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  1. The cost to municipalities is already high when there is a shooting. Schools are really not equipped financially for that type of cost. Putting teachers involved in administrative leave is going to be very expensive as well. The other issue is that many teachers are not well equipped to conceal carry a weapon. Most women would have a hard time putting the gun somewhere on their person and the % of teachers is mostly women. This is just about the poorest thought out plan I have ever heard of from a president. A couple of drunks in a bar could probably come up with more constructive ideas.
  2. No, ending up in Pattaya is a little more like going to heaven!
  3. Armed teachers is not going to work. First of all, even police miss their target more often than they hit it. Teachers, as a group, are never going to be trained to the proficiency necessary to shoot at someone armed with a AR-15 or similar type weapon. And in large schools, they are going to need a lot of trained teachers, probably one for each building and maybe one for each floor. They would have to be able to hear where the shooting is coming from, and in a building there are echos that make it very confusing. They are going to have to make sure no student is in the way or no other teacher with a gun. 'Friendly fire' is a very real possibility. When the police or the SWAT team arrive, there is a good chance that an armed teacher would be immediately shot. Then there is the very serious concern of insurance. There is probably no insurance company that is going to give coverage for any use of lethal force and the broader laws that protect police would not extend to teachers. School districts could be held liable or some major pay outs for lethal force, accidental death and various other legal challenges.
  4. I saw him on TV when I was a youngster. He scared the B-Jesus out of me. I was pretty sure I was well on my way to Hell. R.I.P.
  5. It's really quite simple. There is no reason for anyone to have access to a war-type weapon. Outlaw the private ownership of all assault-type weapons and rapid fire weapons and anything that can convert them to rapid fire. There only use is for killing large numbers of people. The vast majority of Americans are not going to have their guns taken away, but no one has a need for such fire power.
  6. It seems the students are getting some support from the medical community. The American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics and four other medical associations issued a joint statement Friday urging comprehensive action by Trump and Congress, including labeling gun violence a national public health epidemic. Trump focus on mental health after school shooting denounced Frustration is mounting in the medical community as the Trump administration again points to mental illness in response to yet another mass shooting. "The concept that mental illness is a precursor to violent behavior is nonsense," said Dr. Louis Kraus, forensic psychiatry chief at Chicago's Rush University Medical College. "The vast majority of gun violence is not attributable to mental illness." Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old charged with killing 17 people on Valentine's Day at his former high school in Parkland, Florida has been described by students as a loner with troubling behavior who had been kicked out of school. His mother recently died and Cruz had been staying with family friends. https://www.yahoo.com/news/doctors-blast-trumps-mental-illness-focus-fight-violence-171839946--politics.html
  7. And then he goes to a disco party: Trump Joins Mar-a-Lago Disco Party After Visiting Survivors Of School Shooting https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-disco-party-after-victims-visit_us_5a88d654e4b00bc49f44e36b
  8. Typical Trump: Parkland students slam Trump for tying shooting to Russia probe: 'He has already made it about himself' Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., expressed astonishment that President Trump would use the tragedy they experienced last week to push back on the FBI’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Late Saturday night from his nearby Mar-a-Lago estate, Trump accused the FBI of spending too much time on potential collusion between Moscow and his own presidential campaign. Trump suggested that if the bureau hadn’t been so focused on his campaign that it may have been able to stop the gunman from killing 17 people last week. https://www.yahoo.com/news/parkland-students-angered-trump-connecting-shooting-russia-probe-190118563.html
  9. It would seem that Russia's involvement might be a little deeper: Russians gave millions of dollars to the NRA during the 2016 election. Then the NRA gave millions to the Trump campaign. It certainly looks like Russian money laundering. And now the FBI is finally investigating. The FBI is investigating the National Rifle Association to determine whether Russians illegally funneled money through the organization to help the Trump campaign.” The biggest reason that Republicans refuse to do anything about the horrific epidemic of mass shootings in this country is because they are beholden to the NRA. According to Fortune magazine, the NRA spent over $31 million in 2016 to help elect Donald Trump. That’s three times the amount they gave Romney in 2012. http://mindy-fischer-writer.com/2018/02/fbi-launches-investigation-nra-laundering-russian-money-trump-campaign/
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    I find taxi service in BKK to be generally good. I seldom have a problem getting a taxi and for them to get me to my destination efficiently. Outside of BKK, it gets really dodgy, IMO.
  11. By both sides of the fence, I mean that I once had someone who stayed at my place who was being sought by the FBI. I didn't know it, but they eventually showed up and I was questioned and you can rest assured when they finished they had wrung every bit of information I had out of me. They were very good at figuring things out, like what time he left. I didn't know. They ascertained it very closely with, was it light out? When did you get up? How long had he been gone? What was on TV when you turned it on? Did he go out the back door or front door. The other side of the fence is more mundane. But what you have sited is primarily why the local police are in better position to assess a potential danger, not the FBI. That said, it's really not worth arguing about. They were tasked with it and should have in place what they need to do their jobs.
  12. The local police usually have a better pulse on the community than the FBI. The local police had been called to the house many times, I think it was 39 times. They are in a MUCH better position to assess the danger. Local police have access to local services, whether it's juvenile detention, mental health professionals and diversion programs. The FBI are best suited to investigate federal crimes after they have been committed. They don't have easy access to local resources. I am not sure that anything would have happened had the FBI investigated. He committed no FEDERAL crime. Even when the FBI is involved, they usually have to rely on the local police in many areas of an investigation. I've known many FBI agents as well, from both sides of the fence. I can tell you they are well-trained and professional and I would sooner be on the right side of the fence than the wrong side. I don't know what degree you want them to have. There are many federal crimes that require accounting knowledge. They all do go through extensive training before they become a full-fledged agent.
  13. Hookers are "the most vulnerable and desperate members of deprived societies"? Really?
  14. The FBI investigates crimes. Until a crime is committed, they are not the best agency to charge with 'looking into things.' If they are given the responsibility, then they must have the manpower to do it.
  15. The country managed to removed the $20 Gold Coin from circulation and that seemed to work. As far as guns are concerned, the ones that need to be removed are the assault-type weapons and any component that can be used to alter them to assault-type capability. Had the AR-15 been illegal, this friendless young man would not have been able to buy one. Had he bought one then the FBI would have had immediate grounds to arrest him. Get those guns out of civilian hands and there may be shootings, but the body count is going to be one helluva lot lower. In Las Vegas, the guy couldn't even see who he was shooting. Ridiculous, actually.