Saturday as I watched the charade of marches against gun violence in Washington, D.C., I felt this overwhelming regret for the American people and our country.
Instigated and propped up by the political left and mainstream media, the march’s leaders were a group of ignorant, arrogant, and disrespectful teenagers, many below the age of eighteen. I watched an interview where one of these children, David Hogg, publically degraded and mocked his own parents in a vial diatribe, acting as a mouthpiece for the Democratic Party.
If that wasn’t strange enough, once respected Hollywood celebrities like Stephen Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, and George Clooney joined in to commit what I can only describe as a fraud on the American people. Promoted as a march to reduce gun violence, there was no one there that knew a damned thing about guns, and the speakers spent most of their time spewing hateful rhetoric toward our country, the Republican Party, the NRA, and President Donald Trump.
What amazed me most, or should I say stunned me, was that the adults that were there, were fawning over these children like they were the next coming of Christ, and for a few moments I just sat there staring at the television trying to figure out what I was missing.
Then it dawned on me. Those kids are living examples of ignorant, entitled, and disrespectful brats whose views of this great country have been created by social media, Hollywood and the music industry, and a lack of parental, historical, and educational guidance. Sadly, many of the same traits responsible for violence, bullying, and yes… shootings in our schools.
Although most of the protesters were not old enough to remember or even know this: 50 years ago, hand guns and rifles were far more prevalent than they are today, and there were far less restrictions on how and who could purchase, possess or carry guns of any kind.
West of Pennsylvania and south of Washington, D.C., if you were old enough to drive and owned a pick-up truck, there was a good chance that there was a rifle in the back window of that truck, and no one thought anything of it. Youngsters took those guns to school, sometimes bartering or trading, and kept them in their lockers so they could go hunting when school was out at the end of the day.
I have a friend that bought his first AR-15 rifle from a high school teacher and kept it in his locker until it was time to go home. Ironically with all those guns floating around, and less than half of the gun laws we have today on the books, there were no mass shootings or school shootings! None, and it had nothing to do with the gun laws, because in most states, there weren’t any.
Today, the strictest gun laws in the United States are in Chicago and New York City, and yet Chicago’s shootings and murders equal that of Los Angeles and New York City combined.
Fact: The toughest gun laws in the entire country have done absolutely nothing to reduce violent crime and murder in Chicago.
And, for the teenybopper protesters that believe it’s all the Republicans' fault, Chicago has been under Democratic rule for decades. To the contrary, when New York City experienced more than 2,000 murders a year and had the highest violent crime rate in U.S. history, it was Rudy Giuliani — a Republican — and his administration that reduced violent crime by 65 percent, and murder by 70 percent.
For those who believe that Democrats could do so much better than Republicans on this issue, should I remind you that President Barack Obama had the Senate in his back pocket for eight years and did absolutely nothing.
A blind man could see that Saturday’s march against gun violence was nothing more than an anti-Trump, anti-NRA rally, and sadly, anti-American rally. Of the thousands of signs, not one focused on the real cause of the Parkland massacre. I didn’t see one sign calling out the Broward County Sheriff’s department for their failed management and response, or the FBI, for their grave errors that unfortunately led to the shooting.
There were more than 30 different occasions that the authorities could have acted to prevent the shooting prior to it, but they did not, but not a word from the protesters. It just didn’t fit their agenda.
The political transparency of this March was sickening, and the ignorance was worse. A young lady held up a sign, “United, we will prevent this from happening ever again.” I’m sorry to drag you into the world of reality, but no you will not, unless our society changes, and that has nothing to do with gun laws.
The strictest gun laws in the United States haven't done a thing for Chicago, and until you secure your schools, monitor students with mental illness within our system, and parents start doing their job instead of letting social media, Hollywood, and the music industry indoctrinate their kids with disrespectful and rebellious, left wing, socialist, and Marxist ideology, it’s going to get much worse. The march itself was a clear demonstration of that. Tens of thousands of teenagers spewing anti-American garbage, knowing nothing other than what they were programed to say by their sponsors.
On September 11, 2001, when 19 men hijacked four jet airliners and killed more than 3,000 innocent people in the worst terror attack in world history, we didn’t panic and get rid of all the planes, we addressed the problem of airline and airport security. As horrible as these school shootings have been, keep in mind that the attackers like the one in Parkland were nothing but kids with guns and lots of ammunition. They had no real training or combat expertise, and contrary to a sign held up by a female protester that said she went to school as a student and came home from a war zone — I hate to be the one to break it to her — it was a nice cliché, but not true.
Her and her fellow students were the unfortunate victims of a deranged lunatic, and you witnessed a bad multiple shooting. As horrible it was, that is reality.
In the real world, what’s going to happen when ten really bad guys get their hands on weapons, most likely illegally, enters five different schools around the country on the same day at the same time, and unlike the Parkland shooter, they’re well equipped, well trained, and worse than anything, ready to die for their cause?
The same sort of attacks that have happened in Beslan, Russia; Orlando, San Bernardino, or several European countries, where guns are completed banned, but that didn’t stop the terrorists from getting their hands on them and killing hundreds of innocent people. That boys and girls, is a real war zone, that like it or not, admit it or not, we have to prepare for… in our malls, transportation hubs, sporting arenas, and sorry to say, in our schools.
The kiddie protesters don’t get it and it’s unfortunate that their parents or a grown up with some common sense hasn’t taught them history or prepared them for the real world. These are the same kids that bawled over Hillary Clinton’s presidential loss and needed psychological counseling.
These kids don’t know the difference between an AR-15, M-16, M-4, or a hunting rifle. They don’t care that the statistics refute their arguments for stricter gun laws, Chicago being one example, and the fact that 98 percent of all mass shootings occur in gun free zones. As for the hatred for the NRA, just an FYI, not one of the mass shootings were done by an NRA member.
These are high school aged kids that the Democratic Party, mainstream media, and Hollywood have believing that they are the answer to a liberal socialist movement in this country, and I’m not sure what’s more frightening… their ignorance or naiveté, or the fact that the Democratic Party and members of the U.S. Congress have turned over their pulpit to a bunch of children.
It’s not the guns or gun laws that’s the problem, it’s a lack of discipline and respect for law and order, and an increasing society of self-entitled kids brain washed by everything and everyone but their parents. That’s what we need to address and be prepared for, because until that changes, school safety will be the least of America’s problems.
As New York City’s 40th Police Commissioner, Bernard Kerik was in command of the NYPD on September 11, 2001, and responsible for the city’s response, rescue, recovery, and the investigative efforts of the most substantial terror attack in world history. His 35-year career has been recognized in more than 100 awards for meritorious and heroic service, including a presidential commendation for heroism by President Ronald Reagan, two Distinguished Service Awards from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, The Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and an appointment as Honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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