Imagine a nation where the people have come to feel so victimized by gun violence that they give up trying to stop criminals. Imagine the President of the United States hauling in victims of gun violence on Air force One, using them as props for his misguided agenda. The already devastated family members from New town and across the country are the most easily identifiable emotional symbol of this administration, to pass gun legislation that will have no impact on the violence in the short or long run. To these frightened souls, it feels good to yell ad hominem attacks at Members of Congress after yesterday’s vote . It feels good to vent their fears. Mainstream media, both TV and print, tell sad and compelling stories about how innocents are gunned down across our nation, to convince we the people that the solution is more gun control legislation.
Other people empathize with their stories. They too have seen the destruction that these weapons can wreak, and they’re fed up with the gun problem. The media manipulate them into blaming gun manufacturers and the NRA for funneling handguns into poor, urban and Suburban areas where they often end up in the hands of criminals. According to the liberal school of thought, negligent marketing by gun manufacturers is turning minority and now suburban communities into “war zones.”
These people feel as if they’re empowering themselves. In reality, they are merely embracing a sort of all-encompassing narrative that places the onus of responsibility for gun violence solely on gun manufacturers — as opposed to the criminals who are actually pulling the triggers.
That is not to say gun violence is not a serious problem. Plainly it is. But a bigger problem lies in an implicit message that the NRA, Republicans and gun manufacturers are responsible for gun violence, a message that we are all victims.
We should congratulate and commend the US Senator’s last night, who had the courage to defy the President and political correctness to make a principle and courageous vote.
On the Absence of America’s Leadership at Margaret Thatcher’s Funeral
It is absolutely disgraceful that the United States government was not represented by a high level official at Margaret Thatcher funeral. Especially when you consider the high level delegation that represented our Country at Hugo Chavez funeral last month. Mrs. Thatcher whom I was fortunate to spend an entire evening with in dialogue many years ago, loved this nation and was a strong proponent of ending apartheid in South Africa. No matter how the media portrayed her position as Prime Minister, I know first hand her respect and honor for South Africans during their quest for liberation.
Mrs. Thatcher was America’s strongest supporter during the late and critical phases of the cold war. Regardless of her ideology on economic and social issues, America and the Western world owes Lady Thatcher for standing up with former President Reagan against “evil empire” of the Soviet Union. It is a slap in the face of Great Britain and Lady Thatcher’s legacy that America was not represented by a high level official at her funeral.