Time Magazine won’t let the Parkland Activists fifteen minutes of fame elapse. It was my greatest hope we had seen the last of the cast of Glee: Hey Ho, Hey Ho, the NRA has Got to Go. But as the Rolling Stones once sung, you can’t always get what you want. So here we are, yet again, sharing in the specialness that is Sinead O’Connor with back-up singers David Hogg Me Right. Plus those other guys. But now they have a new spokesbot: former President Barack Hussien Obama, using big words and tired tropes.
America’s response to mass shootings has long followed a predictable pattern. We mourn. Offer thoughts and prayers. Speculate about the motives. And then—even as no developed country endures a homicide rate like ours, a difference explained largely by pervasive accessibility to guns; even as the majority of gun owners support commonsense reforms—the political debate spirals into acrimony and paralysis.
This time, something different is happening. This time, our children are calling us to account.
Firstly I agree the shootings follow a predictable pattern, mainly the left responding with “TAKE AWAY THE GUNS” before motive is known, before bodies are cold, before families are notified. Never let a crisis go to waste, as Obama’s pal Rahm Emanual once said.
This post-shooting pattern is quickly followed by falsities puked out by every sensationalizing dingus with access to media. Which thanks to Twitter and Facebook, is practically every moron with the ability to peck at letters.
Then Obama claims America has terrible homicide rates largely due to access to guns. Which isn’t true. Homicide rates are not easily explained. Culture, laws, style of government, all play roles in homicide rates. Obama carefully pointed out “developed countries,” as countries with the highest homicide rates aren’t “developed.” Secondly, if it were just about “access to guns” then Switzerland should lead the homicide charge. But they’re one of the least homicidal countries on Planet Earth, despite a high people-to-gun ratio.
Obama then says “something different is happening” this time. Sure. I’ll agree with that. Now every liberal organization is backing the Parkland Activists and likely keeping them in the public eye.
The Parkland, Fla., students don’t have the kind of lobbyists or big budgets for attack ads that their opponents do. Most of them can’t even vote yet.
Except this, like “If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor” is an abhorrent lie. Report: Parkland Teens Being Organized by EVERY Liberal Interest Group. So they are being backed by lobbyists and big budgets despite not being able to vote yet. Meaning they’re puppets for Everytown USA and likely one of George Soros’s many pet companies.
For the record, Parkland’s “opponents” are legal gun-owning Americans who’ve done nothing wrong with their firearms.
But by bearing witness to carnage, by asking tough questions and demanding real answers, the Parkland students are shaking us out of our complacency. The NRA’s favored candidates are starting to fear they might lose. Law-abiding gun owners are starting to speak out. As these young leaders make common cause with African Americans and Latinos—the disproportionate victims of gun violence—and reach voting age, the possibilities of meaningful change will steadily grow.
Repeat after me, Mom Jeans: gun control is a losing issue for the left. The NRA’s “favored candidates” which we’ll note Obama never specifies, are not “starting to fear they might lose.” Every time an anti-gun leftist opens his or her trap, gun sales boom. As did the NRA’s membership.
If anyone is going to lose from High School Musical: The NRA is Whack, it’s everyone clamoring to pry the guns out of legal Americans’ hands. As it was it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, gun control cycle without end, amen.
Our history is defined by the youthful push to make America more just, more compassionate, more equal under the law. This generation—of Parkland, of Dreamers, of Black Lives Matter—embraces that duty. If they make their elders uncomfortable, that’s how it should be. Our kids now show us what we’ve told them America is all about, even if we haven’t always believed it ourselves: that our future isn’t written for us, but by us.
No. Our history is defined by the innate American drive for independence, freedom from government constraints and government oppression. The Revolutionary War was a fight against government tyranny. The Civil War was largely fought against slavery. Great moments in American history were about fighting for individual freedom: from government or societal oppression (hello, Civil Rights era). How history is not defined is by making America more “compassionate” via the stripping of legal American rights because an evil young man murdered 17 people. Which my have been prevented had various government offices not f*cked up.
By the way, a great way to make people more equal is get out of their way, not infringing upon their right to self-defense; protecting oneself from other citizens or from one’s tyrannical government.
The Parkland activists, Dreamers and Black Lives Matter are embracing the leftist “duty” of demanding legal Americans have fewer freedoms. Which runs counter to what America was founded upon. Let’s remember, Obama once described the Constitution as a charter of “negative liberties.” As in a list of what the government could not do to Americans. He’s hardly a great leader in freedom.
But he is a leader in leftist rabble rousing, likely with the hopes of slowly turning America into a socialist crap pile. By the way, did you know leftists in California are trying to ban books?