Travis Reinking; An Assault Weapon Ban Case Study

This meme appeared on my FB timeline.

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Reinking Meme (source http://www.me.me.com)

I was unable to find the creator of this, it also appears on these sites;  https://conservativememes.com, https://astrologymemes.com, https://conservativememes.com, https://onsizzle.com/ according to a Google “find this image” search.

Travis is the poster child for an Assault Weapon Ban will not work, unless all Assault Weapons are confiscated.  Bans DON’T stop criminals from obtaining banned weapons.

In case you haven’t followed the Old Curmudgeon, I am of the opinion that Assault Weapons, as used in the popular vernacular is an attempt to distinguish a subset of semi-automatic, magazine fed, long rifles as more lethal that any other semi-automatic, magazine fed, long rifle.  A false differentiation, based on cosmetic features of the weapon such as pistol grip, flash suppressor, bayonet lug, … .  

Who is Tavis Reinking?

Travis is a 29 years old male, known to law enforcement.  It has been reported:

  • May 2016 – “Travis is hostile toward police and does not recognize police authority. Travis also possesses several firearms,”according to the incident report.  At that time, Reinking’s parents had called emergency services to report their son believed pop star Taylor Swift was stalking him, and he had made comments about killing himself.
  • May 27, 2016 – a Tazewell County Sheriff’s deputy met him and his parents in a drug store parking lot after his parents had called for help, according to an incident report.A paramedic told the responding officer that Reinking was “delusional” and believed that Taylor Swift was harassing him by stalking and hacking his phone, the report states.”Travis believed everyone including his own family and the police are involved,” the officer said in the report. “Travis stated he did not want to hurt Taylor Swift or anyone else, he only wanted the harassment to stop.”
  • June 16, 2017 – Travis came down from his apartment wearing a pink dress and holding a rifle, and police were called a Tazewell County Sheriff’s incident report states.
    • The Tremont Police Department responded to a call to a public pool, according to another incident report around the same time. The pool director told the responding officer that a man in his 20s barged into the pool wearing a pink women’s housecoat, the report states. The man dove into the pool and took off the coat and swam around in his underwear. When he got out of the pool, he shouted at lifeguards that he was a man and exposed his genitals to them, the report states.The rifle stayed in the vehicle and no one at the pool asked to press charges, the officer said in the report. “This is an informational report showing the state of mind of Travis Reinking,” the report said.Several members of the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office went to J&J Cranes to speak with Reinking.”Travis has some mental problems and I asked him if he would like to speak to (the Emergency Response Service) but he stated he didn’t want to,” the officer wrote in the report. “Travis had already spoken to them before and been in the hospital.”

      The officer said he also called Reinking’s father, who was out of state. Jeffrey Reinking told the office he had taken three guns from his son before and locked them up “when Travis was having problems,” the report states.

      Later in the day, the officer said in his report, “I called back Jeff Reinking and advised him of what happened and when he gets back home he might want to lock the guns back up until Travis gets mental help, which he stated he would.”

  • July 7, 2017 – Travis was arrested for trespass on the White House Grounds, he claimed “he was a “sovereign citizen” who had a “right to inspect the grounds.
    • Following his arrest at the White House for trespassing and being in a restricted area, the FBI and the Secret Service coordinated with local law enforcement to investigate Reinking and remove firearms from his possession, according to the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of FBI’s Nashville office, Matthew Espenshade.
  • Early August 2017 – Travis reported people were “tapping into his computer and phone” and barking like dogs outside his home.
    • He said he felt like he was being watched and that people were baiting him into breaking the law, the report states.  He told the officer that it all started after he started writing to Taylor Swift, according to the police report.
  • August 24 – The Tazewell County, Illinois Sheriff’s Office seized four firearms and ammunition from Reinking’s apartment along with his state firearm owners identification card.
    • Officers released the firearms and ammo to Reinking’s father, Jeffrey Reinking.
  • April 22, 2018 – Travis kills four and injured seven at a Nashville suburb Waffle House.

It is clear that Travis was banned from possession of firearms, in Illinois, but he managed to have them when he moved from Morton, Illinois to a Nashville, Tennessee suburb where the shooting took place.

It is unclear if Travis would have failed a National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) as he would have presumably answered No to questions 11 through 13 of the questionnaire.

