Ian David Long: When ‘Thoughts & Prayers’ Don’t Work

So, I’m going to start today’s post a little different, son. Normally, I would give some intro about what I was going to talk about. But, before I say anything, I want people to read what Ian David Long wrote in a Facebook post the other day. So, here we go:

I hope people call me insane .. wouldn’t that just be a big ball of irony? Yeah… I’m insane, but the only thing you people do after these shootings is ‘hopes and prayers’.. or ‘keep you in my thoughts’ … every time… and wonder why these keep happening …

Now, to be clear, these are the words of a Marine veteran who shot and killed 12 people at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California. Look, in one post, a mass murderer destroyed our country’s indifference to gun control AND mental health. Real talk, after every incident, politicians send out “thoughts and prayers,” but never do anything to remedy the situation. Sadly, Ian Long knew this, man.

At this point, no one knows why Long committed these killings, fam. I mean, there’s speculation that he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after his time in Afghanistan. Shit, if that’s the case, should he have been allowed to legally purchase a .45-caliber Glock handgun? Listen, these are the type of scenarios that reasonable people think about when asking for gun reform. Real talk, I’m not one of those folks who think that nobody should have a firearm. I just want to make sure that the ones who do are in their right fucking mind. Clearly, Long was not one of those individuals, bruh.

In the end, I don’t know what else to say, son. Ultimately, I can’t definitively say that I know the reason for all of these mass shootings. Is it gun control? Is it mental health? Is it terrorism? Is it a combination of all of the above? I don’t fucking know, man. All I know is, this “thoughts and prayers” shit isn’t working, fam. With that being said, I’m tired of all of the partisan bullshit. At the end of the day, our elected officials need to get to the bottom of the issue and nip this shit in the bud, bruh. For God‘s sake, how many more people have to die? *Sigh* Rest In Peace to all of the victims, brethren. Once again, a group of innocent people died for no reason. LC out.

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RIP Nia Wilson

*Sigh* Rest In Peace, Nia Wilson. I mean, I don’t know how else to start this post, son. On the real, the word “senseless” isn’t even strong enough to describe her murder, man. Like, there’s literally NO reason why that 18-year-old girl should be dead right now, fam. For God‘s sake, she had her entire life ahead of her, bruh! Instead, a family has to mourn her death after an inexplicable and unjustifiable killing.

Ok, at this point, I hope everyone has heard about Wilson’s story, son. Basically, this past Sunday night, Wilson was riding the BART train in Oakland with two of her sisters. Anyway, as they all stepped off of their train, John Lee Cowell came out of nowhere and attacked the women with a knife. In the wake of the incident, Wilson laid dead while her sister, Lahtifa, was also stabbed. In the blink of an eye, the Wilson family was irreparably damaged.

Now, before I continue, I must admit that I may piss some Black people off right now. In any case, based on all of the digging I’ve done so far, I truly don’t know if Wilson’s murder was racially-motivated. Look, nobody knows what was going through Cowell’s head. Shit, he could be the most racist of the racists, man. However, there’s also A TON of evidence to suggest that this dude was a menace WAY before he senselessly murdered Wilson.

To begin, Cowell has an EXTENSIVE criminal record. In 2009, he pleaded no contest to battery. In 2013, he pleaded no contest again to battery. In 2015, he pleaded no contest to being under the influence of an illegal substance. In 2016, he was charged with theft, drug possession and illegally having tear gas. Those charges were later dropped when he was arrested and convicted for second-degree robbery. For that particular crime, he ended up serving two years in prison. To top it off, his family claims that he was previously diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

Look, I don’t want anybody to get my words misconstrued, fam. In no way, shape or form am I condoning what Cowell did to Wilson. Frankly, this dude should not have been allowed to roam the streets, bruh. Hell, how much of a violent history does a person need in order for them to be permanently separated from the rest of us? With that being said, I don’t want us to just jump to conclusions about race, son. Keeping it a buck, the circumstances are already dire enough for us.

Listen, it’s no secret that Black people are ALWAYS targeted in this country. Hell, I can’t even count how many times I’ve written about the consistent and abhorrent bigotry in America. All in all, I can’t rule out racism in this tragedy. But, in this case, I also think that mental health and our terrible criminal justice system played a big part in all of this. Real talk, someone or something needed to keep Cowell under wraps, man. He should’ve NEVER be in a position to carry out such a dastardly deed.

