Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Polytechnique Remembrance Ceremony Degenerates into Male Bashing

20 years ago, a deranged and frustrated young man, Marc Lepine, walked into the École Polytechnique de Montréal with his rifle and methodically hunted down women. It was a sad tragedy of a psychotic nutcase who blamed women for his shortcomings and lack of success in life. In a rambling manifesto, he justified his actions in a suicide note that underlined his craziness.
....."Because I have decided to send the feminists, who have always ruined my life, to their Maker."
.....the feminists have always enraged me. They want to keep the advantages of women (e.g. cheaper insurance, extended maternity leave preceded by a preventative leave, etc.) while seizing for themselves those of men." Read the entire suicide note
Unfortunately last weekend's memorial in Montreal and cities throughout Canada have had the recurring theme of bashing all males, instead of memorializing the women senselessly lost to a crazy bastard.

The tragic loss of life at the hands of a maniac is a sad affair that should be remembered as a testament to human failing, instead of an indictment of the male of the species.

Feminist group after feminist group have made the victims of the massacre into poster girls for male bashing and gender politics. It is sad and unfair.
I can tell you that in no uncertain terms that I feel zero responsibility for what happened to these women and resent the implication that their tragic deaths are somehow my responsibility as a male.

The victims have been transformed into feminist martyrs and the annual remembrance ceremonies have been co-opted to push a radical agenda of guilting males for perceived injustices.

December 6 has become the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, a festival of sanctimonious male bashing dedicated to telling all men how very shitty they really are.

It is an insult to the memory of these women that their deaths should be used for a crass and partisan political agenda.

Domestic violence is a serious societal issue and should be confronted in a rational and reasonable measure. Bashing all men for the actions of some is disingenuous. Refusing to admit that up to one third of domestic abuse relates to women abusing men is also unhelpful to the debate.
The greater issue of why men and women abuse their spouses and why most victims choose to remain in abusive relationships begs serious consideration and study. Blame, and  finger pointing will never contribute to curbing violence.

In recent  days, leading up to the national day of male-bashing, government sponsored commercials have aired on television and radio, wherein men have chastised other men for domestic violence against women.

The insulting and demeaning ads intimate that all men are responsible for domestic violence and pointedly ask us to stop the abuse. Sorry, if I don't buy into the program, I haven't abused anyone and bear as much culpability as my wife or children, for others who abuse their spouses.

One might ask what purpose these ads serve?
Do you believe that an abusive man will stop to consider his actions as a result of the moronic commercial? It is strictly a case of agenda-driven hate directed at men by radical feminists.

If there is a lesson to be learned from the massacre at the Polytechnique, it has nothing to do with sexism, abuse and violence towards women.

The true lesson was the one learned  by the police, who made the tragic decision to wait for the SWAT team to intervene. The delay in entering the building directly led to the deaths of many of the victims.
Years later, having acknowledged the mistake and after modifying procedures, police redeemed themselves in the incident of the Dawson College shooter in 2006.

The first two police officers on the scene, lightly armed and armoured, bravely entered the school to confront the rifle wielding killer as per the new procedures. Their bravery and prompt action in confronting and cornering the killer (leading to his suicide) no doubt saved countless lives.

If there is any silver lining to the tragic and sad massacre at the Polytechnique it is that the deaths directly resulted in other lives being saved seventeen years later at Dawson college.

The women who were tragically killed by this insane gunman weren't saints or sinners, they were ordinary people who were unlucky to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Making their deaths an issue of radical feminism is cruel and unfair to their memory.

Some of the feminist activists are using the commemoration to advocate against the abolition of the national gun registry. What they fail to mention is that Marc Lepine followed all the proscribed procedures for owning a gun and had the registry been in existence at the time of the shooting, he'd have been legally entitled to be on the list and to own a gun.

Hmmm...Come to think about it, Kimveer Gill,  the Dawson shooter was actually inscribed legally on the gun registry.

No matter, these pesky facts are irrelevant to those with an agenda. It's still expedient to pretend that the gun registry is anything but a colossal waste of resources.

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