The What Ifs

If an assault weapon ban had been in place, Travis’ AR-15 would still have been returned to his father.  All of the proposed bans only restrict production and new sales, leaving an estimated 8,500,000 – 15,000,000 assault weapons in private hands.

If assault weapons were confiscated, Travis’ three other weapons would have been returned to his father.  And Travis could have achieve the same carnage with any other semi-automatic, magazine fed, long rifle.

If semi-automatic, magazine fed, long rifles were confiscated, Travis could have achieved the same, or more  carnage with a semi-automatic, magazine fed, shotgun.

If semi-automatic, magazine fed, shotguns were confiscated, Travis could have likely achieved the same, or more carnage with a six round pump shotgun.

If pump shotguns were confiscated, Travis could have likely achieved the same carnage with a pair of semi-automatic, magazine fed, pistol.

If semi-automatic, magazine fed, pistols were confiscated, Travis could have likely achieved the same carnage with a pair of six round revolver.

It can be speculated that if all firearms were confiscated, Travis could have possibly achieved the same carnage with a machete.

It can be speculated that if all machetes were confiscated, Travis could have likely achieved the same carnage by driving his car into the Waffle House at high speed.  Certainly if he exited the car with a butcher knife.

 

 

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Comey Did Not Usurp Lynch’s Authority

“I received and accepted their unanimous recommendation (of FBI Director James Comey and career prosecutors)

On May 9th Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein penned a memorandum to the AG.

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Laying out the reasons FBI Director Comey should be replaced.Rosenstein2

The problem with this paragraph is Directory Comey did not usurp the Attorney General’s authority, it was delegated to him by the Attorney General, who endorsed his conclusion that the case should be closed without prosecution.

The NY Times (MARK LANDLER, MATT APUZZO and AMY CHOZICK) reported on July 1st: under the headline “Loretta Lynch to Accept F.B.I. Recommendations in Clinton Email Inquiry

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch, conceding that her airport meeting with former President Bill Clinton this week had cast a shadow over the federal investigation of Hillary Clinton’s personal email account, said Friday that she would accept whatever recommendations career prosecutors and the F.B.I. director made about whether to bring charges in the case.

Presumably this was followed up by a formal delegation of authority, which IMHO was clearly her intent.

On the day of Comey’s announcement the NY Times ran the headline “F.B.I. Director James Comey Recommends No Charges for Hillary Clinton on Email

NB! Comey “recommends” vice “concluded”

In the preamble to his remarks he said (emphasis mine):

Good morning. I’m here to give you an update on the FBI’s investigation of Secretary Clinton’s use of a personal e-mail system during her time as Secretary of State.

After a tremendous amount of work over the last year, the FBI is completing its investigation and referring the case to the Department of Justice for a prosecutive decision. What I would like to do today is tell you three things: what we did; what we found; and what we are recommending to the Department of Justice.

This will be an unusual statement in at least a couple ways. First, I am going to include more detail about our process than I ordinarily would, because I think the American people deserve those details in a case of intense public interest. Second, I have not coordinated or reviewed this statement in any way with the Department of Justice or any other part of the government. They do not know what I am about to say.

I want to start by thanking the FBI employees who did remarkable work in this case. Once you have a better sense of how much we have done, you will understand why I am so grateful and proud of their efforts.

On July 6th USA Today reported “Loretta Lynch makes it official: No charges in Hillary Clinton email probe” (emphasis mine)

“Late this afternoon, I met with FBI Director James Comey and career prosecutors and agents who conducted the investigation of Secretary Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email system during her time as Secretary of State,” she said. “I received and accepted their unanimous recommendation that the thorough, year-long investigation be closed and that no charges be brought against any individuals within the scope of the investigation.”

Recapping:

  1. Lynch delegated recommendation authority to Comey
  2. Comey announces his recommendation, arrived at without consultation with Justice Department.
  3. Lynch accepts Comey’s recommendation after reviewing it with Comey, career prosecutors and agents who conducted the investigation.

Where in this process did Comey usurp the AG’s authority?

March For Our Lives

1st – The funds will be spent on the incredibly difficult and expensive process that is organzing (sic) a march like this. ,,, everything left over will be going to the victims’ funds.

2nd – Donations made here will go towards the Washington, D.C. March For Our Lives on March 24 and the Broward Education Foundation.

3rd – 100% of proceeds will go to fund organizing activities across the country on March 24.

