school guards?

Schools, those places children have to go every day by law; those places that may be refuges from bad neighborhoods and bad home lives for some kids; those places where some kids get their major meal of the day; those places where students may have found the adult that renders them support and comfort during difficult times and lives; those places where students spend a large part of their day; those places where students should feel safe and where they need to be assured that the adults care from them; those places that should be the least threatening place for students, could very well become the scariest place they may ever have to walk up to.

Rather than make it more difficult to obtain unnecessary weapons with large ammo clips long before they can vote or drink. The GOP has come up with an idea that guarantees you can buy any gun you want, and one, that makes schools more than a theoretical war zone.

While liking to repeat that gun free zones like schools signal any “sicko”, as the president refers to  people with a mental illness, that this s a good place to shoot up, they fail to realize there will be “sickos” who would love to have a gun fight where one presents itself and go down playing Rambo in their minds.

Besides arming teachers, which would mean buying more guns, lucrative public contracts for gun makers, and bonuses for teachers willing to carry on campus  subsidized by taxpayers, the Freedom Caucus chair Mark Meadows has proposed giving a targeted tax cut to any patriotic American with a gun, basically vigilantes, willing to patrol outside schools to scare away, potential mass shooters, or attract someone who besides wanting to kill a lot of people in a very short time, may want to die in a blaze of glory.

some may see doing this as some form of patriotism, but, many of those with the time and desire to do this are the guys who like to parade around in malls, walk into coffee shops, and just hang around in public areas just to let people know they believe they have the right to have the biggest weapons they could find to hang from their shoulders and the biggest hand guns from their hips.

So ,instead of making it illegal for teenagers to buy military-grade weapons without a background check, or  embracing a common-sense, evidence-based solution to gun violence, Meadow’s idea is to surround every school in the country with a ring of “good guys with guns.”

Stewart Rhodes, Founder of Oath Keepers, an anti-federal government organization which came to prominance during the rise of right-wing extremism in the early years of the Obama administration claiming that the federal government will disarm all citizens, impose martial law, and round Americans up into detention camps, has promoted a plan to have members stand guard outside schools.

They will be unpaid and unaccountable armed school guards whether or not administrators, teachers, or students like the idea.

Besides standing guard, Rhodes has stated his people will help train the teachers and staff.

Even though Trump, the NRA, and some GOP lawmakers have suggested arming teachers who have firearms training, Rhodes believes that since training teachers will take time, it makes sense to use Oath Keepers until they are trained.

The volunteers would be non-vetted and non-professional members of a conspiratorial militia group, and their presence is not wanted by The National Association of School Resource Officers and school departments.

“Tough. If they don’t like it, too bad,” Rhodes said. “We’re not there to make people feel warm and fuzzy; we’re there to stop murders. What I tell our people is don’t ask for permission. Let ‘em know what you’re doing and be as friendly as you can. But this is the reality we’re in right now.”

Somehow having an anti-government group protecting “government schools”, a term many on the right use in a derogatory manner when promoting the idea that the government is brainwashing the children, making them all anti-Christian, and getting them to accept the difference among our “E Pluribus Unum” population , seems a dangerous irony especially when “training” is involved.

 

 

 

 

The fast response.

The first thing that Florida did after the Parkland shooting was to decide not to discuss anything dealing with stricter, common sense gun control, such as raising the age to 21 for anyone seeking a rifle just as it does  for a hand gun purchase.

The second thing the state legislators did was to address the mental health question, something that was emphasized after the shooting, even by Trump, by declaring pornography a mental health issue.

After all, no one wants a person suffering a mental illness to enter a school with a porno magazine going on spree of inflicting paper cuts or throwing DVDs at students in the hallways.

And the final action taken to address the problem was to enact a bill that requires the slogan “In God We Trust” be placed in every classroom.

So you can still buy a weapon regardless of age or mental status, but you can’t sit home spending the time you might have spent shooting  people alone in your room hoping a parent doesn’t walk in.

“Sweetie, what are you doing in the bathroom? You’ve been in there a very long time.”

“Cleaning my guns, Mom.”

“Oh, good. I thought you might be in there with an adult magazine”.

And even though their prayers didn’t do much that last time, the next time a shooter enters a school, students just need to trust in the lord and all will be well.

Problem solved.

Relax, kids.

