Aiken Area Progressive

Progressive blog for the Central Savannah River Area.

Month: February, 2016

Orangeburg woman jailed for just 15 years for Facebook domestic violence slaying

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ORANGEBURG — A woman will spend only the last half of this decade and all of the next in jail after she got somewhat of a slap on the wrist after killing her boyfriend over Facebook and text messages about an affair.

Courtney Price, now 25, used the old “abuse excuse” to explain why she killed her 24-year-old boyfriend.

However, prosecutors and others said that she stabbed the victim in a violent, angry rage while he slept after she learned of an affair via Facebook messages and texts on September 26, 2014.

The victim was rushed to the Regional Medical Center where he died of his injuries hours later, on September 27.

The jury found Ms. Price guilty of voluntary manslaughter on Friday afternoon, a day after she turned 25.  Prosecutors sought a murder conviction.

A member of the victim’s family, described him as “a bright light in our family.”

“From the early age of 10 years old when he was able to push a lawn mower, he understood the value of hard work,” she said.

She added said, “He loved his son immensely.  That’s the biggest tragedy, that his son won’t be able to know his daddy.”

The boy, now almost 2 years old, was an infant at the time of the incident.  He is with the victim’s relatives.

Toxic masculinity, gun culture and the loss of a Williston-Elko alumna

Like most everyone else, I was stunned to learn of the loss of a Williston-Elko alumna to a murder-suicide in Richland County.

Officers from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department found the woman deceased from a gunshot wound after her soon-to-be-ex-husband shot her.  He then turned the gun on himself.

This incident puts toxic masculinity and the gun culture right at home.

This is why we need to have a good talk to the boys in our lives. This is why I am immediately calling on parents of boys to cease and desist in telling them to “be a man”, “boys don’t cry”, “pink is a girl’s color” and “boys don’t play with Barbies”. This is the kind of toxic masculinity that makes it ok for men like the 32-year-old gunman to hurt and kill women like the one being mourned by our schoolmates who graduated in the W-E Class of 2000.

It’s also the kind of toxic masculinity that leads to incidents like one Eliot Rodger committed 21 months ago.  It’s the kind of toxic masculinity that leads to a Kenneth Myers situation.

And on top of all that, we have an out-of-control gun culture, which continues to be proven with near-daily mass shootings indiscriminately in every state.

All of these things – yes all of them – led to where we are now, mourning the loss of a schoolmate from my years at Williston-Elko.

Guns are uncool, as the dead bodies, the graves and the grieving families obviously show.

And toxic masculinity, as a movie called the Mask You Live In by Miss Representation shows, is an equally major problem in the States.

I believed enough time has passed now so let’s confront our gun culture and rein in toxic masculinity.  If not for our own good, at least do it in honor of one of our own Williston-Elko graduates.

Aiken Area Progressive will not reveal the identities of the deceased.

Microsoft finally has visual voicemail on the dual SIM Lumia 950 XL. Why can’t they release a VoLTE update?

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REDMOND, Wash. — A Redstone update to the Lumia 950 XL dual SIM now has one of the two most requested features: visual voicemail.

The other highly requested feature is nowhere to be found.

Voice on LTE, or VoLTE, is a feature Microsoft built and (seems like) disabled on their flagships upon announcement. A few dual SIM phones, most notably, the Android Marshmallow devices like the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Duos, have VoLTE.

If Android Marshmallow can do VoLTE successfully on dual SIM devices, I’m positive that Microsoft can to the same with Windows 10 Mobile.

That’s why there shouldn’t be any more delays in getting VoLTE on the Windows 10 phones. Microsoft needs to immediately release a new Windows 10 Redstone build to the fast ring with VoLTE on the supported devices: the Lumia 950, Lumia 950 XL, Lumia 650 and Lumia 550.

Hewlett-Packard unveils the Elite X3

BARCELONA, Spain — On February 21, Hewlett-Packard announced the Elite X3, a high-end Windows 10 phone that is expected to cost less than the $549.99 price tag that the Lumia 950 currently has.

It won’t be available for purchase to businesses or consumers before June 20, the first day of summer, however.

Also, the Elite X3 will not be in any brick-or-mortar store outside of Amazon and the Microsoft Store.  It will be available on those two online stores, as well as eBay and HP on the web.