4th – Half of the funds raised on this GoFundMe will go toward the March For Our Lives Action Fund, a 501c4, The other half of the funding raised on this GoFundMe will provide relief and financial support to the victims and families of the horrific shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School via the Broward Education Foundation.

5th – Donations made here will go to the March For Our Lives Action Fund.

Timeline

February 2018

Go Fund Me

The first Internet Archives capture of “https://www.gofundme.com/8psm8-march-for-our-lives” was at 4:26 AM on Feb 19th.  The Creator tab shows:

Cameron

The Story reads:

On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Washington DC to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today.

March with us in Washington DC or march in your own community. On March 24, the collective voices of the March For Our Lives movement will be heard.

By 10:54 Cameron had raised $77,949 from 1,103 individuals.  Cameron issued this update:

Hey everyone, thank you all so much. Donation is still open on the website.

By 5:45 PM the page had raised $233,947 of its $1 M goal, The Creator Tab remained the same but the Story has been edited.

My name is Cameron Kasky. I am a student at Stoneman Douglas.

I created the #NeverAgain movement as well as the March for Our lives. Our team has been working hard since day one.

The funds will be spent on the incredibly difficult and expensive process that is organzing a march like this. We have people making more specific plans, but for now know that this is for the march and everything left over will be going to the victims’ funds. {Plural, the Go Fund Me funds in the names of individual victims?}

By 10:02 PM on the 20th the balance was $915,186 from 12,483 individuals and the goal had be raised to $1.5 M.  The Creator Tab and Story remained the same.

By 10:46 PM on 21st the balance was $1,511,441 from 19,174 individuals and Cameron had raised the goal to $2 M.  The Creator Tab and Story remained the same.

By 4:45 PM on the 26th the balance was $2,650,430 from 32,852 individuals and Cameron has again raised the goal to $$3 M.  The Creator Tab and Story remained the same.

Website Marchforourlives.com

According to internet registrations the domain was created on 2/17/18 and the registration was updated on 3/4/18.  All information about the owner are private.

The first Internet Archive capture occurred at 4:29 PM on February 18th.

By February 19th it was linked to Go Fund Me and selling merchandise.

March 2018

Go Fund Me

By 1:39 PM on the 1st the balance was $2,845,126 from 35,466 individuals and the goal remained at $3 M.  The Creator Tab and Story remained the same.  Cameron posted the 2nd Update:

My name is Cameron Kasky. I am a student at Stoneman Douglas.

Together with my classmates, I created the #NeverAgain movement as well as March for Our Lives. Our team has been working hard since day one.

In just over a week, we have raised over $2.7 million and we’re just getting started with the change we want to see. We’re especially proud of the fact that over 34,000 people have contributed through our GoFundMe, making an average donation of $80 dollars.

Half of the funds raised on this GoFundMe will go toward the March For Our Lives Action Fund, a 501c4 {Registered on March 8th with the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs} that will cover expenses associated with the march taking place in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, March 24th. You can learn more about that here:http://marchforourlives.com

The other half of the funding raised on this GoFundMe will provide relief and financial support to the victims and families of the horrific shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School via the Broward Education Foundation.

These donations are not tax deductible.

Thank you.

March For Our Lives Action Fund Inc., registered as a Foreign Not For Profit Corporation in Florida. on March 6th.  Listing it Corporate registration as being Delaware, FEI 82-4535615, date of incorporation February 21, 2018, with principal offices in Encino, CA.   The officers are:

Director:  Aileen Adams
Director: George Kieffer
Director: Melissa Scholz
Director: Nina Vinik
President: Denna Katz
Secretary: Vernetta Walker
Treasurer: Jeri Rhodes


501c4 non-profits are not tax deductible and do not have to disclose their donors.


By 9:06 PM on March 7th the Creator tab had changed to:

Cameron2

The balance was $3,075,642 from 30,212 individuals.  The goal was up to $3.5 M.


This presents an interesting Income tax question.  Up to this point, it can be argued the proceeds were Cameron’s personal funds, and he would be responsible for the taxes.  He hasn’t updated the distribution, but this would appear to be transferring the balance to the 501c4, no longer anything for the families.  Going forward it can be argued that Cameron is no longer the beneficiary.  But it would appear that on March 7th he made a personal donation to the 501c4 of $3,075,642 and he is liable for the taxes on that amount.


