Some Really Inconvenient Truths

Barack Obama would like you to believe that it’s white guys with assault weapons and NRA memberships that commit most of the murders in this country. But the truth, and he knows it, is that although whites comprise 67% of the population, Hispanics 16% and blacks, just 13%, blacks are responsible for roughly half the murders in America. The murder rate among blacks is eight times as high as among whites. Sadly, it is one area in which they truly overachieve.

But do you ever hear Obama, Biden, Bloomberg, Feinstein or Cuomo, mention it? Of course not. They would rather grab headlines by running their mouths off about guns with large magazines instead of urban punks with a lot of attitude, but no brains and even less compassion.

If we ever wanted to get serious about gun violence, we would send the military into places a lot more violent than the Middle East. I refer to Chicago, L.A., Philadelphia, Detroit and Houston. But even Bill Clinton, “the first black president,” had to retreat from dealing with the black gangs in Somalia when he realized how badly it would play on CNN. It’s one thing to be seen playing Lady Bountiful with other people’s money in Haiti and quite another to deal with blacks the same way one would if they were white Croatians.

Frankly, what people do with their own money is their own business, but why an American would bother sending dough to Haiti when our physically and mentally wounded war veterans are going begging is beyond me. But I also can’t begin to fathom why, at the same time we are going down the fiscal drain, we keep sending billions of dollars to the likes of Egypt, Russia, Jordan, the Sudan, Pakistan Iraq and to terrorist groups in Gaza. And why on earth are we sending hundreds of millions of dollars to Mexico when they not only refuse to shut down their side of the border, but recently arrested and imprisoned an ex-U.S. Marine on trumped-up gun charges, and then ignored repeated calls from the State Department. They simply refused to spring the poor guy until Bill O’Reilly threatened to put a big hurt on Mexico’s tourist industry. One has to suspect that if, instead of coddling the Mexican goons, Obama or Mrs. Clinton had threatened to cut off their annual bribe, it would have taken Mexico about four seconds to release Jon Hammar, not four months.

Getting back to guns for a minute, the number of accidental gun deaths in America averages around 1,500-a-year. The number of accidental deaths caused by physicians and hospitals is over 120,000. I leave it to you to decide which poses the greater danger, guns or healthcare providers.

I do think the NRA has gone about fighting those who would revoke the Second Amendment pretty much the same stupid way the U.S. has waged every war since 1945 – as if it were being conducted by the Three Stooges.

Traditionally, the NRA contributes a ton of money to politicians who support them and perhaps even more to defeating those who oppose them. Well, I happen to think the NRA is wasting its money by ignoring the PR battle it should be waging and winning. Instead of funding individual campaigns, they should be more concerned with public opinion. They should be running TV commercials featuring the actual men and women who have used guns to defend themselves and their families from violent criminals.

The way things are now, the other side simply waits for the next massacre. Then they troop out the survivors – people like James Brady or Gabby Giffords or the parents of the Newtown kids – and, thus, they inevitably win the battle on emotional, if not Constitutional, grounds.

But if the NRA would simply wise up, we would soon begin seeing the gun-toting mothers and fathers on TV, the folks you never even hear about in the national media. They’re the folks who didn’t just wait around for the cops to draw chalk outlines of their dead bodies on the kitchen floor, but, instead, put their guns to the use for which they were bought and paid for.

Once they’ve won the hearts and minds of the American public, the NRA won’t have to worry so much about whether the right person gets elected; the public will see to it.

Although God knows we already have too many laws on the books, one I would like to see enacted is that nobody who is injured or killed during the commission of a felony is entitled to sue. That would of course preclude his relatives from suing his intended victims. Think of it as an extension of the Good Samaritan Law.

Speaking of legislation, the 2011 Former Presidents Act provides Carter, Clinton and the two Bushes, with a $3.7 million slush fund. The idea that our tax dollars are paying anything towards the upkeep of these millionaires is revolting. It doesn’t get any better when you discover that Clinton uses a portion of this windfall to connect 10 TVs in his office to DirecTV. It doesn’t seem like a stretch to imagine that he’s regularly tuned in to “Busty Coeds Vs. Lusty Cheerleaders,” “Sex Games Cancun: The Last Temptation of Hank” and “Hotel Erotica.”

For a while, I figured it was a toss-up when it came to the most disgusting athlete in America. One day, being a baseball fan, I would think that it came down to Roger Clemons, Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa or Mark McGwire. But then I’d see a list of all the illegitimate children sired by the over-paid goons who populate the NBA, and they’d fast break into the lead. But I kept overlooking Lance Armstrong. That was probably because the notion of considering a bike rider an athlete goes against everything Americans hold dear. It’s no accident that he had to go to France to get anyone’s attention in the first place. Leave it to the French to get excited about a sport even duller and sillier than soccer.

