The Propaganda of Overreacting to Guns

By Kimberly Bloom Jackson

Last week, near a busy outdoor shopping area, I witnessed two women break out into coughing fits while walking by a man who was just about to light a cigar. The match wasn’t even lit, but just seeing the cigar set them off. Perhaps their reaction was purely psychosomatic or maybe they just wanted to send the man a clear message of public disapproval and make him feel uncomfortable for enjoying a cigar. Either way, they sure looked silly.

Empty Holster = Freak Out

Chances are you’ve seen or heard something similar. It seems to me that these kinds of Alinsky-inspired theatrics are becoming increasingly common for those who wish to draw negative attention to certain people or situations for ideological purposes. This is especially true among the anti-gun crowd. To demonstrate, I offer the following recent stories:

STORY #1: Imagine wearing an empty holster and then cited by police for “causing alarm.” This is what D.J. Parten, a student at the University of Alabama and President of Students for Concealed Carry in Alabama experienced while participating in what was billed as an empty holster protest on campus. That’s right. No guns or ammo, just an empty holster. Nevertheless, someone apparently freaked out and three campus police officers showed up. Here’s just a snippet of what happened:

Officer: “You know there’s a no-weapons policy out here, but then you want to push it.”

Parten: “Uh … this is a protest.”

Officer “Doesn’t matter. Did you get permission to wear it?”

Parten: “I don’t need permission to wear it.”

Officer: “You need permission from the university.”

Parten: “To wear a holster?”

Unarmed Equality for Hollywood’s Anti-Gun Glitterati?

By Kimberly Bloom Jackson

What is it about Hollywood elites who jump on their soapboxes proclaiming to be saviors of America, but then do everything imaginable to undermine the core principles of its founding?

Anti-Gun Hollywood

Take Hollywood’s anti-gun glitterati for example. Between making personal fortunes from glorifying guns in their movies and living exuberant lifestyles that includes armed security, one would think they would support their fellow Americans right to self-defense. Nope.

We’ve all heard of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his scandalous anti-gun program Everytown For Gun Safety. Now, Academy Award-winning actress Julianne Moore has recently launched her own gun control group called Everytown Creative Council, which, not surprisingly, falls under the auspices of Bloomberg’s organization. To help her, she has recruited fellow celebrities Meg Ryan, Amy Schumer, Jennifer Lawrence, Reese Witherspoon, Kevin Bacon, Kristen Bell, Jessica Chastain, J.J.Abrams, and others to join in her un-American assault on the Second Amendment.

In a Huffington Post blog, Moore had the audacity to write:

  • “We are actors and artists, but we are Americans first. … We respect the Second Amendment but keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of convicted criminals, terrorists, domestic abusers, stalkers and dangerous people isn’t anti-gun; it’s pro-common sense.”
  • “We know that more than 90 percent of Americans support common-sense reforms that are proven to save lives. What not enough people know and what the gun lobby doesn’t want more of us to know is that a large majority of gun owners support these reforms too.”

This is a level of propaganda we would expect from the pompous pigs in George Orwell’s 1945 classic novel Animal Farm. All people are equal, but some people (the elites who like to make the rules) are more equal than others.

Still in Denial: Three Years After Sandy Hook

By Kimberly Bloom Jackson

December 14 marks the third anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre that took the lives of 20 children and 6 adults. But this anniversary is different because it comes on the heels of the Islamic terrorist attack in San Bernardino that killed 14 and injured 17. Given this, what has your local school done to prevent another tragedy?

Children cutting paper in classroom

All across the country political leaders, school personnel, and parents have moved beyond the emotionalism that has influenced mindless policies of so-call gun free zones. Finally, scores of teachers are now rising up from a posture of being defenseless sheep to that of taking responsibility for their personal defense and that of the children they are entrusted to protect.

Incredibly, most educators are still waiting anxiously for their school leaders to do the right thing. Remember all the endless chatter immediately following the Sandy Hook tragedy? School officials everywhere sent letters to frantic parents promising all the things they would do to ensure the safety of their kids. Where I was teaching, even the police chief was invited to speak at our school board meeting, of which only about 8 minutes was actually dedicated to school safety—and still no change. Sadly, for many schools it appears to have been all hype. But how could this be after so many innocent lives have been lost?

Those in charge are so paralyzed by their own cowardice that they find all sorts of excuses for inaction. My personal favorites are: “It’s not likely to happen here,” “We don’t want to freak out parents,” or “We just don’t have the budget.”

In reality, the problem is not budgets or anything else. The problem is denial.

To understand denial, all we have to do is look at school safety from another angle—fire. How many school children in North America have died from fire in the last half century? The answer is zero. And the reason is simple. We are inundated with highly effective redundancy systems that include smoke alarms, fire sprinklers, fire extinguishers, fire exits, fire hydrants, fire resistant tiles, paint, and other materials. We also have fire drills so everyone can practice how to escape safely. Finally, to make sure everything humanly possible is being done to prevent death by fire, we undergo regular safety inspections by the local fire chief. We do these things because we believe they make children safe. And they do!

Do You Patronize Businesses That Undermine Your Freedoms and Values?

By Kimberly Bloom JacksonPinned Post

When my husband and I arrived at the door of a local restaurant that came highly recommended to us, we couldn’t believe our eyes.

No Guns Sign

On their door was the infamous “NO GUNS” sign. We looked at each other in disbelief. How could the owner of the restaurant be so stupid as to draw attention to an establishment full of unarmed customers? Worse yet, how could customers be so stupid? It’s like hanging an “easy target” sign around every neck.

Fact is, mindless gun-free zones are what mass shootings have in common. They are killing zones, free from good guys with guns. That’s why the Aurora movie theater killer chose the more distant theater where guns were not allowed and thus where he wouldn’t have to worry about his plan being foiled.

Still, too many people remain in denial. Recently, an Olive Garden employee asked an on duty Kansas City police officer who was in full uniform to leave the restaurant because he was—wait for it—carrying a gun!

Intense reaction to the incident on social media prompted an Olive Garden spokesperson to apologize for the “misunderstanding.” “We love having members of law enforcement dine with us,” he said. Really? Olive Garden may say they love law enforcement, but did you know they hate the Second Amendment?

As for that restaurant with the “no gun” sign my husband and I visited, needless to say, we moved on to safer turf.