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Science Explains Why Activists Can Exploit Teen’s Emotional Trauma

Rod Thomson

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. It’s 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, they’re 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.

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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. It’s 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 doesn’t mean the teen’s 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 Women’s 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.

Rod Thomson is an author, TV talking head and former journalist, and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Rod is co-host of Right Talk America With Julio and Rod on the Salem Radio Network.

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Florida Scuttles Legislation That Could Actually Stop School Shootings

Rod Thomson

Emotions and empty platitudes have long been the field on which the anti-Second Amendment gun control crowd plays. And with wicked murders last week at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., emotions are sky high — and that is usually bad for sound policy.

The emotions have brought out the predictable platitudes from the left-wing, including the insufferable John Kasich, about “common sense” gun legislation and “time to put aside our differences” and “standing up to the NRA.” Every one of those simply means: Do we what we say.

But now, the anti-gun agitators have taken the profound grief of young people and are using it as another tool for their agenda. The Parkland teens did not organize their protests on their own around the state and nation and their rally in Tallahassee as legislators were meeting. In fact, we now know that the same organizations behind the Women’s March are the ones organizing and funding these marches.

There is nothing grass roots there, just exploitative deep pockets from the left. Sheriff David Clarke sees on Twitter the destabilizing hand of George Soros in them, which would fit with the Women’s March.

And the media is broadcasting the times and dates of the marches like they are public service announcements, without an ounce of scrutiny.

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All of this political fallout from the evil murders at the high school came during the Florida Legislature’s annual nine-week session.

And so, bowing to the emotions, platitudes and timing, some of the most fearless defenders of gun rights and reasoned thinking on the issue have pulled the only legislation that might actually have an impact on saving lives.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Greg Steube, a Sarasota Republican, has withdrawn legislation his committee was set to vote on that would have lifted the gun-free zones on schools and allowed school districts, with local discretion, to designate a concealed weapons permit holder to carry a gun on campus. Steube has worked tirelessly to allow similar gun laws on Florida colleges and in schools in previous years to help young people defend themselves from wicked rampagers. Generally, those did not make it out of committee.

This year was different with Steube chairing the committee and having apparent support for this legislation.

But the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Dennis Baxley, an Ocala Republican, said the timing was now wrong for holding a debate over what critics label an expansion of gun rights in Florida.

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported:

“I don’t think we’re ready for that discussion right now,” Baxley said. “I’m trying to solve a problem. Having a school as a gun-free zone, while well intentioned, makes it a sterile target. That would change if there was armed resistance.”

Baxley has another bill set to go Wednesday before the full Senate that would allow people to carry their concealed weapons to church, even if there was a school on the grounds. He said Monday that was still scheduled for debate.

“But whether it is brought up, is going to be up to leadership,” Baxley said.

And thus died the most reasonable, Constitutional steps that government could take to limit these shootings, once again demonstrating the axiom that liberals end up damaging the most, the very people they claim to want to help.

Rod Thomson is an author, TV talking head and former journalist, and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Rod is co-host of Right Talk America With Julio and Rod on the Salem Radio Network.

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The Reasoned Response To Mass School Shootings

Rod Thomson

With 17 people murdered Wednesday at a Florida high school in yet another mass shooting at a public place, the immediate reaction in the media and the left has been predictable. The go-to phrase from comedian Chelsea Handler, newspaper columnist Jessica Valenti and SiriusXM Radio executive Norm Ornstein — and now thousands of others — is that Republicans and Second Amendment defenders “have blood on their hands.”

This is a despicable response, of course, but par for about everything from the left nowadays. Worse, it does nothing to actually limit future atrocities. There is no compassion in that. But there is effective compassion in a well-reasoned response that almost assurdedly would save lives.

Plenty of Americans are not being despicable about the issue, but given an enormous amount of emotions and misinformation, they are really not sure how to respond to these horrible events.

So here’s a basic, reasoned walk-through toward what may be the only substantive structural action to be taken that could make a dent in these mass shootings.


