“Opening minds and angravating liberals since 2001”
“I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life.”
My Friends and Fellow Bleeding Hearts:
This may be one of the most difficult issues I have written. Sure, we have discussed controversial topics, there have been times when the discourse has been less then genteel and there have been other situations that would not be confused for the local Pennysaver or church bulletin.
Like many of you, I am a parent and a grandparent. Absent of anything else I love my kids and g’kids more than anything.
More than ANYTHING.
I would gladly take a bullet for anyone of them if it would spare them any pain. I do not think I am unique. As it is said the greatest thing a person can do is to lay down their life for another, should it not be academic that we would do that for our own flesh and blood?
God Forbid, and I mean that seriously, were anything to ever happen to any of my progeny, I would be inconsolable.
We will get into sticky wickets here. We will be talking about death in perhaps less than solemn tones. I do not wish to offend but I canNOT promise that we won’t get into to uncomfortable places. If part of a discussion which may involve the death of a child is too much to bear, please delete this now. I do not wish to open up more hurt.
Last week, one Elliot Rodgers went on a killing spree. To say he had mental issues is an understatement. His misogyny knew no bounds and he blamed the fact that he was a twenty-two year old virgin as the excuse for his murderous spree.
Now, not to get all preachy and I am the last person to cast stones for sinning, but you have to wonder what kind of society in which we live that could cause someone to resort to murder and mayhem because he was still a virgin. I mean by the Good Book, we are supposed to remain chaste until marriage. I doubt that he was the only virgin, yes? But, still, to be so consumed with rage that he resorted to multiple murders, were there no other avenues? Even a prostitute? I do not think he could claim any sort of moral position against paying for sex, after all, he craved not to be a virgin and he killed people.
But none of that is the point.
My first inclination when I hear of something happening to a child or young person is to try to fathom the pain that the child and the parents are experiencing. Sadly, here in the New Detroit City area, since Billy the Red de BlahZero was elected mayor, there seems to me to be more and more murder and gunfights on the streets. Sadly, it appears to me more and more babies, children and young kids are getting caught in the gunfire.
I am not without sympathy and a heart. But there is one chap who is testing my limits for being understanding.
Richard Martinez lost his twenty-two year old son, Chris, to that madman Rodgers. My heart aches for him. I canNOT fathom the pain. But this guy has a strange way of showing his.
His FIRST reaction that I saw on the first interview is to call for stricter gun control. OK, fair enough, his son was shot to death, he does not like guns (I suppose) and he is lashing out. I am not sure I could blame him.
Yet, in subsequent interviews he is still beating the same drum. In fact I had to go thru a few interviews, both video and written, to find his son’s name.
How many times have I said to read between the lines, it is not what is said, it is what is omitted which is important.
When a parent of a slain child, or any similar situation, has a catch phrase and a campaign lined up to abridge YOUR Second Amendment rights but he does not mention his dead son’s name, there is something wrong.
This may be painful to watch but do but look at it from a clinical rather than emotional viewpoint. He makes the argument that only the killer gets the press but the victims are forgotten. Yet he forgets to use his own son’s name!
Watch further as he gets more and more agitated. There is no sense of grief that I see which is not overshadowed by his politicking this and referring to Sandy Hook.
And lest you believe this is a legit interview, it is posted by the morons at MoveOn.Com. The “news organization” is anything but legit. TPM, which they say stands for “Talking Points Memo” but after a quick look at a few of their articles that would more accurately be called “Totalitarian Propaganda Mendacity.” The little tool-ette sitting in on the “interview” is little more than window-dressing with a side order of bomb-throwing.
Please, do not misunderestimate me, this entire thing is a tragedy. It is easy to blame Rodgers, his parents, the police who did not do a good job of checking out Rodgers’ apartment when they were called there, heck you can blame ALL of the media and entertainment in the world for making this sick mind think he was even worse off than he thought because he is not getting all the benefits as did the citizens of Sodom and Gomorrah.
Irrespective of who is at fault, it will not bring the seven people back from the dead. May God have mercy on their souls. What is reprehensible is the politicizing of this event.
I have not read every article nor saw every interview and I am not going to do so. But what I have seen and heard is just Mr. Martinez and his numerous demands for the banning of all guns.
And, again, in case I was not as clear as I could be, this guy has an agenda and he is using his son’s murder to advance it.
You see Martinez wants guns banned. Almost understandable in one’s grief. Yet, guns were not the only “weapons” used.
Rodgers stabbed people, he ran people down with his car and yes, he shot people.
Why do Martinez and others like him demand guns taken away?
There are thousands of Americans killed every year by knives and stabbings. And despite the general decline of auto related deaths, cars still kill two to three times as many people as do guns.
Oh, in case you have not come to this conclusion, of guns, knives and autos, only one is protected by the Constitution.
And in case you have not come to this conclusion, of guns, knives and autos, only one is constantly attacked by the Left.
I am disinclined to research this Martinez fellow and further as I do not want anything to assuage my sympathy for his loss, but not his activism.
As I stated at the outset, if you are still with me, this was a very difficult issue to write and I know some of you well and how this can be very painful to you. That is not my intent.
What I was forced to do was to come down to the level of the Left and fight them the same way they fight: Dirty.
It is time for ANYONE running for elective office as a “White Hat” to learn that same lesson. Perhaps when we beat them at their own game we can go back to civility and the way things once were.
God rest the souls of the dead and comfort to all of their families.