HP Inc. Reinvents Computing with Next Gen Mobility Platform

Opens Mobile World Congress with HP Elite x3 to address massive commercial mobility opportunity

BARCELONA, Spain, February 21, 2016 — At Mobile World Congress today, HP Inc. unveiled a breakthrough solution that revolutionizes the mobile computing experience. Designed to be versatile enough to address the massive shift in where and how we work, HP introduced a new mobile ecosystem that will drive the next generation of computing.

The HP Elite x3 with Windows 10 mobile bridges phablet, laptop and desktop use cases from a single computing device while enabling users to run key productivity apps across these different experiences seamlessly.

“Commercial mobility is prime for disruption, and has never seen innovation at this scale,” said Dion Weisler, president and chief executive officer, HP Inc. “The HP Elite x3 is a revolutionary mobile platform that enables mobility and computing to come together in a truly meaningful way. Together with the strength of our partners, we’re propelling the industry forward and turning the promise of mobile productivity into a reality for customers.”

Today’s worker expects a different style of computing, yet is forced to rely on multiple different technologies and devices to get work done. With the Elite x3, strong channel partners and the latest advancements from Microsoft, Qualcomm Technologies Inc. and Salesforce, HP is delivering the next generation of computing where mobility meets PC productivity with a single device.

“Windows 10 was built for an era of more personal computing, one in which your experiences, content and data are mobile with you,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. “Together with partners including HP, Qualcomm and Salesforce, we are focused on enabling customers to be productive wherever they are, furthering our mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.”

“Qualcomm’s newest processor combined with HP’s leadership in commercial PCs is helping to deliver the future of computing,” said Steve Mollenkopf, chief executive officer, Qualcomm Incorporated. “HP’s innovative use of the Snapdragon 820 processor with LTE takes advantage of the processor’s powerful performance and low power consumption to enable a PC-like experience on the HP Elite x3 phablet.”

“Speed is the new currency of business, compelling every company to empower its users with the tools to run their businesses anytime, anywhere and on any device,” said Marc Benioff, chairman and chief executive office, Salesforce. “We’re proud to work with partners like HP and Microsoft to put the power of Salesforce1 and the world’s #1 CRM platform in the hands of every mobile user.”

“The end-to-end thinking by HP that went into the Elite x3 is innovative,” said Tom Richards, chief executive officer, CDW. “On its own, it’s an impressive device, but the real breakthrough is the Elite x3 accessory ecosystem, which drives a seamless experience across computing platforms, and offers a solution beyond BYOD and towards mobile workflow transformation.”

The One Device That’s Every Device

The Elite x3 is the first built-for-business mobile device to deliver seamless phablet, laptop and desktop business productivity in a single device 1. By utilizing Continuum in Windows 10, the Elite x3 enables frictionless multi-screen transitions between a phone scenario and a desktop PC scenario2. Users can dock the Elite x3 with its ecosystem of accessories to render desktop and laptop productivity experiences while also retaining productivity on-the-go in a world-class premium and commercial-grade phablet.

With this capability, users can effortlessly switch between using the Elite x3 as a desktop, laptop or mobile device, no longer needing to worry about what device to use in what environment. The Elite x3 also utilizes biometrics to unlock the device – adding an extra layer of protection for enterprise customers.

“Our customer insights indicated that there are a group of commercial customers where their needs for mobility and PC-level productivity are not being met,” said Michael Park, vice president and general manager of Mobility, HP Inc. “The HP Elite x3 is where we see the future of computing heading – one device that can truly act like every device: a modern technology solution for a mobile-centric workplace combined with greater benefits for IT.”

The Elite x3 offers a unique computing experience by leveraging the power of the Snapdragon 820 processor, Windows 10 Mobile3 with Windows Continuum2, the optional HP Desk Dock and the optional Mobile Extender, allowing the device to let people work on their own terms no matter where the locale. Users can also enjoy easier, faster charging with Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 3.0 technology.

The Desk Dock offers a full featured desktop experience for the Elite x3. It includes a DisplayPort for external monitor support, two USB-A and a USB-C™ connection for business continuity, and wired Ethernet to seamlessly scale users’ productivity at their desk. The Elite x3 docks in portrait mode at a comfortable viewing angle when sitting at a desk. The dock also supports the Elite x3 with and without a protective case.

