Uvalde school district police chief says that he did not consider himself to be the incident commander during the mass shooting

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UVALDE, TX- In the aftermath of the horrific elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, the school police chief has been widely criticized for his actions and in his first extensive interview said that he did not consider himself to be the person in charge as the massacre unfolded.

Pete Arredondo, the police chief of the Uvalde school district stated that he assumed someone else was in charge and that he intentionally left behind both his police and campus radios before entering Robb Elementary School. Arredondo said in a statement:

“The only thing that was important to me at this time was to save as many teachers and children as possible.”

He reportedly spent more than an hour in the hallway of Robb Elementary School as he used his cell phone to call for tactical gear, a sniper, and keys to get inside. When the keys arrived, he tried dozens of them, but one by one they failed to work. He added:

“Each time I tried a key, I was just praying.”

Finally, 77 minutes after the mass shooting began, officers were able to unlock the door and fatally shoot the gunman.

According to the Texas Tribune, aside from the Texas Department of Public Safety, Arredondo is the only other law enforcement official to publicly tell his account of the police response to the deadly shooting.

Since the shooting, Arredondo’s actions have come under intensifying scrutiny from state officials and experts trained in mass shooting responses.

Steven McCraw, the head of the Texas Department of Public Safety, stated that the school police chief, whom he described as the “incident commander,” made the wrong decision to not order officers to breach the classroom more quickly to confront the gunman.

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However, Arredondo said that he believed that carrying radios would slow him down as he entered the school and that he also knew the radios did not work in some of the buildings.

He also said that he never considered himself the scene’s “incident commander” and did not give any instruction that police should not attempt to breach the building. He added:

“I didn’t issue any orders. I called for assistance and asked for an extraction tool to open the door.”

He insisted that the steps he took were the ones he thought would best protect lives at his hometown school, one he had attended himself as a young boy. He said:

“My mind was to get there as fast as possible, eliminate any threats, and protect the students and staff.”

Arredondo noted that some 500 students were safely evacuated during the crisis. As head of the six-member police force responsible for keeping Uvalde schools safe, Arredondo has been singled out for much of the blame, particularly by state officials.

They criticized him for failing to taking control of the police response and said he made the wrong decision that delayed officers from entering the classroom.

Arredondo has reportedly faced death threats and news crews have camped outside of his home, forcing him to go into hiding. He has been called cowardly and incompetent among other things. He said neither accusation is true or fair. He added:

“Not a single responding officer ever hesitated, even for a moment, to put themselves at risk to save the children. We responding to the information that we had and had to adjust to whatever we faced. Our objective was to save as many lives as we could, and the extraction of the students from the classrooms by all that were involved saved over 500 of our Uvalde students and teachers before we gained access to the shooter and eliminated the threat.”

Ten days after the shooting, the New York Times reported that a group of U.S. Border Patrol agents ignored a directive spoken into their earpieces not to enter the room. The Times has since reported that Arredondo did not object when the team entered the room.

George E. Hyde, Arredondo’s lawyer, said that if a directive delaying entry was issued, it did not come from Arredondo, but the Times reported that someone was issuing orders at the scene. Hyde said he did not know who that person was and the Border Patrol has declined to comment.

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FBI data on active shooter incidents for 2021 reveal that gun-controlled California led the country in mass shootings

June 6th, 2022

SACRAMENTO, CA- According to a report from Breitbart News, a Federal Investigation Bureau (FBI) report on “active shooter incidents” for the year 2021, shows that California was the number one state for such violent incidents.

The golden state had six active shooter incidents in total in 2021 and according another report from Everytown for Gun Safety, California is also the number one state for gun law strength.

The FBI report confirmed that there were 61 “active shooter incidents” across the United States in 2021 and 12 of those met the definition of a “mass killing.” California led the country with six active shooter incidents. According to the summary of the report:

“For the period 2017-2021, active shooter incident data reveals an upward trend: the number of active shooter incidents identified in 2021 represents a 52.5% increase from 2020 and a 96.8% increase from 2017.”