The killers

The first place to look at preventing these mass killings is the people committing the mass killings. Sure, it seems obvious, but not to a chunk of people apparently. The problem is people killing people, using guns, trucks, occasionally bombs and so on.

One of the commonalities of mass shooters is that they were known ahead of time to either be mentally ill or violent and potentially dangerous. This is the argument for background checks. State by state, laws on gun ownership are quite different. There are laws prohibiting felons from owning guns, the mentally ill from owning guns and so on.

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There is merit to some of these. Felons in many states lose their right to vote, too. The idea is that when you commit a crime and are convicted, you forfeit some of your rights. Jail takes your freedom away. Society can also take away your right to vote and own a weapon.

The mentally ill is trickier because there is no clear distinction, such as being a felon or not being a felon. How mentally ill is mentally ill enough to lose a Constitutional right? Are there simple conditions that could trigger a lost right? Is bipolar enough? Is depression? At what levels? It can feel a bit arbitrary, but worth exploring. Perhaps if you have been institutionalized for some minimum amount of time.

But even if these sorts of measures worked well — and it is hard to know measurably because we can’t know what mass shootings might have happened — they remain far from perfect. The Sandy Hook shooter could not own guns because he could not pass a background check. But his mom was a legal gun owner and he took her guns and committed the atrocity. No reasonable person suggests we should take rights from the family members of a potentially dangerous person.

So while identifying potential threats may be worthwhile, it is far from a solution.


The places

Now, from who commits the crimes to where they commit the crimes, we have more clear data points.

According to a research report from the Crime Prevention Research Center, 98.4 percent of mass shootings from 1950 through July 10, 2016 were committed in gun-free zones. Only 1.6 percent occurred where citizens are allowed to carry firearms on their person. The CPRC uses the FBI’s definition of a mass shooting — excluding gang activity, for instance.

Even the left-leaning Politifact rated Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran half true when he said “Most of these mass shootings take place in (areas) where you’re not allowed to have a concealed weapons permit.” And their half false was because they quibbled over the definition of how many killed constitutes a “mass killing” — essentially changing it from the FBI definition to include gang activity, etc. Pretty weak gruel to make it half false. It wasn’t.

We’ll get into some more further down but the stats are fairly clear when good criteria is used. It should not be shocking that even a mentally unstable person is going to take the path of least resistance if he is looking to kill large numbers of people. It’s not likely to be a police station.

This is no small point, because it marks the demarcation between the responses.


The failed response to school shootings

The structural response from Democrats after every one of these is to restrict gun ownership. Not all are attention-seeking bomb-throwers like Chelsea Handler.

But as we see in individual cities and states, no amount of restriction is ever enough because this doesn’t really go after the problem. Cities that ban handguns have enormously high crime rates from handguns because criminals don’t obey the laws.

Shouldn’t still need to be said, but it does: Gun laws only affect people who obey laws. By definition, that excludes murderers and mass killers. So restricting gun ownership by law really only impacts people who are not going to be mass killers. It’s no surprise that this method has not worked in the cities with the most restrictive gun laws.

Taken to its extreme, gun law advocates would relieve Americans of virtually all of their guns — and by extension, their Second Amendment rights. Criminals and even some of the mentally ill, however, would still have guns. So would the government — which of course was the Framers’ primary fear and driving cause for the Second Amendment.

Further, gun restrictions have been in place to their fullest effect at the site of virtually ever mass shooting. Let’s just take Florida’s mass shootings. Wednesday’s murders were at a public high school; a gun-free zone. Before that, was the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando, also a well labeled gun-free zone. Before that was the Fort Lauderdale Airport shootings; another gun-free zone. Go through the mass shootings in the United States. With few exceptions, almost all were in gun-free zones.

This is telling, but not to those who myopically respond with wanting only more gun control.


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So if proactively trying to identify potential mass killers is a step — but far from a solution — and banning guns seems to be more of a beacon then a prevention, then what might be the answer?

The opposite of being a beacon. If banning guns is an inducement, plentiful guns in the hands of trained, law-abiding citizens may well act as a repellent. And in fact, the data suggests it already has.

