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Tragedy and Exploitation The Progressive Way
Townhall.com ^ | December 16, 2012 | Derek Hunter

Posted on 12/16/2012 4:01:27 AM PST by Kaslin

I’ll leave it to others better suited to comment on the horror of Friday afternoon in Newtown, Conn. I am not yet a parent and would not presume to understand the emotions involved in something like this.

But on the media reaction and exploitation that followed the horrific news, I will comment.

Simply put, it was disgusting.

I’ve said before how progressives will exploit anyone and anything to advance their agenda, but I’d always thought there was a line, somewhere, of decency they wouldn’t cross. I was wrong.

With the blood of the victims still wet, progressives began their call for gun control. They had no idea if the guns were purchased legally (they were, and stolen from the first murder victim, the killer’s mother), what kind of guns they were (they were pistols, not “assault weapons,” though a semi-automatic rifle was found, unused, in the killer’s car), or even if the killer was in custody or dead (there were stories of a hunt for a second shooter) before they succumbed to the siren call of their agenda.

Michael Moore, noted tragedy profiteer, took to Twitter with “Only minutes away from pundits & politicians say, "This isn't the time to talk about gun control." Really? When is that moment?”

A short time later he followed up with “The NRA hates freedom. They don't want you to have the freedom to send your children to school & expect them to come home alive.”

No fiction writer could do the sickness of that man justice.

But Moore wasn’t alone, David Frum was his usual self and joined a chorus of his fellow progressives that included Piers Morgan, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and nearly the entire homepage of The Huffington Post in calling for more gun control.

Actress Rashida Jones tweeted, “Gun control is our only road to freedom. Freedom from the fear of senselessly losing children. I'm so saddened. WE NEED LAWS NOW.”

The stupidity of these people is self-evident. States with the most freedom to own and carry guns have the lowest crime rates. Meanwhile, cities such as Chicago, where it’s illegal to own a gun, have the most gun violence.

But although the side of liberty has the statistics, progressives play on emotion. Facts don’t matter in a world of crying children, and progressives know it. A complicated issue is offered a simple solution that appeals to the feeling of helplessness and promises to alleviate it. It’s a tactic used by despots throughout history.

Since we have a media that functions as the ground troops for the progressive movement, that they would line up to offer their megaphone surprised no one. A manufactured protest of anti-Second Amendment progressive activists that attracted only a couple-dozen people (there were more reporrters there than protesters) received more coverage from the Democratic Media Complex than all the huge Tea Party protests. The event came together as if it were an Ikea desk sitting in the corner just waiting for the opportunity to be assembled.

All three major networks ran hour-long specials Friday night reiterating the limited information they had and featuring literal guesses as to what must’ve happened. Facts don’t matter when trying to scare people.

The most despicable part of the media coverage was the interviews. Children as young as these vultures could find had cameras in their faces seeking any sound bite they could milk for ratings. But those children wouldn’t be there were their parents not feet away giving permission and granting their own interviews about their person relief.

No one can blame a parent for an immeasurable sense of relief over finding their child unharmed, but they can be blamed for sticking themselves and their child in front of television cameras to spread that relief to a grieving community. Has the allure of “fame,” no matter how fleeting, overruled our sense of decency?

The president was reserved and presidential in his remarks, and the White House said this is not the time to press an agenda (we’ll see how long that lasts). But their allies would have none of it. Progressive activists and their fellow travellers in the media have a storied history of dancing on graves to advance their agenda, but rarely have they danced so gleefully on such tiny graves yet to be dug. Time will tell which argument wins the day, but I have my suspicions. As President Obama’s former chief of staff once famously said, “You never want a serious crisis go to waste.”


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; US: Connecticut
KEYWORDS: 2012; democrats; guncontrol; newtown; progressives; sandyhook; secondamendment; shooting
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1 posted on 12/16/2012 4:01:34 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Ambulance chasing commie rat b@stards.


2 posted on 12/16/2012 4:05:08 AM PST by exnavy (Got ammo, Godspeed!)
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To: exnavy

To call these opportunistic politicians such a thing, is only an insult to ambulance-chasing commie rat bastards! Ambulance-chasing commie rat bastards never did anything that evil.


3 posted on 12/16/2012 4:06:37 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: Kaslin
Gun control is our only road to freedom

Oh no, it needs to join up with arbeit, sharia, etc to form a superhighway.

4 posted on 12/16/2012 4:07:43 AM PST by palmer (Obama = Carter + affirmative action)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Point taken, well said.


5 posted on 12/16/2012 4:08:28 AM PST by exnavy (Got ammo, Godspeed!)
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To: Kaslin

He will show up sunday to console and morn........AKA............fan the flames


6 posted on 12/16/2012 4:09:32 AM PST by ronnie raygun (bb)
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To: Kaslin

I got accosted on Facebook by a well meaning but I think misguided soul who asked, if banning guns doesn’t stop rampages, why are there few gun rampages in highly gun phobic Europe? My impression is that partly there are more knifing problems, and partly that there is not very much news coverage afforded to events in Europe when a loon with a gun gets looney with that gun.