 Website marchforourlives.com

By March 5th the Donate information had changed:

Donations made here will go towards the Washington, D.C. March For Our Lives on March 24 and the Broward Education Foundation.

Where did Broward Education Foundation come from, a little bit of mixed messages how Cameron will distribute the money.

On March 20 the donation information was updated to:

100% of proceeds will go to fund organizing activities across the country on March 24.

On March 21 the donation information was updated to:

Donations made here will go to the March For Our Lives Action Fund.

Analysis of S.2095 – Assault Weapons Ban of 2017

Introduction

According to the bill the necessary and sufficient conditions for a rifle/shotgun/pistol to be an assault weapon are summarized in the text and chart below.

A semiautomatic rifle/shotgun/pistol that has the capacity to accept a detachable magazine and any 1 of the the features in Figure 1.

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Figure 1 Sufficient features to classify as assault weapon

Let me first deal with the logical inconsistencies:

  • Per note {1} aren’t a “forward grip” and “a second pistol grip” functionally the same thing?
  • The capacity of the detachable magazine is not specified, but the capacity of a fixed magazine is limited.  Why are shotguns limited to a 5 round fixed magazines while rifles and pistols are allowed 10 rounds?
  • Why is a semiautomatic version of an automatic pistol consider a feature and sufficient to make it an assault weapon, while the same criteria doesn’t apply to rifles or shotguns.
  • Why is a barrel shroud sufficient in the case of a rifle or a pistol but not for a shotgun?
  • Why are revolving cylindrical magazines sufficient to classify a semi-automatic, magazine fed shotguns an assault weapon but rifles and pistols are allowed to have revolving cylindrical magazines.
  • Grenade/rocket launchers are banned (Title II) by National Firearms Act as destructive devices, there is no need to include them here.

What are these features?

Pistol Grip

For illustrative purposes I will use the military select-fire (auto/burst/semi-auto) assault rifle, to illustrate the pistol grip.

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Figure 2 Pistol grip with fixed stock

The purpose of the pistol grip was ergonomic, the gunner could, while holding the grip, operate the safety, fire selector, trigger and magazine release.

It is conjectured that the pistol grip aids shooters when ‘spray firing’ from the hip.  I would be interested to know if there is any research to support this, or evidence that it played any part in a mass casualty incident.  NB! shoot from the hip usually implies inaccuracy.

Forward/Second Pistol Grip

 

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Figure 3 Forward Grip

The function of the forward grip is recoil (bounce) control and heat mitigation.

Grenade/Rocket Launcher

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Figure 4 Grenade Launcher, an independent rail mounted accessory

The M203 Grenade Launcher has been the United States Military’s primary grenade launcher since the Vietnam war. This model is the newest version, that can attach to any rail system. This version is newly manufactured by Lewis Machine & Tool (LMT). It is available in either a 9″ or 12″ configuration.

It is a completely separate  gun subsystem that mounts to the a rail system, it is NFA item, and must transfer in accordance with all NFA laws and regulations.

Barrel Shroud

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Figure 5 Barrel Shroud

A barrel shroud is a covering attached to the barrel of a firearm, that partially or completely encircles the barrel which prevents operators from injuring themselves on a hot barrel.

Threaded Barrel

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Figure 6 Threaded Barrel, Muzzle Brake and Silencer

A threaded barrel allows the installation of either a muzzle break or a silencer.

A muzzle brake or recoil compensator is a device connected to the muzzle of a firearm that redirects propellant gases to counter recoil and unwanted rising of the barrel during rapid fire.

A silencer is a device attached to the barrel of a firearm which reduces the amount of noise and flash.

Magazines

Detachable magazine outside pistol grip (Pistols only)

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Figure 7 Magazine that attaches outside the pistol grip

I can only speculate that the magazine is located outside the pistol grip to reduce the complexity of the autoload function, it does not require a slide that extends past the pistol grip.

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Figure 8 Pistol grip magazine autoload mechanism

Fixed Magazines

To the best of my knowledge fixed magazines come in two styles, tubular and box.  Tubular fixed magazines are common on semi-automatic shotguns such as my grandfather’s circa 1900 Browning Sweet 16.  My experience with a box magazine is limited to my Army basic training M1 Garand.  This style is also referenced as a stripper clip.

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Figure 9 Browning Auto 5 (Sweet 16)

The tubular magazine is located below the barrel from the forward strap attachment to the receiver.