I have the best memory

 

On February 28, 2017, Congress passed a law, H.J. Res 40, rescinding the Obama rule that made it harder for people with mental illness to buy a gun, and Trump signed it quietly in the oval office without the usual show with an audience, cameras, or his holding up what he signed for all to see.

The National Rifle Association ‘s NRA-ILA executive director, Chris Cox, said the move “marks a new era for law-abiding gun owners, as we now have a president who respects and supports our arms.”

In contrast, Connecticut Senator  Chris Murphy, condemned the move,

“Republicans always say we don’t need new gun laws, we just need to enforce the laws already on the books. But the bill signed into law today undermines enforcement of existing laws that Congress passed to make sure the background check system had complete information.”

President Barack Obama recommended the regulation in a 2013 memo following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, a shooting done by a person who was also mentally ill.

The rule ordered the Social Security Administration to take the list of people who were deemed so severely mentally ill that they are unfit to handle their own disability benefits and forward that list to the FBI which would incorporate that list in the background checks used to disqualify people from gun ownership.

It affected no gun owners or anyone who was mentally fit enough to handle their own disability benefits. In reality it would only affect about 75,000 people.

It was in line with the suggestion that when a person became too old or mentally feeble to concentrate or whose reaction time was severely reduced could not have their driver’s licence renewed.

It is not a matter of removing any rights. It is a matter of protecting that individual and anyone who could be negatively impacted (no pun intended) by this person reduced ability to make proper judgments.

The Republicans refuse to do anything, no matter how reasonable, to appear to offend the NRA or those with a very specific reading of that part of the Second Amendment that justifies their assumed right to own any type of weapon claiming they hunt and need to protect themselves, apparently against those like themselves own weapons meant to kill a lot of people in a very short time.

 Nine months later he delivered this baby after the Texas shooting at a church that left more than 20 people dead.

“Mental health is your problem here. This was a very … deranged individual” who had “a lot of problems over a long period of time. But this isn’t a guns situation.”

Previously in response to October shooting in Las Vegas Trump called the shooter “a very sick man” and a “demented person.”

Even Paul Ryan showed a concern with the mentally ill of the shooter saying, “there may be some mental health issues with this shooting.”

Along with this move, Trump’s proposed 2019 budget slashes spending for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration by $665 million, and the National Institute of Mental Health would see a 30% reduction in funding.

Then the Parkland, Florida, shooting happened, and Trump is concerned that the shooter was mentally ill.

“So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from school for bad and erratic behavior. Neighbors and classmates knew he was a big problem. Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!”

Trump, who likes to compare himself to Ronald Reagan, even went against Reagan’s closing of mental institutions resulting in the mentally ill becoming many of the homeless we see on the streets and inmates in the correctional system, asserted

 “Part of the problem is we used to have mental institutions … where you take a sicko like this guy. We’re going to be talking seriously about opening mental-health institutions again.”

But,  many of these hospitals were warehouses in which, once committed, patients were just lumped together and maintained with little psychiatric treatment beyond drugs that could control the delusions and psychoses of major mental illnesses.

What should be noted is that his use of ”sicko” reveals a very poor understanding of and a prejudice against people with mental illness.

It is hard to square his only action on guns and his cuts in his proposed budget with his claim after Parkland that

“We are committed to working with state and local leaders to secure our schools and tackle the difficult issue of mental health.”

God locked out? Pfffft

There is a tired meme that pops up after each school shooting that has one person asking why people with guns can get into a school and shoot it up. The response is that he could get in because God is locked out.

It is usually posted and shared by the christian prayer in public school crowd and implies that shootings would not happen if christian prayers were allowed in school. Generally I have had it forwarded to me by the same people who demand students should be saying the Pledge of Allegiance, obviously promoting a false cause because they already do.

The meme, however, ignores two things.

Kids can pray in school, but the authorities can neither direct them to nor tell them what prayers to say.

It also ignores that where God is, beyond His being everywhere, there are still shootings, and some happen in his very houses, churches, where He is obviously not locked out.

There’s even this gem.

The Superintendent of Education in South Carolina, Molly Spearman, commented in a video in response to the Parkland school shooting  that keeping students safe was her top priority, and she had been meeting with law enforcement officials to make sure they’re doing everything they can to prevent similar violence in her district. Her advice to report any strange behavior and her words about the importance of making sure students had access to mental health professionals was reasonable, but then she went off the rails when she said that the students need to be brought closer to Jesus.

