I’ve never shied away from sharing my opinion following tragedies like last week’s Parkland, FL school shooting and worked very hard to share my suggestions to save children. While I don’t claim to have all the answers to solve this very serious issue plaguing American communities, I can tell you what isn’t the answer:
nonsense like this.
And while news outlets are shamelessly promoting one segment of students:
They are willfully silencing another:
In an interview with The Daily Wire, Brandon Minoff, a survivor last week’s school shooting in Parkland, FL, said he believes the media is using the shooting as an opportunity to push for gun control more than they are reporting the facts as neutral observers.
“I think it’s the media,” Minoff said, referring to whom he believes is promoting the gun control narrative in response to the shooting. “They exploit everything to make it political. They’re more concerned about gun control at this moment rather than the fact that there were 17 people that were killed.”
“It pains me to see that knowing that 17 of my classmates are dead and they just want to talk about gun control,” he continued. “Students have opinions, they say stuff that they’re against guns, and that gun control is necessary, but they’re making it bigger than it needs to be at this moment.”
Additionally, an article on The Federalist hit the nail on the head with this headline: If You Want Gun Control, Stop Calling The NRA A ‘Terrorist Organization’
Author Mike Morrison writes, “While it may feel cathartic in the moment to lash out online, it’s a gross misunderstanding of the NRA and the source of their power in American politics. Even worse, this sends a divisive message to gun owners across the country that further splits our already fractured republic.”
The NRA and other gun rights organizations draw their power from their members, and their members know it. So when people call the NRA a terrorist organization, the implication is that its 5 million-plus members are terrorists, too. When people tweet over and over that we are terrorists, putting us in the same bucket as ISIS and al-Qaeda, it’s hardly an invitation to come together and talk about how to solve gun-related issues.
And he’s right. Attacking millions of fellow Americans isn’t going to get anyone anywhere and both sides need to check themselves before they wreck themselves.
As it stands today, America is firmly divided. So let’s move forward from here.
As my good friend S.E. Cupp says here:
To claim gun owners don’t care or to insinuate that the NRA advocates the killing of innocent lives and works to put guns in the hands of any and everyone is ignorant, inflammatory and downright evil.
These are our neighbors, fellow parents, teachers, doctors, lawyers – there is no “stereotypical gun owner” anymore, we range from every race, age, color, creed and socio-economic status. As Second Amendment defenders, we need to do a better job of being the face of responsible gun owners and show these people that we’re not who the media makes us out to be, we’re the same people who stand in line with them at the grocery store or parked in the next lane at the bank!
We are good, honest, law-abiding responsible gun owners. Don’t back down from that, stand up and fight for it.