School shootings ‘solved’ by more guns, says Trump

A candlelit vigil in memory of the 17 people killed in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida

By Peter Frost in Britain:

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

School shootings: a US epidemic

PETER FROST compares school shootings on both sides of the Atlantic

DONALD TRUMP has been short and sweet in his response to the tragic shooting in Parkland Florida that saw 17 students and teachers gunned down by a right-wing white supremacist.

First he repeated his long-held opinion that it isn’t yet time to discuss gun control. That opinion is probably much to do with the huge stream of funding coming to him and his supporters from the National Rifle Association (NRA).

They are busy campaigning to arm and train teachers in gun use. They say more guns in schools would make schools safer.
Their slogan is, “The best way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”

Trump yesterday in a White House meeting with massacre survivors and their parents: Trump’s solution to school shootings: arm teachers with guns.

The pro-Trump nazi Internet site the Daily Stormer advocates all students over 15 should bring guns to school as well as a ‘solution’.

Yeah, right. At school massacres now, some students may save their lives by running away from the gunman. In the NRA/Trump/Daily Stormer scenario, bullets would come not just from one direction, but from several directions. So, students would be caught in the middle with not anywhere to run to save their lives.

Trump supports the NRA as much as it supports him. He says the shootings are not a gun problem but a mental health problem.

He ignores the fact that, in countries where guns are far more difficult to obtain, the mentally ill find it far more difficult to actually kill and injure people.

This is the same kind of demented Trump logic that says anyone attacking civilians with guns or bombs who is black or Muslim is a terrorist whereas, if they are white, Christian and even a white supremacist, then they can’t be a terrorist, just mentally ill.

Our comparative figures for school shootings in Britain and the US are remarkably revealing.

On one hand the history of school shootings in Britain is very short.

On March 13 1996, the Dunblane massacre took place at Dunblane Primary School, near Stirling, Scotland. Thomas Hamilton killed 16 children and one teacher before committing suicide. The Dunblane shooting led to the banning of handguns in private possession in Britain. There have been no school killings and only one spree killing, in Hungerford on August 19 1987, since Dunblane.

Actually, the 1987 Hungerford massacre was nine years before Dunblane and the subsequent gun ban.

In contrast here is a list of shootings at elementary, middle and high schools in the US that have resulted in fatalities in the last 20 years.

This list does not include suicides, gang-related incidents or deaths resulting from interpersonal conflicts.

