Times, such as these, are when certain people among us try to seize the moment/crisis in order to dictate the narrative and push a political agenda that is contrary to our rights as a nation. Luis points this out. As a matter of fact, it did not take long at all for the usual suspects in the MSM, and around the liberal/left sphere within this country inside and outside government to begin targeting our Second Amendment rights. While we mourn the unimaginable massive loss and crushing grief and horror in Connecticut we must resist and refuse the media and government manipulation of our emotions during such events to rule our judgement. Jim Treacher says it best in two of his latest biting missives on Facebook:
“Our Constitutional rights are inalienable … Unless something bad happens.”
“Gun-free zones are the safest places on earth. You don’t have to worry about anybody trying to kill you as you’re shooting people.”
Today I have come across some things that help keep this in perspective. One is from blogger Lenore Skenazy who reminds us of the deadliest school massacre in U.S. history, and how different these horrific events are today … and why:
In the end there were 38 children dead at the school, two teachers and four other adults.
I’m not talking about the horrific shooting in Connecticut today. I’m talking about the worst school murder in American history. It took place in Michigan, in 1927. A school board official, enraged at a tax increase to fund school construction, quietly planted explosives in Bath Township Elementary. Then, the day he was finally ready, he set off an inferno. When crowds rushed in to rescue the children, he drove up his shrapnel-filled car and detonated it, too, killing more people, including himself. And then, something we’d find very strange happened.
No cameras were placed at the front of schools. No school guards started making visitors show identification. No Zero Tolerance laws were passed, nor were background checks required of PTA volunteers—all precautions that many American schools instituted in the wake of the Columbine shootings, in 1999. Americans in 1928—and for the next several generations —continued to send their kids to school without any of these measures. They didn’t even drive them there. How did they maintain the kind of confidence my own knees and heart don’t feel as I write this?
They had a distance that has disappeared. A distance that helped them keep the rarity and unpredictability of the tragedy in perspective, granting them parental peace.
Time and space create distance. But today, those have compressed to zero. The Connecticut shooting comes into our homes–even our hands–instantly, no matter where we live. We see the shattered parents in real time. The President can barely maintain composure. This sorrow isn’t far away, it’s local for every single one of us.
And of course it brings up Columbine. Two horrors, separated by years and miles, are now fused into one. It feels like terrible things are happening to our children all the time, everywhere. Nowhere is safe.
As a result, I expect we will now demand precautions on top of precautions. More guards. More security cameras. More supervision. We will fear more for our kids and let go of them even more reluctantly. Every time we wonder if they can be safe beyond our arms, these shootings will swim into focus.
Will this new layer of fear and security make our children any safer? Probably not, but for a reassuring reason: A tragedy like this is so rare, our kids are already safe. Not perfectly safe. No one ever is. But safe.
That’s a truth the folks in 1928 America understood. We just don’t feel that way now.
I think Ms. Skenazy could/should have also gone another inch or two in her thoughts in that because of this technological age of 24/7 instant wall-to-wall news, that most times turns these events/stories into borderline entertainment, there are those who lust for such attention and find these times their opportunity for notoriety and fame in the media by copy-catting and carrying out such atrocities within a matter of days or weeks. And what does it say about our panting MSM that state troopers must now protect grieving families from the media?
Secondly, Debra Burlingame is a friend of mine on Facebook. She is the sister of Charles “Chic” Burlingame III, the pilot of the hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 that was flown into the Pentagon on 9/11. She offers these thoughts in addition to a story from Great Britain where “gun control” is so strict personal civilian ownership is forbidden, yet, the violence has increased by 89% in just ten years. Debra says:
“The event in Newton makes me want to get a gun, not outlaw them. Criminals and crazies will always find a way to arm themselves. See rising gun violence in England, which enacted a total ban after the Dunblane shooting.”
As Burlingame noted, Great Britain in its knee-jerk emotional reaction to a mass killing disarmed its citizens, and the act has empowered the evil-minded and criminal minds, putting not only the citizens but the authorities at their mercy…
Gun crime has almost doubled since Labour came to power as a culture of extreme gang violence has taken hold.