The HP Mobile Extender creates a laptop experience using a near zero bezel 12.5-inch diagonal HD display that’s around 1 kg. No data is stored on the Mobile Extender for additional security and all of the apps, passwords and files are managed and stored from the Elite x3.

New Level of Business Mobility with Robust Ecosystem of Solutions

The Elite x3 also allows users to work with the apps they love and rely on. HP Workspace4 – an app catalog designed by HP to easily enable access to virtualized apps – drives a seamless app usage experience. HP Workspace on the Elite x3 creates a virtual PC, giving users access to company curated catalogs of x86 apps via a virtualized solution. Users benefit from quick access to their virtualized apps with a full keyboard and mouse experience not typically available from a mobile device when using the Desk Dock and Mobile Extender.

The Elite x3 platform has the potential to change how companies work using only a single device. HP is partnering with Salesforce, the world’s #1 CRM platform, to include Salesforce1 on every Elite x35. Salesforce1 sets a new standard for CRM, empowering users to run their businesses from their mobile devices with powerful tools that work in the cloud, keeping them up-to-date with whatever real-time data they need. Now, sales reps can use the Elite x3 and Salesforce1 to manage and update all their customer and CRM data faster than ever and perform key actions to drive business forward on-the-go.

Pricing and Availability

  • The HP Elite x3 is expected to be available this summer; exact pricing of the device and its ecosystem of accessories and subscriptions will be shared closer to date of availability.

For more information on the HP Elite x3, visit www.hp.com/go/elitex3.

About HP Inc. HP Inc. creates technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere. Through our portfolio of printers, PCs, mobile devices, solutions, and services, we engineer experiences that amaze. More information about HP Inc. is available at http://www.hp.com.

The specs are as follows:

  1. Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820
  2. Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo Central Processing Unit
  3. Adreno 530 Graphics Processing Unit
  4. 2G: 800/850/900/1800/1900
  5. 4G: 800/850/900/1900/2100
  6. LTE Category IV (150/50): 1 (2100), 2 (1900/PCS), 3 (1800), 4 (1700/2100), 5 (850), 7 (2600), 8 (900), 12 (700), 19 (850), 20 (800), 28 (700), 29 (700), 30 (2300/WCS), 38 (2600), 40 (2300).

    Bold indicates US LTE bands. Orange font indicates AT&T Mobility LTE bands.

  7. Sixteen megapixel (16 mp) primary camera
  8. Eight megapixel (8 mp) front facing camera
  9. Option of Dual SIM or Single SIM – nano SIM card
  10. Continuum
  11. Water resistant
  12. 64 gigabytes of internal storage with 2 terabytes of microSD storage. 4 gigabytes of RAM.

This was the highlight of the otherwise disappointing Mobile World Congress.

Information from: Windows Central

All fonts other than PIXymbols or FHWA is banned on Street Name signs – and all Street Name signs MUST also have a border

WASHINGTON, DC — Any new Street Name signs designed from here on out are required to have a border on them and can only have two types of fonts on them.

In a February 4 blog for the USDOT, the Federal Highway Adminstration said that all fonts other than PIXymbols and FHWA Highway Gothic will be prohibited on Street Name signs, effective tonight.

Safety can only happen when nothing is overlooked, even the font used on highway signs. We strive to make the U.S. road system consistent from coast to coast. To minimize driver confusion, for example, STOP signs in California should look the same as they do in Maine.

Recently, we published a notice in the Federal Register that an experimental font called “Clearview” – for which we gave conditional use approval starting in 2004 – will not be approved for use on public roads after February 23.

Though research initially gave us hope that Clearview would make signs easier to read from greater distances and at night, years of additional research have not supported this conclusion.

Early successes we noted were credited to the new font, but the years since have shown those successes were likely due, at least in part, to the fact that older, worn signs had been replaced with new, cleaner ones using brighter materials. After more than a decade of analysis, we learned that retro-reflective sign sheeting materials that direct a vehicle’s headlamp beams back to the observer were the primary determining factor in improved nighttime visibility and legibility.

Among other things, we also learned that Clearview compromises the legibility of signs in negative-contrast color orientations, such as those with black letters on white or yellow backgrounds like Speed Limit and Warning signs.

