• Veterans Day Tradition Ended Because … Guns. Scary.

    Surge Summary: This year the University of Virginia cancels the 21-gun salute portion of its campus’ Veterans Day commemoration. The sound could be too scary for some, we’re told. No, this is not a spoof.

    So, is the takeaway that we mustn’t mention guns are a rather unexceptional part of military life? One might be tempted to draw that conclusion …

    Gary Bauer informs us why:

    For more than ten years, Veterans Day ceremonies at the University of Virginia have concluded with a 21-gun salute by members of the university’s ROTC program.  But not this year.

    University President Jim Ryan explained the decision to cancel the salute by saying, “One is that it would be disruptive to classes and two unfortunately with gun violence in the U.S., there was some concern that we would cause a panic if someone heard gunshots on grounds.”

    Really?  Has it been so disruptive for the past ten years?  Are you incapable of explaining to the adults on your campus what this ceremony is about and why it matters?

    The whole thing seems like an application of the “safe space” mentality run amok. U of V is shutting down a traditional element of an opportunity to honor veterans who’ve served and sacrificed for our security and freedom because … the boom-boom sound of ceremonial firearms might upset the tummies of some overly wound-up students? Or faculty?

    The term “infantilizing” also comes to mind: “to keep in or reduce to an infantile state”;

    “to treat or regard as infantile or immature”. (Dictionary.com)

    Isn’t one objective of post-high school education allegedly to hasten the maturing process of teenagers? Preparing them to function one day in the regular, grown-up world that awaits them after they receive their diplomas?

    This silly situation at U of V convinces me that purported goal might hold the key to exactly what any person on campus who can’t abide the sound of fake gunfire once a year on Veterans Day might need to hear: “Please. Grow up.”

    Recall, not a few individuals – overwhelmingly young men – have had to grow up, real fast, thrust into dangerous situations on the battlefield or sent off to strange and lonely circumstances far from loved ones – all so the rest of us can go about our lives unburdened by anxieties concerning foreign invasion or threats from abroad. Some of them had to deal with actual gunfire — directed at them.

    Alas, Jim Ryan wasn’t available to bail out those lads when those trying conditions caused them a measure of discomfort.

    H/T: Gary Bauer/cwfpac.com

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