The latest Government figures show that the total number of firearm offences in England and Wales has increased from 5,209 in 1998/99 to 9,865 last year – a rise of 89 per cent. In some parts of the country, the number of offences has increased more than five-fold. In eighteen police areas, gun crime at least doubled. The statistic will fuel fears that the police are struggling to contain gang-related violence, in which the carrying of a firearm has become increasingly common place.
Last week, police in London revealed they had begun carrying out armed patrols on some streets. The move means officers armed with sub-machine guns are engaged in routine policing for the first time.
Shadow Home Secretary, Chris Grayling, said last night: ‘In areas dominated by gang culture, we’re now seeing guns used to settle scores between rivals as well as turf wars between rival drug dealers. ‘We need to redouble our efforts to deal with the challenge.’
He added: ‘These figures are all the more alarming given that it is only a week since the Metropolitan Police said it was increasing regular armed patrols in some areas of the capital’.
The gun crime figures, which were obtained by the Tories from official Parliamentary answers, do not include air weapons. But they provide the first regional breakdown of the increasing use of firearms.
Lancashire suffered the single largest rise in gun crime, with recorded offences increasing from 50 in 1998/99 to 349 in 2007/08, an increase of 598 per cent.
But! But! But if we take EVERYONE’S guns we will not have any shootings, and crime/violence will drop and we will all be in Utopia!!!
That is the mentality of the liberals/left in this country, as I said within and outside our government. They refuse to cite people as evil or even personally/criminally responsible, instead choosing to firmly lay all blame on inanimate objects (unless, of course, there is a political agenda angle they can cash in on … See: George Zimmerman). The fact is, one of the biggest illegal movement of guns that threw gasoline on a blazing fire of death and violence in the last five years was our own government’s, ATF/DOJ, “Fast and Furious” gunwalking to Mexican drug cartels. But the same MSM that is now gripping the anchor desks and grimacing through the TV screens calling for immediate gun control (banning) never seem to want to cite that tragedy. No, they are calling on these same gunwalking operatives to disarm all those American citizens who legally and responsibly own and operate our weapons, and who did not get up yesterday morning and trek to a grade school to mercilessly end dozens of lives. It is not our “gun culture” (as a recent NFL shooting story prompted some sports reporters to tag it) that needs addressing and changing. It is our sick mental health culture clashing with our liberal-imposed PC culture…
This morning I saw another psychologist on FOX echoing that psycholigist, and also telling the truth about these shootings … so much so he made the female co-anchor squirm in her seat. It goes to the casual manner in which people with recognizable mental/psycological problems are treated, or not-treated, and taken seriously (not) in this country and mostly by the medical community. And then when something like this happens this primary/core ’cause/reason’ for the shooter’s actions is completely ignored and/or discounted. My medical school daughter is doing her psych rotation residency right now and, between me and you and the phone pole, has related that some ‘patients’ she has seen as being ‘treated’ while freely coming and going, but could easily ‘snap’ at any-given time if they don’t take their meds or if something sets them off. The things they say would chill your blood. Yet, we live in a country that because one student in school is allergic to peanut butter the entire school is forbidden from having peanut butter in the school. But people who are obviously not healthy to the point of being a massive danger to society are handled with such PC deference to their rights are costing innocent lives. We are now upside down and inside out, and far too many innocent people are paying the harsh price for our PC new age interference.
The truth is, you can research the U.S. cities (such as Chicago) and other countries that have the strictest of gun laws and bannings, and they have some of the highest crime and murder rates ever. And the bubbleheaded celebrity community that shamelessly use guns and violence as product sellers and who have lawyers and the authorities at their disposal for their protection, in addition to personal/private armed bodyguards, are now claiming removing and banning OUR guns will result in, wait for it … “FREEDOM” for Americans!
Yeah, too bad we can’t ask over six million Jews in Europe. Maybe we can ask those extremely happy, healthy, and wealthy folks in Cuba, China, and North Korea how ‘gun control’ is working out for them.
By the way, also keep in mind these celebrity-types are a bit on the mentally ill side, in addition to self-medicating.