In broad terms, the number of concealed carry handgun permits soared under President Obama — because Americans feared they were going to lose their Second Amendment rights — while at the same time murder rates dropped. This is the opposite of what a gun control advocate would predict.

Americans with legally concealed weapons nearly tripled from 2007 to 2015, while murder rates fell from 5.6 per 100,000 people to 4.2, or a whopping 25 percent decrease, according to the report from the Crime Prevention Research Center. If not causal, certainly corollary and suggests more guns in law-abiding hands are, at the very least, not the problem.

At the state level, Florida’s homicide rate per person dropped from 36 percent above the national average to 4 percent below after enacting right-to-carry laws. After Texas’ law went into effect, murder rates fell 50 percent faster than the national average the following year; rape rates fell 93 percent and assaults were down 250 percent faster in the second year. Very compelling numbers and repeated in myriad jurisdictions.

On the flip side, states that do not have right-to-carry laws  — disarm their citizens in public — have higher crime rates in general and 11 percent higher violent crime rates per person than the national average.

There is also considerable evidence when communities enact concealed carry laws that crime goes down. This all makes sense. Criminals are less likely to commit crimes if they think there is a reasonable chance they will be shot.

While most mass killings are not committed by run-of-the-mill criminals, but by mentally ill, emotionally damaged people, they may not respond in the same way — although some percentage are likely to. So then, if we can’t identify them well enough and they may not respond to deterrents like normal criminals, what to do?

Minimize the deaths. How? Specifically for schools, which are continual targets, allow teachers and school administrators to carry concealed weapons on campus. If this horrifies some people, they are not thinking it through.

We give teachers enormous authority to mold children’s minds and to protect them in school. We allow teachers to legally carry handguns just as any other American. But we don’t let these same trusted members of society carry their handguns into schools where they could actually protect defenseless students — the very locations where so many mass killings happen. It takes the most diligent police several minutes to get to a school from the time a shooting starts, during which time we have seen how much carnage can take place. Teachers and administrators are on site and can provide a nearly immediate response.

Do we think some will just go crazy and start mass shooting? Seriously? But even if that happened, such a teacher would likely do it anyway. If, however, other teachers or administrators are armed, they could limit the number of deaths.

If we could have a reasonable discussion on mass shootings and not partisan hysteria, this is a major step we should be able to agree on — and that would reduce the number of deaths.

Rod Thomson is an author, TV talking head and former journalist, and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act.

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The Jimmy Kimmel Problem: Reason and Reality Lose to Emotion

Rod Thomson

Late night comedian Jimmy Kimmel is a genuinely funny guy, and was until recently a funny and a likeable guy — which explains a lot of his success.

But he has recently forayed into politics and more importantly, national policy on some major issues — things that don’t easily lend themselves to humor, proven by even his lack of humor monologuing on those issues. They’re issues that are easy to skim the surface on and get badly wrong.

This, Kimmel has done.

This turn toward Democratic shill — seriously, using direct talking points from Senate Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer — is probably not who Kimmel actually wants to be. But alas, for many informed, conservative policy wonks (such as me) that is exactly what he looks like — a partisan shill like so many silly Hollywood celebs. Undoubtedly, becoming a polarizing figure will not be great for his career if he keeps it up. The NFL has learned this.

Kimmel is clearly not a policy guy. (FYI, this post can apply to Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah and all the rest of the night-time comedians who have decided their jobs are to moralize about social justice rather than make people laugh. They end up doing neither.)

He’s not a facts and figures wonk on either healthcare or on guns. He’s a comedian. That doesn’t mean he can’t have opinions on these things. Every American from truck driver to waitress to Wall Street jockey to professional athlete to late night comedian can have opinions on these things. And in our glorious country, they can spout them freely.

But when you have built a platform reaching millions of Americans of all political stripes by one method — comedy — then suddenly shift to a different method — public policy and politics — you might look a little amateurish. Or shillish. He does both.