In the end, Wilson’s death is fucking tragic, fam. Ultimately, nothing I’ve said changes the fact that she didn’t deserve to die this way. By and by, NO ONE deserves to die this way, bruh. At the end of the day, my heart goes out to the Wilson family. All I can say is, I can’t even begin to imagine the pain they’re going through, brethren. That is all. LC out.

What The F*ck, Fabolous?!

Son, this entire situation looks TERRIBLE, man! Listen, I know that until Fabolous is convicted of a crime, everything is “allegedly.” However; if these stories are true, which they seem to be, Fab lost his cotdamn mind, fam! All in all, people can miss me with the “what did she do” and “we don’t know the whole story” talk. On the real, if Fab really abused Emily B., NONE of that shit matters, bruh!

Ok, for those who missed it, Fab was recently arrested for domestic violence. Now, Emily is claiming that Fab punched her in the mouth seven times, knocked out two of her teeth and threatened to shoot her father and brother. In addition, she’s stated that the altercation with her family occurred after she called them to remove Fab’s guns from their house. Apparently, she was afraid that Fab would use them against her.

Now, to make matters worse, TMZ found a video of the argument between Fab and Emily’s father. In the clip, Fab can be seen threatening to shoot Emily’s father while a child was crying in the background. Furthermore, Fab was holding some type of object, and every time he moved towards Emily, she jumped back in fear. All I know is, that video alone supports part of Emily’s story, son.

Moving on, the rumor is that Fab and Emily got into a fight over her social media. Apparently, thanks to Instagram, he found out that she was in Los Angeles instead of New York. Now, I’m not sure if he thought she was creeping or not, but that point is irrelevant, man. Look, let’s say, hypothetically, that Emily was cheating on Fab. Does that give him the right to physically assault her? Fuck no, fam! Real talk, he’s a grown ass man, bruh! This is not the way adults are supposed to handle domestic situations, folks. Either leave the relationship or work out the issues. Plain and simple.

In any case, I want to know how Fab is still alive, son. Shit, if any man, ANY MAN, did that shit to my daughter, he’s fucking DEAD, fam! Hell, what part of the game is knocking someone’s teeth out, bruh?! Keeping it a buck, it’s really disappointing to see so many people cop pleas for Fab. Look, when I read comments, I’m seeing things like “what did she do,” “maybe she was cheating” and “they were in HIS house.” Good fucking Lord, NONE OF THAT MATTERS! None of that is a valid reason for him to beat up the mother of his kids! My God, how can people be so dense about these situations? Listen, domestic violence is NEVER the answer, people! Never!

In the end, I don’t even know what else to say, son. Ultimately, this is an awful scenario all around, man. By and by, I’ll never understand why some people think violence against women is a good move. *Sigh* I’ve got nothing, fam. LC out.

In His Grandmother’s Backyard…

AHHHHHHHHH! *Sigh* At this point, that’s the first thought that comes to mind, son. Good fucking Lord, man, how many times do we have to go through this shit?! Like, is there ANYWHERE on God‘s green Earth that we won’t be shot, fam? Look, a dude can’t even be safe in his grandmother’s backyard?! Once again, it’s mind-boggling how cops always “fear for their lives” and never properly assess the situation. All in all, Stephon Clark died for NO fucking reason, bruh!

Ok, before I continue, let me address the individuals who will justify the officers’ actions. Now, let’s just say, hypothetically, that Clark was actually breaking car windows, as the authorities claim. Even in that case, why were the 20 shots warranted? Listen, when I watched the body cam footage, I saw two officers roll on the scene, fail to identify themselves, yell “gun” and just start firing. After all of that, did Clark have a weapon? Nope. He was simply holding an iPhone, son. All I know is, if Clark was really guilty of a crime, then that’s what due process is for. Let the courts decide his fate instead of MULTIPLE bullets.

Look, on the real, I’m not even going to get into the racial implications of another unarmed Black person getting shot. Real talk, I’ve done that COUNTLESS times on this blog, man. Instead, I want to talk about the GROSS ineptitude of our police departments. Now, let’s just pretend that these shootings aren’t based around an irrational fear of Black people. Even if that were the case, which it isn’t, why are folks cool with how cops handle these situations? Why are folks cool with the fact that officers ALWAYS shoot before getting a handle of the situation? Their constant “fear” puts us all at risk and people should be WAY more critical of their constant lack of proficiency.