“… We have also seen the life-changing impact that mentorship programs can bring into troubled students’ lives, and continue to encourage members of our faith community to partner with schools. By sharing Christ’s love, you could be a positive influence that prevents a tragedy like this from occurring.”

This is a list of shootings in the House of God where He is not locked out, or perhaps forget His keys and locked himself out.

  • October 2017: Devin Patrick Kelley opened fire at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, killing 26 people.
  • November 5, 2017: As parishioners were leaving morning mass at St. Alphonus Church in Fresno California, . Manuel Garcia shot his 61-year-old wife.
  • September 20, 2015: James Junior Minter shot his girlfriend, his infant son and a pastor who tried to intervene Sunday morning during church service at Oasis Tabernacle Church in East Selma, Alabama.
  • June 17, 2015: A mass shooting took place at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina.
  • May 25, 2015: A gunman burst into a Knoxville, Tennessee, church and opened fire with a shotgun while children were performing a production of “Annie” killing one and wounding eight.
  • May 24, 2015: The Rev. Dr. Augustus Sealy, 54, who leads the First Church of the Nazarene in Hartford, was shot outside the church.
  • December 4, 2014: Pastor Tripp Battle of Bayshore Baptist Church in Bradenton, Florida, and Bayshore Baptist’s Nursery/Children’s director Amber Avalos were killed.
  • June 13, 2014: Two Priest were shot at Mother of Mercy church in Phoenix, Arizona.
  • September 27, 2013: Woodrow Karey walked into a Calcasieu church in Lake Charles, Louisiana, shooting and killing Pastor Ronald J. Harris Sr., as he was preaching
  • September 18, 2013: A gunman wearing a mask entered a South Bend, Indiana church, and shot two bullets at a church member working inside.
  • August 20, 2013: Three men in a white vehicle fired gunshots at a group of people on the steps of the Uptown Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois.
  • July 22, 2013: Earnest J. Smith fired two shots inside the Norwood, Missouri, First Baptist Church during Sunday morning services.
  • March 31, 2013: On Easter Sunday during mass, Reshad Riddle entered Hiawatha Church of God in Christ in Ashtabula, Ohio, with a gun in his hand, screaming about God and Allah, and shooting his father, Richard Riddle.
  • January 12, 2013: Steven E. Lawson was shot to death just outside the sanctuary of Full Gospel Christian Church in Flint, Michigan, while attending a funeral.
  • December 25, 2012: Bullets were fired outside the East Oakland Church in Oakland, California,  during church services.
  • December 10, 2012: A man shot his ex-girlfriend woman multiple times outside of Faith Center Church in Sunrise, Florida.
  • December 3, 2012: A man walked inside First United Presbyterian Church in Coudersport, Pennyslvania, and shot his ex-wife as she sat in the church pew.
  • November 5, 2012: One churchgoer was killed and another wounded while trying to stop a teenage girl from spray-painting graffiti on the side of the Principe de Paz (“Prince of Peace”) church in Los Angeles, California.
  • October 29, 2012: A pastor in Fort Worth, Texas, was killed by an attacker who rammed a car into a church wall, chased the pastor, and beat him with an electric guitar.
  • October 31, 2012: Floyd Palmer walked into the chapel of World Changers Church International in Atlanta, Georgia, during prayer services in the evening and shot Gregory McDowell as he led a prayer service.
  • September 6, 2012: Pastor Laddie Pierce of West Pensacola Baptist Church in Pensacola,Florida, was shot during bible study, before the normal Wednesday service.
  • June 7, 2012: Two people were killed and two others wounded during a shooting outside of a funeral at Victory for the World Church in DeKalb County, Georgia.
  • May 3, 2012 Reverend Mary-Marguerite Kohn, co-rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Ellicott City, Maryland, and Brenda Brewington, were killed by a homeless man,
  • April 22, 2012: The mother of Pastor De Lono Straham of the Destiny Christian Center in Aurora, Colorado, was shot and killed in the afternoon at the end of the Sunday worship service.
  • February 14, 2012: A pastor’s daughter was accidentally shot in the head in a St. Petersburg, Florida, church and died.
  • January 24, 2012: A man was unintentional shot after a fundraiser at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Wentzville, Missouri –
  • September 18, 2011: Jeremiah Fogle shot Pastor William Boss and associate pastor Carl Stewart at Greater Faith Christian Center Church in Lakeland, Florida.