So here’s a little friendly education on the most recent policy issue he dove into: “gun violence.” His lecturing gives him applause lines for some of America but for those who have data and facts and reasoning powers, he came off as one long, eye-rolling groan.

The best policy is made by using data, history, common sense and rational, linear thinking to find solutions to problems by first identifying the actual causes of the problems and then actions that aim at the causes. The worst policies come from knee-jerk, emotional-based perceptions that do not reflect reality. Jimmy Kimmel has taken the latter approach, and he has done it in a high-handed, most unlikable manner.

So let’s take his monologue and break down how he errs repeatedly, and badly, and provide him information that Schumer and the surface-thinkers won’t.


1) Kimmel gun ignorance and gun law ignorance

Kimmel makes the mistake of virtually every journalist and Democrat that speaks on this issue: “Orlando, Aurora, Newtown, San Bernardino, [in] every one of these shootings the murderer used automatic or semiautomatic rifles.”

Except, wrong.

In none of those shootings did the killers use an “automatic rifle.” In all four cases, the rifle used was semiautomatic. And for Jimmy’s knowledge base, automatic weapons have been banned for manufacture or sale through dealers for 30 years. Those owned before 1986 were not confiscated and can be sold, but they rarely are as they are ridiculously expensive — from $14,000 to more than $100,000.

Finally on this point, the The New York Times reports that most of the firearms used in the 16 most recent mass shootings in the United States were purchased legally and with a federal background check.

Gun control advocates are constantly pushing for background checks on gun purchases — although we already have those. And again, in three of the four cases Kimmel cited, the killers passed FBI background checks. In the fourth, the killer stole the weapons from his mother, who had obtained them legally with background checks.

We know the Vegas killer obtained at least some of his weapons from licensed dealers and passed background checks.


2) Opponents are bad, the NRA is evil

True to form for gun control advocates and liberals in general, Kimmel quickly pivoted to impugning the motives of politicians who do not vote the way he wants. It’s the “bought and paid for!” gambit. It’s weak because it dodges the merits of a case, and more often than not is inaccurate.

Case in point.

In his diatribe, Kimmel asserted that House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell “won’t do anything about [the attack] because the NRA has their balls in a money clip.” See, the NRA buys weak Republicans who will do whatever it says.

But the NRA isn’t even in the top 50 of political donors in Washington, D.C. A dozen unions are; the Chicago Cubs are; the city of Philadelphia is. The majority of the major donors in the top 50 and vast majority of the money goes to Democrats. The NRA doesn’t even make the list. But they’re the problem because the Left always needs a bogeyman. NRA, Koch Brothers (#38 on the list) Russia, fake news, Breitbart, white supremacists, etc.

The power the NRA has is not buying politicians, it’s having about 4.5 million Americans as members, Americans who are informed and active. That’s not buying Congressmen, that’s democracy.

Further actual evidence that Kimmel doesn’t know what he is talking about is that, in reality, the NRA has supported legislation that Speaker Ryan has been blocking. The NRA-backed bill would unify the hodgepodge patchwork of conceal carry laws among the states by making them valid in any state — as a driver’s license is — if the person carries the documentation on them.

Maybe Ryan has the family jewels in some other money clip, but it kind of puts the lie to Kimmel’s statement.


3) The infamous gun show loophole

Jimmy Kimmel arrives at being just a Democratic talking point, and there’s nothing funny about that.

He said: “Right now, there are loopholes in the law that let people avoid background checks if they buy a gun privately — from another party — if they buy a gun online or at a gun show.”

Actually, that’s the Constitution and it is not a “loophole.” The Second Amendment came right on the heels of the First Amendment on free speech, religion, assembly for a reason. It was just that important. Americans free to sell guns to each other is not a loophole. Imagine if you wanted to buy your son, daughter, father, mother, brother, sister, close friend a gun as a present? Or you inherit guns through death. Kimmel and others think the fact that the recipient of such a gift does not have to undergo a background check is a loophole — if he’s actually thought about it that much, which he probably hasn’t.