February 14, 2018 — Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, Florida. Expelled student white supremacist Nikolas Cruz kills 17 and injures 14 more with an AR-15 rifle.
January 23 2018 — Marshall County High School, Benton, Kentucky. A 15-year-old student shoots two dead and injures 18 others. The suspect is arrested.
December 7 2017 — Aztec High School, Aztec, New Mexico. William Atchison, a former student, shoots and kills Casey Marquez, Francisco Fernandez and himself.
September 13 2017 — Freeman High School, Spokane, Washington. One student killed and three injured by a second-year student.
April 10 2017 — North Park Elementary School, San Bernardino, California. Eight-year-old special needs student and his teacher killed by a teacher’s estranged husband. Two other students injured and the gunman kills himself.
September 28 2016 — Townville Elementary School, Greenville, South Carolina. A 14-year-old opens fire in playground after shooting his father dead. One student dies, two pupils and one teacher are injured.
October 24 2014 — Marysville-Pilchuck High School, Marysville, Washington. Freshman Jaylen Fryberg shoots five people in the school cafeteria, killing four. Fryberg shoots himself at the scene.
June 10 2014 — Reynolds High School, Troutdale, Oregon. Jared Padget, 15, shoots Emilio Hoffman, 14, in the school gym. He later takes his own life.
December 13 2013 — Arapahoe High School, Centennial, Colorado. Karl Pierson, 18, opens fire inside, critically injuring one student, who dies eight days later, then killing himself.
October 21 2013 — Sparks Middle School, Sparks, Nevada. Twelve-year-old Jose Reyes takes his parent’s handgun to school and shoots three. Two students are injured one teacher killed. Reyes then kills himself.
December 14 2012 — Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown, Connecticut. Adam Lanza guns down 20 children aged six to seven and six adult staff before turning the gun on himself. Police later find gun collector Nancy Lanza, Adam’s mother, dead from a gunshot wound. The final count is 28 dead, including the shooter.
February 27 2012 — Chardon High School, Chardon, Ohio. Student TJ Lane, 17, kills six with others wounded when another opens fire in the school. Lane gets a life sentence but has already escaped once.
January 5 2011 — Millard South High School, Omaha, Nebraska. Seventeen-year-old Robert Butler Jr opens fire on principal Curtis Case and vice-principal Vicki Kasper. Butler then kills himself. Kasper later dies.
February 5 2010 — Discovery Middle School, Madison, Alabama. Fourteen-year-old Todd Brown dies after being shot in the head in a school hallway by fellow ninth-grader Hammad Memon.
August 21 2008 — Central High School, Knoxville, Tennessee. Fifteen-year-old Jamar Siler shoots and kills 15-year-old Ryan McDonald.
January 3 2007 — Henry Foss High School, Tacoma, Washington. Student Douglas Chanthabouly, 18, fatally shoots another student.
October 2 2006 — Georgetown Amish School, Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania. Thirty-two-year-old Charles Roberts IV goes to a small Amish school and takes at least 11 girls hostage. Five girls were killed and six others wounded. Roberts then kills himself.
September 29 2006 — Weston High School, Cazenovia, Wisconsin. Eric Hainstock, 15, shoots and kills the school principal.
September 27 2006 — Platte Canyon High School, Bailey, Colorado. Fifty-four-year-old Duane Morrison takes six female students hostage. When Swat teams enter the school, Morrison shoots 16-year-old Emily Keyes. Morrison then kills himself. Keyes later dies at the hospital.
November 8 2005 — Campbell County Comprehensive High School, Jacksboro, Tennessee. Fifteen-year-old Kenneth Bartley Jr opens fire on a principal and two assistant principals, killing one of them and critically wounding another. He is already out of jail.
March 21 2005 — Red Lake High School, Red Lake, Minnesota. Sixteen-year-old Jeff Weise kills his grandfather and another adult, five students, a teacher and a security officer. He then kills himself.
September 24 2003 — Rocori High School, Cold Spring, Minnesota. Fifteen-year-old Jason McLaughlin shoots and kills 17-year-old Aaron Rollins and critically injures another student. The second student dies in October
April 24, 2003 — Red Lion Area Junior High School, Red Lion, Pennsylvania. Fourteen-year-old James Sheets brings a revolver to school and kills his principal Eugene Segro and then himself.
March 5 2001 — Santana High School, Santee, California. Fifteen-year-old Charles “Andy” Williams kills two classmates, a 14-year-old and a 17-year-old, and injures 13.
May 26 2000 — Lake Worth Community Middle School, Lake Worth, Florida. Thirteen-year-old Nathaniel Brazill, after being sent home for misbehaving, returns to school and shoots and kills his teacher.
February 29 2000 — Buell Elementary School, Mount Morris Township, Michigan. An unnamed six-year-old boy shoots and kills a six-year-old playmate, Kayla Rolland, at school. He is removed from his mother’s custody and put up for adoption.
November 19 1999 — Deming Middle School, Deming, New Mexico. Twelve-year-old Victor Cordova shoots and kills a 13-year-old classmate.
April 20, 1999 — Columbine High School, Littleton, Colorado. Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, kill 12 fellow students and one teacher before killing themselves.
May 21 1998 — Thurston High School, Springfield, Oregon. After killing his parents the previous day, 15-year-old Kip Kinkel returns to Thurston High armed with a rifle. He kills two students in the school cafeteria, a 16 and a 17-year-old.
April 24 1998 — James Parker Middle School, Edinboro, Pennsylvania. Fourteen-year-old Andrew Wurst shoots and kills science teacher John Gillette at a school dance.
March 24 1998 — Westside Middle School, Jonesboro, Arkansas. Eleven-year-old Andrew Golden and 13-year-old Mitchell Johnson ambush fellow students and their teachers, killing five. Johnson is incarcerated in a youth facility.
August 11 2005. Golden is released on his 21st birthday, May 25 2007.

TRUMP PROPOSES A PAY BUMP FOR ARMED TEACHERS Doubling down on the idea during a meeting with law enforcement at the White House. Educators responded with the viral #ArmMeWith campaign, and experts were quick to condemn the idea. [HuffPost]

PARKLAND SURVIVOR ON TRUMP’S SYMPATHY CALL: ‘I’VE NEVER BEEN SO UNIMPRESSED AFTER A PHONE CALL’ The criticism hearkens back to when Trump faced public ire over his condolence call to the wife of a soldier killed in Niger. [HuffPost]

Donald Trump backs arming teachers over controlling gun sales: here.

