Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Cowardice and Courage

 

“This republic was not established by cowards; and cowards will not preserve it.” ― Elmer Davis

Just when you think the story of the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School cannot get worse, it does. Apparently a security guard saw the shooter (I won’t name him) entering the high school armed. He did not confront the shooter. I cannot blame the guard for that; he was unarmed. Neither did he do what he was supposed to do: raise an alarm. Instead he called a fellow security guard inside the school (also unarmed), and went about his business. The fellow guard also did not raise the alarm. Instead he locked himself in a safe room.

Unsurprisingly, he has not been fired, merely reassigned.

I say unsurprisingly because this is the school at which the armed guard hunkered down behind cover during the shooting, the other sheriff’s deputies responding set up a perimeter outside the school until the shooting was over, and a captain prevented EMTs from entering the school to render assistance. It was all a piece with the standards of the Broward County Sheriff’s Department.

Contrast this to what happened at Santa Fe, TX, where a guard armed with a pistol went up against a shooter armed with a shotgun. The guard was shot and badly injured. He almost died on the operating table. Yet that action engaged the shooter long enough for the students to get clear and limit the damage.

Courage — there is no substitute for it.

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  1. James Gawron Thatcher
    James GawronJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Seawriter: Courage – there is no substitute for it.

    Sea,

    Agreed. One more thing, scr#w Broward County Sheriff’s Department. They got the 17 kids killed as sure as the sun came up in the East this morning.

    Regards,

    Jim

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    • June 20, 2018, at 6:47 AM PDT
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  2. Nohaaj Coolidge

    I wish there was an “angry” button that worked like the “like” button. Is this all true? Did they really see the shooter go in and not raise an alarm? {insert multiple swear words here}

    • #2
    • June 20, 2018, at 6:51 AM PDT
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  3. Seawriter Contributor
    Seawriter

    Nohaaj (View Comment):

    I wish there was an “angry” button that worked like the “like” button. Is this all true? Did they really see the shooter go in and not raise an alarm? {insert multiple swear words here}

    Yup. You have to read around the #metoo stuff to find it, though.

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    • June 20, 2018, at 6:55 AM PDT
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  4. Doug Watt Moderator

    Just one more epic fail in this incident. The bottom line is those kids needed a gunfighter, and instead they got a perimeter builder. If you cannot be a gunfighter when the situation calls for a gunfighter then you cannot be a police officer.

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    • June 20, 2018, at 7:09 AM PDT
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  5. Bryan G. Stephens, Trump Aveng… Thatcher
    Bryan G. Stephens, Trump Aveng…Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Doug Watt (View Comment):

    Just one more epic fail in this incident. The bottom line is those kids needed a gunfighter, and instead they got a perimeter builder. If you cannot be a gunfighter when the situation calls for a gunfighter then you cannot be a police officer.

    Period. Amen.

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    • June 20, 2018, at 8:03 AM PDT
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  6. Vectorman Member

    Interesting transition from a quote to a great discussion topic.


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    • June 20, 2018, at 8:33 AM PDT
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  7. Arahant Member

    Seawriter: Courage – there is no substitute for it.

    Amen.

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    • June 20, 2018, at 11:13 AM PDT
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  8. Suspira Member

    Vectorman (View Comment):
    It’s the easiest way to start a Ricochet conversion, so why not sign up today?

    Conversion from what? I like Ricochet, but I don’t think I can accept it as a religion substitute.

    • #8
    • June 20, 2018, at 1:49 PM PDT
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  9. Arahant Member

    Suspira (View Comment):

    Vectorman (View Comment):
    It’s the easiest way to start a Ricochet conversion, so why not sign up today?

    Conversion from what? I like Ricochet, but I don’t think I can accept it as a religion substitute.

    The Internet ate two of his letters: conversation.

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    • June 20, 2018, at 2:34 PM PDT
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  10. Vectorman Member

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Suspira (View Comment):

    Vectorman (View Comment):
    It’s the easiest way to start a Ricochet conversion, so why not sign up today?

    Conversion from what? I like Ricochet, but I don’t think I can accept it as a religion substitute.

    The Internet ate two of his letters: conversation.

    I learned the look-say method rather than phonics. I’m a lousy speller and spell check didn’t read my mind.

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    • June 20, 2018, at 3:12 PM PDT
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  11. Henry Castaigne Member

    “Courage is the mother of all virtues because without it, you cannot consistently perform the others.” – Aristotle

    I think Aristotle overexaggerates courage. Hitler for example was a brave soldier. You don’t get the Iron Cross for nothing. But courage is absolutely necessary to be consistently virtuous. 

    Furthermore, for warriors and academics, courage is central. A warrior must always be willing to sacrifice his life for the safety of others. An academic must always be willing to sacrifice his reputation for Truth. 

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    • June 20, 2018, at 10:23 PM PDT
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