According to the report from Breitbart News, California has several state gun laws, including:

“…Universal background checks, an ‘assault weapons’ ban, a ‘high capacity magazine ban,’ a 10-day waiting period on gun purchases, a red flag law, gun registration requirements, a ‘good cause’ requirement for concealed carry permit issuance, a ban on carrying a gun on college campus for self-defense, a ban on K-12 teachers being armed on campus for classroom defense, a background check requirement for ammunition purchases, and a limit on the number of guns a law-abiding citizen can purchase in a given month, among other controls.”

In addition to the countless gun control laws the state has, new legislation introduced by Governor Gavin Newsom includes raising the minimum age for sales and transfers of firearms as well as investing state funds to support evidence-based community violence intervention strategies.

According to reports, California is now spending $11 million on education programs promoting wide use of “red flag” laws that are designed to temporarily take guns away from people who are deemed “at risk of harming themselves or others.”

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California approved its “red flag” laws in 2014 after a mass shooting incident. It allows police, loved ones and others to ask judges to approve what are formally known as “gun violence restraining orders” that temporarily bar someone from possessing firearms if they are found to be a risk to themselves or others.

The new 18-month outreach program is designed to expand the use of “reg flag” laws. It includes:

“$5 million to local domestic violence organizations for community outreach; $5 million for a statewide education program, including to communities most at risk of gun violence in several languages; and $1 million to expand an existing San Diego-based program to provide education and training for district attorneys and law enforcement groups statewide.”

Even with all this, Everytown for Gun Safety states that in an average year, 3,160 people are still dying from guns in the state of California.

On May 15th, a gunman opened fire inside a church in Laguna Woods, killing one person and wounding five others. This shooting came just one day after a gunman killed 10 people at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York.

The mass shooting in Buffalo, New York came just two weeks before the mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, where a gunman killed 19 young children and two adults.

Data indicates that as of June 2022, California has had the most mass shootings in the United States, with 23 total mass shootings since 1982.

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California unleashes $50M plan to provide “guaranteed basic income” to homeless high school graduates, no work required

May 31st, 2022

SACRAMENTO, CA – The California State Senate just took another step towards paying homeless individuals a basic guaranteed income if they can just graduate from high school. Senate Bill 1341 was sponsored by Dave Cortese, a Silicon Valley Democrat, as a way to guarantee income to 15,000 graduating high school seniors who happen to be homeless, was passed earlier this month.

The total budget figure for this, according to the Young Invincibles, is $48.75M. It is broken down by each of the 15,000 recipients to each receive a total of $3,250, or $650 per month over the first 5 months after graduation.

The California Success, Opportunity and Academic Resilience (CalSOAR) is now headed to the state assembly for their consideration. That chamber houses the bill’s co-sponsor, San Francisco Democrat, Matt Haney.

It should come as no shock that the state is looking to push this type of legislation, given that numerous cities have launched the same type of expenditures at the local levels. While some are taxpayer funded, others receive their money from private sources.

As we reported, in early 2021, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf announced one such publicly funded endeavor.

“According to a March 23rd press release from Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, the project dubbed as the Oakland Resilient Families initiative is a partnership between the Oakland-based Community Independence Initiative and the national group called Mayors for a Guaranteed Income.

In short, the project will provide financial assistance to 600 eligible, non-white Oakland-based families while also generating traction for efforts to reduce inequities in economic security, mobility, and assets through the use of a guaranteed income.”

According to the California Globe, the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors started a program in July of that same year that targeted 150 people who were transitioning out of foster care or probation that were between the ages of 18 and 24.

This program, called the General Relief TAYportunity Guaranteed Income Demonstration Project, provided $1,204 per month over a three-year period. The plan will cost the county $541,000 in pay-outs, which does not include the budget figures needed to run the program.

The program says that most of its participants will be black or Latino males, and roughly 31% are homeless.

