I have been following the Twitter feeds of David Hogg, March for our Lives, and 50 Miles More.
Yesterday was the final day of their 50 mile march to Springfield, Massachusetts to have their rally at the Smith & Wesson factory.
For a march that they have been hyping for weeks I have seen only three pictures of it.
David Hogg had exactly one Tweet from yesterday from the march, and it didn’t include a picture.
While @50milesmore , @MFOLBoston and I were marching against gun violence in front of Smith and Wesson another shooting occurred in Jacksonville, FL in yet #AnotherFLshooting . We know change will not come until we demand it this November and after.
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) August 26, 2018
March for our Lives has zero. 50 Miles more had four Tweets.
This one was the most telling.
“We, the students of this great nation, DEMAND for Smith and Wesson to cease the production and sale of all weapons banned under the Massachusetts assault weapons ban and Maura Healey’s CopyCat weapons enforcwment.” –@JackTorres00 pic.twitter.com/y2Am46oaYR
— 50 Miles More (@50milesmore) August 26, 2018
That seems to be a lot of media and not a lot of kids.
Yes, the Jacksonville shooting happened yesterday but… that’s seeming to putter out fast.
For something that has been hyped for days and scored several kids prime time TV interviews, it seems to have ended with a weak fart noise.
I have a feeling that for middle class kids activism may be a fun alternative to a job during the summer but once class is back in session, there’s no time for nation wide marches and rallies.
I wonder if this is a sign that this “the young people will win” thing is dying off.
I feel like I should make a joke here at David’s expense:
Teenage activism is like teenage sex. He built it up in his mind to be the greatest thing ever, then it ended really quickly and with a lot of disappointment. *Rimshot*