Look, I get it that people have the right to protest and sometimes they do it in objectionable ways, yet if it is free speech it must be allowed (excepting such things that are clearly against the law). And my beef isn't with people protesting a death by the police, protests by students in a case like witnessed recently in Florida and women's protests although I wish they showed a bit more class and taste. But I do object to the media, an organization that is supposed to be presenting the news, instead using these events to support their own propaganda.
These protests are not unplanned or impromptu as there are groups just waiting for the moment to strike and in doing so they often take advantage of those who are legitimately upset. And the media in its coverage has more often than not inflamed rather than informed and no example is better than the recent "scripted" town hall. That was not a town hall at all but a pep rally for the Progressive push for gun control, similar to the treatment the media gave to coverage of Ferguson, Baltimore and other riots which have caused major damage to people who live and work in those areas.
The Fourth Estate was designed to bring objective oversight to government and issues by using the truth, not half-truths which only make things worse. But since ninety-three percent of mainstream media reporters and supposed journalists self-identify themselves as Progressives, is it any wonder why they handle things the way they do? And that's why I used the famous Saul Alinsky quote as the headline for this commentary, for the idea being used by the organized groups and the media is to make sure that no crisis, be it real or invented, goes wasted.
Watching that supposed town hall meeting on CNN the other night made it clear that Alinsky is smiling from down below as he watches his hangers-on do his dirty work with gusto. The young man with the loaded question for Senator Rubio was carrying out a planned action and it wasn't long before we learned that CNN had scripted the questions. One young man opposed to their take went public with his complaint that they wouldn't allow him to ask a real question, one that asked about physical security and not guns.
Yes, we have problems but no, we don't resolve them by knee jerk reactions for instant gratification. Issues involving constitutional rights which we've had for over two hundred years are not to be changed on the whim because some academic, half-deranged politician, media moron or other instigator says so as he or she riles up another crowd. And when their solutions, ones that do nothing but take away freedom from others and don't solve the problem, are ever enacted we've lost freedom for nothing. And once freedom is lost, it is nearly always lost forever.
How about instead we look at what the real problem is and what the real solutions should be. The problem is about keeping our children safe in school, not about ending gun rights. Stop allowing anyone to walk into a school building. Provide adequate security such as fencing, limited means of access and internal security. And the internal security we have on site must be properly trained and fit and be willing to put their life on the line if they must. That was a huge shortfall in the Parkland incident, not to mention the lack of follow-up to warnings about the shooter by local authorities and even the FBI.
If you go to the Department of Education in Washington you'll find armed security guards riding elevators. If you want to buy jewelry, there is usually security around, seen or unseen. Most large downtown office buildings have security. But when you walk into a school with a sign "gun free zone" with an open campus and multiple unsecured buildings, you have just entered and unwitting killing zone and that's exactly the way people possessed with evil see the place.
Sure we can look at raising the age for gun ownership, looking at our lack of mental health security screening issues and the process of permitting. But remember, when we allow emotions to rule reason, we never solve anything. We just make it worse and the real problems goes on in perpetuity. And despite what the main stream media wants you to think, the majority of Americans, the good law abiding silent majority that is listening, doesn't support their dogma. Let's resolve the problem, not make it worse as we watch freedom crumble.
If tyranny takes us where some would like, the taking of citizen gun rights will open the door to the end of freedom of speech and all other God-given rights in America. The right to bear arms isn't designed to protect us from criminals, it's designed to protect us from unlawful government. The Founders learned that in their colonial days and it's why it was so important be a part of the document which puts limits on what the government is allowed to do. And that's at the heart of the real reason for wanting to eliminate citizen gun ownership. They'll try to do it piece by piece if necessary, but they'll work toward it whatever it takes. America needs to wake up.