For some reason, the media wants to hang on the every word celebrities utter. It’s as if they believe that because they are an athlete or performer with significant skill, they are equally skilled in all other things. They seem to give these people a platform from which they can spread their political opinions far and wide, yet never bother to even ask how well these celebrities even understand the issue.
When it comes to guns, it’s particularly insidious.
After all, with fame comes wealth in most cases. Sure, you can be famous and broke, but that’s not how it usually works. Because of that wealth, though, celebrities have the ability to hire professional security, men with guns who will keep their employers safe and sound. At the same time, though, they espouse opinions on guns.
The latest example of this? NBA superstar LeBron James.
NBA star LeBron James loves his family, naturally enough. And when bad guys recently targeted them, he took steps to keep them safe. Specifically, the Los Angeles Lakers dribbler brought in some heavy-duty firepower – a whole team of armed guards. He’s taking “every possible measure” to protect his loved ones, as would anyone.
Meanwhile, as far as the little people are concerned, LeBron says “there is no room for guns.” And he wants to increase penalties for carrying firearms – “legal or illegal.”
Incredibly, even Chicago’s anti-gun priest, Father Michael Pfleger, has armed guards. Of course, Pfleger claims he has no armed bodyguards. Yet despite Pfleger’s prevarications, one of his favorite bodyguards caught was arrested for carrying a gun without a license not long ago. Right on the steps of Fr. Pfleger’s church.
If anti-gunners didn’t have double standards, they wouldn’t have any at all.
I couldn’t agree more.
People like James can afford to hire professionals. They can afford to outsource their personal safety.
Most of us can’t.