Emmitt Smith, Deion Sanders, Michael Irvin, LaDainian Tomlinson and Marshall Faulk are appearing in a public service announcement in favor of gun law reforms. In this instance, “gun law reforms” is code for “reduce 2nd Amendment Rights”.
I respect all of these men as legendary football players. As a Cowboys fan, I will never forget the unbelievable performances of Smith, Sanders, and Irvin during the early 90s.
I also respect their right, as American citizens, to take a stand on public policy, just as I do. I don’t question their heart motives or intentions. I give them the benefit of a doubt, that they care about the loss of human lives through violence.
However, while I do not question their motives, I do call into question their judgement. Moreover, their understanding of the root causes of the violence in which guns often are used. Furthermore, I call into question whether they understand that the term “gun violence” is itself a misnomer.
The term “gun violence” is a politically correct term intended to manipulate the perception of the low information voter, in the interest of politicians whose only ambition is to remain in office.
Guns do not carry out violence. Citizens with moral and, frequently, mental health problems, commit violent crimes using guns and other weapons. These former athletes have perhaps not considered the aforementioned.
I would like to encourage them to consider being an active part of real solutions, rather than allowing the left to exploit them for political purposes that are intended to reduce the Constitutional rights of law abiding citizens. An agenda that will leave citizens less safe, instead more protected from criminals.
Rather than seeking to “fundamentally change” the 2nd Amendment and reduce the right of law abiding citizens to bear arms, I challenge these men to engage in real solutions that can spark a revolution of values and a transformation of culture.
Misplaced values and a perverted culture are what leads to violent crimes. Not so called “soft” gun laws.
Some of the solutions I invite these men to consider are:
- Raising money for and supporting community-based initiatives that address the issue of gang violence and the drug culture in inner cities
- Raising money for and supporting Pro Literacy Programs in areas where a lack of education promotes crime
- Promoting strong family values, opposing the expansion of entitlement policies which encourages the breakdown of families
- Raising money for and promoting training in Building Trades Industries in urban cities
- Opposing Big Labor policies which discriminate against minorities in urban cities, preventing them from obtaining unskilled and skilled jobs in Building Trades Industries
- Denounce the nihilism and hedonism that is commercialized and normalized by the entertainment industry via music, television, video games, etc.
As it stands, these men have allowed themselves to “buy into” the lie of the left, which is to target the symptom and not the disease. To attack the exploit victims rather than to strengthen their opportunities to protect themselves.
Finally, they have been disinformed and mislead into playing play politics rather than to promote individual responsibility, strong families, and free market solutions. All of which can help change the culture of entitlement, prevent broken families and mitigate poverty in communities where crime is endemic.