Playing On Our Sympathy

The sheer horror of the murder of so many innocent schoolchildren causes such a well of heart-wrenching sorrow, anger and dismay.  We all want answers as to “why”, but the truth is even if  the investigation uncovers that the killer left an explanation, the explanation probably won’t make sense to us.  We can’t know what Adam Lanza was thinking, if he was hearing voices, if his mind had slipped into complete madness, what caused the anger that drove him.  So, in the absence of clear answers, the quick answer is more gun-control laws, despite the fact that Adam Lanza took guns that weren’t his and killed the legal owner of those guns.  Many politicians on the left began using these slain children as political weapons to ram more gun-control laws through.  This politicizing of this tragic event sickens me and it alarms me too.  Way too many Americans get sucked into these national melodramas, allowing their emotions to be played by these political opportunists.  Facts and rationally assessing whether the proposed solutions would have had any impact at preventing this mass murder won’t play any part in the “national dialogue” many prominent left-wing media mouthpieces have suggested.

The media truly runs wild with baseless stories and few journalists seem to be alarmed at how many “facts” they’ve gotten wrong so far.  First, they reported it was the brother, Ryan Lanza, who was the shooter.  Most of the reports I read or saw on TV the first 2 days reported that the mother was a teacher at the elementary school and the classroom the shooter entered was his mother’s.  With so much on-air time to fill with live reporting the complete left me full of questions.  Like, I heard the shooter used an automatic weapon, I heard a lot about “assault weapons” and I heard lots of other dire warning about large round capacity magazines.  Along with that some reporters ran with long rambles about Asperger’s, autism and the mental illness angle.

Here are the things I think I understand, by consulting two gun owners, one is my son (who happens to own an “assault weapon” and several hand guns) , and  a friend who owns guns and has a lot of experience with guns and the law.  The term “assault weapon” is sort of wishy-washy.  The media uses that term rather loosely to define weapons that look like military issue weapons or long guns that hold more than 10 rounds.  Lots of  shotguns have more firepower than these so-called “assault weapons”, but let’s not let facts stand in the way of the Diane Feinstein-type gun “expert”.  One can only marvel at the overwrought hysterical rantings of the gun-control crowd.   Like, I said in a previous post, I don’t own any guns, nor do I have any desire to use any guns ever.  However, I don’t care how many guns my neighbors own or Jim-Bob two states over, because the odds are my neighbors and Jim-Bob two states over aren’t going to turn into homicidal maniacs who go on a killing spree.  Sure, we can say we should make sure these events never happen again, but the truth is we have no way to identify nor prevent the occasional homicidal nutjob from bursting on the public stage and creating havoc.  Mass murderers aren’t some new phenomenon.   The killer in this case, as in every other case, doesn’t obey the law and taking one option out of his hands won’t stop mass murders.  In the same breath that reporters mention the assault weapons, they remind us that while Adam Lanza had some psychological problems, he was very intelligent.  The whacko in Aurora, James Holmes ranked as a genius and even without access to “assault weapons”, he would have devised some other heinous method to perpetrate violence.  His apartment certainly left clues to that intent.   We can’t regulate intent nor can we legislate mass murder out of existence.  And in today’s computer age information on how to do just about anything is just a few clicks away.  The media is sure to regale us with lots of dishonest “facts” to propel new gun-control measures.  To quote Fox News’ Juan Williams, when confronted with facts that new gun-control wouldn’t have prevented Adam Lanza’s rampage, “I don’t care, we need to do something!”  And that’s the mentality of the political left in this country.  They want the federal government to  manage our lives from cradle to grave.


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5 responses to “Playing On Our Sympathy

  1. Kinnison

    That sounds exactly like Juan Williams and most liberal idiots. Amen LB, amen…

    • Welcome Kinnison! I just wonder how they think another law would have prevented this whacko. He stole his mother’s guns and if he really wanted to kill people, he would have found a way.

  2. Kinnison

    The immigrant Jihadis who have taken over Dearborne, MI, object to Easter egg hunts. Easter egg hunts offend Islam? Is anything more secular than little kids with baskets hunting for colored eggs supposedly hidden by the mythical Easter Bunny? You would think the Somalis transplanted to Michigan by Bill Clinton would sympathize with children scavenging the grass and bushes for food…when we had U.S. troops in Somalia their unofficial nickname for the locals was “the Skinnies”…

    • Kinnison, We’ve got large swathes of society who thrive on being “offended” or “alienated”. Whether it’s harmless children’s celebrations – from Valentine’s Day cards, Christmas parties, to now Easter egg hunts, anything deemed traditional in America comes under attack. There’s also a loud contingent of “health-conscious” food police to rob every bit of sweetness and joy from childhood too. The public schools embrace it all, from the sanitized sugar-free,whole-grain Michelle-approved food list to the allergy-aware, nut-free and egg warnings. Our once soaring American spirit ended up being usurped by whining victimhood and without a drastic course correction, we are doomed.