President Donald Trump is leading the charge to flood schools across the country with armed teachers and staff as the supposed solution to the epidemic of deadly school shootings in the US, a week after a shooting by 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz killed 17 and injured 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida: here.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP BACKPEDALED ON RAISING THE GUN PURCHASE AGE But has doubled down on arming teachers. Universal background checks also appear to have been cut from the Trump proposal to reduce gun violence. [HuffPost]

Seething Jewish Parents And Students Lead Emotional Anti-Gun Fight: here.


United States students demonstrate against gun violence

This video from the USA says about itself:

Students Stage ‘Die-In’ Outside White House In Protest To Florida Shooting | TODAY

20 February 2018

Students from across the nation are staging walkouts and demonstrations to prod legislators to act on mental health and gun control issues in reaction to the Florida high school shooting that left 17 people dead. NBC’s Kristen Welker reports.

By Kate Randall in the USA:

Mounting protests, walkouts by US students against school shootings

21 February 2018

Protests and walkouts by high school students are spreading in response to the mass shooting that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last Wednesday. On Tuesday, as Douglas High students were traveling the 400 miles to Florida’s capital, Tallahassee, to express their anger and demand a ban on assault rifles, students at other high schools in the state walked out of class in solidarity, chanting “Stop gun violence!”

Scores of students walked out of McArthur High School in Hollywood, Florida just before noon and hundreds more stormed out of West Boca Raton High School just after noon and marched the 10 miles to Parkland’s Douglas High.

The Douglas High School students are planning to hold a rally Wednesday outside the state capitol. They will then meet with legislative leaders, including Senate President Joe Negron. Negron sponsored a 2011 bill, signed into law by Republican Governor Rick Scott, which banned cities and counties from regulating gun and ammunition sales. The Florida state legislature declined on Wednesday to hear a bill banning assault rifles, as students looked on from the gallery.

Protests by high school students have taken place in other parts of the country as well. On Monday, students from the Washington DC area protested outside the White House, calling on lawmakers to reform gun laws. More than 100 teenagers and their supporters staged a “lie in” outside the president’s residence.

Students also staged walkouts at Cary High School in North Carolina and in Los Angeles, where some 500 people rallied at a downtown park on Monday to protest the wave of school shootings and government inaction.

Last Wednesday, using a semi-automatic rifle, lone gunman Nicholas Cruz, 19, took the lives of 14 Douglas High students, ages 14 to 18, and three coaches, one of whom was also a teacher. Students, teachers and families attended the funerals of four more shooting victims on Tuesday: Cara Loughran, Carmen Schentrup, Gina Montalto and Peter Wang.

Since the mass shooting, information has emerged documenting Cruz’s severe and longstanding mental and emotional problems and the lack of medical or social support to help him.

Problems which were directed towards violence by Cruz’s participation in the Reserve Officers Training Corps and in extreme right politics.

In the wake of the horror of the Parkland massacre, the 17th school gun incident so far this year, students are seeking a political road to address one of the most malignant expressions of the social breakdown in America. According to the group Everytown for Gun Safety, this year to date has seen on average one school shooting every 63 hours, more than double the rate for the previous three years.

The Washington Post published a tally on Tuesday showing that since the Columbine massacre in 1999, 150,000 students at US primary and secondary schools have experienced a school shooting on their campus and more than 400 have been killed.

Protesting students have aimed their fire at local politicians, the US Congress and President Donald Trump. The group March For Our Lives has called for a march on Washington and protests in cities across the US on March 24. In its mission statement, the group declares, “March For Our Lives is created by, inspired by, and led by students across the country who will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings that has become all too familiar.”

The students who are protesting represent a generation that was born for the most part after Columbine and has known nothing but constant war, the glorification of the military, police brutality and killings, mass shootings, worsening inequality, poverty and economic insecurity and the opioid epidemic—all expressions of the mortal crisis of American capitalism.

These conditions have been fostered by the reactionary and militarist policies of both big business parties, under Democratic no less than Republican administrations. In the aftermath of the Parkland shooting, as in every previous rampage, the response of the entire political establishment and the media is to cover up the roots of such tragedies in a social system dominated by an oligarchic elite and the military and intelligence agencies.

