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March 25, 2014
Shyanne Roberts is nine years old. She lives in New Jersey with her family, is an honor student in the fourth grade, likes the beach, music, soccer, fishing and hanging out with her friends. She is also a competitive shooter who is skilled in numerous firearms, and who has been wowing fans at tournaments for the past two years.
Recently, Shyanne also wowed some New Jersey state legislators by testifying against a proposed law that would limit the size of magazines in the state. "I am not a gangbanger or domestic terrorist," Shyanne told the legislators. "This bill, if it becomes law, will severely impact me and a million other gun owners."
Why will this law impact Shyanne? Because when she is competing against shooters from states that do not have these arbitrary limits, she will have to reload her magazine more often, which will impact her speed and her performance. All Shyanne wants is to be the best at her chosen sport.
And for this, so-called "journalist" Mike Kelly, a columnist for some New Jersey fishwrap called The Record has gone on the offensive against Shyanne, claiming her sport of choice is "creepy," and essentially accusing her of being an unwitting pawn of the big, bad NRA, unable to think or reason for herself and manipulated by the nasty gun lobby. Kelly writes:
Watching the video, posted on Facebook, of little Shyanne with her new AR-15 is chilling. She likes the fact that the gun was painted purple and black -- her favorite colors, she says, though she adds that she also likes pink, too.
"It's beautiful," she says of the gun, noting that she found it "well balanced."
What's astonishing is that if you closed your eyes, you might think that Shyanne is really an adult. But she's not. Think of this tale as the weaponized version of the TV beauty pageant show, Toddlers and Tiaras -- kids trying to act like adults, with adult make-up and jewelry, cheered on by adults for the sake of themselves.
Only, in this case, instead of a rhinestone tiara and ruby-red lipstick, the prime accessory for this child is an assault rifle (sic), with a magazine that holds 15 bullets (sic).
What this mediot finds appalling is that a child can be responsible, focused and good at what she does. She's well-rounded and eloquent. She has been taught and coached well by her father, and has shown a considerable amount of skill at a sport that is both challenging and exciting.
Apparently Shyanne's maturity and eloquence is something that Kelly cannot stomach, because she is a well-spoken, determined child who excels at an "adult" activity, and because he seemingly believes that being a child is necessarily equivalent to being stupid, naïve and goal-less. And because this child speaks with conviction and skill, and enjoys her sport of choice, she must necessarily be manipulated by the evil, cunning NRA that controls these shooting competitions, and the adults around her, including her own father!
This is the world according to Mike Kelly.
Because, really! What child could write such an articulate, convincing speech all by herself (according to some of the comments in the story, her father did help her with basic grammar and structure)? What child could have developed these "adult" ideas in her head all by herself? Children are supposed to be clueless and helpless, in this mediot's uninformed opinion! It's all part of childhood, right?
How can a human being with any decency and common sense, let alone an educated "journalist," compare a child who excels at an activity that requires focus, accountability, personal responsibility, determination and concentration, and who so powerfully explains her positions to a room full of adult legislators, to the vapid, empty, spoiled reality show brats on Toddlers and Tiaras?
For the TV show, parents, many of whom are desperate to relive their youth vicariously through their little ones, paint them to look like prostitots. On the other hand, Shyanne's father taught her basic gun safety at a young age, and helped her excel at a challenging skill that eludes many adults.
While painted, overdressed dolls parading their frightening slut fashion is a caricature of maturity, Shyanne is developing, honing, focusing, competing and winning at an actual sport that requires concentration, self-control, and the highest standards of personal responsibility and ethics.
And this pusillanimous punk Mike Kelly has decided to attack a child from behind his poisonous keyboard by comparing her sport to Toddlers and Tiaras, and her considerable skill to the clownish mockery of life that is that show.
Yeah, it takes a real man to ridicule a little girl from behind the warmth and safety of his computer screen, clutching his oh-so masculine Café Latte and nibbling biscotti, while mischaracterizing an AR-15 as an "assault weapon," ignorantly referring to magazines as "bullet clips" and snidely, hypocritically deriding a fourth-grader as ignorant and easily manipulated.
If Mike Kelly kept a shred of credibility after showing his lack of research skills and knowledge deficiencies about firearms, it was terminally decimated by his cowardly, low attacks on a talented, intelligent, skilled, determined young lady.
Nicki Kenyon has been an avid gun rights advocate since she returned to the United States from an overseas Army tour in Germany. She began writing about Second Amendment issues in 2001 when KeepAndBearArms.com published her first essay, "The Moment". She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Arts degree in National Security Studies from American Military University. Her area of expertise in those fields is European and Eurasian affairs. When not writing about gun rights or hanging out with her husband and son, she practices dry-firing her M1911 at the zombies of "The Walking Dead."
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