Tonight I was watching the news and heard about a terrorist attack in Spain where a truck was driven into a large crowd of people. There was a video of the aftermath, and even with the blurred faces and hidden injuries that the media didn’t want to show, one very obvious thing immediately jumped out at me: There were so many bystanders, well, just standing around.
Twenty years ago today and roughly 3000 miles away from where I’m currently attending college, two masked men walked into a bank and start one of the most influential events in police weapons and tactics since the 1986 FBI Miami Shootout. In all honesty, I didn’t even realize the anniversary until I saw Breach-Bang-Clear’s article on it. For the major changes it started, it amazes me that the event isn’t more widely talked about.
I’ve seen some friends posting links on Facebook petitioning to make their college campus a “Sanctuary Campus,” similar to the sanctuary cities around the country. At first I scrolled past and ignored them. I know far too many people that are constantly posting about all the protests they are taking part in, and figured this was just one of those brief movements that happen at liberal arts schools.
Then I saw one for my school…
Today is October 28th, 2016. One year ago today I was sitting in a hotel room in downtown Washington, D.C. preparing for a two month internship with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, when I posted my conclusions to “The Great Lube Test of 2015,” also known as #Lubegate2015. The results of the testing I performed on 18 different samples were released in groups of like products, and the FireClean vs. Canola Oil data was by far the most popular. Little did I realize that a few months later, it would cause some serious problems for me.
A few days ago I got an email from a reader regarding an article I wrote back in February. If you remember my FrogLube and Seal 1 article, I was contacted by an industry insider who gave me a brief history of Seal 1, TrackLube, and FrogLube. Well, it turns out that not only do people actually read my blog, but at least one of my readers has some history with these lubricants and Scott Lee.
As was posted and shared by many blogs yesterday (including the Granite State Guns Facebook page), Judge Cacheris ruled that the case of FireClean LLC v. Tuohy and Baker is dismissed on jurisdictional grounds.
So yeah, that’s pretty much it, it’s over…
The media is reporting the event as “the deadliest mass shooting in US history.” Other headlines are some form of “Shooter targets LGBT nightclub.” And already calls are coming to push for new gun laws, because “people shouldn’t have dangerous guns.”
The shooting in a Florida nightclub was certainly tragic, and we need to do something to prevent future violence. But I think many people are missing something here. Current reports indicate that the shooter called 911 and told the dispatcher that he had pledged allegiance to ISIS. At least one witness stated that the shooter shouted “allahu akbar” during his rampage. We hear about how this shooting is the worst mass shooting ever, but not about how it’s the worst terrorist attack on US soil since September 11th. Or the third worst terrorist attack to ever occur on US soil, behind September 11th and the Oklahoma City bombings.