The Democrats are once again seeking to limit discussion to the issue of gun control, which they seek to exploit for their own electoral advantage. Meanwhile, they, if anything even more stridently than Trump and the Republicans, push for war against Russia and more military violence in the Middle East, and along with war, its inevitable domestic counterparts—austerity, censorship and repression.

Students must be warned against the efforts already underway to channel their protests against the fascistic Trump administration behind the Democratic Party and its own right-wing agenda and electoral ambitions in the 2018 mid-terms. The way forward is to turn to the masses of working people who are coming into struggle against the ruling class and both of its political parties.

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to students in New York City and Minnesota about the wave of school shootings and the protests in response to the Parkland tragedy. Eoin in New York said, “The Parkland shooting was brought up at my school and there was a lot of talk about security in case someone comes in. But it doesn’t address why there are people doing this. A lot of the discourse right now is around security and gun laws. There should be a focus on some kind of preventative action to help these troubled students.

“I don’t think it does any good to show police and the military bursting into schools. It creates a feeling that you can just fight fire with fire. Kids are growing up seeing the military on their TV all the time. They see things being solved with guns, and that’s how they think their problems can be solved.”

Jie, a student at John Dewey High School in Brooklyn, said, “The glorification of violence is part of nationalism. There is a lot of focus on violence in movies now, and it is a divisive issue. My feeling is that it is the social system that is pushing people to be antagonistic and see each other as enemies.”

Shea, a student at Assa High School in Minnesota, said, “Students talked about this a lot, and it is scary. Most of the students even before thought about what we would do if a similar event happened here. It is like there is an infection and the shootings are like a boil bursting. It is a symptom but not the source of the problem. I think stricter gun control laws would be a good start, but I’m not sure if that will really solve everything.”

See also this 21 February 2018 video.

See also here.

Less than four days after the Parkland school shooting, the New York Times has found a way to turn a national tragedy that claimed the lives of 17 high school students into an opportunity to escalate its unrelenting campaign of anti-Russian propaganda, involving the continuous bombardment of the public with reactionary lies and warmongering: here.

United States high school shooting survivors blast Trump

This 19 February 2019 video is called US High School Shooting Survivors Blast Trump.

TEEN SURVIVORS OF THE FLORIDA MASSACRE ARE MARCHING ON WASHINGTON for gun reform. “This is about us begging for our lives”, said Cameron Kasky, a junior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. [HuffPost]

Sarcastic comment on the Florida bloodbath: The Florida school shooting proves we need to arm every child over the age of six months for their own protection. Americans’ insistence about their right to guns is tied in with their Christian belief system. As we all know, when Jesus was asked what he would do if someone slapped him on his right cheek, he responded: ‘Load my A15 semi-automatic rifle and fire at random strangers in a shopping centre in Nazareth’: here.

NRA defends grant to Parkland shooting suspect’s rifle team, lashes out at critics: here.

THE FLORIDA SHOOTING SUSPECT WAS REPORTEDLY ABLE TO BUY 10 GUNS IN THE LAST YEAR And passed a background check immediately. At the funeral of a teacher who died protecting his students, his fiancee revealed he told her what to say in case he died in a school shooting. The New York Post and Anderson Cooper both slammed Trump for golfing this weekend amid funerals for the Florida school shooting victims. And a White House official called the shooting a “reprieve” from the onslaught of bad coverage for the Trump administration. [HuffPost]

HUFFPOST OPINION: ‘I HAVE WRITTEN THE SAME STORY ON MASS SHOOTINGS A DOZEN TIMES’ “The men who commit mass-casualty atrocities are almost unfailingly abusers, empowered by easily accessible firearms that lend them the exhilarating feeling of control that they so desperately desire.” [HuffPost]

SOME CONSERVATIVES HAVE TRIED TO DISCREDIT OUTSPOKEN FLORIDA SHOOTING SURVIVORS Saying they’re being used as tools in a left-wing conspiracy or biased because they’re related to FBI agents. This aide to a Florida GOP lawmaker was fired after calling them “actors.” [HuffPost]

Florida school massacre survivor against Trump, NRA

This 17 February 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

Emma Gonzalez, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who survived Wednesday’s mass shooting, gave a blistering speech at an anti-gun rally on Saturday about the politicians complicit in the murder of her classmates.

It was yet another reminder that the teenagers and children who grew up in the shadow of school shootings (and the 150,000 who survived one) are more practical—and less tolerant of empty rhetoric—than the adults who are supposed to protect them.

