The advocates of disarming the American people have always used emotional “arguments” to pass legislation, before calm and rational discussion can take place. They do so for two reasons: emotions subvert honest discussion and honest discussion is the enemy. Whenever there’s a fact-based discussion on the merits, Second Amendment supporters win. How low can their opponents go? . . .
Their now-standard ploy (so common it has become a joke): “Do it for the children!” The antis use this for every possible policy prescription. It’s their standard call and it’s become meaningless. At this point, any anti-gun rights law or regulation is “for the children.”
But what that argument needs is . . . children.
In the wake of the Parkland High School spree killing, gun control advocates are trying a new tactic. Instead of having adults push for childish policies, they are having children push for childish policies.
The children are sincere. But they are children, ignorant of the debate, arguing from emotion, being used by political operatives. From mlive.com:
ANN ARBOR, MI – High school students have taken charge of the national conversation on gun control and school safety in the past week, and now Ann Arbor Public Schools officials are looking for ways to support local students in continuing that work.
Students at Ann Arbor’s five high schools participated in a walkout the afternoon of Wednesday, Feb. 21 – joining students across the country in commemorating the one-week anniversary of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 people dead.
“After the other mass shootings, we didn’t have survivors of the incident come forth and take political action like we have now,” said Board Vice President Susan Baskett.
Trustee Jessica Kelly said this feels like a “tipping point,” and she asked for ideas on how the school district could amplify the voices of students, teachers and parents on issues related to school safety and gun control.
Susan Baskett must have missed Gabby Giffords campaign, or the Brady campaign or the efforts using Virginia Tech survivor Colin Goddard by the Brady Campaign.
The media enabled only certain survivors to come forth and take political action. Survivors that do not agree with the dominant media’s talking points and agenda are not given a platform. From dailymail.co.uk:
Haab said was planning to ask about school safety, and the possibility of using veterans as armed security guards in schools, but the questions were rejected by CNN.
After allegedly being told he had to ask a scripted question, Haab decided not to attend the town hall.
CNN denies the assertion. But another father of a Stoneman Douglas High School student accused CNN of seeking out survivors who wanted to talk about gun control. From dailycaller.com:
“I actually spoke to a CNN producer on Thursday, the day after the shooting, and the producer insinuated to me that they were looking for people who were willing to espouse a certain narrative, which was taking the tragedy and turning it into a policy debate,” Klein claimed. “And I read that as being a gun control debate.”
CNN’s support for restrictions on gun ownership and is apparent to anyone who watches the channel. CNN anchor Don Lemon is not shy about his views. From newsweek.com:
“Anyone with any sense knows that this is the one common denominator that America has, the sickness that we have, is having this much access to guns. Especially this much access,” Lemon said. “Don’t tell me it’s not time to talk about it. You talk to those people down in Florida who lost their loved ones, they’ll tell you it’s time to talk about it.”
In another segment, Lemon said that the right time to talk about gun control was, in fact, “weeks, months, years or decades ago.”
Lemon consistently implies that extreme restrictions on gun ownership would solve mass murder in the United States, even though such restrictions have not done so in other countries.
CNN’s gave a platform to far left commentator, Van Jones. He calls the effort a children’s crusade. He writes:
Let the children come. Let them lead. Let them create the future they demand. Let us help them every step of the way. And let us live in the world they create.
For decades, the United States has had voluminous “conversations” about gun control. As a result, the right to keep and bear arms has been restricted and, in some places, removed.
The Internet has changed the game: the public now has instant access to unfiltered facts and educated, informed opinion. So the antis are resorting to the rhetorical equivalent of throwing a tantrum about firearms freedom, and encouraging Americans to do the same. It is as if they read Orwell’s dystopian novel, 1984, and are using it as a playbook. “Ignorance is Strength.”
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