Read the first paragraph of this article, the mindset we in the US is just so wrong to say the very least.
Quote:JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Andrew Lester had already gone to bed when the doorbell rang a little before 10 p.m. He got up, grabbed a gun and went to check it out. Seeing a Black male appearing to pull the handle of the front door, police say the 84-year-old white man opened fire. No questions asked.
Is this what people do now in the US? You hear your doorbell or a knock at the door at night, you grab a gun?
I don't know anyone in Canada who either a) HAS a gun
Top 10 Countries with Highest Gun Ownership (Civilian guns owned per 100 people):
United States - 120.5
Falkland Islands - 62.1
Yemen - 52.8
New Caledonia - 42.5
Serbia - 39.1 (tie)
Montenegro - 39.1 (tie)
Uruguay - 34.7 (tie)
Canada - 34.7 (tie)
Cyprus - 34
Finland - 32.4
I don't know anyone who has a gun. If they do they haven't told me.
Even if the family of these legislators were killed, I doubt that would change anything
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The suspect, Francisco Oropeza, remains at large. On Twitter, Abbott announced a reward for his capture — including identifying both Oropeza and the five victims as undocumented immigrants.
For what it’s worth, that last point appears not to be true. Diana Velasquez Alvarado, 21, seems to have been a legal permanent resident of the country. If the slain boy was born in the United States, he would be a citizen; if not, he would have fallen into the group of minor immigrants that has been long segmented out of discussions about illegal immigration.
But that’s beside the point. The point is that Abbott and his team decided to highlight the immigration status of five people killed in a mass killing.
It’s not hard to guess one reason this decision might have been made. Abbott’s consistent focus on the danger of immigrants in his state illegally lends value to casting this mass killing as internal to a marginalized community.
The echoes with right-wing rhetoric about Black-on-Black crime are unavoidable. In each case, there’s an element of depicting the violence as particularly problematic in — or perhaps inherent to, depending on the speaker and the context — some other community. It uses victim status itself as an indictment.
After all, there was no nonpolitical reason to mention immigration status. Had all parties involved been U.S. citizens, that would not have been mentioned by Abbott at all. Had only the victims been citizens, the shooter’s status would have been included. This is how the rhetorical calculus works.
It might have taken eight years, but we now have Abbott’s response to Trump’s rhetoric about criminal immigrants. Jeb Bush seems clearly to have been wrong; Trump’s comments weren’t “way out of the mainstream of what most Republicans think.” Abbott, like Trump, understands that casting immigrants as dangerous is politically beneficial. Also like Trump, it’s not entirely clear whether he believes that they are.
Abbott, like Trump, understands that casting immigrants as dangerous is politically beneficial. Also like Trump, it’s not entirely clear whether he believes that they are.
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
relating to the regulation of bleeding control stations in public
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. Section 38.030, Education Code, is amended by
amending Subsections (b) and (d) and adding Subsection (d-1) to
read as follows:
(b) The protocol required under this section must:
(1) provide for a school district or open-enrollment
charter school to maintain and make available to school employees
and volunteers bleeding control stations, as described by
Subsection (d), for use in the event of a traumatic injury involving
(2) ensure that bleeding control stations are stored
in easily accessible areas of the campus that are selected by the
district's school safety and security committee or the charter
school's governing body;
(3) require that agency-approved training on the use
of a bleeding control station in the event of an injury to another
person be provided to:
(A) each school district peace officer
commissioned under Section 37.081 or school security personnel
employed under that section who provides security services at the
(B) each school resource officer who provides law
enforcement at the campus; and
(C) all other district or school personnel who
may be reasonably expected to use a bleeding control station; and
(4) require the district or charter school to annually
offer instruction on the use of a bleeding control station from a
school resource officer or other appropriate district or school
personnel who has received the training under Subdivision (3) to
students enrolled at the campus in grade three [seven] or higher.
(d) A bleeding control station required under this section
must contain all of the following required supplies in quantities
determined appropriate by the superintendent of the district or the
director of the school:
(1) tourniquets approved for use in battlefield trauma
care by the armed forces of the United States;
(2) chest seals;
(3) compression bandages;
(4) bleeding control bandages;
(5) space emergency blankets;
(6) latex-free gloves;
(8) scissors; [and]
(9) instructional documents developed by the American
College of Surgeons or the United States Department of Homeland
Security detailing methods to prevent blood loss following a
traumatic event; and
(10) emergency alerting devices.
(d-1) In this section, "emergency alerting device" means a
device designed to send, once the case containing the device is
opened, an emergency alert that provides continuous information
about the location of the device to preprogrammed recipients,
including 9-1-1 call centers, school resource officers, and
emergency services personnel, using multiple forms of
communication technology to ensure connectivity, including
cellular telephone technology, Bluetooth technology, global
positioning system technology, general packet radio service
technology, and wireless computer networking technology.
SECTION 2. This Act takes effect September 1, 2023.