This generation ‘will not be silent ever again’ the headline at sunsentinel.com proclaims. Is that a threat or a promise? Yes! And after much self-righteous victim card-waving petulance, five Florida teenagers — only one of which is a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (Victoria Mejia above) student — get down to the business of civilian disarmament . . .
Although they don’t offer ye olde “I support the Second Amendment but–” trope, the following agenda does nothing if not color between the lines established by the Bloomberg-funded enemies of firearms freedom.
If there is one common denominator among the mass shootings that have occurred in recent history, it has been the shooters’ deadly weapon of choice. It must be banned. Additionally, we believe in the necessity of a national gun registry or database.
If critics of this movement want to compare guns to cars, we as might as well register them like we do with our vehicles and get rid of the Firearm Owners’ Protection Act of 1968, a federal law preventing this registry from legally happening anywhere in the USA. Putting this registry into effect will streamline background checks and prevent guns from getting into the hands of people who shouldn’t have these machines of war in the first place.
People with mental health issues also should not be able to own a gun, and if there were stricter background checks that recognize when people are hospitalized for mental health, then maybe we could prevent these countless mass shootings happening across America.
I know it’s been said before, but if ARs are “machines of war” why do we equip tens of thousands of police officers with them?
And if ARs are good for the police, they’re good for protecting us from the police. (Or, in the case of the Parkland spree killing, they’re good enough to protect us when the police stand idly by while a murderous monster inflicts his homicidal fury on innocent children.)
Speaking of the entire point of the Second Amendment, a national gun registry database? How great is that?
As great as it was when the Weimar Republic then the Nazi Party used their national gun owner registry to confiscate firearms from their critics and the Jews, as a prelude to murdering them?
The main thing we students want to see is meaningful change — not half-step measures designed to respond to political pressure. We want change in the way the gun control process works, change in the amount of funding schools receive, and change in how things are run in general. There is a major problem in America today and we will not stop until it gets fixed. We promise you that if you can’t undertake the necessary changes, you can bet that you will be voted out and someone more supportive toward this battle and our lives will take your place.
If a legally armed pro-gun rights advocate wrote “our lives will take your place,” he or she could well be the subject to a gun violence restraining order, facing the immediate and unannounced confiscation of his or her firearms. A prospect which would have triggered thunderous cheering amongst the CNN Town Hall audience baying to ban guns.
It is also worth mentioning that arming our school teachers is not a solution. Teachers are here to educate us, not to be soldiers. We can’t even imagine how destructive it will be to have more guns circulating in the school system. Why do we even need to tell you that adding more guns to schools is not the solution? Teachers barely receive enough money to be able to buy basic school supplies to begin with.
Ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which an English teacher should not put!. I can only conclude that these students have not received a decent education — although their inability to think rationally is a far more grave concern than a simple grammar fail.
While in Tallahassee, we received overwhelming support from a number of legislators and adults and we thank you all a thousand times over. But to those countless legislators who disagreed and refused to listen to us, whether you are a Republican or a Democrat, this is a very reasonable proposal of necessary change, and you should expect nothing less than a wonderful retirement when you are voted out of office in the upcoming election.
You may not be ones who keep your word, but we surely will keep ours.
Again with the insults and threats.
While the mainstream media simply adores the teens’ outpouring of unbridled anger at politicians protecting the Parkland kids’ [forthcoming] Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms, the Sun Sentinel polemic is as far removed from Dr. King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail (a.k.a., The Negro is Your Brother) as a gentle pat on the back is from a slap in the face.
The fact that the Children’s Crusade Against Gun Rights continues to captivate the progressive chattering classes tells us that they too, think as a child. As if we didn’t know . . .