The Media Needs to Tone Down Rhetoric to Prevent Future Shootings.

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For the past two years, all we’ve heard from politicians and the media are claims of our president’s racism, xenophobia, homophobia, sexism, bigotry, and anti-semitism. All lies. And the candidates for POTUS stood on stage and many of them shamefully called our president a racist, homophobic, xenophobic, predator. It was disgraceful. One even saying she’d clorox his office.  Gross implication.

When our youth hear this hateful rhetoric coming from adults in their schools, our politicians, television, social media, and possibly their homes, what must they think? We never had to endure all this hate from the media when we were children watching our round-screened RCA T.V.  They reported just the news. What these sickos’ real motive was, we don’t know; but the El Paseo one had a white supremacist manifesto and the Dayton one was suspended from high school for compiling a “hit list” of students. Shades of Columbine.  The school should have called the police rather than suspending him. School error. So two different possible motives.  The Dayton boy should have been grounded at home. Why was he allowed to go out at night in a car?  Clueless parents.

I heard what Beto said about Trump, “He is a racist, and he stokes racism in this country. And it does not just offend our sensibilities, it fundamentally changes the character of this country, and it leads to violence and he should be ashamed for politicizing this tragedy.” This is exactly what Beto is doing.  We need to tone this shit down already.  We know it scores quick political points but at what cost?

Never let a crisis go to waste is the Democrats’ mantra. All the candidates have come out and shamefully blamed Trump for these shootings but don’t hear their own hateful rhetoric. It’s unbelievable how tone death they all are to what comes out of their own mouths. Remember the shooting at the GOP baseball game by a demented Bernie follower?  The GOP never blamed Bernie.

Then the media and politicians immediately jump to stricter gun laws and go after the NRA. The NRA didn’t shoot anyone. These suspects did.  Maybe as a result of these mass shootings, culture changes, and internet purchases, we should make our laws consistent across the nation, raise the age to purchase a gun, apply stricter background checks, and longer waiting periods. The youth of today have been playing violent video games from childhood to adult and have become desensitized to death.  The movies they’ve seen have been so violent but Hollywood never takes responsibility for their content. There are lots of reasons including bullying on Facebook which could cause a minor to snap. They aren’t old enough to reason with all the political divide in our country so they’re acting out like a child whose parents are fighting.

Make it a crime for parents to have guns in their home which a teenager could get access to. We need to start holding these parents accountable for the monsters they’re raising. Are they even home to see what they’re up to?  Do they have blinders on?  Are they permissive parents who allow their kids to smoke pot and drink? Do they even know their child purchased a gun via the internet? Violence starts with poor upbringing but the media definitely fans the flames and politicians’ hateful rhetoric puts it over the top.

And lastly, we have a mental health problem if teenagers are increasingly committing murder. Parents need to be aware of their children’s propensity for violence and depression and get them help.  But many, as we’ve seen, ignore their child’s problem. In fact, the media doesn’t even go there.  We need to know what kind of a background these two boys had so we can avert the next timebomb. The one shooter was wearing satanic clothes and slogans and listening to bands with demonic lyrics. Seriously?  Who are these parents? Apples usually don’t fall far from the tree, so I can imagine. Never, ever buy them guns like the Sandy Hook mother did. Is that Promise Program Obama enacted still running?  If so, that’s a problem.

We all know it’s hard to raise kids in any generation but this generation seems to be exceptionally challenged.  We can’t keep our children in a bubble, but we can try to dilute what they’re hearing on the internet or in school. And definitely don’t talk negative about our president in front of impressionable minds. Don’t ignore a problem as it will fester into what we’re seeing today.

I once went to a dinner party in a liberal household back in the “Bush years.” There were teenagers at the table. One adult guest at the table yelled Bush is a m-therfuc-er in front of all of us. I was shocked. But kids hear this talk in their homes, no doubt, and it could lead to problems. If he said that in public, what does he say in private, was all I could think.

We all need to tone down our rhetoric, including activist teachers. But mainly our media.  Stop calling Trump a racist!  It’s sick! It’s the Democrats and media that have been spreading hate, not Trump.  I’ll tell you what racism is. I had a cousin married to a Jewish woman.  Once they moved into a new town and a neighbor put a burning cross on their front lawn.  That’s racist.  That’s what we used to call racist back in the days. Today you get called racist for everything from saying rat infested or love it or leave it about our country. I wish these two families had left our country before their sons went berserk.

Stop the political divide in the country and tone down the hateful talk! Maybe we can all come together before there’s another tragedy.  Maybe not. It’s coming from somewhere and it usually starts in the home. These kids just don’t wake up one morning and decide to kill. It has been brewing for some time. The media needs to do their part.  Report the news and only the news and keep their stupid opinions to themselves.

Lastly, our deepest sympathies for the victims and their families.

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