Tom Dougherty, CEO – Stealing Share
19 February 2018
Parkland shooting survivors call us all out
It’s pretty easy criticizing Millennials. You know, they’re lazy. Have no work ethic. Growing up in the age of the iPhone, they pay attention less than a newborn gnat. But the Parkland shooting survivors paint a different picture.
They’ve become powerful activists concerning one of the thorniest issues facing our nation. Gun control.
A student fires an AR-15 assault rifle to kill 17 of his classmates and, typically, there are outcries for stiffer gun laws. The discussion inevitably fades away until the next school shooting.
“They say no laws could have prevented the hundreds of senseless tragedies that have occurred. We call BS.” – Emma Gonzalez, Parkland shooting survivor
But the Parkland shooting survivors are having none of that. As Parkland senior Emma Gonzalez says:
“Politicians who sit in their gilded House and Senate seats funded by the NRA telling us nothing could have been done to prevent this, we call BS. They say tougher guns laws do not decrease gun violence. We call BS. They say a good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun. We call BS. They say guns are just tools like knives and are as dangerous as cars. We call BS. They say no laws could have prevented the hundreds of senseless tragedies that have occurred. We call BS. That us kids don’t know what we’re talking about, that we’re too young to understand how the government works. We call BS.”
Parkland shooting survivors are the most articulate pundits for sensible gun protection
Gonzalez isn’t the only one. Numerous Parkland students appear on TV airwaves, taking a stand few in our country have taken so forcefully or so articulately. They are angry, passionate, intelligent and provide the first hope that stiffer gun controls could be enacted. (Even Trump says he will look into it. Although I’m not keeping my fingers crossed.)
I mean, who the fuck needs an AR-15 assault rifle anyway?
Seems to me, if you need that kind of weapon then you need to examine your priorities.
But these Millennials will not be shoved aside. Even one gun owner, a hunter since he was a child, turned in his AR-15 to the sheriff’s office, telling NPR that “this is something I can do I think is right.”
Maybe we need another word for gun control. For enthusiasts, it sounds like we’re taking away all their guns. No, we need sensible gun protection that bans assault rifles and sports stronger checks so the mentally unstable among us can’t easily buy guns.
What’s so radical about that? As Ms. Gonzalez says, if you still believe assault rifles are a must need and the mentally unstable should buy guns, then I call bullshit.
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