According to merriam-webster.com a wimp is “a person without strength of character.” So yeah, the students walking out of school tomorrow at 10 a.m. local time, for 17 minutes — one minute for each of the people murdered by a spree killer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — are wimps. If they had strength of character . . .
They wouldn’t be misled by professional gun control advocates. Civilian disarmers who’ve convinced them that protesting politicians’ failure to sacrifice their [future] civil right to keep and bear arms is a good idea. That the NRA is somehow responsible for a madman’s slaughter.
Someone who had “strength of character” would face the hard truth: gun control doesn’t work. Like the following items that form the three “demands” of the students participating in the National Student Walkout [descriptions from the ever-so-supportive “journalists” at cnn.com]
– Ban assault weapons
– Require universal background checks before gun sales
– Pass a gun violence restraining order law that would allow courts to disarm people who display warning signs of violent behavior
A person with “strength of character” would examine those proposals carefully, dispassionately, before marching in lockstep out of their classrooms with their peers.
I wonder how many of these students know what an actual “assault weapon” is. How many are in citizens’ hands. Why they’re so popular. The percentage of AR-style rifles used in crimes compared to handguns.
I wonder how many of these students know the difference between “universal background checks” and the current NICS law. How and where criminals get their firearms. The history of gun registration in pre-war Germany. What happened to gun owners during hurricane Katrina.
I wonder how many of these students know that “gun violence restraining orders” violate the due process clause of the United States Constitution. I wonder if they know what that is, exactly, and why it’s there.
Not many do, of course. Despite the magnificence of the Internet’s scope and scale, despite our children’s almost universal access to Al Gore’s internet (via smartphones), we’re living in a low-information society. “Low” as in low-quality.
The vast majority of these students can name Kylie Jenner’s new child but don’t even begin to understand the importance of the Second Amendment to their freedom. Their freedom to search the net for . . . the name Kylie Jenner’s new child. And their friends’ Snapchat story — about walking out of school to protest guns!
Someone with true strength of character would want to know more. More about this protest than what they’re spoon-fed by statists masquerading as bleeding hearts.
They’re fed, of course, by their teachers. Teachers who will no doubt smile and beam with pride as their young charges do the bidding of those who would see a country founded on liberty dissolve into tyranny, in the interests of public safety, of course.
While I’m at it, I wonder how many teenagers would bother to read this article. And whether it would take them less than seventeen minutes to do so.