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Figure 10 M1 Garand with clips

For more information see Magazine vs Clip – Understanding the Terminology

Revolving Cylinder (Drum) Magazines

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Figure 11 Drum Magazine for shotgun (credit: grabagun.com)

Even though S.2095 only addresses drum magazines for shotguns they are available for both rifles and pistols.

Semi Automatic version of an automatic firearm

This one is strange enough that I will quote the bill:

“36 –  (D) A semiautomatic pistol that has the capacity to accept a detachable magazine and any 1 of the following:
“(i) A threaded barrel.
“(ii) A second pistol grip.
“(iii) A barrel shroud.
“(iv) The capacity to accept a detachable magazine at some location outside of the pistol grip.
“(v) A semiautomatic version of an automatic firearm.

The closest example of this, I believe, would be the MAC-10 and the Masterpiece Arms (not manufacturer of MAC-10) MPA10T semi-automatic (top cocker) pistol.

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Figure 12 Mac-10 automatic pistol
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Figure 13 MPA10T semi-automatic pistol with barrel shroud extension

What are the necessary and sufficient, gun specific, condition to decrease the lethality of mass shootings?

  1. cyclic rate-of-fire, e.g. rounds per minute
    1. 900 rounds per minute (rpm) for full auto
    2. 45 rounds per minute for semi-auto rifle
  2. magazine capacity
  3. reload time
  4. muzzle velocity (a function of cartridge and barrel length)
  5. shotgun specific
    1. size of shot
    2. scatter

With the exception of magazine capacity, which is only tangentially referenced none of these are addressed in Senate-2095.  Senate-2095 does address increased cyclic rate-of-fire, via bump stops, but does not address the designed rate-of-fire.

The truth behind “18 School Shooting in 2018”

The citation for 18 school shooting seems to be Everytown Research which only list 17 including the Parkland, Florida incident.

Using this sample the obvious conclusion for legislation to end “School Shooting” is to ban and confiscate all handguns.

By the numbers:

94% involved handguns
12% involved police handguns
47% the shooter was a student

6% involved long guns
41% had no injuries
22 Deaths
22 Injuries

The incidents are:

17 – Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

Long gun, identified as AR-15
17 deaths, 13 injuries

16 – Metropolitan High School

Likely a handgun.
No injuries

Police are investigating after a gunshot was fired in a Bronx school Thursday.

It happened Metropolitan High School in the Longwood section around 3 p.m.

Police responded to the call at 3:20 p.m. They found a bullet hole in the floor of a classroom inside the school.

A 17-year-old is in custody, officials said. He is being questioned at the 41st Precinct.

No injuries were reported.

15 – Harmony Learning Center

Policeman’s handgun.
No injuries

Nobody was injured Monday afternoon when a student at the Harmony Learning Center fired a school liaison officer’s gun, Maplewood police say.

The officer was sitting on a bench talking with some students about 1:45 p.m., when a third-grader pressed the trigger of the officer’s holstered weapon, according to a news release issued by the Maplewood Police Department.

The gun discharged through the bottom of the holster and a bullet struck the floor, the news release said.

The officer, who was unaware that the child was touching his gun, was wearing a department-approved, Level 3 security holster, the news release said. The holster is equipped with a trigger guard designed to prevent a gun from being fired while in it.

Twin Cities Pioneer Press

14 – Oxon Hill High School

It is a real stretch to call this a “school shooting”.  Likely a handgun.
One injury.

Two teenagers are charged in the shooting outside a Maryland high school Monday evening.

A 17-year-old Oxon Hill High School student got into an SUV with the suspects about 5:15 p.m. and was shot in what appears to have been a robbery attempt, Prince George’s County police said. He went into the school for help, and someone called 911 about 5:15 p.m.

Police charged 17-year-old Zanaya Bryant and 18-year-old Anthony Hollingsworth with attempted murder and related charges. The victim knew the suspects, police said.

The victim was taken to a hospital and was released several hours later, police said.

NBC

13 – Salvador B. Castro Middle School

Police recovered a semi-automatic handgun.
Five injured.

A shooting at a Los Angeles middle school classroom Thursday that left one boy in critical condition, injured four others and had panicked parents in tears was an accident, police said.

The shooting was reported just before 9 a.m. and within minutes a 12-year-old girl was taken into custody without incident. Police interviewed her and by evening they announced that they would book her on a charge of negligent discharge of a firearm on school grounds.

