The “Parkland students,” and more specifically Cameron Kasky, Jacklyn Corin, David Hogg, Emma Gonzales, and Alex Wind are listed (collectively) as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People.
The passage about them was written by Barack Obama.
Like everything else in his administration, it is a load of platitude bullshit.
This time, something different is happening. This time, our children are calling us to account.
The Parkland, Fla., students don’t have the kind of lobbyists or big budgets for attack ads that their opponents do. Most of them can’t even vote yet.
But they have the power so often inherent in youth: to see the world anew; to reject the old constraints, outdated conventions and cowardice too often dressed up as wisdom.
Well, they are backed by a bunch of progressive anti gun groups, so they actually do have lobbyists and big budgets.
Trying to repeal the Second Amendment, ban guns, and confiscate firearms is not “cowardice too often dressed up as wisdom.” It was the wisdom of our Founders that gave us gun rights and cowardice in political leaders that makes the want to take guns away.
Seared by memories of seeing their friends murdered at a place they believed to be safe, these young leaders don’t intimidate easily. They see the NRA and its allies—whether mealymouthed politicians or mendacious commentators peddling conspiracy theories—as mere shills for those who make money selling weapons of war to whoever can pay. They’re as comfortable speaking truth to power as they are dismissive of platitudes and punditry. And they live to mobilize their peers.
No, they are bullies who lie and call NRA members terrorists to try and punish law abiding gun owners for something one crazy person did and two law enforcement agencies didn’t stop.
Already, they’ve had some success persuading statehouses and some of the biggest gun retailers to change. Now it gets harder. A Republican Congress remains unmoved. NRA scare tactics still sway much of the country. Progress will be slow and frustrating.
Not these kids. The kids who have been effective, like Kyle Kashuv aren’t rabidly anti gun.
But by bearing witness to carnage, by asking tough questions and demanding real answers, the Parkland students are shaking us out of our complacency. The NRA’s favored candidates are starting to fear they might lose. Law-abiding gun owners are starting to speak out. As these young leaders make common cause with African Americans and Latinos—the disproportionate victims of gun violence—and reach voting age, the possibilities of meaningful change will steadily grow.
No, law abiding gun owners are not turning on the NRA and intersectionality and identity politics is destroying the Left as it eats itself. Also assuming there are no minority gun owners is racist.
Our history is defined by the youthful push to make America more just, more compassionate, more equal under the law. This generation—of Parkland, of Dreamers, of Black Lives Matter—embraces that duty. If they make their elders uncomfortable, that’s how it should be. Our kids now show us what we’ve told them America is all about, even if we haven’t always believed it ourselves: that our future isn’t written for us, but by us.
It’s not youth but ignorant, self righteous bullying that makes people uncomfortable. These kids know nothing but get up on stage and insult everyone that disagrees with them. Saying law abiding gun owners “have blood on their hands/faces” is not “more compassionate” that’s tyranny.
If these kids are the future, than the future is full of gulags.
The one thing that I did note in all of this is the irony, missed by Time, that Obama who was the best gun salesman in history is praising the kids who are responsible for the biggest spike in NRA membership in years.
If you put Obama, Hogg, and Gonzales in the same room together with CNN I’m pretty sure the lines coming out of gun stores would look like the lines coming out of Apple stores on new iPhone day.
So keep it up guys, the industry needs you.