliner crashed, there would have been an immediate response, and that she and her fellow members of March for Our Lives are determined to do something.

The analogy with air travel betrays a lack of comprehension of the two technologies involved. When a passenger of an airliner dies, this is a failure—of the machinery, of the regulation, or of the operator. TWA’s Flight 800 crashed likely due to a spark in the fuel tank. Poor maintenance is the cause of many fatal accidents, and Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and Germanwings Flight 9525 appear to be the result of the pilots’ suicidal behavior. But in all of those examples, what happened was contrary to the design and typical usage of the machine.

By contrast, a gun is a weapon/tool. Now it’s true to say that most guns in private hands are not used in fights between human beings, but unlike a vehicle, a firearm is a tool that has fighting in its design. The question then becomes what fights are justified and which ones are an act of illegitimate violence against innocents. The tool in such fights is incidental to the justification or lack thereof.

What Corin and her fellow activists have neglected to address are the fact that the shooter had a lengthy history of acts of violence and threats to commit the same for over a year prior to the attack and the cowardice of law enforcement officers on the scene who were more concerned for their safety than for that of the staff and students.

Corin blames lawmakers for what she claims to be inaction, but she is careful not to make any suggestions as to what legislation could do.

Certainly, this shooting was shocking, though all needless deaths ought to disturb us, and if she only wishes to remind us of the lives lost, I would have no criticism. But the problem here is that her essay has not been sent out into the void with no associations and no implications. The website for her organization is blacked out today, but her fellow member, David Hogg, has expressed support for at least two of the typical demands of gun control advocates, universal background checks and bans on “assault weapons.” However, their approach all too often is to lead with emotionalism and to demand that we sign a blank check.

I do not mean in any way to negate the horror of what she went through. Her experience is one that she did not deserve to suffer. But millions of American gun owners did not commit that atrocity, and lashing out at us will not prevent crimes in the future. Whatever we are asked to feel or to do in an effort to reduce violence in this country must take this into account.


About Greg CampGreg Camp

Greg Camp has taught English composition and literature since 1998 and is the author of six books, including a western, The Willing Spirit, and Each One, Teach One, with Ranjit Singh on gun politics in America. His books can be found on Amazon. He tweets @gregcampnc.

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    Michael J
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    Michael J

    A deterent of equal or greater force is required to repel or discourage a would be attack. It seems law enforcement is only there to take a report or identify the accused or victims. Why are court houses, banks and security details armed? Because it is a proven deterent that these morons cannot grasp.
    The wolves are attacking at the hen house because they is
    know there is no one to protect them.

    Deplorable Bill
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    Deplorable Bill

    Local L.E. had been told about that kid and they failed to stop him. The F.B.I. was told about that kid and they failed to stop him. The security guards were told about that kid and they ran and hid as students and teachers were being murdered. The school cadre–same thing. Now here is the uber driver that had a chance to at least call for help and failed to do so. In as much as they were all complicit by actions and inactions, the kid is the murderer. That being said, the fore mentioned are guilty of negligent homicide,… Read more »

    KuhnKat
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    KuhnKat

    “TWA’s Flight 800 crashed likely due to a spark in the fuel tank.”

    Jet fuel is hard to ignite even when vaporized. Virtually impossible for the power available, allegedly frayed wires to a fuel pump, to cause a spark that could have ignited a fuel tank explosion. In actual testing it took the equivalent of an oxy/acetylene torch to ignite the vapor.

    m.
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    m.

    bs, twa 800 did not crash in the goober-ment described matter

    Tionico
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    Tionico

    TWA’s Flight 800 crashed likely due to a spark in the fuel tank. Don’t swallow the government blended KoolAde. The fuel tank spark insanity is bogus, a coverup/diversion which has been quit successful in diverting the attention of the vulnaraable pubilc. There IS plenty of evicendce, well cuppressed, that the cause of that crash was a missile fired from a naval vessel to the south of the flight path, hitting the aircraft during its climbout. Nearly ever car manufactured for the US market over the past twenty years has a high pressure fuel pump fitted INSIDE the fuel tank, and… Read more »

    Jack Mac
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    Jack Mac

    Dog, I think that all jurisdictions have authority to arrest for terroristic threats. local LEOs to the FBI were aware of the threat and did not properly act. Once the Uber driver let the kid with the rifle case into the car he should have driven him to police station instead to school. Can not you even visualize the possible effects of ERPOs on everybody. Execution of the order does not require evidence. Any one can initiated execution anytime on anybody, meaning you, me, and them. This is a dangerous theat to our civil rights and a deadly threat to… Read more »

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    The picture reveals a lot, too. See how the LEOs treat the non suspects? It is easier to bully the community, than go inside the school where the shooting was. The message is clear, the public better obey and demonstrate that they are not armed … for the rest of their lives.

    Jack Mac
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    Jack Mac

    Good view and your description of a bigger picture. The firearms held by LEOs pointing in the direction of the children seem to be what the news call assault rifles. I wonder if the parents, anti-gun or not, take issue with that. It is surprising that the LEOs are not also carrying bull whips and cattle prods.

