A Is For Algorithm

You will be surprised to learn that I didn’t plan on posting about this.

I figured that anybody who has ever read my blog knows precisely where I stand on this issue.  So I left it in that barren wasteland where all unused posts go — DRAFTS.

But then tonight I read a blog post that broke my heart.

Most of you know my bloggin’ buddy, TwinDaddy of Finding Twindaddy.  He has a new job doing tech-ie stuff at a school, and he wrote about ALICE at his school in a post called “A Sad State of Affairs.”

Alice?  Who’s ALICE?

Alice is an acronym that stands for:  Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate.  The drills that students, teachers and administrators of our American — Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition — schools must perform periodically so that everybody is ready in the event that an active shooter comes to their school.

High School Students, Teachers and Administrators

Junior High School Students, Teachers and Administrators

Elementary School Students, Teachers and Administrators

Somehow, I don’t think this has gone down to the nursery school level.  Give it time.

Anyway, deleted what I had drafted because it was lame.  But after reading Twin Daddy’s post, I thought I’d show you the algorithm that one school in Michigan came up with.  It’s quite creative.

Because, you see,  not only do they (and folks in other states) have to worry about some nutcase coming through the door blasting, but they have to worry about other nutcases.  Yup, folks in many states need to figure out how to deal with potential crisis situations because of the folks who have been dubbed “ammosexuals.”   Ammosexuals are those particular nutcases who believe that their right to openly carry any fucking gun they please, and to waive it around, proclaiming their god-given/NRAsponsored right to bear arms, trumps your kids’ rights to, well, you know, breathe.

Because, of course, in states where it is legal to “open carry” guns, how can you tell the “good guys” from the “bad guys.”  So they had to come up with a decision tree:

Credit:  Americans for Responsible Solutions

Credit: Americans for Responsible Solutions

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Of course, by the time any school administrator could figure out that, well, that’s a bad guy, they’re probably dead.  Not a whole lot of help, then, is it?  Oh well, what’s a few more gun deaths in America?  It’s what we’re becoming famous for worldwide.  Once folks thought our streets were paved with gold — now they are paved with blood and bullet casings.

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We really need to figure out, as a society, how to get a handle back on our brains, so that we can protect, at a minimum, our kids.

From my friend Father Kane at the Last of the Millenniums:  https://thelastofthemillenniums.wordpress.com/category/gun-control/

From my friend Father Kane at the Last of the Millenniums: https://thelastofthemillenniums.wordpress.com/category/gun-control/

 

ELECTIONS MATTER

Oh and as an aside, I passed through Newtown a few months ago.  I saw a pickup truck with this bumper sticker:

Assholes (Not Google Images who gave me this image)

Assholes (Not Google Images who gave me this image)

This is the ammosexuals’ response to the message that sane people in Sandy Hook put forth after the massacre:

Thanks, Google

Thanks, Google

 

And it made me realize just how important gun control laws are.  Because I wanted to shoot the asshole driving that truck.

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48 responses to “A Is For Algorithm

  1. These open carry laws scare the daylights out of me. If I am ever in a place of business and someone (who is obviously not a member of law enforcement) walks in with a gun, I’m out of there. I have never felt the need to have a gun around to protect myself, and can’t imagine feeling like that.

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  2. I love words. I even make them up from time to time. But ammosexual?? wtf?

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  3. That chart is insane. The world has come to a scary place when innocent people, especially children, are at the mercy of any Muslim terrorist or garden-variety nutcase who wants to make some sick point.

    It’s unfortunate that we CAN’T tell the bad guys just by looking at them, whether they’re carrying a gun or have a bomb strapped to their bodies.

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  4. My heart still breaks for Sandy Hook, the next town over. Yes its unbelievable when some believe the solution is more guns. It breaks all rules of common sense, but for ammosexuals, common sense doesn’t matter.

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  5. That’s some flowchart. Please send to Wayne LaPierre for his stamp of approval.

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  6. Really? WTF.

    That is all I can say. How do we get here, where we must have a protocol that includes escorting someone to a safe visitor area and asking for their carry permit. Honestly, what is wrong with this nation. Do we have no sense whatsoever, none?

    Sunday I had friends to dinner, one is on the other side of the debate an otherwise reasonable person who looked at me across the table and said citizens should have the right to any weapon the government has. They need to protect themselves from the government. His 17 year old son said he didn’t like Democrats, when asked why he couldn’t tell me. Only that he didn’t like them, partly because they wanted to take his guns.

    This is the nation we have built.

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  7. NotAPunkRocker

    There is so much I can get into on this, but I am seething so I can’t even form sentences well. It’s just disgusting to me how the idea of being “right” or having something because “it’s my right” takes precedence over others’ lives.

    There have been scenarios where the open-carry advocates DIDN’T get to their guns on time.

    I used to be OK with 2nd amendment to a reasonable point, just ban assault weapons, but now I am just not sure anymore. Too many people taking advantage of situations and the wrong ones slip by because there are so many.

    I need to do a whole Bill of Rights post…like how “Free Speech” and doesn’t mean you can say whatever you want, whenever you want…and then use your guns to defend it.

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    • I’m with you. I used to be OK with the second amendment. I guess we liked “Second Amendment LITE” — now we have “Second Amendment — The All Encompassing” I think the founding fathers needed to re-edit that section so that it was more difficult to warp, which is what I think the gun nuts have done.

