Russian bots are attacking our social media platforms, spreading misinformation and spouting extremist viewpoints. So says NPR in this article.
Okay, I’ll bite. What are these bots saying that’s so damaging to the free and open exchange of ideas on the interwebs?
Basically, Ruskie trolls were propagating conspiracy theories that the Florida shooting was an inside job by Democrats and “advancing an extreme pro-gun position, saying teachers need to carry concealed handguns to protect students,” reports NPR.
Russian bots or no Russian bots, conspiracy theories abound after every national tragedy. Part of the reason for this is because the mainstream media is horrible at its job. People don’t trust it, so they look to other reporting to get the truth. More on this in a moment.
Arming Teachers is Not an Extreme Position, It’s Common Sense!
Teachers should be armed. The very idea that that is an extremist position in today’s climate is everything that’s wrong with the mainstream media. Sociopaths are shooting up schools in this country because we are making it easy for them to do so. Not just arming teachers, but training teachers on how to use firearms would be a small step to making schools safer.
And listen, we’re not talking about arming every teacher. Mrs. Weatherby, the 80-year-old librarian with cataracts and arthritis, isn’t going to get tossed an M4 with the expectation that she’s going to be at the point when it comes time to engage a spree killer. That’s lunacy. We’re talking about getting a select group of willing and able educators to learn the ropes of responsible gun ownership. That would help the cause.
Everyone who is for arming teachers, myself included, will admit that it’s no substitute for full-time security personnel, whose sole job it is is to monitor the campus and confront suspected threats. Yet, it is better than the status quo. The hope that the active killer will see the “No Guns Allowed” sign posted on the building, halt his attack and discard his gun at the door. If armed security isn’t an option due to budget constraints, armed teachers is the next best thing.
Lastly, schools across the country have implemented programs to arm faculty. It’s not like this already isn’t happening. Back in 2017, I wrote about the Ohio-based FASTER Saves Lives program, which provides lethal force training and medical response to teachers and staff members. FASTER stands for Faculty, Administrator, Safety Training & Emergency Response.
Since its inception in 2013, FASTER has trained at least 773 school teachers and staff members from 194 districts in 8 states (including teachers and staff in 74 of Ohio’s 88 counties). My guess is that right now their phone is ringing off the hook. It’s not “extreme” to want your children to be guarded by capable adults with guns. Considering the alternative, it’s the sanest action we can take to stop future tragedies.
The people highlighted in the video below are extremists!!! Because they want to learn how to defend themselves and school children.
Back to the Media and Russian Bots
Honest question. Who is more damaging to our Republic, these meddling bots or the mainstream media?
The bots are telling us to arm teachers. Meanwhile, the mainstream media is lying to us about the number of school shootings this year to push an anti-gun agenda that involves dismantling the core of our 2A rights. I’m not pro-bot. Just pointing out the facts.
As I wrote about last week, the source of the “18 school shootings this year” lie is Everytown for Gun Safety, the Bloomberg-funded gun control organization. What Everytown did is redefine “school shooting” to mean any time a gun is discharged on a school campus. The result is a complete exaggeration of the truth. Because when we think of “school shooting” we think Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech, Columbine. We don’t think of suicides or gang fights that incidentally happen on school property or the negligent discharge of a firearm in a criminal justice class that wounded no one. But all of those were included on Everytown’s “school shootings” list.
The media and anti-gun politicians (Yes, I’m talking to you Ms. Feinstein), took this stat and ran with it. TIME, CNBC, New York Daily News, HuffPost, NBC, ABC all reported on it while either wholly omitting the fine print of Everytown’s school shooting definition or glossing over it. Thankfully, I wasn’t the only one out there debunking this claim. PolitiFact also analyzed it, concluding that it was “mostly false.” A polite way of saying it’s B.S.
Of those 18 “school shootings” so far this year, “only three involved a mass shooting. And the count includes two suicides, three accidental shootings and nine incidents in which there were no fatalities or injuries,” noted PolitiFact.
So this is where things come full circle. When the mainstream media continuously distorts the truth to push gun grabbing or calls what is a sensible position an “extreme” one, what happens to its credibility? It tanks. Which, in turn, forces people to look elsewhere for accurate news and information. Sure, some folks will get caught up in crackpot conspiracy theories disseminated on TwitterBook and InstaFace. Many others, though, will begin to see things more clearly.
I guess what I’m saying is that the answer to the bot problem is an honest media. One that asks the right questions, investigates both sides of a story and reports the truth void of an agenda. Until we get that, expect more buzz from these meddlesome bots.