In the good old days, when it was time to atone, people paid a visit to their priest or minister, or at least showed up at an AA meeting. Now they confess all to Oprah. Of course in Armstrong’s case, he was less concerned with his soul than he was with his brand. Sponsors, a notoriously touchy bunch, don’t usually want their product associated with a cheat and a liar, especially one who has spent the past decade viciously slandering anybody who dared question his integrity.

The real mystery to me is how anyone, particularly a schmuck with the looks and personality of an embalmer, could get that rich and famous riding a damn bicycle.

©2013 Burt Prelutsky. Comments? Write BurtPrelutsky@aol.com.

Author Bio:

Burt Prelutsky, a very nice person once you get to know him, has been a humor columnist for the L.A. Times and a movie critic for Los Angeles magazine. As a freelancer, he has written for the New York Times, Washington Times, TV Guide, Modern Maturity, Emmy, Holiday, American Film, and Sports Illustrated. For television, he has written for Dragnet, McMillan & Wife, MASH, Mary Tyler Moore, Rhoda, Bob Newhart, Family Ties, Dr. Quinn and Diagnosis Murder. In addition, he has written a batch of terrific TV movies. View Burt’s IMDB profile. Talk about being well-rounded, he plays tennis and poker... and rarely cheats at either. He lives in the San Fernando Valley, where he takes his marching orders from a wife named Yvonne and a dog named Angel.
Author website: http://www.burtprelutsky.com/
  • http://www.facebook.com/js.earthlink JS Earthlink

    I’m one of those gun-toting fathers.. carry permit for 15+ years, avid gun collector (including AR-15) and own and operate a hunting preserve.
    I believe anyone who believes that banning and collecting 10+ round magazines will not prevent the mass-murder of scores of children in the next year is, literally, a bloody idiot.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cecilio-Méndez-Romero/100001373306737 Cecilio Méndez-Romero

    As an NRA member, I endorse that recommendation Mr. Prelutsky. I have said before- and confirm it here and now – that the NRA looks as if they have turned into a “DC socialite”: too much PC, asking for more money and requesting permission at each step. Their job, so far, seems like that of shooting “BB’s” at an iron-clad dragon!

  • wally

    Burt: Great article. Speaking of hazardous duty in those cities like Chicago, my brother was a teacher in Detroit after his tour of duty in Viet-Nam. He jumped ship shortly after starting and stated that this job was worst than Viet-Nam. I also understand that we give funds to China for some crazy reason. Maybe it so we are allowed to buy China made products. I think you have a good suggestion for the NRA. Sponsoring some TV advertisements on the beneficial uses of fire arms should go a long way to convince the voting public. Have you email a suggestion tom the NRA?

  • therealguyfaux

    Inconvenient truth– ALL athletes, by the time they are in the top echelon of their game, are compromised in one way or another, whether by PEDs or all kinds of recruitment irregularities, or involvement in questionable business dealings. Another inconvenient truth– soccer players and cyclists (clean ones, i.e. non-competitive ones) are, in general, more fit overall than your average baseballer. You run up and down a field for 45+ minutes, take a fifteen-minute rest, and repeat process, or pedal a bicycle for a few hours, at a speed that will get your heart pumping, on varied terrain, and then I guarantee you will have more respect for the athletes, if not the run of play, of those sports.

  • cmacrider

    Burt: The foreign aid gig is really quite unfathomable. When it is recognized that foreign aid goes .. not to the people …. but to foreign governments which in turn makes those governments financially independent of the people of that country … the whole practice is absurd. Politicians are only responsible to the people if they know they depend upon their tax dollars to get paid their salaries and run the government. If America or any other country lines these foreign idiots pockets with money, there is absolutely no incentive to raise the standard of living of the populace. It becomes improbable that these third world countries will ever become democracies in any meaningful sense of the word as long as they can count on western countries to feed them millions of dollars.

  • GlenFS

    Great idea, Burt! Those real stories would have the kind of influence that the phony liberal victim stories could never have. These stories would actually ring true rather than simply tug at irrational emotion.

  • Uncle Dave

    Another great article Burt. Being a Life Member I do hope the NRA realizes there is another side to this discussion; the PR side. The have a column each month in the NRA mag that I read entitled “The Armed Citizen” giving a short synopsis of news stories where people defended themselves with a firearm. They need to get that out to a wide audiance via TV. As they said back during Viet Nam, its not enough to win the battles, “Winning hearts and minds…” is how you win the war.