Most guns are bought from dealers. The Vegas killer bought at least many of his guns from authorized gun shops after passing background checks. Anti-gun rights advocates coaching Kimmel, Colbert, Trevor, etc. to push these points simply reveals that they are more about political gain than reducing murders. Reducing murders must always go straight to the murderer — as trucks can kill more than guns — but the anti-gun rights crowd never wants to do that.

Then Kimmel became ugly. Following the norms of the Left, he imputed evil motives to all who disagree with him.

He showed a collage of photos depicting Senators who voted against closing the totally fake “loophole” after the Pulse nightclub massacre last year in Orlando. The point was to shame and scare them and their supporters. They are bad people. Again, not facts, not reason. Pure emotions.

Staying clear of contextual argument, he fails to note that the Orlando killer did not use the fictional “loophole” to purchase his weapons and as far as we know, neither did the Vegas shooter. Nor did any of the other killers he referred to earlier.

So what is the point of this diatribe? If it is to discredit him among a chunk of his fan base and turn them into former fans, that may work. I doubt that is what he wants. He is being lauded as courageous — oh brother — by the media and his fellow Hollywood celebs (who are all protected by security guards with guns) and he will feel very good about himself.

But he has done no good. In fact, his efforts are not just divisive and bad on that front, they are probably bad on the issue of gun violence — if we must term it that way. He won’t talk about any root causes of gun violence. In the big, philosophical picture, a contextual understanding involves the presence of evil and the nature of humanity. In the specific causal picture, a root cause understanding involves the decay of the family and traditional moral values.

But the Left pushing more gun control laws that will change nothing actually do not have a problem with the loss of traditional morality. They’ve actively abetted it.

Rod Thomson is an author, TV the app talking head and former journalist, and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act.

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Vegas Massacre: Americans At Their Best…Politicians At Their Worst

Rod Thomson

While the evil massacre of 59 people in Las Vegas was immediately politicized by those wanting more gun control legislation — despite the reality that everything the killer did was already illegal — average Americans continued to shine in the crisis.

Just as Americans did in killer hurricanes in Texas and Florida. Just as we always do.

As the psychopath continued to fire on the defenseless crowd from the nearby Mandalay Hotel high rise, dozens and dozens of stories have emerged about ordinary people turned heroes in the midst of the deadly chaos.

Repeatedly, concert-goers stopped to help others, went back into the field of fire from safety to aid the wounded — consistently risking their own lives to save others, often strangers.

“There were so many people out there that you wouldn’t think they would be helping others at a time like that, but it wasn’t an ‘every man for himself’ kind of situation,” said Tiffany Michelle, who witnessed the massacre. “Everybody just sort of grabbed somebody around them and tried to do everything they could to get others out.”

Off-duty California firefighter Steve Keys was bent over a shooting victim and performing CPR when he was shot in the back. He is expected to survive.

Retired teacher Mike Cronk told ABC 13 that many concert-goers with and without first-aid training, worked together to help victims get to first-responders — often carrying them. Cronk said he used his shirt to stop the bleeding after his friend was shot three times. He and another woman helped him push his friend under the stage to safety. “I’m no hero,” he said. “But there’s a lot of heroes out there.”

A 29-year-old nurse from Tennessee, Sunny Melton, was at the concert with his wife. When the shots began, Melton stood behind his wife, sheltering her as he guided her toward safety away from the gunfire. He was fatally shot in the back as they neared safety. His wife survived.

Off-duty firefighter Kurt Fowler from Arizona was also protecting his wife by using his body as a shield and was shot, but is expected to recover.

Los Angeles firefighter Mark McCurdy was at the concert with his wife and her sister when the sister was shot. McCurdy carried his sister-in-law to the safety of their hotel room, and once his wife was also safe, he turned around and went back out into the killing field to help others.

In the middle of the night, just a few hours before the politicians climbed out of bed to begin tweeting and issuing statements dividing Americans, regular Nevadans began flooding blood donation centers because of the critical need for blood with more than 500 people wounded.