      And I hear you on the Freedom of Speech thing. People need to remember the first rule of kindergarten — be nice.

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      • NotAPunkRocker

        Maybe if we went back to the weaponry used when the amendment was passed, people will get it as far as how wrong this thinking is now.

        Then again, anyone got a musket? Gotta defend ourselves against potential attacks from the British!

        (kidding, I love Brits. Huge Anglophile here 🙂 )

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  8. Sad. Stupid. Sad. Ridiculous. Sad. Sad. Sad.

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    • Isn’t it? It is also absurd, because in a crisis, who the hell is going to go through those steps? In a normal boring day, with no life-threatening activities by anybody, who would?

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  9. Whenever I see anyone with a gun, I just reach into my holster and whip out my; Your legal rights to protect yourself and your family from armed maniacs, and the legal ramifications, qualifications and practical applications, as per the state you live in and any associated laws pertaining to such an occurrence handbook…

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  10. Ammosexuals? The term makes no sense. But that shouldn’t surprise me. Nothing about the vehemence with which gun lovers cling to their rights to possess mass killing machines without being bothered with background checks makes sense either. What are these people so afraid of?

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    • Actually, I think the term makes perfect sense. The way these guys (and they’re mostly guys) act, it is like the initial heat of passion, where there is only one thought in one’s mind … only this time it is guns. And ammos. Obama was right — they cling to their guns and their religion.

      I think that they are afraid of government, so they want to bring it down. Especially a government led by a black man. I don’t think it will get any better with Hillary — a woman (*GASP*) AND a Clinton — in office.

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  11. This “flow chart” boggles my mind. As a Canadian, your guns laws are so foreign to me. That is not to say we haven’t had shooting issues in our schools or on our streets. Sadly it seems none of us are exempt from those tragedies.

    Recently I was made aware of the huge difference in attitudes we possess as countries with respect to guns.

    I was visiting Arizona in March & we had stopped to check out an RV park for our friends who have been spending the better part of the winter travelling through the States. We met a very nice gentleman who asked us where we were from. Explaining we were from Canada, he then proceeded to tell us that one of his greatest desires was to visit Alaska. The only problem, he told us, was that he had to pass through Canada to get there. We were a little confused as to why this was problematic until he told us that he couldn’t take his guns & he wasn’t going anywhere where he could take his guns.

    Not the answer we expected. With stunned looks on our faces, in our most polite Canadian voices, we told him he wouldn’t need his guns in Canada. He wasn’t buying it. No way was he going anywhere where he wasn’t allowed to carry his gun.

    I just don’t get why every day people somehow feel the need to carry a weapon. It just baffles me.

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    • And I’m sure that it made you really comfortable recommending that park for your friends!

      I don’t get it either. I never will. And that, of course, is part of the problem. Folks get it or they don’t — and there isn’t a whole lot of common ground in between.

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  12. I firmly support gun control laws, especially on high capacity weapons, but I also know laws only go so far. It’s this damned gun and violence culture, rooted in history and exploited for entertainment and profit. And then, of course, there’s the flailing mental health system.
    I think this is what stymies us as a population – we see that our politicians can’t even get the basics of law accomplished and everything else seems like an overwhelming problem to solve.
    Fortunately, there are a lot of people working on these problems and as an average workaday citizen, we can contribute by voting, contacting congressional members, refusing to arm ourselves to the teeth, paying attention to those around us who might have mental health problems and getting them the help they need.
    Well, Elyse, I could go on and on, but this is your post. It just makes me so very angry that on the list of life worries, I have to worry about my daughter going to elementary school.

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    • I absolutely agree with everything you said. Trouble is, even when we as voters are active consumers, they NRA still wins. It is so heartbreaking.

      My son is out of college, so I don’t worry about that. Of course, just being out in traffic these days could result in a shooting.

      What a country, no?

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  13. Paul

    “Ammosexual” – I learned a new word today. As a Canadian I can’t even pretend to understand the gun culture in the US.

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  14. We drove through Connecticut over the weekend. We passed the exit for Sandy Hook and it reminded me that someone walked into an elementary school and shot up a bunch of children and absolutely NOTHING happened as a result. I got so angry I almost drove off the road.

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  15. I’m pretty sure many those “ammosexuals” would probably change their stance on open carry if a bunch of armed Black Panthers started hanging around their kids’ schools.
    Hey – that was how the gun control were tightened the last time in the 1980’s, I think.

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    • X, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate this comment. I vaguely remembered that Ronald Reagan, may god rest his saintly soul, was heavily involved in gun control in California as governor. Your comment helped me find it — I didn’t recall that the Black Panthers were involved. They actually went into the state Capitol! When Reagan was governor. It resulted in the Mumford Act — gun control: Here’s the Atlantic Article I just read, if you’re interested:
      http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2011/09/the-secret-history-of-guns/308608/?single_page=true

      I have long thought that if folks with guns could get into state capital buildings and in to the halls of Congress, then there would be much tighter controls. They are pussies.

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  16. I would not want the job of following the flowchart.

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  17. Is that algorithm for real, or is it a joke? If it’s real, I honestly have no words. Speechless.

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