Streamlining our national standards for traffic control devices has been a continuous priority for the FHWA.  For these and other reasons, the FHWA believes there is no practical benefit to the public in continuing to pursue this alternative font, which is why we issued a notice to announce that it would no longer be supported.

Clearview was allowed to be used while research about its benefits continued, and now we know. Because of the limitations of the conditional approval, the public’s safety has not been compromised during this process.

Importantly, this action in no way requires that states go out and start removing signs using Clearview. Let me emphasize: this action does not mandate removal or installation of any signs.

Instead, once signs using Clearview reach the end of their useful life, they will be replaced with new highway signs that feature approved fonts from the Standard Alphabets – known as “Highway Gothic.”

Now, “Highway Gothic” is a personal favorite of mine, but you might like something else. So long as it’s in this guide —http://mutcd.fhwa.dot.gov/SHSe/Alphabets.pdf — it’s okay to use.

Safety is our top priority, and it will remain so. Whether guardrails, pavement markings, the placement of highway signs, or even the font on them, we are constantly studying ways to improve the safety of the driving public.

What that means is that Street Name signs in Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell and Orangeburg counties must look just like the street name signs in Aiken County and in the City of Barnwell.

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All Street Name signs must look similar to this: effective immediately, borders are now mandatory on all Street Name signs, regardless of whether a green, blue, brown or white background is used on the signs.

Allendale County has yet to install new Street Name signs, while Bamberg County has only begun installing Clearview signs. Barnwell County has a hodgepodge of Helvetica and Arial outside of the county seat, while Orangeburg County uses Helvetica outside of the county seat. Both Barnwell and Orangeburg city limits use FHWA.

I wonder what will become of the signs in the four southeasternmost counties in our area?

Tell Georgia: NO guns on ANY campuses!

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ATLANTA, Ga. — The Georgia State House of Representatives have ignored the will of the people and decided to ram a dangerous – not to mention unconstitutional (more on that in a little bit) – bill to allow guns in schools and colleges.

The powerful Georgia Board of Regents has declared their opposition to the law and they have vowed to keep guns off any of the campuses it owns, including Augusta University and Georgia Southern in Statesboro.

Georgia passed its existing law barring guns on the hallowed grounds of educational institutions when Zell Miller was the governor in the early 1990s in response to the Harlem High shooting on March 18, 1993.

Democrats said that higher education officials should make campus security decisions, not out-of-touch Republican lawmakers. State Representative Karla Drenner (D-Avondale Estates) said the change would breed fear and paranoia among students on campuses.

“No one needs a PhD to understand that introducing guns among binge-drinking, drug-using, hormone-raging college students is not good policy,” she said.

And besides, the most outspoken critics of the push to allow guns on campuses are rape victims.

Almost all victims of rape oppose guns on campuses because that would mean legally arming their rapists – only 3%, that’s 1 in every 33 for the arithmetically challenged conservatives and gun lobbyists, of all rapists are ever convicted of the crime.

“If my rapist had a gun at school, I have no doubt I would be dead,” Landen Gambill, one of the activists working with Know Your IX, wrote in a recent petition aimed at the politicians currently debating proposed campus carry bills. “That’s why I started this petition asking legislators in these states not to allow guns on campuses and put survivors like me in even more danger.”

As ThinkProgress duly noted:

A different petition from the two groups asks supporters to “tell lawmakers to apologize for blaming victims of sexual assault, and to stop exploiting campus sexual assault to push the gun lobby’s agenda.”

From what we know about the way sexual assault operates on college campuses, adding guns to the mix doesn’t make much sense.  Most sexual violence between students takes place under the influence of alcohol among people who already know each other.  It’s not clear that college women will actually feel comfortable wielding a firearm against one of their friends.

Plus, there’s a lot of empirical evidence suggesting that firearms make sexual assault more deadly for victims. Access to guns increases the risk of homicide in the home. And women are more likely to be shot and killed by an abusive partner than the other way around, even when they’ve purchased a gun for their own protection.

That’s why university presidents, college students, and domestic violence experts are all opposed to the idea of allowing concealed weapons on campus. Critics have accused the gun lobby of hijacking an important conversation about campus rape to push their agenda. “This is just a problematic tactic conjured up by the conservative right to use the purity of young women as a bartering chip in the ongoing gun control debate,” one student at Indiana University wrote in a recent op-ed.