While California lawmakers are claiming that these measures are merely a good faith effort to help lift people out of poverty and homelessness…economists disagree. They say that Universal Basic Income (UBI) is not the Godsend that many believe it will be.

The Mises Institute says, “…the best ways to help alleviate poverty and unemployment, are to reduce the cost of living and create conditions favorable to plentiful employment, including making it easy to start a business, and easy to operate a new business.”

“The other issue with UBI is that it subsidizes non-productive activities,” Mises continued. “Rather than being encouraged to look for a job that pays enough to live on, too often people are lulled into using UBI to help fund flailing (or failing) careers as artists, actors or musicians – all very tough industries in which to make a living.”

Mises did not mince words regarding the eventual failure that UBI, identifying it as being the Marxist ploy that it is.

“This program must be financed after all, and any welfare system, including the UBI, is necessarily a wealth redistribution scheme. Wealth must be forced from those who have it to those who do not. This means that at some point on the income ladder, people must go from being net receivers of benefits to being net payers of benefits.”

It is important to note, liberals, like those enacting these policies in California, would likely not heed the advice of the experts at Mises, given that they also authored a piece entitled Capitalism Is Not Racist; Capitalism Undermines Racism, which completely destroys leftist narratives.

Getting back to the bill passed by the California Senate, homeless children and youth are defined in such a way that these benefits can be paid to those that otherwise qualify but are living in the country illegally.

Using the same definition as the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, the bill identifies “‘homeless children and youth’ as individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, including children who are sharing the housing of other people, living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camp grounds, emergency or transitional shelters, abandoned in hospitals or awaiting foster care placement, or who are living in a place not generally used for sleeping, such as cars, parks, public places, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, and migratory children living in the circumstances above,” the Globe reported, saying that they bolded text was added by them for emphasis.

While the payments are labeled as income, the bill also states that the “award not be considered financial aid, not be considered income for financial aid or other purposes, and not negatively impact the award recipient’s eligibility for future financial aid.”

Per the Globe, acccording to Young Invincibles, who are endorsing the bill:

“Within California, there are over 270,000 youth experiencing homelessness, according to a 2020 report from the UCLA Center for Transformation of Schools,” said the groups media manager, Juan Ramiro Sarmiento. “According to US Census Data, there are 15,000 homeless students in their senior year of high school, most of which will lose essential resources available within the K-12 system.”

According to the Globe’s report, Young Invincibles “vows to ‘keep pushing until it [SB 1341] reaches the Governor’s desk and gets funded. Now is the time for us to invest in the most vulnerable students and empower them to build a future free of poverty.'”

Or, as the experts at the Mises Institute predict, it will “not create incentive to work. It won’t help solve unemployment, and it will not alleviate poverty.”

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City proposes “guaranteed income” program for transgender, nonbinary residents to combat “discrimination” against them

 

PALM SPRINGS, CA — The Palm Springs City Council recently voted to allocate $200,000 from two local nonprofits to begin a payment program exclusively for its transgender and nonbinary residents.

City Council members voted unanimously on March 24 to pay DAP Health and Queer Works to design the program and apply for state funding, which is the first of three phases outlined in a city report to realize the proposed project, according to a report by BPR.

Queer Works is a Coachella Valley-based nonprofit aimed primarily at addressing disparities faced by transgender, nonbinary and intersex people while DAP Health is a nonprofit resource in the valley for those with, affected by or at risk for HIV or AIDS, according to a report by the Los Angeles Times.

Jacob Rostovsky, Queer Works’ transgender executive director, told Newsweek it is expected that the program will be similar to guaranteed income pilot programs launched in other U.S. cities.

Rostovsky said other cities that have experimented with guaranteed income on average have given 150 people monthly payments of $600 to $900:

“This is a chance to help individuals receive money that we can think of as a subsidy — to subsidize the gap in income that the trans and nonbinary community faces due to having some of the highest levels of unemployment in this country.

“So, when you raise them up to the average level, they achieve a lot more.”

