He Spies With His Beady Black Eyes. Pt. 3. Hunters Can’t Be Killers

Keep this in mind for a minute:

NEWTOWN, Conn.–Dr. H. Wayne Carver, the medical examiner investigating Friday’s massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, said autopsies completed on 20 children and six adults on Saturday showed they were killed with multiple bullets fired by a rifle at close range.

Wardynski’s guest editorial for al.com (Tips are what help protect our students: guest opinion) is what I call a headbanger. Good thing I didn’t read it at a desk.

Let’s examine this remarkable statement:

“As recently as September 15th, this investment allowed us to intercept and place into police custody a student who came to school with a loaded gun, a knife, gang paraphernalia, and an expressed willingness to use his weapons in the event of an altercation with certain individuals. He was not outfitted to hunt ducks or deer and our security team suffered no confusion in drawing a distinction between the student as a sportsman and as a threat.”

The implications I draw:

1. If the student had come to school dressed for duck hunting, whatever tip the school had received would have been disregarded.

2. If people hunt, they are not of any interest, regardless of how many guns they have and use.

How very preposterous.

Now before we go any further, I don’t have a problem with people who hunt for food (millionaires who hop over to Africa to collect a lion’s head for one of their living rooms are another story — I’m cheering for the lion). As a meat eater, how can I? I recognize that hunting is part of American culture; the movie Winter’s Bone has a powerful scene in which the character played by Jennifer Lawrence has to teach her little brother how to kill and skin squirrels so the family will have meat to eat while she is away. I will go as far as to say those who universally condemn meat-eaters as murderers don’t realize that if they had their way, Inuit and /Eskimos would face genocide. That said, I favor strong gun control laws. Very strong.

But back to Wardynski’s drawing a line between good guns/good people/hunters and all others. I’m not saying that students who post pictures of themselves smiling over a dead deer should be added to the “W”atchlist.

But I am saying that it is in-credible to say that these kids necessarily pose no threat to anyone. If the criteria for being a person of interest in W’s world is possession of a firearm, then there should be equal opportunity for all who pose with firearms to be answerable to the Colonel. All or none. None makes best sense to me.

So why does W harbor this notion that hunters can’t be killers?

1. Could be because he doesn’t want to offend his NRA buddies by coming out against guns altogether.

2. Or it could be because, according to a study done in 2008 for the US Fish and Wildlife Service, 

The large majority of hunters (86%) identify themselves as white/Caucasian (Phase III—RM 2007a).

 

Bingo.

I can’t imagine the workings of W’s mind. 

I’ll just leave you with two thoughts for the day:

. . . studies reveal that most school shooters are White males, with 97 percent being male and 79 percent White. Over the last three decades, 90 percent of high school or elementary school shootings were the result of White, often-upper middle class, perpetrators.

And

With an average of 300 shootings every day, it should be no surprise that a few of them occur in or near schools. According to FBI crime statistics, most homicides, including most multi-victim homicides, occur in homes, not schools. There are more mass shootings in restaurants than in schools, but no one has called for waitpersons to carry guns. Children are almost 100 times more likely to be murdered outside of school than at school, which makes massive expenditures for school building security seem like a misallocation of tax dollars.

 

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Why Didn’t The Huntsville Times Report That 24 Pounds of Marijuana Were Confiscated December 9, 2011?

If you think you are getting a fair view of crime news in Huntsville by reading The Huntsville Times or al.com, consider this:

Press Release: Drug arrest on Maplewood Dr. in Madison

**** FOR IMMEDIATE MEDIA RELEASE ****

Date: December 9th, 2011

Contact Person: Lt. John Stringer
Phone # 256-772-5658
Secondary Contact Person: Lt. Terrell Cook
Phone # 256-772-6252

Earlier today the Madison/Morgan County HIDTA Drug Task Force (STAC Team) executed a search warrant at 310 Maplewood Dr. in Madison. The search warrant culminated in the arrests of the following individuals:

25 year old Stephanie Porter of Madison
24 year old Charles Lee Jr. of Madison
23 year old Eric Lee of Madison
27 year old Corey McDonald of Madison

All of the individuals were charged with trafficking in marijuana.
They were booked into the Madison County Jail with a bond of one million dollars each.
Agents confiscated approximately 24 pounds of marijuana and approximately $37,600 in cash.
Several weapons including shotguns and rifles were confiscated as well.

Now try searching for any of the four suspects’ names on al.com. What surfaces? Nothing.

I painstakingly went through the al.com archives for December 9 to 16, 2011. Did I find anything about this bust? No.

Maybe it was just a really busy news period. I did find these stories:

Burglary reported at vacuum cleaner dealer this morning. By Keith Clines, The Huntsville Times. December 09, 2011, 1:25PM.

Various items stolen in burglary of a Chinese restaurant. By Keith Clines, The Huntsville Times. December 11, 2011, 2:02PM

Armed robber takes Sudafed from South Memorial Parkway drug store. By Keith Clines, The Huntsville Times. December 11, 2011, 9:44PM

Athens man charged with fraudulent leasing. By Kim Albright, The Huntsville Times. December 14, 2011, 8:41PM

Cash taken from register in burglary of China House Buffet. By Keith Clines, The Huntsville Times. December 14, 2011, 1:50PM

Person spotted in Ridgecrest Elementary School Tuesday night gets away. By Keith Clines, The Huntsville Times. December 14, 2011, 7:35AM

Woman charged in illegal use of boyfriend’s debit card. By Kim Albright, The Huntsville Times. December 13, 2011, 5:53PM

Armed robber takes Sudafed from South Memorial Parkway drug store. By Keith Clines, The Huntsville Times. December 11, 2011, 9:44PM

How can a story about a bust involving 24 pounds of pot and a small arsenal of weapons possibly compete with “Various items stolen in burglary of a Chinese restaurant”? Maybe 24 pounds isn’t all that much. But even divided among the 4 suspects, it seems 6 pounds would last quite a while — if they’re claiming personal use.

This is why I am for the legalization of marijuana. As it stands, a few are making big bucks and many are suffering. Way too many are doing, have done, or will do time (or end up in places like the teepees at Elk River) for a few grams of pot because, unlike these four village idiots, they can’t afford million dollar bonds or thousands-an-hour lawyers, let alone buy off most of the local media (and really, how else could this have happened?).

You think this is a one-off exception to the Tennessee Valley’s news profiteers’ relentless effort to bring you breaking news?

Try again.

Just Google “Stephanie Porter.”

You’ll find WAFF was paying attention to the municipal news wires, just as it was in December 2011. One of the four charged in December was busted again in July: Head of drug ring charged with drug trafficking.

Posted: Jul 20, 2012 12:41 PM EDT Updated: Aug 17, 2012 12:41 PM EDT

By Mary Howard

HUNSTVILLE, AL (WAFF) -The Huntsville STAC arrested a woman for alleged drug trafficking. Stephanie Porter, the head of a Huntsville drug trafficking organization, was arrested after police said she trafficked four pounds of marijuana. Porter has had multiple drug arrests including a previous drug trafficking arrest. In previous charges, Porter was charged with trafficking between $30,000 and $40,000 in drugs a month. Porter is in Madison County Jail on $1 million bond.

Well, folks? Any insights? Any explanations?

As Bob Dylan said,

While money doesn’t talk, it swears . . .
Say okay, I have had enough, what else can you show me?
And if my thought-dreams could be seen
They’d probably put my head in a guillotine
But it’s alright, Ma, it’s life, and life only