12 – Lincoln High School

They know shots were fired from at least 3 different weapons.  Likely handguns.
One death.

Thursday, February 01, 2018
MAYFAIR (WPVI) — The 32-year-old man, who was shot and killed outside Lincoln High School in the Mayfair section of Philadelphia on Wednesday has been identified as Ralph Kennedy.

His family says he was a resident of North Philadelphia and the father of 8 with 2 more on the way.

911 calls came in reporting a large fight and shots fired in the school’s parking lot around 3:51 p.m.

Kennedy was shot and mortally wounded in the parking lot during a school basketball game.

Police say there was an enormous fight outside among dozens of people. Many believed to be students from rival schools.

ABC

11 – Dearborn High School

Likely handgun.
No injuries.

Someone fired shots from a car Friday night in the Dearborn High School parking lot during a basketball game, but nobody was injured, according to the school district.

Shortly after 8 p.m., two people — who appear to have been students from another school district — had a fight in a hallway at the high school on 19501 West Outer Drive in Dearborn. School officials contained the situation and moved the two outside, where, a short time later, the car pulled up and shots were fired at one of them, according to a Facebook post by the verified Dearborn Public Schools account, signed by Superintendent Glenn Maleyko.

The car was quickly driven away, and no injuries or damage were reported. Police arrived and began an investigation.

Detroit Free Press

10 – Murphy High School

Likely hand gun.
No injuries.

“Mobile, AL – The Mobile Police Department has arrested a Murphy High School student for shooting a gun on campus. The investigation revealed that Jonah Neal, 16, pointed the gun at school administrators and other students in the school before going outside and firing all the rounds in the air.

No one was injured. Neal will potentially face a number of charges. He will be charged as an adult.

WKRG

9 – Marshall County High School

Handgun.
Two Deaths, fourteen injuries.

The Marshall County High School shooting occurred at Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky, on January 23, 2018. As students were gathering in an open area prior to the start of classes, a 15-year-old student opened fire with a handgun, killing one 15-year-old at the scene, and wounding another who died at a nearby hospital. Eighteen other people were injured, fourteen by bullets and three critically.

Wikipedia

8 – The NET Charter High School

Likely a handgun.
One injury.

On Monday, January 22, The NET:Gentilly campus was placed on lock down due to a shooting outside of the school. The shots came from a car driving by. A 17 year old student, who was outside at the time, sustained a minor abrasion on his arm.

All students are safe and were released to their parents at the end of the day. The school is working closely with NOPD police and detectives to investigate the incident and insure the continued safety of all students and staff.

The NET

7 – Italy High School

Semi-automatic .380 handgun.
One Death.

A teenage boy shot a teenage girl in a high school cafeteria in Texas on Monday morning, officials said. The suspected shooter is in custody, and the victim was taken to a hospital.

… the suspect in the shooting at Italy High School is a 16-year-old male student.

Ellis County Sheriff Chuck Edge said the suspect “engaged the victim” and fired several shots from a semi-automatic .380 handgun. Edge did not say at a Monday afternoon news conference how many times the victim was shot.

 CBS

6 – Wake Forest University

Likely handgun.
One death.

Winston-Salem police are searching for a man in connection with the death of a Winston-Salem State University football player who was shot and killed at an event at Wake Forest University Saturday morning.

Police have obtained warrants for arrest charging Jakier Shanique Austin, 21, with murder and possession of a firearm on educational property.

Police were called to The Barn, an event venue on the Wake Forest University’s campus in the 1800 block of Wake Forest Drive, at about 1 a.m. after a gunshot was fired.

Police said the victim, 21-year-old Najee Ali Baker, was shot following an argument. It happened at an event hosted by the Pi Omicron chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., a Wake Forest University student organization.

On Jan. 24, the Winston-Salem Police Department announced that it has made an arrest in the investigation into the Jan. 20 on-campus shooting.

FOX8

5 – Wiley College

Again a little bit  of a stretch to call this a school shooting, IMHO.

Likely handgun.
No injuries.

(MARSHALL, TX) – The Marshall Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred on the Wiley College campus.  On Monday, January 15, at approximately 12:15 a.m., officers responded to the area of University Avenue near Wiley Avenue on reports of gunshots. Preliminary reports indicate that a black sedan entered the Strickland Hall parking lot and possibly exchanged gunfire with a person who was in the parking lot. It is believed the black sedan was occupied by two subjects. The suspects in the sedan crashed into a retaining wall, causing damage to the retaining wall and the vehicle. The vehicle left the scene prior to officers arrival.