Blood centers were jammed full by 4 a.m. Through the night, throughout the next day and the following, Nevadans kept giving blood.

A GoFundMe account was quickly established for the victims and within a day had gained more than $2 million. More than 30,000 people contributed, including the Oakland Raiders professional football team, which will be moving to Vegas.

And states jumped in to help, just as they did during the hurricanes.

Drawing on the hard lessons learned after the Pulse nightclub massacre last year in Orlando, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and members of her office are heading to Las Vegas at the request of the Nevada Attorney General to practically help victims of the nation’s latest mass killing.

“Sadly, (in) Florida we know what we’re doing after the Pulse nightclub,” Bondi said. “So many of the victims who died don’t live in Nevada, so help with burial and helping them get back to their respective states…We need to help them work through the legal process, connecting with their families and by getting them services.”

This is America. Not the sleazy, grandstanding politicians. Not the divisive National Anthem protests. Not Antifa or white supremacists. Not the rancor and division that is so prevalent now for political gain.

White, black, Hispanic, male, female were all at the concert, were all helping others and were all lined up at blood banks to help others. Let’s remember this America. 

Rod Thomson is an author, TV talking head and former journalist, and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act.

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Kimmel to Clinton, Appalling Democrats Pounce on Massacre for Political Gain

Rod Thomson

It happens. Every…single…time. Another mass shooting, another mass effort by Democrats to squeeze out some political gain.

In these circumstances, this is beyond the pale of normal ugly politics. It’s vicious, cold-hearted, self-centered, void of common decency, almost a sickness in part because of the rapidity of the response.

Literally within hours of a psychopath in Las Vegas slaughtering 59 people and injuring more than 600 others at a country western concert, leading Democrats in Congress, the media and entertainment everywhere were falling all over themselves to get their holier-than-thou positioning out to the masses — well, their masses anyway. They had one overarching goal: Turn an act of human evil to their political advantage.

It is as Democrat Rahm Emanuel, former Obama advisor and current Chicago mayor, infamously said: “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”

Democrats’ endless efforts to limit gun ownership and interpret the Second Amendment as essentially rifle hunting, continually fail because they cannot get such laws through Congress. There are never the votes and the American people largely get the Second Amendment. Further, the policy prescriptions after each mass shooting are never related to the shooting or would have prevented it — from Sandy Hook to Orlando to Las Vegas.

There are no reflections on the condition of human nature, on the reality of evil, on the price of freedom. No, these killings are all simply opportunity crises not to be wasted.

Going through just a sampling of the responses, it is clear that this is not some responsible “gun control” measures, but pure political opportunism, because none of them propose anything that either can pass or is not already illegal.

Democrats could have joined with Republicans to donate blood and call for blood donors, as the mayor of Las Vegas immediately said blood was desperately needed right after the massacre. This humane response in the following hours would have been a uniting action and maybe opened the door for legislative actions. But it would not have been politically advantageous.

So we got this.

Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders tweeted: “It is long past time for Congress to take action on gun safety to save innocent lives.” Vacuous in content and relevance to the shooting; meant to score political points.

Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren tweeted a series of tweets: “Thoughts & prayers are NOT enough. Not when more moms & dads will bury kids this week, & more sons & daughters will grow up without parents. Tragedies like Las Vegas have happened too many times. We need to have the conversation about how to stop gun violence. We need it NOW.” But she doesn’t mean a true conversation, she means take guns away from Americans.

Democratic Sen. Ed Markey tweeted: “Let’s close the close the gun show loophole.” Yes, he was so anxious to get this out the morning after the night shooting, he fired off typos. But of course, when he tweeted this, he had no idea (and we  still don’t as of the writing of this) where the killer got his weapons. The “gun show loophole” isn’t any more real than me selling a gun to a friend “loophole” because all of the dealers in the gunshow must follow all of the normal laws. And there is no evidence that any mass shooting has been accomplished through this supposed loophole. Just gross opportunism.