Not to mention that campus carry is unconstitutional because it violates Article I Section VIII’s public safety clause. That clause allows for more law enforcement in schools. A gun-owning private citizen is not part of that public safety, no matter how good the intentions of such a person.

There is a poll on WJBF-DT’s web page you can take about this. Vote NO on this poll.

Alternatively, write to your state Senator and tell her/him: vote NO on HB 859!

WJBF-DT News Channel 6

 

Tennessee man illegally arrested for being naked at airport terminal

NASHVILLE — A Tennessee man was illegally arrested recently for an offense that no longer exists in the state.

Eric Cherry, 53, was standing naked at Nashville-Davidson International Airport (KBNA) when all of a sudden a handful of people started gawking.

One eyewitness said he was impressed that the city’s residents went about their business instead of being outraged over Mr. Cherry’s state of nudity.

“I was pretty impressed with Nashville. Aside from a few people whose jaws were dropped, everyone else was doing their thing, going on business as usual. It was a great start to Nashville; it’s a great city,” said Todd Brilliant, one of the witnesses who was in the city from California.

Mr. Cherry was also persecuted seven years ago for a similar incident at the economy parking lot of the same airport.  At that time, Tennessee did have an unconstitutional public indecency statute.  That law was repealed during the 2012 legislative session and was removed from state law on January 2, 2013, effectively legalizing public nudity under state law.

We at Aiken Area Progressive strongly urge Mr. Cherry’s lawyers to vigorously fight the public indecency charge and file a lawsuit against both the city and state if needed.

Read more: WSMV-DT Channel 4

Daytona 500 grid

2016 Daytona 500 pit stall assignments

DAYTONA BEACH — Here’s the starting lineup for the 58th Daytona 500. Year in parenthesis indicates the year that driver won the Daytona 500.

POS. CAR DRIVER TEAM
1.  24  Chase Elliott  Hendrick Motorsports 
2.  20  Matt Kenseth (2009, 2012) Joe Gibbs Racing 
3.  88  Dale Earnhardt Junior (2004, 2014) Hendrick Motorsports 
4.  18  Kyle Busch  Joe Gibbs Racing 
5.  22  Joey Logano (2015) Team Penske 
6.  Jamie McMurray (2010) Chip Ganassi Racing 
7.  21  Ryan Blaney  Wood Brothers Racing 
8.  41  Kurt Busch  Stewart-Haas Racing 
9.  Kevin Harvick (2007) Stewart-Haas Racing 
10.  19  Carl Edwards  Joe Gibbs Racing 
11.  11  Denny Hamlin  Joe Gibbs Racing 
12.  95  Ty Dillon  Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing 
13.  Kasey Kahne  Hendrick Motorsports 
14.  42  Kyle Larson  Chip Ganassi Racing 
15.  16  Greg Biffle  Roush Fenway Racing 
16.  10  Danica Patrick  Stewart-Haas Racing 
17.  34  Chris Buescher  Front Row Motorsports 
18.  14  Brian Vickers  Stewart-Haas Racing 
19.  17  Ricky Stenhouse Junior  Roush Fenway Racing 
20.  93  Matt DiBenedetto  BK Racing 
21.  Austin Dillon  Richard Childress Racing 
22.  46  Michael Annett  HScottMotorsports 
23.  Trevor Bayne (2011) Roush Fenway Racing 
24.  38  Landon Cassill  Front Row Motorsports 
25.  Brad Keselowski  Team Penske 
26.  48  Jimmie Johnson (2006, 2013) Hendrick Motorsports 
27.  Regan Smith  Tommy Baldwin Racing 
28.  78  Martin Truex Junior  Furniture Row Racing 
29.  23  David Ragan  BK Racing 
30.  47  AJ Allmendinger  JTG Daugherty Racing 
31.  15  Clint Bowyer  HScottMotorsports 
32.  13  Casey Mears  Germain Racing 
33.  32  Bobby Labonte  Go Green Racing 
34.  43  Aric Almirola  Richard Petty Motorsports 
35.  44  Brian Scott  Richard Petty Motorsports 
36.  83  Michael Waltrip (2001, 2003) BK Racing 
37.  27  Paul Menard  Richard Childress Racing 
38.  31  Ryan Newman (2008) Richard Childress Racing 
39.  59  Michael McDowell  Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing 
40.  26  Robert Richardson Junior  BK Racing 

 

NASCAR

NASCAR finally releases universal Windows app

DAYTONA BEACH — Over four months after they announced it, the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing has released it’s universal Windows App.

