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Left Wasting No Time Exploiting Parkland Tragedy

Left Wasting No Time Exploiting Parkland Tragedy
On Thursday, Feb. 15, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump spoke in the Diplomatic Room at the White House, in Washington. He discussed the tragic school shooting in Parkland, Florida occurring the day before. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

Friday, 23 February 2018 04:14 PM Current | Bio | Archive

I didn’t take long for politicians and certain quarters of the media to capitalize on the grief of the Parkland, Florida massacre.

As current Chicago mayor and former Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel once said "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste."

According to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, confessed killer Nikolas Cruz began shooting into classrooms at about 2:21 p.m. on Wednesday Feb. 14. He left the building seven minutes later.

While precious children were dying, students still hiding, others running in panic and police still looking for the perpetrator, Sen. Christopher Murphy, D-Conn., took to the floor of the U.S. Senate to tell America, "Turn on your television right now, you’re going to see scenes of children running for their lives."

He then went on to blame congressional inaction on gun laws as being partly responsible for the carnage in Parkland. Not that his comments brought any solace to parents waiting to see if their children were dead or alive. According to a Fox News timeline, Murphy’s comments came around 3:17 p.m. — barely one hour after the shooter began his slaughter.

Not to be outdone, his colleague, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., later said that Republicans will only act on gun control if faced with "massive losses in . . . elections," which Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., said was "politicizing and capitalizing on a heinous crime."

To make matters worse, Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., erroneously told reporters the shooter wore a gas mask and had smoke grenades. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel later said that the suspect didn’t have a gas mask or any smoke grenades. I am not sure Nelson ever apologized for the error or was called into account.

And then we have the overused phrase "We must have a conversation" about guns.

Not many want to have a conversation.

If politicians exploited the Parkland tragedy, an outstanding example of media exploitation was the CNN so-called Town Hall Meeting in Parkland attended by Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and parents one week after the Parkland shooting.

It definitely was not a conversation!

It turned out to be a CNN produced and directed anti-GOP anti-NRA political rally with venom and vitriol directed against Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.,  and NRA Spokesperson Dana Loesh. Both were the objects of jeers and boos after carefully scripted questions many of which received standing ovations and cheers. Someone in the audience even called Loesch a "murderer."

One Stoneman Douglas student, 17-year-old Colton Haab — a Junior ROTC member who shielded other students from gunfire — said that he decided to not attend the meeting after he refused to follow a CNN scripted rewording of his question.

Loesch claimed at the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) the next day that she feared for her life. "I had to have a security detail to get out. I wouldn’t have been able to exit that if I did not have a private security detail. There were people rushing the stage and screaming 'burn her,'" she said. 

So much for a "conversation."

The audience was definitely partisan and there was no love lost for Sen. Rubio who was even asked by one student if he would stop taking money from the NRA.

I wonder where he got the idea to ask that standing ovation gendering question or how he knew Rubio got any NRA money.

Sounds suspicious!

In contrast to the boisterous CNN audience, President Trump had a very civil, respectful and professional listening session with students and families of some of those who lost their lives in Parkland and other school shootings. It was a polite and very touching scene,  as the president listened to their suggestions for solutions.

To the likely dismay of major media and Democrats, there was no shouting or controversy.

The same applied to his meeting the next day with state and local officials on possible solutions for making schools safe including raising the age to purchase weapons such as the AR-15 to 21.

With abortion, violent video games and movies, we encase our children in an envelope of death. Then we act surprised when they act out on the violent garbage they’ve been fed. But don’t expect progressives and the anti-NRA crowd to even recognize that such negative influences exist!

There is one huge irony in the loss of life in Parkland and other schools where guns were involved. In all cases, the first cry of most Democrats and progressives is to restrict access to guns to protect life.

A few weeks before Parkland, the U.S. Senate refused to outlaw abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy.

Sens. Blumenthal, Durbin, and Murphy voted against banning the gruesome killing of a 6-9-month-old baby in the womb. Sen. Nelson did not vote.

So why am I raising the issue of abortion?

As Peggy Noonan wrote recently in The Wall Street Journal on the Parkland massacre, "On gun law, Republicans oppose banning assault weapons such as the AR-15, the one the Parkland shooter used, because of the numbers, power and contributions of gun owners and the NRA. Democrats oppose banning late-term abortion because of the numbers, power and contributions of the rising left, feminists and Planned Parenthood."

It is obvious that outrage over killing children depends on whether they are in or out of the womb.

Clarence V. McKee is president of McKee Communications, Inc., a government, political, and media relations consulting firm in Florida. He held several positions in the Reagan administration as well as in the Reagan presidential campaigns. He is a former co-owner of WTVT-TV in Tampa and former president of the Florida Association of Broadcasters. Read more of his reports — Go Here Now.

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President Trump had a very civil, respectful listening session with students and families of some of those who lost their lives in Parkland and other school shootings. It was a polite and very touching scene. To the likely dismay of the media and Democrats, there was no shouting.
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