Former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden tweeted: “How long do we let gun violence tear families apart? Enough. Congress & the WH should act now to save lives. There’s no excuse for inaction.” Just as vacuous as Sanders. No thought for cause, motive, the reality of evil. It’s all about the gun.

Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin tweeted: “The notion that there’s no way to prevent gun violence is false — and without action to stop gun attacks, Congress is complicit in them.” This is the height of politicizing absurdity considering the level of violence in Chicago and the fact that it has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation. No shame.

Democratic Congressman Seth Moulton is a special kind of ugly on this issue. After tweeting he would not participate in a moment of silence in Congress over the slaughtered Americans, he tweeted: “Thinking of everyone in #LasVegas, and praying Congress will have the courage to do more than stand in silence to commemorate them.” Using the word “prayer” to make a tasteless political statement while blood is still on the ground in Vegas is grotesque.

Moulton went on to say assault rifles “have no place on American streets.” Right. And they are already illegal. Machine guns, fully automatic weapons are illegal unless you have one grandfathered in from before 1986. Moulton knows this. Just egregious.

Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal said in a statement: “…Congress refuses to act. I am more than frustrated, I am furious.” Again, empty political posturing.

The biggest bogeyman in the Democratic failure to restrict gun rights for law-abiding Americans is the National Rifle Association.

So Hillary Clinton tweeted just a few hours after the shooting: “Our grief isn’t enough. We can and must put politics aside, stand up to the NRA, and work together to try to stop this from happening again,” Clinton wrote. Later in the day, it had 172,000 likes.

It’s important to remember in all of this rush for more gun control, the killer was apparently using a weapon that is already illegal. So…what exactly are they saying?

It’s not just Democrat politicians. It’s celebrities, who are overwhelmingly Democrat and far more unhinged.

Late Night comedian Jimmy Kimmel, who has become hyper-partisan on health care and now gun control (guaranteeing his ratings will drop) smeared vast swaths of America telling his audience that Congressional Republicans “should be praying for God to forgive them for letting the gun lobby run this country because it’s so crazy.” Sure, that will result in positive change. But Jimmy feels good about himself.

Singer and noted political commentator Lady Gaga tweeted: “Prayers are important but @SpeakerRyan @realDonaldTrump blood is on the hands of those who have power to legislate. #GunControl act quickly.” Sigh.

Alyssa Milano, who gets an awful lot wrong, tweeted: “Sensible gun control NOW.” Because it would have stopped this, or Orlando or Sandy Hook?

Singer Sheryl Crow, a light thinker among light thinkers, tweeted: “Can we discuss the loss of rights of people going to a concert because of the lack of assault rifle regulations?” Again…assault rifles have been banned since 1986.

Actress Sophia Bush tweeted: “Dear Donald.

Fuck you for this.

Reaching for the Clinton bogeyman, House of Cards creator Beau Willimon‏ tweeted: “Don’t bring politics into the Las Vegas shooting? Okay, we’ll stop with the politics as soon as politicians stop taking money from the @NRA

It’s not newsworthy but requires pointing out that, of course, the mainstream media immediately went all in on gun control with their Democrat allies. Before motive, cause, gun type, legality of ownership — before any facts were established — the media hammered every Republican and White House spokesperson possible on gun control.

And of course, throughout all of these, the vitriolic Trump hatred is right at the surface. CNN’s senior White House correspondent Jeff Zeleny inexplicably said in his post-Trump speech “analysis:” “Something else, I think, to keep in mind — a lot of these country music supporters are likely Trump supporters.” Wow. Just wow.

The problem with this is threefold:

1)  Going partisan political within hours of the massacre to play on raw emotion is repulsive behavior.

2) Seeking policy changes before any information is known on which to base policy changes inevitably results in bad policy.

3) These actions immediately polarized Americans again when there could have been a moment of unity. When there might be opportunity to reach out and make whatever changes Democrats think are good, they instead went into high dudgeon attack mode, guaranteed to turn off anyone who might have considered working with them.

And this means among the politicians anyway it was all aimed at political gain. Period.

Rod Thomson is an author, TV talking head and former journalist, and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act.