Unlike the previous app, this one has in-app purchases. This is also the final year Sprint Windows Phone customers can take advantage of the season’s perks for free. After November 20, Sprint will no longer sponsor the sport’s top series.

Download the app now.

Woman guns down street harasser

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ATLANTA — On Saturday afternoon, a woman shot and killed a man who was harassing her for almost a week, according to deputies at the Atlanta Police Department.

The deceased man was chasing the yet-unidentified woman through a parking lot on the 500 block of JEFFERSON CHASE ST when he “approached [her] in a manner that reportedly caused [her] to fear for her safety.”

That’s when the woman pulled out a pistol from her purse and shot the man once in the chest, killing him instantly. She remained at the scene and is cooperating with homicide detectives, authorities said.

Their investigation will likely include prior incidents involving both parties.

“Records indicate that the deceased had harassed the female by forcing his presence on her, striking her, and damaging property of the female’s friends,” an incident report said. “Two separate reports were made over the last two days reflecting this activity.”

The man also went to the woman’s home around 13 hours before the fatal encounter, “knocking on the doors and windows” before leaving, APD deputies said.

Let this be a lesson, a dry spell is not an excuse to harass women.

All women born in 1981 or later should be required to register for the Selective Service

WASHINGTON, DC — Now that combat jobs are open to women, we say it is time for those women born on January 1, 1981 or later to register for the Selective Service System, or the SSS.

Army General Mark Milley and Marine General Robert Neller said women should be included in the requirement to register for the selective service at age 18. Yes, but we would also include all women born on or after the aforementioned date as well if they are already over the age of 18.

And if the military really wanted to keep the same standards in the military, they would have required all women who are still alive, and born on or after January 1, 1960 to register for the selective service.

WJBF-DT News Channel 6

Gun lobby flacks in Columbia want to give teachers the right to murder your five year old kid

COLUMBIA — A bill in subcommittee right now would give a teacher the right to murder your five year old kid during kindergarten class.

The bill, misleadingly named the “School Protection Officers” Act, would allow teachers, administrators or any other school employees to carry guns or pepper spray at school. The school employees would volunteer for the additional responsibilities and would have to go through a new two-week training program at the Criminal Justice Academy. School employees who have concealed weapons permits would be allowed to carry their guns at school, as long as they keep them concealed or locked in a school firearm safe.

I have a niece and nephew and this is the worst idea ever. For one thing, there are sites out there keeping up with incidents of abuse of children by teachers.

Brett Qualls, who was waiting outside the same school to pick up his 13-year-old daughter, agrees, “More people with guns bothers me.” He says he’s worried about the accessibility of the guns. “At the end of the day or in-between classes the teacher could lay their pistol down anywhere, sit it in their drawer, don’t want to wear it, put it in their drawer. A kid could get a hold of it. Anything could go wrong like that. You’re talking about K-through-12. Kids are curious.”

Adding to Mr. Qualls’s point, it’s not just kids being curious and finding the gun(s) while the teacher is printing assignments or swiping Scantron (remember those, Williston-Elko alumni?) sheets for grading that bother me.

Rather, it’s the thought of a teacher having a bad day and deciding to use the weapon to kill innocent children who just so happened to misbehave that one bad day.

Had some teachers in nearby school districts had guns, we’d be hearing about innocent children dead today.

And then there’s this: South Carolina just did allow guns in schools only 21 years ago: it resulted in a shooting at nearby Blackville-Hilda High, and then the state decided to ban guns in schools the following session.

South Carolina claims to be pro-child. This is the one time they can actually prove it, by killing the School Officers Protection Act for good. Failing that, then Congress needs to act again and put the kibosh on guns on our most sacred grounds – schools. Australia got rid of guns on campuses twenty years ago this year and they haven’t had a mass shooting on school grounds since.

There’s a reason why educational institutions are much after than the outside world: an armed society is a rude society. School gun free zones are very polite societies and very polite zones.

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