During their investigation, officers discovered that a bullet went through a window in one of the Strickland Hall dorm rooms. Three female students were inside the dorm room at the time of the shooting and no injuries were reported. It is not believed that the dormitories were the target of the shooting.

4 – California State University, San Bernardino

Again a little bit  of a stretch to call this a school shooting, IMHO.

Likely handgun.
No injuries.

Authorities say a gun was fired and a bullet hit a building on a Southern California college campus, but there were no reports of any injuries.

Officials at California State University, San Bernardino said the gunfire was reported at about 6 p.m. Wednesday local time.

San Bernardino police say the shot most likely came from just off campus and hit a window of the visual arts building on its west side.

Police went building-to-building searching for a shooter for hours before giving the all-clear. No shooter has been found, reports CBS Los Angeles.

CBS

3 – Coronado Elementary School

Likely handgun.
One death.

The Cochise County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday a 14-year-old boy shot himself with a family member’s firearm inside an elementary school bathroom in southern Arizona.

Sheriff Mark Dannels said in a news release that investigators recovered the weapon in Tuesday’s shooting from the bathroom at Coronado Elementary School, located between the towns of Hereford and Sierra Vista. The school serves about 460 students from kindergarten through eighth grade.

azcentral

2 – Grayson College

Again a little bit  of a stretch to call this a school shooting, IMHO.

Instructor’s (a Policeman) handgun.
No injuries.

School officials said a bullet from an accidental discharge went through a classroom wall, came out through the other side and exited through a window.

It happened at the Grayson College Criminal Justice Center on Jan. 10.

Vice President of Business Services Giles Brown said a criminal justice club advisor was showing two students how to use a computerized firearms simulator before the incident occurred.

He said the instructor took his live weapon and put it in a box so it would not be confused with the training weapon.

We’re told that the box did not have a lock on it, and that the instructor later left the room, taking the training firearm with him.

“One of the students thought the instrument inside the box was the training instrument so she picked it up,” Brown said.

Then, Brown said, she fired it at a target on the wall, realizing her mistake instantly.

“Shot a hole in the wall,” Brown said. “Crossed over and broke a window.”

Brown said the instructor is a licensed peace officer who is permitted to carry a firearm on campus, and, being an officer, has been able to even before the new concealed carry law went into effect last August.

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1 – New Start High School

Likely handgun.
No injuries.

A bullet was fired into New Start High School Thursday, but no one was injured, the King County Sheriff’s Office said.

The “round entered office window and lodged in a 3 ring binder,” the sheriff’s office tweeted. “Major Crimes detectives are handling.”

At about 1:30 p.m., the high school AT 614 SW 120th St. was “advised to go into lockdown after two shots were fired outside the building,” said Tove Tupper, assistant director of communications for Highline Schools. “One bullet hit the school’s administrative offices. No one was injured. The school remained in lockdown until dismissal at 3:25 p.m.”

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If you are going to propose a gun ban.

In order to get my support for your proposed ban of weapons that have contributed to mass casualty events (vice the catch phrase “assault weapon”) you must:

  • Define the functions, not the visual aesthetics, e.g. cyclic rate of fire, that define the weapons to be banned, with an explanation of how the function has contributed to a mass casualty event.
  • Propose a method to reclaim (confiscate) weapons that are already privately owned.
    • It should include fair-market-value compensation for confiscated weapons.
  • Propose the penalties for failure to comply.
    • Phased in, increasing fines, leading to incarceration at end of phase in.
    • Enhanced incarceration for commiting a felony with a banned weapon.
  • Pay for the administration of your ban via an across the board tax increase, the ban can not increase the national debt.

The ban must apply to all weapons, long guns, shotguns, and pistols that meet the functional description.

Rice’s CYA Memo Memorializing Obama, Comey, Yates Meeting

The CYA or “cover your ass” memo is standard issue body armor in the trenches of white-collar warriors. The CYA nickname suggests a insurance policy taken out by a person who is undertaking or witnessing a course of conduct (or misconduct, or culpable non-conduct) from which the author wants to protect his or her professional posterior.

