February 23, 2018

As if CNN hadn’t already shattered its journalistic reputation with its non-stop anti-Trump advocacy over the past year, the network now seems determined to pound the shards of its integrity into a fine paste with its naked anti-NRA advocacy in the wake of the tragic school shooting in Florida.

Wednesday’s CNN “townhall” on the issue is being ripped far and wide for being so obviously stacked that I’ve seen Wrestlemania matches that were less pre-scripted, and more intellectually enlightening. Sen. Marco Rubio and NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch deserve respect and combat pay for having the guts to show up and try to make a reasoned case for protecting the Second Amendment while facing an angry, partisan crowd that yelled, “You’re a murderer” and an obscene sexist slur at Ms. Loesch. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel sat smugly by, insisting that only the shooter was to blame, then shifting blame to the NRA and legal gun owners. All the while, he was aware that his own department had made 39 visits to the shooter’s home and taken 20 concerned calls from the public and done nothing.

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Worse, and this is today’s biggest bombshell: we now know one of his officers, Deputy Scot Peterson, was armed, in uniform and on the scene when the shooting started, but did nothing. Despite his duty to confront the shooter as quickly as possible, he reportedly waited outside the school for up to four minutes until police arrived, while inside, valiant unarmed 14-and-15-year-old JROTC students were laying down their lives to try to save their classmates from the gunman.

Peterson was put on unpaid leave pending an investigation, but he opted to resign. There are also reports that deputies have been sent to his home, in response to threats from the furious public. Nice to know that the Sheriff has belatedly figured out how to protect someone who’s under threat. This has sparked accusations that he may be the worst Sheriff in America and demands that he resign. I’d direct you to the petitions, but I’m sure you’ll see them all over the Internet.

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Meanwhile, back at the CNN “townhall,” there were a few in the crowd who didn’t blame the NRA for the shooter’s actions or think the answer to stopping school shootings is more useless laws and repealing a Constitutional right. They included Colton Haab, a student who survived the shooting, but he left because he claimed CNN gave him a scripted question instead of what he wanted to say, and that the whole “townhall” was scripted.

CNN denies Haab’s accusations, which of course I believe. Especially since CNN failed to mention on-air or online that “moderator” Jake Tapper is a former spokesman for Handgun Control Inc., a pro-gun control, anti-NRA lobbying group (admittedly for a short time).

If CNN and its many cheerleaders in the media who think their dream of banning guns is finally nigh really believe that “townhall” advanced their case, they may be in for a rude awakening. It did not play well outside their echo chamber.

It’s ironic that while CNN fills its airwaves with rants about how President Trump’s behavior demeans his position, on the same day they threw this Roman Gladiator spectacle and advocated for more government in the wake of the most shocking and tragic example of widespread government failure in recent memory, Trump also welcomed parents and survivors of the shooting to the White House. There was no shouting, finger-pointing or name-calling, and afterward, attendees praised Trump for giving them his time and for how he handled it. He quietly expressed compassion and grief and listened respectfully to their suggestions, but also explained why he thinks the best way to prevent such shootings is to eliminate “gun-free zones” and have armed, trained teachers or armed guards on hand.

Now, some are saying that the cowardly actions of the armed guard in Florida prove that wouldn’t work. Many brave law enforcement officers beg to differ. It would work very well, as long as the armed deputy wasn’t trained by Sheriff Israel.


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  • Wesley G. Vaughn

    02/26/2018 10:24 AM

    Unfortunately, some people are already referring to "Coward County."

  • Bob Lawson

    02/25/2018 06:49 PM

    The disaster at the Florida school shows that "gun free zones" are not really gun free and therefore there needs to be some provision for faculty and staff to defend themselves and their students. Some have said that teachers cannot defend themselves, but when the shooter presents himself, the teacher can make a very simple decision in less than a second and begin firing her own weapon. This is the same instant that her prayers would be for the skills that she has practiced to be perfect. I have heard that there are no atheists in foxholes, and I would add that would apply to classrooms visited by shooters. As President Trump said, (summary) "the teacher should shoot the assailant." The gun free zone is a Democratic idea foisted on the public in 1990, and later muddied up by yet another Democrat. My thought is that the Democrats want gun control achieved by any means necessary, (including the slaughter of innocents) under their banner of "resist". You can see how effective the "government provided protection" proved to be.

