Skip to comments.Science Explains Why Gun Activists Can Easily Exploit Teenís Emotional Trauma
Posted on 02/22/2018 12:23:00 PM PST by Liberty7732
The fallout from the Parkland school shooting is demonstrating how left-wing activists are willing to exploit vulnerable teens in pursuit of a political agenda. Its a despicable act. We should be protecting grieving teens from this sort of manipulation, not using them as pawns. But expect to see more, and younger children, too.
Part of our culture is willing to make children secondary to adults lives, quickly pushing them out of the way to pursue careers or more money; willing to rack up a national debt that is an abomination they will have to pay for merely to help personal re-elections; shove them in front of violent, graphic entertainment to make a buck; and generally make them secondary to our lives.
But suddenly, when they are useful for a political agenda, theyre super important and we turn them into pawns to be used by adults willing to prey on their emotional vulnerability. This is a vulgar treatment of children.
Now is the very moment they should be nurtured, helped through their grieving, allowed to move beyond the atrocity committed, grow through understanding of dealing with tragedy in life.
Activists who exploit them for their left-wing agenda are particularly awful given the developmental state of teens, as understood through the science of the brain.
Teenagers as a group and compared to their adult selves, are not good decision-makers, and certainly not up to the task of advocating for wise public policy in a complicated issue.
The prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain that drives rational thought, good judgement and long-term consequences, does not fully develop in a person until age 25 or so. But the amygdala, the part of the brain that drives emotions, develops more quickly.
In a teen, these are out of balance (it was that way for all of us) as the amygdala is further along. This is why teens so frequently baffle their parents by responding so emotionally and apparently irrationally to situations. Their amygdala is overriding the undeveloped prefrontal cortex. As they age, this balances out more.
This is explained easily by the University of Rochester Medical Center. Its also explained pretty fairly at The Conversation, offering help for parents dealing with irrational teens. If you think about teens, yourself as a teen, those you have seen and known, you know this is true.
Something else crucially important: Teens, generally speaking, are easily influenced by peers and the need to fit in, and are particularly easy to manipulate and exploit compared to what they will be in 10 or 20 years. This is also due to the same developing brain structure, although every parent knows it to be true.
Unfortunately, there are unscrupulous organizations that will take advantage of an atrocity, such as the Parkland school shootings, and use teens as their emotional proxies to pursue bad policy. This doesnt mean the teens suffering (those from Parkland, specifically) is not real, or that they do not feel totally sincere in their protests. Surely, both are true.
It does mean that they are being manipulated by what are not good people, willing to exploit teen grief for their own political ends. It is well reported that these are not spontaneous demonstrations. The organizers of the Womens Marches are behind the rallies in Tallahassee, Washington and around the nation, marches and school walkouts. All basic, long-time tactics of left-wing activists to apply emotional pressure.
When NBC News reports that Students seize control of gun debate, plan walkouts and march they should run a correction. More like, Seasoned left-wing activists seize control of gun debate, use students as tools.
So when you see the demonstrations in the news, breathlessly being covered by a sympathetic media, what you are actually witnessing is an exploitation of emotionally grieving teens by adult activists who have been otherwise unsuccessful in changing a policy.
I will not be paying much attention to the teens at the demonstrations, because I cannot learn more than that they feel deep grief for their lost classmates, and I already know that. What they need is guidance and help processing their grief, not being abused as tools by any means possible people.
If it is on the gun-control debate, I want to hear from people who have studied the issue, who are well versed in facts and reality and considered solutions based on what has worked and not worked. Not from grieving teens who are being used by manipulative exploiters.
How about these study results:
Mass murderers don’t follow gun laws.
Or these study results:
Gun laws make it easier for sociopaths to commit mass murder.
Kids being used for the political agenda of others.
I have an Answer!
Make it a Voluntary Option to be put on the NO GUN BUY LIST, and Challenge ALL these little pukes to sign up for LIFE!!!
Why liberals are like perpetual teenagers. THIS. This is why.
Words on paper do not stop a persons’ evil intentions.
Why liberals are like perpetual teenagers...
Hmm, I wonder...is liberalism possibly brain development related?
Could water tratment (chlorine, fluoride) be a player in this? Fluoride toothpastes? Sugars? Other?
No need ti read further.
Writer and science are enemies.
Writer and IQ are enemies.
Violent people. Hate, Anger and Bigotry
I’m no ‘Scientist’ but I HAVE raised teenagers to adulthood.
Their skulls are full of MUSH until they’re 25 or so.
Because the Democrat Party is a gang?
For these students to have been instigated to act on their aggression will prove to have done them lasting harm. What they need is to be at home with family and friends who can restore normal relating and a sense of safety. After this histrionic orgy of righteous indignation fades, they will be abandoned by the cynical media and left in a bad place.
The fact that the left does this is proof that the 2nd Amendment is vitally important and should be defended at all costs.
Sounds like Mr. Kasky is another mentally ill kid sending up red flags like balloons at a parade. When will he snap?
Hey, I wasnt like this douchebag when I was a teen, nor were the majority of the people I hung out with...
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