  • December 24, 2010: 9 people were injured after a Christmas Eve party at Club Fathom , a church outreach program for urban youth in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
  • November 16, 2010: A man attending a class at an East Oakland church in Oakland, California, was lured outside and shot to death on the sidewalk under a cross
  • September 27, 2010: Minutes after leaving church in Youngstown, Ohio, someone fired up to a dozen shots at Thomas Repchic as he drove from church with his 74-year-old wife,
  • August 30, 2010: Clay Sannar was doing administrative paperwork between services in Visalia, California, when a man came in and fatally shot him.
  • February 14, 2010: Three hooded men walk into Gethsemane Church of God in Christ in – Richmond, California, and opened fire and then fled the scene.
  • January 7, 2010: Youth Pastor MarShon Peoples was shot in the head after he denied eight teens entry into the “Streams of Hope” party he was hosting in Gaines Township, Michigan, because they smelled like alcohol and marijuana,
  • March 8, 2009: Terry Joe Sedlacek walked into the First Baptist Church of Maryville, Illinois, and shot pastor Fred Winters dead.
  • July 27, 2008: A gunman opened fire in a Knoxville, Tennessee, church during a youth performance, killing two people and injuring seven.
  • December 9, 2007: Matthew J. Murray opened fire at the Youth With A Mission training center in Arvada, Colorado, killing two and wounding two others before escaping. Subsequently he attacked the New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with a number of firearms, killing two more people and injuring three.
  • May 20, 2007: A standoff between police and a suspect in a Presbyterian Church in Moscow, Idaho ended with three dead, including one police officer.
  • 12, 2007: Eiken Elam Saimon shot and killed the pastor and two deacons and wounded five others at the Neosho, Missouri, First Congregational Church.
  • May 21, 2006: At the Ministry of Jesus Christ Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana 4 people who were members of Erica Bell’s family shot and killed before she was abducted and murdered elsewhere. Bell’s mother, the church pastor Claudia Brown, was seriously wounded.
  • February 26, 2006: Kevin L. Collins went to the Zion Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, looking for his girlfriend and shot 2 people.
  • April 9, 2005: A 27-year-old airman died after being shot at a church in College Park, Georgia.
  • March 12, 2005: Terry Ratzmann opened fire on the congregation of the Living Church of God in Brookfield, Wisconsin, killing seven and wounding four.
  • July 30, 2005: Air Force Staff Sgt. John Givens was shot five times by a police officer after charging the officer at the World Changers Church International in College Park, Georgia.
  • 17, 2004: A veteran musician at the Crystal Cathedral shoots himself to death after a nine-hour standoff in Garden Grove, California.
  • 5, 2003: Shelia Wilson walked into the Turner Monumental AME Church in Atlanta, Georgia, while preparations are being made for service and shot the pastor.
  • June 10, 2002 – Conception, Missouri – Benedictine monastery – 2 killed + shooter – Lloyd Robert Jeffress shot four monks in the monastery killing two and wounding two, before killing himself.
  • March 12, 2002: Peter Troy, a former mental patient, opened fire during Mass at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Lynbrook, New York, killing the priest and a parishioner.
  • May 18, 2001: Frederick Radford stood up in the middle of a revival service at the Hopkinsville, Kentucky Greater Oak Missionary Baptist Church and began shooting at his estranged wife, killing her and a woman trying to help her.
  • 1, 2000: The wife of a minister fatally shoots her daughter in Kansas City.
  • 15, 1999: Larry Gene Ashbrook shot and killed seven people and injured a further seven at a concert by Christian rock group Forty Days at the Fort Worth, Texas, Wedgewood Baptist Church
  • April 15, 1999: Sergei Babarin, with a history of mental illness, entered the library at Salt Lake City, Utah, LDS Church Family History Library, killing two people and wounded four others.

Certainly, God was not locked out of those places, and in most of these cases prople were praying and others preaching.

God being locked out of schools as the reason for shootings is  ans asinine distraction, and those who promote it are using tragedies to scare people to their religious beliefs.

Schools don’t need more God. They need fewer unnecessary guns in their communities and politicians willing to stand up to the NRA.