    By the way, has anyone yet asked the Uber driver why he drove a kid carrying a rifle case to school?

    Robert
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    Robert

    Jack Mac, The Media calls the AR15 a assault weapon when it is in the hands of the public, but in the hands of the police the media calls the AR15 a semi auto rifle. I guess the same firearm is defined different depending on who’s hands it is in. As for the Parkland shooting, no one stated they saw that kid with a gun or said they saw him doing the shooting! And it has never been reported that they retrieved the weapon. The kid was carrying a back pack, not a gun case. Also, after the shooting started… Read more »

    Oldvet
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    Oldvet

    Red Flag the kid in the white shirt …he’s out of step…and he is wearing a white shirt.

    Gregory Romeu
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    Gregory Romeu

    I am considering using David Hogg and Jaclyn Cornin for slander against me, my rights, liberty and freedom.

    Gregory Romeu
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    Gregory Romeu

    SUING

    joefoam
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    joefoam

    Yeah, and they promote ‘see something, say something’ to curb these kinds of attacks. The BCSO saw plenty, the high school admin saw plenty, the viewers of facebook saw plenty, security saw plenty. Nothing was done so the attack went on unabated. The only reason the shooting is controversial is that the authorities failed the citizens completely and they are busy trying to deflect the blame to the weapon used, or the NRA. You would think it was scripted.

    Rock
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    Rock

    There is no question that it is scripted…. TONS of “signs” given, ALL ignored by ALL, including the after the act 15 seconds of fame “friends” ! It is NOT the gun, it IS the finger on the trigger of that gun tat kills. This was 100% completely preventable. Those around him failed, NOT the millions of law abiding citizens that didn’t know of him till the shooting.
    Those involved and whining for gun control….. You want a person or weapon that caused this to happened ?
    LOOK IN THE MIRROR !!!!!!!

    TS the Deplorable
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    TS the Deplorable

    The media refuse to acknowledge that it was the Obama administration’s threatening letter to schools, making it clear they would fall under federal scrutiny if they disciplined minority students more than whites regardless of the actual offense rates of minorities and whites, that set the stage for the Parkland shooting. The shooter had been written up 30 times for behaviors that prior to Obama’s actions would have had him suspended or expelled and in many cases referred for criminal prosecution. But he was released back to victimize and torment his fellow students and the faculty again and again and again,… Read more »

    joefoam
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    joefoam

    You point out the basic cause for the incident to occur. The gov’t really has no interest in protecting the youth of America other than to groom more democrat voters.

    Aleksy Manchurin
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    Aleksy Manchurin

    Go to the Parkland shooting report on his internet activity and read very closely what he was searching and looking at. Ask yourself why Sheriff Gualtierez (sic) was put in charge of the state of Florida investigation and report and why they got hold of his computers and not the FBI. The Sheriff stopped or rather his agency stopped a massive school and community mass shooting and poisoning in Oct. 2017. If you look at what was posted by his department you will see the connection. Of interest I believe his department also arrested a young man whose parents turned… Read more »

    Maxpowers
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    Maxpowers

    The parkland incident should be a combination of remainders that the authorities have no obligation to protect you let alone stop a violent crime and the powers that be are to incompetent or corrupt to even do their jobs properly. There had been close to 40 times the the fbi, sheriff Israel and his corrupt broward sheriff’s department, broward school board and Florida social services had plenty of chances to stop Cruz and were fully warned and completely aware of his behaviour but did absolutely nothing to prevent it despite the resources they had. And with news and into coming… Read more »

    The Green Watch Dog
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    The Green Watch Dog

    We need to focus whenever one post on social media such as Instagram. As Cruz stated: “I plan to shoot up the school.” This should not be ignored. I don’t care if it is called an ERPO, Red Flag Law, or this scenario: “Hello 911, there is a guy that said he has a bomb he got from aliens in outer space, and he has the timer set at 56 minutes”. We, as patriotic American citizens, need then to become involved. See It, Here It, Report it.

    Gregory Romeu
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    Gregory Romeu

    @The Green Way I Dog, Extremely SPOT ON! These are the indicators that are supposed to turn us on to our duties as citizens of this country , to get involved, to rock that boat, to be the one that makes the noise, the squeaky wheel, enter into that uncomfortable, unknown realm to be the one to prevent this hell from happening to our fellow citizens!

    tomcat
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    tomcat

    @ GRF Do you actually think a check of instagram would have caused Cruz any problems. It is a well known fact that the FBI and the Sheriff had well more than enough to do something. They were at his house thirty some times and if that wouldn’t produce something more than a stupid social media message would. You would just like to turn someone in. Read 1984, you would be opposite the good side and would cause a lot of people to get vaporized.

    The Green Watch Dog
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    The Green Watch Dog

    Tomcat,
    To one who that needs their potty mouth washed out with a fresh bar of Lava Soap. The ones I have reported, have led to them being incarcerated. Lets please be respectful when responding! Thank you!
    The GWD.