A little over a year ago, there was a shooting not far from my home — one teenager was murdered and another injured.
Within minutes the area was swarming with cops. A police helicopter was buzzing so low over my neighborhood, I thought he was going to land on my roof.
I went online to find out what the hell was going on and discovered that all of Syracuse University was on lock-down. Student as well as area residents were told to shelter in place as the manhunt went on.
Now, it would never occur to me to call myself a survivor of that shooting. Nobody ever shot at me.
In fact, there was only one survivor of that incident and that was the teenage boy who was injured in the shooting.
Yes, it happened nearby and the shooters were loose in my neighborhood.
But I was safely locked in my home with my Mossberg beside me. They never shot at me. Hell, they didn’t even know I existed.
So why would I call myself a “survivor” of a shooting?
But for nearly two months now, we have endured a constant stream of insults, attacks and harangues from so-called “survivors” of the Parkland shooting.
Like me on that creepy night, these “survivors” were locked safely away from the actual incident. None of them were shot at – nor were they at risk of being shot.
Damien the Camera Hogg is about as much of a survivor of the Parkland shooting as someone who happened to be driving by during the six minutes the murderer was firing.
And nothing exposes just what phonies these anti-gun Parkland “survivors” are quite like meeting an actual survivor of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Young Anthony Borges is a survivor of the Parkland shooting.
When the nut-job murderer opened fire, Anthony used his body as a shield to protect students as they ran for shelter.
So not only is Anthony an actual survivor, he’s a true hero who saved the lives of twenty fellow students.
Wednesday, Anthony was finally released from the hospital.
To actually survive a shooting, one must first be shot at. This does not describe the ubiquitous Camera Hogg and his bald counterpart.
And by assigning the mantle of “survivor” to students like Damien the Camera Hogg, the media is diminishing the tragedy and terror experienced by an actual survivor like Anthony Borges.
Now, I’m not saying the kids tucked safely in a locked room in the building next door weren’t afraid. I’m sure they were.
But like me on that night many months ago, they aren’t survivors of a shooting — just frightened bystanders.
[Although, I wasn’t particularly frightened since, unlike them, I was armed.]
Now, we all know why the media has crowned these activists “survivors.”
If they refer to these media darlings as “Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who were safely locked away in another building during the shooting,” their demands that we disarm would have less impact.
Calling them “survivors” is the Left’s way of inoculating them from criticism and debate while casting them as “moral authorities” because they’ve been in the heat of it.
But unlike Anthony Borges, they weren’t in the heat of it. Instead, they were heat-adjacent.
Unlike these media-created “survivors,” Anthony was way too busy protecting his classmates while getting shot at to film himself for posterity.
And for the last several weeks, he was too busy undergoing surgeries to appear on CNN 24/7.
Most notably, unlike the phony “survivors,” Anthony and his family know full well who is responsible for leaving students vulnerable to a monster like Nikolas Cruz.
The phony “survivors” are too busy capitalizing on their instant celebrity to care who is responsible. Because at the end of the day, they didn’t directly suffer the consequences of those failures.
Not in the way that Anthony did.
So will the news media will go full-out for Anthony’s story? Will they promote his mission to hold responsible those who are actually at fault?
I doubt it.
After all, unless Anthony Borges sues the NRA, I think the media doesn’t care.
Hat tip Fox News.
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