The other day, there was a very sad story about a 11-year-old boy in El Paso, Texas, getting hit by a truck and killed while other high school students left school for a "March for Our Lives" walk-out protest, which the boy was not participating in.
So, it was almost adorable -- in a teeth-grinding, galling way -- to see the gun manufacturer corporate-owned NRA send out a video of one of their commentators on NRA TV, Grant Stinchfield, saying, “I have warned over and over again that kids skipping school to protest something they have been duped into protesting is never a good idea…now a child is dead because of it.”
To start with, it's important to repeat that the student who was hit by a truck was not involved in the protest. And this wasn't too difficult to find out, a very simple Internet search would have sufficed. As the local newspaper, the El Paso Times reported, "The student was hit while crossing the highway during the walkout, but was not participating in the walkout,," adding that the school superintendent said it was "'a separate, isolated event of a group of students' who left the school as other students protested gun violence." So, "skipping school to protest something" had absolutely nothing -- zero -- to do with why he was hit by a truck. Being accurate is always a Good Thing when trying to make a point. But then, when you don't have a real point to make, I guess you grasp at anything you can is your only remaining option, no matter how false.
Then again, if the NRA is actually so deeply concerned with kids being hit and killed by vehicles, I look forward to tracking down all their past commentary and reading future statements about car safety. After all that appears to be their mission. The NRA: Our Only Concern is to Keep You Safe from Cars.
But far more importantly, there's something pathetic about the gun-manufacturer corporate owned NRA shedding crocodile tears in their fake-concern about ONE child tragically killed by a truck while regularly ignoring the many hundreds of children horrifyingly killed by guns in school shootings. And worse (and yes, that's possible), trying to regularly shame schoolkids as "dupes" for trying to stop those very same gun deaths. One would think that someone so deeply concerned about a single child -- and rightly so -- would be concerned about the many hundreds of deaths of school children and fully-support the protest of those deaths. That is, if their initial concern of that single death was real, and not just a disingenuous issue to use to slam the kids over gun control. And all the more disingenuous when the reality is that the boy killed was not even participating in the walkout protest. But then, why worry about the truth when your sole corporate concern is selling as many guns as possible, regardless of who actually gets killed by them.
Mr. Stinchfield and the NRA can have their fake "warnings" when trying to terrorize the public into buying guns, and I can have mine. And me, I have warned over and over again that being oblivious to school gun massacres because of pure corporate greed to sell guns and semi-automatic weapons is never a good idea…and now many hundreds of children are dead because of it.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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