“Ohio politician blames mass shootings on ‘drag queen advocates’, Obama, open borders” reads the headline in USA Today, regarding Ohio Rep. Candice Keller’s statement about the Dayton, Ohio, mass shooter. Cincinnati Democrat councilman Christopher Seelbach, who is “married” to Craig, further mocks her by including his “marriage” as another cause. However, their mockery aside, her statement is a lot deeper and more intelligent than either USA Today or Seelbach want you to believe. What, am I saying they “want you to believe” a certain way? Yes, that she’s a “typical right wing nutjob”. Well then, let’s examine her actual words:
“After every mass shooting, liberals start the blame game. Why not place the blame where it belongs?” Where does she say blame belongs? “The breakdown of the traditional American family (thank you transgender, homosexual marriage, and drag queen advocates); fatherlessness, a subject no one discusses or believes is relevant; the ignoring of violent video games; the relaxing of laws against criminals (open borders); the acceptance of recreational marijuana; failed school policies (thank you parents who defend misbehaving students); disrespect for law enforcement (thank you Obama); hatred of our veterans (thank you professional athletes who hate our flag and National Anthem); the Dem Congress, many members of whom are openly anti-semitic; the culture, which totally ignores the importance of God and church (until they elect a president); state officeholders who have no interest in learning about our Constitution and the Second Amendment; and snowflakes who can’t accept a duly elected president.”
While not all of these trends are contributors to the mentality of mass shooters, some are, but more importantly, they all contribute to a society losing a sense of true community, enduring values, respect for others and the law, respect for what makes our country a more desirable destination for refugees and opportunity seekers than anywhere else. So her Facebook statement is hardly nutty, or fringe. I suspect that more people in this country would agree with her than with any Democrat, especially the next one up, governor
In a truly Idiocratic statement, governor Newsome of California blames “toxic masculinity.” Newsom said that the conversation on mass shootings should focus on toxic masculinity, given that such shootings “overwhelmingly, almost exclusively, are [committed by] males, boys, men. I do think that is missing in the national conversation,” Newsom said, according to HuffPost. “If there was anything more obvious, I don’t know what is, why it is that we’ve just come to accept that, that it’s been so normalized and sort of baked in, that it’s not even debated any longer. Why does it have to be, why is it men, dominantly, always?” Indeed, the overwhelming number of mass shootings have been perpetrated by men, but shouldn’t that spark a conversation about parenting, child-rearing, and family values? Instead, Newsom said the conversation should focus on curtailing traditional masculinity. Curtailing? Sounds like a Nazi.
But a voice of sanity, Allie Beth Stuckey, counters: “When you try to make men more like women, you don’t get less ‘toxic masculinity,’ you get more. Why? Because bad men don’t become good when they stop being men; they become good when they stop being bad. Aggression, violence, and unbridled ambition can’t be eliminated from the male psyche; they can only be harnessed. And when they are harnessed, they are tools for good, not for harm. The same masculine traits that bring destruction also defeat tyranny. The traits that foster greed also build economies. The traits that drive men to take foolish risks also drive men to take heroic risks. The answer to toxic masculinity isn’t less masculinity; it’s better masculinity. And we know what that looks like. It’s a young man opening the door for a girl on their first date. It’s a father working long hours to provide for his family. It’s a soldier risking his life to defend his country. The growing problem in today’s society isn’t that men are too masculine; it’s that they’re not masculine enough. When men embrace their masculinity in a way that is healthy and productive, they are leaders, warriors and heroes. When they deny their masculinity, they run away from responsibilities, leaving destruction and despair in their wake.”
Now for something completely different (but not really): Twenty to thirty left-wing agitators gathered outside of Senator Mitch McConnell’s house in Louisville, Kentucky, Monday night and made a ruckus to agitate for gun control in the wake of two mass shootings that roiled the nation over the weekend. In addition to gun reform, one activist told WHAS11 News that the protesters also wanted to address immigration and LGBTQ rights. One of the agitators, a local Black Lives Matter leader ostensibly upset about gun violence, said on Facebook Live that she hoped someone would “just stabs the mother f*cker in the heart, please.” There’s another voice for an effective solution–I object to shootings, and if you don’t pass more gun laws, I will stab you in the heart. Yeah, let’s tie LGBTQ rights to gun control while we’re at it. Read again Ms. Keller’s statement. It seems even more reasonable now.
Even more “sanity”: Cesar Sayoc decided to go to war with the media. He believed the President’s rhetoric about the media being the enemy of the people and he sent pipe bombs to various media outlets. He had pictures of friends of mine in the media on his van and seemingly intended to target not just them, but their families. Now members of the media who could have been victims to an insane person like that are defending Congressman Joaquin Castro for advertising the names and employers of people in San Antonio, TX who donated to Donald Trump. His defense of himself is that this is just public knowledge in FEC reports.
Tell me we aren’t living in an Idiocracy.