In the end, I don’t want to hear about broken car windows and I don’t want to hear about Clark’s criminal record. Ultimately, those areas have NOTHING to do with the matter at hand. By and by, even if both things are accurate, that doesn’t mean he deserved to die. At the end of the day, if the cops weren’t in danger, which they weren’t, they had no reason to shoot that man so many times. When it’s all said and done, a “they feared for their lives” defense shouldn’t be enough, fam. Perception and assumptions shouldn’t be enough to end a man’s life. Frankly, they assumed that he was armed and then they took his life. Officers never need to be right in order to be defended. That, in and of itself, is a LARGE part of the fucking problem, bruh. *Sigh* I’m just drained, son. That is all. LC out.

Teachers Don’t Need Guns

So, let’s cut the bullshit, son. Listen, teachers don’t need guns, man! Hell, their jobs are stressful enough as it is, fam! Are we really going to add “armed bodyguard” to their résumé, bruh? Look, outside of all of the Second Amendment talk, there are a variety of reasons why teachers shouldn’t be armed. With that being said, let’s go through some of them.

Ok, let’s start with Dennis Alexander, son. Now, for those who are unaware, Alexander is a teacher at Seaside High School in Monterey County, California. Anyway, in addition to being an instructor, Alexander is also a reserve police officer. So, on face value, he is the type of “gun-trained teacher” that Donald Trump wants. Moving on, let’s talk about what Alexander did the other day. Apparently, while giving a safety class, he pointed a loaded gun at the ceiling and accidentally fired it. From there, some debris hit a male student and he sustained some minor injuries.

Now, I’m totally happy that the kid wasn’t actually shot or harmed any further. However; this is the type of shit students don’t need in school, man! Listen, as a father, I’m sending my kids to school to learn. Shit, it’s bad enough that kids are going around shooting their own classmates. I don’t want to have to worry about a teacher hurting my child too, fam. Good fucking Lord, this is ridiculous, bruh! This isn’t what school is about, folks! On the real, if institutions are so dangerous that everyone needs to be strapped, then I might as well homeschool my kids, people.

Moving on, let’s address the naysayers who might conclude that Alexander’s blunder is just an isolated incident. Now, if no one out there is moved by my argument, let’s talk about the general plight of teachers. Look, in general, teachers are overworked and underpaid. Hell, instructors in West Virginia had to go on a full strike in order to get a 5 percent pay raise, son. So, we can’t pay them but we expect them to defend the school? On top of that, how long do we think it’ll take before someone points a gun at a student they have an issue with? Listen, I’ve seen A TON of videos of teachers assaulting kids, especially Black ones. Do we really think a gunshot is that far out of the realm of possibility?

In the end, can we stop the tomfoolery, man? Ultimately, we should worry about paying teachers their fair share instead of arming them. By and by, I truly don’t see any positives to this idea, fam. *Sigh* This country loves guns so much that they don’t care who gets hurt. At the end of the day, I do believe we have a right to arm ourselves. However; that right should also come with some basic common sense, bruh. When it’s all said and done, that’s the only thing that reasonable people are really asking for, folks. That is all. LC out.

O.J. Simpson Is A Crazy Person

Listen, man. In 2000 and 18, if anyone actually believes that O.J. Simpson is innocent of murder, then they’re just as delusional as he is. I mean, what kind of psychopath does a “hypothetical” interview about a double homicide? Shit, writing an If I Did It book was bad enough, son! But, telling an entire story on camera is some next-level crazy shit, fam! All in all, Simpson might be the most looney tunes dude I’ve ever seen, bruh.

Ok, for those who missed it, a previously-shelved interview with Simpson just hit the streets. Now, back in 2006, when he was preparing for the release of his If I Did It book, Simpson sat down with publisher Judith Regan. In any case, after the Goldman family got control of the book, the Simpson interview was locked away. Well, that was until now. Anyway, this entire situation was insane because this guy basically gave statements that sounded like a confession. By and by, this has to be the DUMBEST thing an accused murderer could ever do, son.

