After the horrific display of ineptitude in Parkland, Florida, by people wearing uniforms and carrying guns — people who could have acted to prevent the murder of 17 innocent people — a young political activist and Parkland survivor, David Hogg (shown above), rose up. He tweeted shaming threats to several car companies, airlines, and other service industries that support or give special bonuses to those who belong to Planned Parenthood.
Within minutes of the tweets, the cowed groups acquiesced to this political and public “shaming” by declaring they would no longer support the killing of unborn babies.
Now, of course, if that actually happened, David Hogg would be a pariah in the media, not the darling of the Left he has become. It’s unfortunate that his passion for saving the lives of children does not include the instances when they are the most vulnerable and helpless. The deaths of these unborn children are never caused by guns or the NRA.
Ironically, one of the cowed airlines declared instantly that it would no longer give special discounts to members of the NRA, but it would continue giving money to Planned Parenthood.
I wonder if these shamed companies are sponsoring Saturday’s March for Our Lives protests, and, if so, will they also give to the March for Life and its efforts to protect the lives of the unborn?
What is disconcerting and a little disingenuous on so many levels is a completely orchestrated political move to disarm law-abiding citizens with the lame excuse that it will make our kids safer. Tell that to Kate Steinle’s family, whose daughter was killed by an illegal alien with a handgun that didn’t belong to him. Those two bad elements created a lethal incident that left a beautiful young woman dead. That man still would have been able to commit that crime if the Second Amendment had been repealed because, first of all, he flaunted the laws by coming into the country illegally … several times.
And he obviously did not have to pass a background check; he committed another crime when he stole the gun. This is not a man who would have complied with the “see something, say something” code of civility.
The Left’s move to now intimidate, marginalize, dehumanize, and shame anyone who disagrees with them on this issue is Groundhog Day for every totalitarian regime in history. In Nazi Germany, it was Jewish people who were marginalized and forced to wear yellow armbands of shame — and ridiculed for their “despicable” crime of being who they were and not something else.
Young Mr. Hogg, who has positioned himself as the spokesman on gun control for his generation, has boarded a train of his own choice — and now must face the vocal opposition of those challenging his political opinions without suggesting they are trying to stifle free speech.
He claims to reinforce the rational thinking that all voices and opinions should be heard, and that bullying any group of people into silence or coercion is not what this country was founded on … unless that voice is in opposition to a collective outrage. To openly oppose the Second Amendment, you must first embrace the reality that the First Amendment applies to all citizens, and that means your views will be met with a barrage of alternatives as unique as the individuals who voice them.
March for Our Lives, which will occur on March 24, is designed to shame the NRA and its supporters and is backed by multimillionaires — all with their own private and armed security teams. The protests will be an exposé of the highest hypocrisy. Every one of these frothy elites have embraced the right of a woman to do with her body as she pleases, including no restriction on the murder of her unborn baby up and until the moment of natural birth. But they will take from that same woman the right to protect her body from an abuser or rapist.
The people who should be shamed are the ones who were on notice that the Parkland shooter had psychological issues and did nothing.
She is not to be trusted with the gun of her choice, they say — and if she does choose an AR-15 as her companion in an isolated region of the country, she will be deemed mentally unstable and a candidate for further shaming.
The people who should be shamed are those who were on notice that the Parkland shooter had psychological issues and did nothing. The FBI should be shamed for a variety of reasons, the least of which is that it had dozens of warnings about this crazed individual long before the tragedy of February 14 happened. There has to be a stronger word than shame for the sheriffs, guards, officers — basically anyone with a gun and uniform who allowed the shooting to continue while they hid behind their cars.
And to further shore up that irresponsible behavior is the incoherent response from Sheriff Israel — who refused to take any responsibility for the actions of a deputy under his command.
He said, “I gave him a gun. I gave him a badge. I gave him the training. If he didn’t have the heart to go in, that’s not my responsibility.” Wow — that’s a contradiction of the highest order. Take out “badge” and “training” — and suddenly you have a scenario that encapsulates the mentality of the Left as it relates to gun ownership.
For this group of people, it is just the badge and uniform that separate us from those in control. That has quaintly been referred to throughout history as a police state, where only those with cute outfits are worthy to pack. Even though the person who gave them guns is declaring he is not responsible for how they are used, we are to believe that every single American citizen who owns a gun — without a uniform and badge — is a potential killer.
The media should be ashamed of themselves for setting up young David Hogg as the poster boy for their decades-old anti-gun movement. They have pitted him against over 100 million law-abiding citizens who have committed no crimes, done nothing wrong, and merely exercised their rights within the four corners of the Constitution. Sadly, the cheerleaders for these young activists would have been thrilled if less than 20 years ago their moms had chosen an alternative to the pro-life position.
