The media’s playbook on national tragedies is about as dirty as it gets. The objective is to politicize these events by finding amongst the victims and their families the most anti-gun and giving them the national microphone.
Look no further than media darling David Hogg, who seemingly has Anderson Cooper’s phone number on speed dial. For the past few months that kid, an aspiring actor who also survived the shooting in Parkland, Florida, has received unlimited airtime to spout his gun-grabbing rhetoric.
As a result, the nightly news telecast has become entirely predictable. A-block: Hogg Interview. B -block: Stormy Daniels sighting. C-block: the weather. D-block: Unsubstantiated fluff about Russian collusion.
It’s obvious as to why that is. In addition to being hellbent on taking down the Trump administration, the media wants to dismantle the Second Amendment. If it’s not Trump bashing, it’s gun grabbing.
I hate cliches, but perception is reality. Media is trying to change the public’s perception of the 2A. Keep disseminating the message over and over that gun control is “common sense” and “no one needs and AR-15” and that gun “safety advocates” (the media’s term for gun grabbers) “don’t want to take anyone’s guns” and maybe eventually Joe six pack will be duped into believing it.
Sadly, it’s working. Since Sandy Hook, we’ve lost a lot of ground. New York, Connecticut, California and Maryland went from being anti-gun to rabidly anti-gun. Not many gun owners really gave a rip because they seemed to be heading in that direction anyhow. Colorado’s decision to ban certain mags and pass universal background checks in 2013 was a bit of a surprise. But I think many of you wrote it off as an outlier.
Now, fast forward to today, we’re seeing free states fall. Florida just passed a wave of anti-gun measures, including criminalizing the possession of bump stocks and banning gun sales to adults under the age of 21. Vermont recently followed suit, banning magazines and outlawing private transfers.
Note that these laws were signed by NRA-backed Republican governors who claimed to strongly support the Second Amendment! So, if you think your state is safe because you have a GOP-controlled government, think again!!!
What gives me solace during this onslaught is reading about people like Jeff Dysinger and his daughter Hannah. They are true patriots.
On Jan. 23, 2018, a 15-year-old student armed with a handgun opened fire on classmates at Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky, killing 2 and injuring at least 14 others. Hannah was one of the victims. She was shot twice, once in the arm and once in the chest. She survived the encounter.
Instead of joining the media-fueled call for tougher gun laws, Jeff has stood his ground as a 2A advocate.
“I think everybody in rural Kentucky, we’re all brought up with guns, I mean we’ve all been around guns our entire life,” said Dysinger, a veteran and AR-15 owner in an interview with the Associated Press. “Kids in cities like (Parkland, Florida) don’t get that.”
Four days after the Valentine’s Day shooting in Parkland Dysinger took to social media to make a statement. When the calls to ban black rifles were at a fever pitch, buoyed by Hogg and his fellow propagandists, Dysinger said the following on Facebook, “Please stop talking about AR-15s. Yes, my daughter was shot, yes I’m angry. But I can tell you it’s not a gun thing.”
Ultimately, Dysinger believes that stopping school shootings is a function of hardening schools and keeping guns away from the would-be shooters. Both in Parkland and in Benton the perpetrators should never have had unrestricted access to firearms. The Benton perp was a minor. And the Parkland perp had a documented history of mental issues.
“I can go lay an AK-47 in the middle of a gymnasium during a basketball game, and I promise you it won’t kill one person,” he said. “It’s not until someone picks it up that it becomes dangerous.”
Like other pro-gunners, Dysinger idea of “gun control” is keeping firearms secured at all times when they’re not in use. “I can tell you, nobody … can get to my guns,” he said.
Props to the Associated Press for getting this story out. Sure, it’s weeks after Parkland but late is always better than never. Hopefully other national outlets will pick it up and syndicate it. The public needs to know that there is more than one side to this story. Not every victim nor family member is aboard the Hogg train express.