 

 

Arming teachers?

Novel idea.

Instead of arming teachers, why not make it next to impossible for people to be able to buy an assault style weapon and ones with large capacity clips?

Do people really need military grade firearms to hunt  or to protect their homes. and if so, do they need a bunch of them?

The politician speaks.

Apparently within hours of the Parkland shooting, people like  George Soros and other left wing advocates for tougher gun laws managed to gather all the students at the high school together and train them to pretend to be anti-gun, and in how to act and what to say. It was, apparently, a swift massive undertaking that was effective.

Fox News’ prime time host Tucker Carlson informed us that,

“There is a huge controversy online that I am hesitant even to wade in on, but I think that it needs to be addressed.”

There actually wasn’t such a controversy, but Carlson wanted to promote one.

He added

“And the allegation has been that [the studnts] are in some way in contact with organized anti-gun groups, and they’ve been denounced as immoral and heartless and how how dare you attack them, which I am not doing, but it raises interesting questions about how we make our laws.”

He relied on his guest, Dan Bongino, who is currently a paid contributor on NRATV,  to present an unbiased view. He said,

“if you are involved in a horrific, unimaginable tragedy, your voice should be heard. but the media is focused more on a teenager’s expertise in supply-side control measures for guns, which, Tucker, let’s be candid, they probably have not studied in complicated, layered issue.”

“[The left  wing anti-gun activists]  are using these kids in a kind of moral blackmail, where you are not allowed to disagree or you are attacking the child.”

Former Representative Jack Kingston claimed on CNN that the students were being used by “left wing gun control activists” saying,

“sorrow can very easily be hijacked by left-wing groups… Do we really think 17-year-olds on their own are going to plan a nationwide rally?”

Previously he had tweeted,

 “O really? ‘Students’ are planning a nationwide rally? Not left wing gun control activists using 17yr kids in the wake of a horrible tragedy?”

Donald Trump Jr. liked two tweets.  One linked to a story in Gateway Pundit accusing one vocal student’s father, who is a former FBI agent,  of coaching his son in peddling “anti-Trump rhetoric and anti-gun legislation,” claiming the FBI is using him as its pawn, and the other linked to a story in True Pundit describing the same student as “the kid who has been running his mouth” about President Trump and Republicans also offering, “If Hogg knew the shooter would snap — as he and other students have professed — perhaps he could have told his father about it.”

Dinesh D’Souza, mocked the Florida teenagers with

 “How interesting to hear students who can’t support themselves for one day giving us lectures about American social policy,”

He also criticized an interview with 17-year-old Delaney Tarr, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, who he noted appeared “coached and also a bit deranged,” advising that Trump “should ignore these media-manufactured theatrics.”

Bill O’Reilly wrote on his website,

 “The national press believes it is their job to destroy the Trump administration by any means necessary. So if the media has to use kids to do that, they’ll use kids.”

The National Review’s film critic, Armond White, called the students “Parkland Puppets” when he asked,

“Why their ubiquitous presence on TV news shows? Who’s their publicist?  Obviously not just being picked up off the street, no 16-year-old has quick access to network news producers. Clearly, some PR exec is handling these Alt-Left kids.”

When one of the Parkland students stated that politicians who take NRA money have blood on their hands, Rush Limbaugh stated,

“These students think they’re taking politics out of this. The minute they bash the NRA, it’s politics. … This is an event that advances a political agenda for the American left and the Democrat Party. Bash the NRA.”

Meanwhile, the senators and congress members who are asking for thoughts and prayer while claiming now is not the time to discuss stricter gun control are accepting money, big bucks, from the NRA, and being its shills is not a problem.

While it is known which members of congress got how much money from the NRA, and how they have voted on any legislation that the NRA does not like, Conservatives are claiming the students are getting money to oppose it, and this based on no facts or evidence.

They have no objection to money being used to buy congress, but they speak loudly against fictitious money.

While lamenting that kids today are spoiled and those in their late teens need to start acting like adults and do something rather than demand and expect things be given to them, when they do something, conservatives claim they are only doing it for money or attention.

 

uneven treatment

In November 2014 a person who was at a Cleveland recreation center called 911to report “a guy with a pistol”. The caller said “guy” which to most people implies an adult. It wasn’t “someone” or a “kid”. It was a guy.

The caller did, however, include that the gun was possibly a toy.