Gonzalez had no use for crocodile tears from President Trump, who was in Florida on Friday to offer his condolences (and, reportedly, to drop by a Studio 54 theme party at Mar-a-Lago):

“If the president wants to come up to me and tell me to my face that it was a terrible tragedy, and how it should never have happened, and maintain telling us how nothing is going to be done about it, I’m going to happily ask him how much money he received from the National Rifle Association. But hey, you want to know something? It doesn’t matter, because I already know: $30 million. … To every politician who is taking donations from the NRA, shame on you!”

Florida teen Emma Gonzalez called out Trump’s cozy relationship with the NRA. Not long after, Trump threw another Twitter tantrum, blaming Democrats for gun violence: here.

The first funerals were held Thursday and Friday for several of the 17 students and staff killed in the horrific massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida: here.

Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz made anti-Semitic and other racist comments in a private Instagram group chat. He wrote in the group chat that he joined around August 2017 specifically that he hated “jews, ni—ers, immigrants,” and showed that he had an obsession with violence and guns, CNN first reported on Saturday. Read more here.

NRA and US Congress, cartoon

‘Florida school massacre, white supremacist terrorism’

Nikolas Cruz after his arrest, AFP photo

So, it seems that the perpetrator of the school massacre in Florida, USA did not practice shooting only in his backyard and at a United States Army reserve officers training facility.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

‘Suspect of massacre at school in the USA trained with racist militia

Today, 18:44
Updated at 21:50

The 19-year-old American who was arrested for killing seventeen people at a school in Parkland has ties with a white nationalist group in Florida. The leader of that militia, Republic of Florida, has stated so.

The group wants Florida to become an independent country with only ethnic white inhabitants. The 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz is said to have participated in paramilitary training in Tallahassee city.

See also here. And here.

Trump posts inflammatory tweet appearing to blame Parkland mass shooting on shooter’s classmates: here.

Mass murder in Florida, USA by trainee military officer

This 14 February 2018 video from the USA is called 17 killed in Florida school shooting.

By Barry Grey in the USA:

Seventeen killed in mass shooting at Florida high school

15 February 2018

Seventeen people were killed and at least 14 more wounded Wednesday afternoon in the latest horrific school shooting in the United States. The tragedy unfolded at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, located some 30 miles northwest of Fort Lauderdale, in Browder County.

According to reports, a former student started shooting from outside and then entered the school building, firing an AR-15 semiautomatic assault rifle with multiple magazines at students and teachers, evidently targeting people randomly. Students barricaded themselves inside classrooms and then ran from the building while frantic parents raced to the scene.

The shooting rampage began at about 2:30 in the afternoon, shortly before the end of the school day. Students said someone pulled a fire alarm just before shots started to ring out. The gunman was reportedly on the loose in the school for more than an hour.

Just after 4 PM, the Broward County Sheriff’s Department announced that the suspected shooter had been apprehended. They said he surrendered without incident several miles from the school. He was identified as 19-year-old Nikolaus Cruz, who had been expelled from the school for disciplinary reasons.

Cruz was reportedly a member of the Army Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC).

According to Dutch NOS TV, a witness told that murder suspect Cruz did shooting drills in his backyard.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel told reporters later in the afternoon that the dead and wounded included adults as well as students, but he said he did not yet know how many of each.

A video posted on social media showed students cowering under desks during the melee. Hannah Siren, 14, was in math class on the third floor of the freshman building when the shooting broke out. She told the Sun-Sentinel newspaper, “The people next door to us must have not locked their door. They all got shot.”

Lisette Rozenblet, whose daughter attends the school, was quoted by NBC News as saying, “Her biggest fear is a school shooting. She is always begging me to be home-schooled because she was scared of this.”

Math teacher Jim Gard told the Miami Herald he had taught the suspect last year and said he was troubled. “There were problems with him last year threatening students, and I guess he was asked to leave campus.”

The mass shooting in Parkland was the 18th school shooting just since the beginning of 2018, i.e., in the space of less than seven weeks. There have been school shootings in 13 states so far this year, including at least two each in Texas, California and Michigan. While many of these events did not result in fatalities or injuries, a good number did.

NBC News has compiled a list of shooting incidents since the beginning of the year that resulted in injuries and/or deaths at elementary, middle and high schools. As of February 5, these shootings had killed four people and wounded more than 20 others.