  3. Kinnison

    The Meaning of Memorial Day
    Memorial Day originated on a crude wooden speakers’ platform at the Civil War battlefield of Gettysburg on the 30th of May, 1864.
    President Abraham Lincoln, the last speaker in a long line of distinguished orators who had come to speak that day at the dedication of the memorial cemetery to the dead of the Gettysburg battlefield, made a few remarks he had hurriedly scribbled on the back of an enve­lope on the train from Washington, D.C. His Gettysburg Address is considered one of the finest pieces of tribute ever written to honor any na­tion’s fallen.
    President Lincoln said, in part:
    “…From these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion; that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain…Let us never forget that these gallant dead must not have died in vain”.
    His words, printed and reprinted in newspapers all over this country, were taken into the na­tion’s consciousness, and have become an important part of our history.
    The Grand Army of the Republic, a group of Union Civil War veterans, was the Nation’s first chartered veterans’ organization. The “GAR” began observing the anniversary of Lincoln’s his­toric tribute to the gallant dead at Gettysburg by decorating the graves of Civil War veterans in cemeteries all over the country with American flags and flowers.
    Begun as a private remembrance of fallen comrades, the American people soon took the day to their hearts, and solemnized the sacrifice of their sons to the preservation of the Union with an­nual prayers and ceremonies nationwide.
    On May 30th, 1868, President James A. Garfield, himself a former Union general, spoke at Gettysburg on the occasion of the first official national memorial observance. Describing the Union’s honored dead of the Civil War, he said:
    “…They summed up and perfected, by one supreme act, the highest virtues of men and citizens.”
    Until 1882, the day was known as “Decoration Day”. In that year, Congress declared the 30th of May an official national holiday, and re-named it “Memorial Day” to honor the dead of all America’s wars.
    In the 238 years of U.S. history, there have been 29 wars, major military conflicts and actions, which claimed the lives of 1,343,812 Americans.
    At a military funeral, the flag draping the cas­ket is carefully folded by the burial detail, and presented to the wife or mother of the deceased by the escort officer, with the words: “Accept this flag with the thanks of a grateful nation”.
    We as a nation sometimes forget the sacrifices that made us, and keep us, free. The fami­lies…the fathers and mothers, the husbands and wives, daughters and sons… never forget the price that has been paid.
    Since the Congress passed the National Holiday Act of 1971, and Memorial Day was designated as the last Monday in May, the day set aside to honor America’s war dead has become just an­other three-day weekend to many people. Few bother to pause and honor the fallen. The families, and their living comrades, remember them and their sacrifice.
    Pause this Memorial Day for a moment and re­member the men who froze in that terrible winter at Valley Forge (and Bastogne, and Chosin Reservoir), the men who fought on Seminary Ridge at Gettysburg (and San Juan Hill in Cuba, Blanc Mont in France, Bloody Ridge on Guadalcanal, Monte Casino in Italy, Heartbreak Ridge in Korea, and Hamburger Hill in Vietnam). Remember the men who fought outnumbered at Concord Bridge (and the Peking Legation, and Bataan, and Koto-Ri, Khe Sahn and Fallujah). Remember the sailors and Marines en­tombed in the U.S.S. Arizona on the bottom of Pearl Harbor, and all those gallant men of the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard who have found a watery grave in the world’s seas in the defense of your liberty. Remember the pilots and air­crew who were shot down in flames over France in two world wars, and the graves of those who died over Germany and Japan. Mourn for those who died in the Persian Gulf, and those who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan.
    Think, for just a moment, of Molly Pitcher, who took her wounded husband’s place at the cannon at the Battle of Trenton. Remember the Army nurses that refused to be evacuated from Corregidor, and the patients who needed them: many of both died in the prison camps of the Philippines and Japan. Remember that the Vietnam Memorial has inscribed upon it the names of eight women who died serving their country.
    Remember those men whose inscriptions on the Vietnam Memorial read simply: “M.I.A.”
    Remember them as you drive past the cemeteries in the towns and cities of America this three-day weekend, and see the many small flags on the graves of those who served. Remember all of them, dressed in ragged uniforms of many eras, in their ghostly ranks. Remember what they sacrificed for their country, their loved ones…and for you.
    Remember them. You owe them your freedom.
    Respectfully submitted,
    Lieutenant Colonel, Armor, AUS (Ret.)
    …and former Sgt. & “Mustang”
    Capt. of Marines

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