7 posted on 12/16/2012 4:10:34 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: exnavy

I live in Monroe Ct.15 Minutes from this school,I grew up in Sandy Hook. I am 62 years old,I do Printer Fax and Copier repair,this Requires me to Go Into Schools throughout Connecticut.
On Thursday I was in a Catholic elementary school of Kindergarten to 4th Grade students,what struck me as so Pleasing,as I go into Numerous Public schools,was the Numerous Crucifixes and posted on the walls that Jesus Christ Is the reason for this school.
I was escorted to the room where the printer that needed to be repaired was located and the Escort introduced me as Mr. Jeff who was going to repair their Printer and in Unison they welcomed me,Good Morning Mr. Jeff.
As I was repairing the Printer the Children Were asked to rise since they would Be Going to Lunch,they Then Recited the Hail Mary,I have to say I had Chills going through me,as I mentioned I also go into Numerous Public Schools and there Is Nothing Resembling that Behaviour in any way shape or form.
When I finished I commented to My Escort what a Pleasure it was to experience the atmosphere of their school.
Im sorry if I am Not Conveying what any Meaning this has except for the Fact I have 1 Grandaughter two and a Half Years old,being so close in Proximity to this Tragedy,we visit my wifes Cousin who lives three houses down from this school,had me in tears on Friday just Picturing those Small Children I had the Pleasure to Hear On Thursday in a similar room. God Bless those Children and the families of the Victims


8 posted on 12/16/2012 4:24:25 AM PST by ballplayer
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To: HiTech RedNeck
... why are there few gun rampages in highly gun phobic Europe?

Obviously you've forgotten about the recent Norwegian mass murder ... where at least three times the number that were killed in Newtown died (mostly young adults).

9 posted on 12/16/2012 4:24:25 AM PST by BluH2o
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To: Kaslin
Since we have a media that functions as the ground troops for the progressive movement

Correction - the MSM is the air force of evil, not he ground troops.

10 posted on 12/16/2012 4:26:02 AM PST by VRW Conspirator (We were the tea party before there was a tea party. - Jim Robinson)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

I call for media control and politician control.


11 posted on 12/16/2012 4:27:30 AM PST by VRW Conspirator (We were the tea party before there was a tea party. - Jim Robinson)
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To: Kaslin

...today watch for the well rehearsed one finger eye wipe, one and then the other, that went global for the little boy king, can’t have one eye wipe, tears flow from both....but being a narcissistic, emotions of this sort are impossible. He might even go for the bowed head thumb forefinger bridge of the nose bow in deep remorse schtick.....a perfect image to flash to the world. Camera’s ready?, flash bulbs ready?, rolling?,......ACTION!


12 posted on 12/16/2012 4:29:21 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Kaslin
How about instead of guns, we focus on the "Mental Health" profession that gave this kid every type of psuedo-catch phrase-pop psychology-clueless diagnosis on the planet?

So, did he have "ADHD?" "Asperbergers? "Personality Disorder?" "Autism Spectrum Disorder?" Child Disintegrative Disorder?"

Let's face facts: the "Mental Health" profession has no idea what it is doing. They might as well be Witch Doctors, but they charge 10,000 times as much. I, for one, and sick and tired of these charlatans who masquerade as if they were doctors of the mind the same as there are doctors of the body. The two cannot, and should not, be compared. Ever again.

Perhaps instead of guns, we should ban Divorce? I mean, it makes as much sense as what Nanny Bloomberg and Obese Nadler are saying.

Moreover, in today's America, no parent wants to label their little darlings as evil, or influenced by demonic forces. Clearly, this young man was in the clutches of evil.

Until "Mental Health Professionals" acknowledge God, the Soul, Good, and Evil - they are worse than useless. They are the part of the problem.

13 posted on 12/16/2012 4:30:27 AM PST by SkyPilot
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To: Kaslin

I we want freedom we should begin with banning public schools.


14 posted on 12/16/2012 4:46:47 AM PST by Fester Chugabrew (double trouble, here we come)
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To: Fester Chugabrew

I —> Iffins


15 posted on 12/16/2012 4:47:39 AM PST by Fester Chugabrew (double trouble, here we come)
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To: SkyPilot

It does not matter that he had personality disorder. His mother is the one who had guns. The kid could have been clinically psychotic and still since his Mother was supposedly “sane” having a psychological test on this kid would not have changed the outcome as HIS MOTHER HAD THE GUNS!


16 posted on 12/16/2012 4:49:33 AM PST by napscoordinator (GOP Candidate 2020 - "Bloomberg 2020 - We vote for whatever crap the GOP puts in front of us.")
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To: napscoordinator

Why did you put “sane” in quotes? I have not seen anyone suggest that she was anything but.

A ban on “assault weapons” wouldn’t have stopped this, as he didn’t use one (it was in the trunk of his car).

A ban on gun purchases wouldn’t have helped—he was already denied a gun at the store.

A ban on guns in schools didn’t help.

A ban on murder didn’t help.

I’m not sure what else there is to say. He was an evil, evil, evil SOB.


17 posted on 12/16/2012 4:59:34 AM PST by dinodino
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To: ballplayer
You are in the correct age group, I attended public school, I remember a prayer time in the morning, the pledge of allegiance, and the “board of education”. All are gone now, and some wonder why these things happen. I'll be heading out for church soon, have a blessed day, stay safe.
18 posted on 12/16/2012 5:00:41 AM PST by exnavy (Got ammo, Godspeed!)
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To: Kaslin

It part of the religion of State. Whereas most of us said a prayer for the souls of the lost and the solace of the living.

But the State has no heart, or soul. It merely seeks to control.


19 posted on 12/16/2012 5:01:17 AM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_rampage_killers#School_massacres

US has 5 out of the 15 listed

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_rampage_killers:_School_massacres

US has the most incidents listed, with China not far behind.

I was wondering if population size was a factor, but then noticed India not on the list at all.

Also missing from the list were terror attacks (Chechens in Belsen, Palestinian suicide bombers, etc.)


20 posted on 12/16/2012 5:13:32 AM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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