They include:

Oxon Hill High School in Prince George’s County, Maryland on February 5—one student injured

• Salvador Castro Middle School in Los Angeles, California on February 1—two students shot

• Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky on January 23—two students killed and 18 injured

• NET Charter High School in New Orleans, Louisiana on January 22—one student injured

Italy High School in Italy, Texas on January 22—one student injured

• Coronado Elementary School in Sierra Vista, Arizona on January 10—one student killed.

Since the 1990s, school shootings have become a common and horrific feature of American life. Names such as Jonesboro, Columbine, Virginia Tech and Newtown have become synonymous with violent and bloody eruptions at schools and campuses that in some cases claim dozens of lives.

These are just a subset of a much longer list of mass killings. According to the Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit organization, 2017 was “the deadliest year of mass shootings in modern US history.” The group counted 345 mass shootings, defined as an incident in which four or more people are shot (not including the shooter). Overall, the website calculates that more than 15,000 people in the US died from gun violence last year, with another 31,000 injured.

The period that has seen an escalating eruption of mass shootings in America roughly corresponds to more than a quarter century of virtually uninterrupted war waged by US imperialism, beginning with the first Gulf War of 1991. Throughout this entire period, the ruling class and both of its major parties have promoted militarism and glorified military violence, while they carried out “shock and awe” attacks on defenseless populations that killed millions and destroyed entire societies.

In parallel with the growth of militarism there has been a continuous increase in social inequality and a drastic deterioration in the social conditions of the working class, and particularly the young generation. Today, young people, who have known nothing but war overseas, face worsening prospects for secure and decent employment and a massive burden of student debt. Hence the growth of scourges such as the opioid epidemic and an ever-rising suicide rate among young people.

Politics and culture have been blighted by the deliberate cultivation of nationalism and anti-immigrant racism and efforts to encourage the most backward conceptions.

No section of the political establishment and neither of the two big-business parties can offer any policies to address the social crisis. The response of the politicians to each mass shooting is to demand a further buildup of the police apparatus of the state and a further crackdown on Internet speech and criminalization of political dissent. The Republicans promote “gun rights” and the Democrats cart out their hobbyhorse of “gun control”, without any examination of the social and political conditions that produce violence.

Donald Trump, as usual, expressed with particular banality and insincerity the inability of the ruling class to address the question of why such events recur with numbing regularity in America. Shortly after the shooting in Parkland had ended, he tweeted: “My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting. No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school.”

This is a man who just a few weeks ago in his State of the Union address presented a delusional picture of a grateful and happy nation moving from success to success.

The reality is a growing political radicalization and overall movement to the left within the working class and particularly among the youth, who have registered in poll after poll a growing interest in socialism and hatred for capitalism. This anticipates the renewal of class struggle on an unprecedented scale. This is the path, directed politically against capitalism and for socialism, to resolving the social impasse that generates malignant events such as Wednesday’s eruption in Florida.

‘WE JUST KEPT HEARING GUNSHOTS AND SCREAMING’ At least 17 students and adults are dead and 15 injured after 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz opened fire on his former high school in Parkland, Florida. Armed with smoke bombs, Cruz reportedly wore a gas mask and pulled the fire alarms in order to lure students and teachers out of the classrooms before unleashing a torrent of bullets with an AR-15. He then blended into the panicked crowd to escape before eventually being apprehended two hours later. [HuffPost]

THIS IS THE 18TH SCHOOL SHOOTING IN 2018 There has been a school shooting on average every 60 hours so far this year, leading former congresswoman Gabby Giffords to ask, “Is it safe to send our kids to school?” [HuffPost]

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WEAPONS OF WAR USED IN MASS SHOOTINGS LIKE THIS ONE Shooters know these assault-style rifles maximize casualties. According to Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), these atrocities are Congress’ fault. And Trump’s proposed budget would cut millions from the gun background check system. [HuffPost]

LAS VEGAS AUTOPSIES REVEAL THE BRUTAL HORROR OF MASS SHOOTINGS “Media coverage often serves to sanitize the graphic, uncomfortable reality of these tragedies. Maybe we don’t deserve the privilege of that comfort.” [HuffPost]

Saving sick sea turtles

This video from the USA says about itself:

Sea Turtles Get Life-Saving Surgery at Florida Hospital | National Geographic

6 February 2018

The Turtle Hospital, a care and rehab center in the Florida Keys, has performed a recently developed treatment on two green sea turtles—an encouraging step in their fight against a pandemic disease.