They would be unknown, uncelebrated and unimportant if their moms had not chosen life, and no one would mourn their passing … just as they don’t mourn the passing of 1,000 babies who are slaughtered, legally, every single day in these United States.
Any child born after 1973 was carrying a state-sponsored death sentence with it for nine months — brought to you by the Supreme Court. There was no one to cheer millions as they grew in the womb only to die unknown, alone, the product of carelessness and selfishness. The moms were patted on the back for doing the “right” thing, the “brave” thing. It is wonderful that these kids escaped not only physical harm from the violence in their school — but also the potential violence in their home womb.
It would be wonderful if they showed as much compassion for the babies being murdered, today, right now, as they show anger against a membership-based and nonprofit organization that was founded to provide gun safety and marksmanship classes back in the mid-1800s — an organization that is charged with protecting and defending the Constitution and all amendments.
Where is the constitutional amendment allowing for the murder of innocent babies? If anything, it should have been interpreted to guarantee that the “right to life” should not end in the womb, but start there. And when Obamacare was passed, not one Supreme Court judge stood up to say it was a direct contradiction to Roe v. Wade — because now the government could tell a woman what she could and couldn’t do with her body, what insurance she must have, and that it must cover abortion even if she was an 80-year-old nun.
But then there is the Second Amendment, sitting right there next to the First Amendment — and the reason was to make sure the people could protect the Constitution and liberty at all costs. The second has nothing to do with hunting — even though there are over 50 million hunting licenses out there, which suggests that if these 50 million gun owners were crazed killers, there would be no one left to protest the private ownership of guns. Instead, it has everything to do with what we are seeing in the headlines each day as gun owners, NRA members, and defenders of the Second Amendment are in the “spotlight of shame.”
The politicians who swear to uphold and defend the Constitution, but act against the Second Amendment, are the ones who should be shamed. Not only shamed, but impeached if they are standing now in opposition to it.
When that young man asked Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in the faux town hall that CNN hosted if he would take money from the NRA, he should have turned to the elected officials behind him and asked if they were going to uphold their oaths to defend the Constitution — the whole Constitution.
While the Left pounds the Second Amendment into the ground, these people conveniently ignore the reality of how the Obama administration unleashed hundreds of assault rifles into the public under the “Fast and Furious” plan to have enough atrocities committed that the public would rally against guns altogether.
They are finally getting their wish, as the anti-gun activists converge on Washington, D.C., and many other cities around the nation and the world. But will they mention border patrol agent Brian Terry, who was murdered by one of these weapons? Will they condemn either former President Obama or former Attorney General Eric Holder, who was held in contempt of Congress for refusing to hand over papers that would expose the truth? Will they eulogize the 200 murders that have occurred with guns from Operation Fast and Furious? They can’t blame the NRA for this illegal gunrunning because to do so means they have to mention and acknowledge their guilt, which you know they won’t.
So as the buses converge on Washington, bought and paid for by the anti-gun lobby and the elite glitterati from entertainment to politics, we should all celebrate the First Amendment, which allows this display of opinion. We should all listen carefully how it allows points of view to be expressed by all — including members of the NRA, who should be allowed to speak even though they are accused of lobbying by the very lobbying groups that are organizing the rally.
We welcome ideas about how to make kids safe in public schools — while allowing those who dissent from the gun-grabbing mantra to be heard as well.
We should listen closely as they embrace the ideas of hardening the schools, adding security protocols in addition to armed guards and concealed carry for teachers who are competent with the handling of guns. They should encourage retired military and law enforcement to volunteer their time in local schools to ensure protection while posting signs around the school that it will be protected by armed individuals.
We should be ready to applaud the idea that local police precincts should consider moving next to school facilities around the country so that there is an instant response to any attempt to hurt the kids. The police would be seen as protectors of life and property, not as the enemy the Left has successfully portrayed them as. The educational and law enforcement communities could work together to provide safe spaces for kids while sending powerful messages to anyone who would consider harming them.
If that is what will happen on March 24, 2018, around the country, then we should all rejoice in this event and support it. But if it becomes a pulpit for the anti-gun, anti-NRA, shaming elite — who live in protected bubbles of security and comfort — then it will be wasted time, money and political influence. It will send a message to all law-abiding citizens of the true agenda of this anti-gun lobby effort. And those who disagree should have the same rights to express opposition to what is said and should be encouraged to do so without fear of being shamed, marginalized, ridiculed or dehumanized. That’s the promise of free speech. So — let the games begin.
Nina May is a writer, producer and director, and currently the showrunner on “Daily Bread,” a faith-based post-apocalyptic drama.
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