By Rusty Humphries
TRN Nationally Syndicated Radio Host
Every day I wake up and hear the latest bloviating politician or celebrity ranting about the “need” for gun control. They are absolutely shameless in their efforts; they spew out opinions, manipulations, half-truths and- when nothing else will do- flat out lies!
I’m used to it. I have come to expect precious little from the leftist zealots who find value in the ends, but will never hesitate to twist the means to achieve them. They have pulled out every dirty trick in the book and it’s simply not working. While that sounds like good news, it’s like saying “We’ve done it! We have finally cornered the badger and he has nowhere else to run!”
They will lash out.
What has been making me sick lately is the needlessly insensitive and vulgar way the media has trampled upon the death of 20 children to achieve their despicable ends. The media has attempted to steamroll anybody who supports Second Amendment protections and, when that fails, goes to their old failsafe: slander.
“Do it for the children!” – That’s what we hear. The narrative they attempt to paint is not one of fact- because the facts don’t favor gun control. They need to browbeat opponents into submission and, if that doesn’t work, frame the discussion to where the lover of freedom is simultaneously the hater of children.
Celebrities by the boatload have come from out of the woodwork to make it known that we must “demand a plan” to end gun violence. You know- for the children.
I don’t know about you, but I consistently form my political leanings based on the assessment of celebrities like Chris Rock, Gwenyth Paltrow and Steve Carrell. In fact, I haven’t picked up a newspaper in years- I just wait for Will Ferrell to tell me what to think. In my darkest moments, I turn to “Anchorman” for the answers to life’s toughest questions.
But they’re not even the worst culprits of shameful opportunism. Celebrities have no professional obligation to think. The media has worked tirelessly to frame the gun control debate on their terms. They start by calling it a “debate.” It’s not. The Second Amendment is a right and the debate ended in 1791 when it was ratified. Want another debate? Pass an amendment nullifying the Second. Until then, the debate is over.
The liberal media also frame the discussion on their terms. “Assault weapons,” “military-style,” “high-capacity magazines”- They’re all scary-sounding names to make the uninformed say, “Gosh, Jim, I’m okay with guns, but not those scary ‘assault weapons.’”
They then move on to putting the onus on Americans to defend why they need certain guns. But again, they’re our guns and our right to own them. The question is not, “Why should we have them?” The question is, “Why should they take them?”
But the most disgusting thing about the media in recent weeks has not been the manipulation of the narrative; it has been the opportunism in using dead children to further their cause.
Earlier this month, Patricia Maisch and MSNBC Anchor Thomas Roberts discussed the “20 little martyrs” killed in Newtown that were necessary to stir America to act against guns.
Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell claimed on Friday, “The good thing about Newtown is, it was so horrific that I think it galvanized Americans to a point where the intensity on our side is going to match the intensity on their side.”
Yes, let us all rejoice at the fact that children were senselessly slaughtered to further the progressive, anti-gun agenda. It is revolting! There is nothing good about Newtown.
The media has lost any sense of shame. It’s not enough that they seek to destroy an important American right, but they’re using the murder of children to try and do it. But, as their good friend Rahm Emanual says, “Never let a serious crisis go to waste.”
The leftist media has become a cesspool of vultures and radicals. The media of today makes me long for the good ol’ days of the news; you know, when they were all still commies, but just a lot classier about it…
Rusty Humphries is a nationally syndicated radio host heard across the USA on over 300 radio stations and is listed as the 6thlargest radio audience by Talkers Magazine. He is also a regular contributor to TPNN.com