If I had to describe the #WalkoutWednesday protest in two words, I’d say “acting out.” Unlike, say, the Civil Rights crusade (to which Oprah Winfrey compares this teenage tantrum), the #WalkoutWednesday Children’s Crusade is anti-civil rights. At the same time . . .
it’s suffused with anger. As you’d expect from teenagers who’ve lived in constant fear of mass murder their entire lives.
Hang on. Is that true?
While school shootings are horrifying events, are they a generational threat? Is the young man at the top of this post a member of a generation in danger of dying out from spree killers or anything firearms-related? What about these kids?
I’m not trying to belittle the shock, sorrow, pain and anger that a school shooter inflicts on the people touched by his murderous rampage. But what firearms-related threat to do these children, as a group, as a generation, face?
For context, I’d like to point out that the Nazis did an excellent job killing my father’s generation. Only one of his friends survived the Holocaust, the government-run extermination program that murdered six million disarmed and unarmed Jews.
Truth be told, the same Second Amendment that protects Americans’ right to own “assault rifles” protects the protesters’ generation from government-sponsored genocide. (Note to kids: don’t think it could happen here? The Jews didn’t think it could happen in modern, industrialized Germany. Native Americans might also have a word or two on that subject.)
The Second Amendment could also protect the protesters’ generation from school shootings. Armed teachers transform a school from a soft target into a hard one. (Note to kids: If you think that an armed teacher couldn’t take on an AR-15-wielding madman, please check out our school shooter simulation.)
As I watch these young Americans act out, as I watch the revolting sycophancy of their mainstream media cheerleaders, I have but one question . . .
Never mind what gun control laws are or are not in place. What are you going to do when they come for you? You have a few more years to think about it. Please do.