Rostovsky told the Los Angeles Times that Queer Works has been “highly encouraged” to apply for a piece of California’s $35 million in funding for guaranteed income pilot programs.

The state’s plan, approved last year, targets pregnant women and young adults who have aged out of the foster care system, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Rostovsky noted that 5 percent of foster youth identify as transgender.

Newsweek reported:

“The two nonprofits will look for philanthropic dollars to fund the program. Additionally, they’ll look at ways to tap into a $35 million fund created by California lawmakers to provide monthly payments to pregnant women and young adults who’ve recently left foster care.

“The new pot of money would be distributed by local governments and nonprofits.

“The idea of no-strings cash payments has increasingly taken hold in the U.S. Presidential candidate Andrew Yang made it the centerpiece of his campaign, most Americans were given direct cash payments during the height of the pandemic and a group called Mayors for a Guaranteed Income is evaluating other local pilot programs.”

A 2019 study by the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute suggested that poverty rates differ by sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI):

“We examined poverty rates separately for cisgender straight men and women, cisgender gay men and lesbian women, cisgender bisexual men and women, and transgender people.

  • “LGBT people collectively have a poverty rate of 21.6%, which is much higher than the rate for cisgender straight people of 15.7%.
  • “Among LGBT people, transgender people have especially high rates of poverty—29.4%.
  • “Lesbian (17.9%) and straight (17.8%) cisgender women have higher poverty rates than gay (12.1%) and straight (13.4%) cisgender men. But cisgender lesbian women do not have significantly different poverty rates than cisgender straight women.
  • “Bisexual cisgender women (29.4%) and men (19.5%) had higher poverty rates than cisgender straight women and men, respectively.”

The study noted that U.S. poverty is determined based on whether the income for an individual or family unit falls below the official federal poverty threshold:

“The thresholds are set each year for different sizes of households. In 2015, for example, a family of two adults and one child would be considered living in poverty if their annual income fell below $19,078.”

Newsweek reported that Palm Springs Council Member Christy Holstege, who was the previous mayor, said during Thursday’s council meeting:

“This is a complete revisiting of how we address poverty in this country by giving people money.”

Holstege claimed that restrictions on other government anti-poverty programs end up trapping their recipients, but a guaranteed income can allow people to spend money on “other solutions that we all know as being the experts of our lives.”

Los Angeles Times reported:

“Councilmember Christy Holstege, who brought the matter to the meeting, said Monday that she felt ‘incredibly proud’ of the city for coming down on ‘the right side of history and supporting our trans and nonbinary, gender-nonconforming community.’

“Like other guaranteed income programs, the pilot would provide direct cash payments to individuals to spend as they see fit. That sets it apart from some financial assistance programs that come with work requirements or specify how the money can be spent.”

Proponents say these types of programs promote physical and psychological well-being by giving some of society’s most marginalized groups a financial life vest.

However, Palm Springs Mayor Lisa Middleton, who is transgender, cast doubt on the viability of guaranteed income programs and questioned if they should even be run by municipal governments.

KESQ News reported that Mayor Middleton was worried about the small scale of the project despite 400,000 people living below the poverty line in Riverside County.

Before ultimately voting in favor of the program, Middleton said:

“My serious concern is the ability of these guaranteed income programs to scale up to the magnitude of the issues that are before us.”

Palm Springs Council Member Greg Kors suggested the program was a worthy money redistribution experiment:

“But it would be money that may be much more effectively spent than it’s being spent now and that’s what this is trying to find out.”

Los Angeles Times reported:

“At this point, the pilot program still needs more funding to fully launch.

“When reached Monday, Rostovsky said some of the details concerning the program discussed at the recent council meeting — including a total reported budget of $1.8 million — were preliminary figures.

“Besides state funding, the partnership seeks philanthropic support and could come back to the city to ask for more money — which several council members said they might not be willing to allot.

“Over the next three to six months, Rostovsky said the partnership will work on putting together an application, seek input from local transgender and nonbinary leaders and conduct outreach.”

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