All of you people claiming that Sandy Hook didn’t happen, and it’s some government conspiracy should seriously shut your traps. You aren’t helping. You look like lunatics. Stop.
It happened. It sucks and it is awful. We aren’t getting a consistent story, but you just look monstrous pretending that their grief is manufactured.
And since you people are incapable of letting something like this go, let me spitball a plausible theory for you to investigate.
Horrible, terrible, awful things happened. Period. People in a state of such dramatic grief are, at least temporarily, mentally broken. Shattered, in fact. Can you even imagine dropping your kindergartner off at school only to have them never come home again? Or pick up your daughter that was the only survivor in her class because she played dead under the bodies of her friends? I lost sleep the first time my son came home with a bullying story.
So here’s an excellent opportunity to ‘be helpful.’
Yes, every statement we’ve heard has sounded coached. My husband posted the only full transcript of the ‘heckling’ video that I have seen. It’s odd. Yes, most of it can be written off to the fact that he is not a public speaker and he is still in the midst of unfathomable grief.
Take a mental leap with me, if you will.
Something awful that just happens to potentially add the emotional gravity to push people in your direction. How do you get them there? It’s not like you can just hand them a sheet of talking points. No, you insert yourself under the guise of wanting to ‘help’. You send fully paid for grief counselors. Sure they come from your team equipped with your talking points. Everyone wants someone to blame. Your counselors tell them where to direct their grief.
When I was in the 8th grade, the father of a close friend died suddenly. A grief counselor taped a 2 liter bottle to the floor in my friend’s bedroom and told her to direct her rage at it. It took several bottles before she exhausted her body and it was clear her rage was still not satisfied.
What if someone directed it at gun owners? Gently, of course.
Particular congress-critters want these people to testify before Congress. This would be intimidating if you hadn’t just lost a child. So a ‘benevolent’ organization offers a speech coach. I am professional voice talent and yet I am still less than comfortable speaking in front of a group. I’m the antithesis of shy, but if I was mid-crisis, I’d be relieved to work with some kind of coach when asked to speak to such an illustrious body. And I’m weird. Seriously. There’s video evidence of me singing about the founder of the company I work for getting run over by a truck with said founder, his wife, and children in attendance.
Just imagine someone less brave. Someone that is in the thick of the worst thing ever. They’d be glad. Grateful that someone will help them find their voice to do something.
If you must jump at all the shadows, chase this one. Who generously jumped in to help? Who offered counseling and coaching at no cost to the victims?
Should we change our strategy?
I am not and will not ever endorse brainwashing with our side. But what if we offered to pay for them to see the counselor of their choice. Yes, we can give suggestions. What if we offered the shield from Congressional testimony? You don’t talk until you are ready. Not hosed and coached and brainwashed, but actually ready?