In a February 8th, 2018 letter to former National Security Advisor (2013 – 2017) Susan Rice, Senators Grassley and Graham (Committee on the Judiciary) referenced an e-mail she sent herself on 1/20/2017 at 12:15:32, about the same time as Donald Trump was being sworn in, following Mike Pence’s swearing in a noon.

The e-mail, a declassified copy from the  OBAMA PRESIDENTIAL RECORD –  NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION, was enclosed.  The e-mail was declassified,  with redactions, by National Security Council Director of Access Management John Powers on 6/13/2017, in advance of its scheduled declassify date of 1/20/2027, per the declassification block on the e-mail.

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E.O. Categories cited:

(c) intelligence activities (including covert action), intelligence sources or methods, or cryptology
(d) foreign relations or foreign activities of the United States, including confidential sources

The memo does not conform to the “Basic Marking Requirements for E-Mails” per 32 CFR Part 2001.

32 CFR Part 2001, “Classified National Security Information”

§2001.23(a), Classification marking in the electronic environment, states:

General. Classified national security information in the electronic environment shall be:
     (1) Subject to all requirements of the Order.
     (2) Marked with proper classification markings to the extend that such marking
is practical, including portion marking, overall classification, 
“Classified by,”
“Derived from,” “Reason” for classification (originally classified information
only), and “Declassify On.”

§2001.23(b), Marking on classified e-mail messages, states:
(1) E-mail transmitted on or prepared for transmission on classified systems               or networks shall be configured to display the overall classification at the
top and bottom of the body of each message. The overall classification
marking string for the e-mail shall reflect the classification of the header
and body of the message. This includes the subject line, the text of the e-
mail, a classified signature block , attachments, included messages, and
any other information conveyed in the body of the e-mail.
(2) Classified e-mail shall be portion marked. Each portion shall be marked to
reflect the highest level of information contained in that portion.
(3) A classified signature block shall be marked to reflect the highest
classification level markings of the information contained in the signature
block itself. (NOTE: most signature blocks are unclassified.)
(4) Subject lines shall be portion marked to reflect the sensitivity of the
information in the subject line itself and shall not reflect any
classification markings for the e-mail content or attachments. Subject
lines and titles shall be portion marked before the subject or title.
(5) For a classified e-mail, the classification authority block shall be placed
after the signature block, but before the overall classification marking
string at the end of the e-mail.
(6) When forwarding or replying to an e-mail, individuals shall ensure that,
in addition to the markings required for the content of the reply or
forward e-mail itself, the markings shall reflect the overall classification
and declassification instructions for the entire string of e-mails and
attachments. This will include any newly drafted material, material
received from previous senders, and any attachments.

The Rice e-mail is missing:

  1. overall classification at the top and bottom of the body of each message
  2. Classified e-mail shall be portion {paragraph} marked. Each portion shall be marked to reflect the highest level of information contained in that portion.
  3. A classified signature block shall be marked to reflect the highest classification level markings of the information contained in the signature block itself. (NOTE: most signature blocks are unclassified.)
  4. Subject lines shall be portion marked to reflect the sensitivity of the information in the subject line itself and shall not reflect any classification markings for the e-mail content or attachments. Subject lines and titles shall be portion marked before the subject or title.

it does contain:

  1. classification authority block shall be placed after the {missing} signature block, but before the {missing} overall classification marking string at the end of the e-mail.
  2. an improperly marked Subject line “Subject: Note to File [TOP SECRET, Record]”, which should be “Subject: (U) Note to File”  {Note to File, is unclassified, it appears the Top Secret in the subject line was intended to replace the “overall classification at the top and bottom of the body of each message.”}

Aside comment, the same can be said for the Nunes memo and presumably the Schiff memo which should have adhered to the same general requirements (§2001.23(a) op. cit.).

I have to comment that my security officer would never have allowed me to create a document or e-mail that did not meet these guidelines, if I had and transmitted the improperly marked e-mail/memo I would have been subject to losing my clearance and therefore my  job.

The memo is a classic CYA memo, usually created immediately following the event, ala the Comey memos, vice on your last day on the job.

The CYA or “cover your ass” memo is standard issue body armor in the trenches of white-collar warriors.  The CYA nickname suggests a insurance policy taken out by a person who is undertaking or witnessing a course of conduct (or misconduct, or culpable non-conduct) from which the author wants to protect his or her professional posterior.

Seth Leventhal

An example of a properly marked e-mail.

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