When the police responded they described the person with the gun as looking like he was in his 20s.

The officers judged that they were facing a possible active shooter in a neighborhood with a history of violence. And, so, within seconds of arriving at the scene, they shot 12 year old Tamir Rice without any attempt being made to get him to drop the weapon which turned out to be a toy, just as the caller had suggested.

 Although a Cleveland judge found probable cause for the charges of murder, involuntary manslaughter, reckless homicide, negligent homicide, and dereliction of duty, an Ohio grand jury decided not to indict the officers.

In explaining that decision, the prosecutor said,

“Given this perfect storm of human error, mistakes and communications by all involved that day (I would leave Tamir off that list), the evidence did not indicate criminal conduct by police. It is likely that Tamir, whose size made him look much older and who had been warned his pellet gun might get him into trouble that day, either intended to hand it over to the officers or show them it wasn’t a real gun. But there was no way for the officers to know that, because they saw the events rapidly unfolding in front of them from a very different perspective.”

In contrast,

When an armed and intoxicated Michigan man stood in front of a Dairy Queen waving a loaded rifle around and angrily shouting, refusing to put the rifle down when the police arrived, a 40 minute standoff  began during which the police tried to get the man to put his weapon down, and when he finally did, because he refused to take a Breathalyzer test, officers decided not to give him his gun back, but instead told him to come to the police station and claim it the next day.

He did.

A San Diego man pointed his 9mm pistol at police after getting out of his parked car, and the police spent an hour trying to talk the man into putting down his weapon. When he rushed toward the officers with his weapon pointed at them, an officer shot him once in the stomach to put him down. Although he fell to the ground, his gun remained within reach, so police called him on his cell phone and spoke with him for 15 minutes before he agreed to surrender.

While two police officers were making a routine traffic stop at an intersection, a 22-year-old New Hampshire man opened fire with a BB gun from a nearby apartment building. He was arrested and found to be already on probation for a similar incident. The judge commented that he was worried about the man’s safety following the most recent BB gun-firing episode.

Two intoxicated Idaho men walked into a Walmart and proceeded to remove BB guns from boxes, loaded one, and fired it four times while in the store. They were arrested. Neither was shot.

A man in Pennsylvania pulled a gun on State Police who approached his car after he had driven it off the road into a ditch. When police approached the vehicle, the man pulled a handgun from his coat pocket and pointed it at officers. They had to take cover, and without firing a shot, after trying to talk him down, they broke the windows of his car, got him out, and arrested him.

As people march with guns and torches spewing racial and ethnic hate speech, no one seems bothered by the number of guns they carry. There are even pictures and videos of law enforcement talking to some gun wielding white guy to get him to put his weapon down.

Remember, Tamir Rice 12 had been walking around a Cleveland park, holding a toy gun that uses nonlethal plastic pellets. Within two seconds Rice was shot and killed as is clearly seen in a video of the event, and in the process of having people accept this, he was continually referred to as an adult and a guy in order to weaken the chance of sympathy for him and imply his death was somehow acceptable.

But the quick to shoot isn’t the only contrast that bothers me.

There’s that part about consistently referring to Tamir Rice in any term other than “kid”.

In contrast, while Nikolas Cruz is facing the death penalty, which having killed 17 people warrants that in Florida, his attorneys hope to have that replaced with life without parole, a move that relying on their being abls to present Cruz as someone deserving of it.

At the first court appearance of the Parkland school shooter, his attorneys referred to Nikolas Cruz, a 19 year old guy as  a “kid”.

His attorney, Howard Finkelstein said ,

“This kid didn’t have to fall through the cracks”.

His other lawyer, Melissa McNeil, described him outside the courtroom as a “broken child”.

“When your brain is not fully developed, you don’t know how to deal with these things. That’s the child I’m sitting across from.”

Gordon Weeks, another member of the defense team, said,

“The child is deeply troubled and he has endured significant trauma that stems from the loss of his mother.”

A 19 year old man is described as a child in an effort to garner some sympathy for the killer of 17 students.

A12 year old playing with a toy is described as a “guy” who is adult looking.

Labels influence attitudes, and there was a measurable negative attitude concerning Tamir Rice.

The public defenders are hoping that using this to their client’s favor, public opinion will move in his favor.

Comparing his picture to Tamir’s, he has an advantage.