Now, let me explain why this whole scenario was ridiculous. Look, during his sit-down with Regan, Simpson gave “details” about what led to the killings of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. To begin, he frequently referenced a dude named Charlie. So, according to Simpson’s story, Charlie is the one who told him about what Nicole was allegedly doing with Goldman. From there, they apparently got in the infamous White Ford Bronco and went over to Nicole’s house. Moving on, Simpson alleges that Charlie took the knife from him, shenanigans ensued and then they had to get rid of all of the bloody clothes.

Listen, I’m going to stop right there, man. Real talk, I’m sure we all know about how Nicole and Goldman died, fam. However; all I know is, NO ONE can explain this interview to me, bruh! Look, Simpson’s lawyer is saying that O.J. only did it for the money. Son, ain’t NO money in the world worth this type of attention! Especially if they’re trying to sell the narrative that Simpson didn’t do it. On the real, there’s NO WAY an innocent man would do this type of shit! So, miss me with the “O.J. isn’t guilty” shit, bruh!

In the end, I don’t even know what else to say, son. Ultimately, O.J. Simpson is fucking CRAZY, man! By and by, I have NO idea how this guy is walking the streets, fam! At the end of the day, I wonder if his original jury is still happy with their decision. Ok, yes, racial tensions in Los Angeles were at a high-level at that particular time. But, Simpson shouldn’t have been the beacon for the movement, bruh. *Sigh* That man didn’t/doesn’t deserve anyone’s sympathy or charity. That is all. LC out.

Donald Trump Just Confused Two Mass Shootings

So, when I woke up this morning, I planned on writing about the latest shooting in California. I mean, my plan was to talk about the fuckery that Kevin Janson Neal inflicted on Tehama County. Now, I’m still going to speak about this tragedy, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t comment on Donald Trump‘s response to the tragedy. Basically, y’alls President confused one mass shooting with another one, son. Worse yet, he didn’t even bother to change the template of his tweet before he sent it out.

Ok, before I continue, let me talk about the matter at hand, man. Now, for those who missed it, just yesterday, Kevin Neal opened fire on a myriad of people. Apparently, he was at odds with his neighbors and decided to kill them. From there, he drove around town, in stolen cars, and fired on unsuspecting folks. Ultimately, he ended up at an elementary school and tried to wreak havoc, fam. All in all, in the aftermath of his attack, four people were dead and another ten were injured. Frankly, if the school faculty didn’t react quicker, there could’ve been more bloodshed, fam.

Now, it goes without saying that this situation is terrible, bruh. Luckily, none of the children were killed, but one was hurt during the chaos. With that being said, my condolences to everyone who was affected by this horror. On the real, it’s insane that this was the third mass shooting in under two months, son. First, it was Las Vegas and then it was Texas. At this point, I’m not even sure of what needs to be done here, man. Like, none of the community’s suggestions are even entertained by our elected officials, fam. Honestly, people just keep on dying, folks.

Moving on, on its own, the shooting would’ve been bad enough, son. However; Trump found a way to make it worse by hitting his Twitter account. So, in the wake of the incident, Trump tweeted out “May God be with the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The FBI and Law Enforcement has arrived.” Now, if anyone is paying attention, they’d know that he just referenced the wrong shooting. Even worse, he copied and pasted a nearly identical message that he sent when the real Texas shooting happened. Look, this man didn’t even have the wherewithal or the respect to get the place right, man! Like, I’m at a fucking loss for words, fam!

Look, his reaction is fucked up on multiple levels, bruh. First, we’ve gotten to a point where mass shootings are the norm now. As a nation, we’ve become so desensitized to this kind of violence that all we offer victims are “thoughts and prayers.” Because of this, the fucking President thought it was okay to have a mass shooting tweet template. Next, it takes a special kind of asshole to not even bother getting the location right. Real talk, no Trump apologist can make this faux pas okay, son. This man clearly doesn’t give a flying fuck about the American people!

In the end, I have nothing else to say here, man. Ultimately, I don’t hate many people, but Donald Trump is ABSOLUTELY on that list, fam! He is, without question, one of the worst things to ever happen to this nation, bruh. By and by, as long as he’s in control, we’re doomed, folks. There’s no other way to cut it or slice it, people. That is all. LC out.