  • David King

    02/24/2018 05:13 PM

    There was a segment on the A & E program “Live PD” where sheriff deputies from another Florida county confronted a guy that was being loud and he was engaging them about this Broward County sheriff deputy. As if they could have done something about it.

  • Stephen Russell

    02/24/2018 02:55 PM

    Blame: Training Lack of, No Uniform Plan, School Legal, CollateralDamage, Lack unarmed staff in school (concealed carry),
    No support from school system, No incentives, etc
    Is this nationwide or just FL??
    Must probe

  • Jeffrey K. Perkins

    02/24/2018 11:44 AM

    Mr. Huckabee,
    I seldom if ever leave comments. I hope this time does not lead to a barage of unwanted e-mails flooding my inbox. We have actually met. I tell the story all the time, but I doubt it is as memorable for you. You offered your hand and introduced yourself as Lt. Governor Mike Huckabee, I took it and introduced myself as LT Jeff Perkins, United States Navy. It was on the tarmac of the FBO, at the formerly Adams Field, back when Arkansas' airport was named after a hero. I think you actually enjoyed seeing the F/A-18 more than meeting me, but that's ok, it was the star that evening. Sorry for the walk down memory lane, here is my comment:

    I have several liberal friends and have grown exhausted trying to educate them about guns. I almost have completely removed myself from discussing anything remotely political with them. This tragedy has made that avoidance difficult and I find myself being drawn back into these discussions. Of course, my friends are quick to say "It is not political!" Here is how I have handled it. First, I tell them if they want to talk about the problem, then we can have a non-political discussion, but as soon as a solution is brought up, the discussion turns political. We can all agree public schools should be a safe place to send kids. How that safety is achieved, becomes political. Second, when the conversation turns to gun control and the inevitable talking point about "common-sense" gun laws, I brace myself for a long session about the constitution. Lately, I have tried this tactic, that I think your readers will enjoy. When I am asked about whether or not I would support changing the gun laws to support the "Age 21 rule", instead of bringing up the constitution and 2nd Amendment rights, I say I would support an "Age 21 rule" if it included voting as well. If a person does not have the mental capacity to understand the risks of drinking or the risks of gun ownership then certainly they do not have the mental capacity to pick the leaders that make those decisions for them. Given the political make up of that voting block (18-21 last report I read votes 90% liberal) they quickly fight that change to the "Age 21 rule". After they have raised their voices in argument, I ask if it is political. Most of my liberal friends have to admit at that point, it is.

  • David L Baird

    02/23/2018 11:38 PM

    The deputy was not there to “Protect and Serve”, more of a coward than the shooter.

  • Sherry Garcia

    02/23/2018 08:41 PM

    Sherrif Israel should be fired. Cruz should have been taken off the streets long ago. The FBI did not do their job. I do believe we need armed guards or teachers in school otherwise everyone will always be "sitting ducks"

  • Edward C Witherspoon

    02/23/2018 01:24 PM

    I wish someone the first or second day would have asked the sheriffs dept.
    what standard procedures to follow in midst of shooting in a building and you are only officer on site.

  • Tim List

    02/23/2018 01:14 PM

    Nothing from the Anti-American CNN surprises me. I wish I could trust them because they are played almost everywhere, but alas, Fiction is all they air.

  • Suzanne Utts

    02/23/2018 12:52 PM

    Thank you for your articles and for your comments. It makes us feel that we are being heard by someone who genuinely cares as we do about our country.

    I was appalled at the way CNN set that "Town Hall" up---like an arena. Oh yes, we are in an arena. Paul wrote about that when he said he does not box as if beating the air. And Daniel was certainly in an arena--a lion's den. It seems that Dana Loesch and those who were with her were indeed in an arena surrounded 360 degrees by screaming, angry people. It had to be traumatizing for her; however as my late husband always said "When the going gets tough, the tough get going." We definitely are in a civil war in this nation. I pray that those who are sitting on their blessed assurances on the sidelines, will wake up, pray and get going. None of us time to sit on the sidelines.