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The Kids Aren’t Alright

A few Saturdays ago nationwide, there was a protest called March for our Lives. It was started by some survivors from the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting that happened February 14th of our current year. While the numbers weren’t obscenely large, they had a lot of success and people seemed to be really behind this movement, even if they weren’t that informed.

What these kids have done is extremely impressive and I don’t think we give that enough credit. I definitely wouldn’t have been ready to voice my opinions so openly at 18. Sure; they got a lot of followers, they can probably become pundits in the near future, but they didn’t start this to become famous. They had serious concerns and their friends died, so they received a platform. So, I encourage all people who are pro – second amendment to take chill pill and address the ideas. Calling a 17/18-year-old kid everything but the name their mother gave them just makes you look like an idiotic jerk with a superiority complex.

My defense of these kids ends there. They’re obviously partisan, pretty uniformed and have really played in to this post truth narrative that if you tell law abiding Americans that by giving up their guns, they will save lives. When you take away guns from your law abiding population, only two people have them: the government and criminals. That’s just about as bad as it gets.

David Hogg is a character you probably know, and you probably don’t like him. On Bill Maher’s show he claimed to have “hung up on the White House”. If you want something done in our country, talking to a congressman and perhaps THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES would be pretty helpful to your cause, right? He’s been calling for bipartisan action after he goes out and tells the NRA that they have “blood on their hands”. He claims to need to use his “white privilege” to “defend the black community because it wouldn’t be covered the same in the media”. He’s been all over the left leaning news, spitting demagoguery and fear-mongering with a bunch of emotional hot takes.

Now that the government has “intervened” they are now forcing Stoneman Douglas high school students to wear clear backpacks, and he claims it’s an attack on his First and Second Amendment right. The truth is, as much as I admire this kid’s guts, he’s got a long way to go before understanding that government “help” isn’t always what you bargained for. I don’t spend my every waking and sleeping moment in dread that tyranny is going to rise today, but it’s clear the founding Fathers intended that the people should be able to fight back. Perhaps they went through a situation where a government tried to hold them down and force them to do whatever they wanted so they put something in their founding document that would discourage that. David Hogg, and a lot of gun-control advocates, don’t understand that attacking people by saying “You don’t care about dead kids” as they try to pry the weapons they would defend their children with from their hands.

All of these kids seem at least slightly nice, they’re passionate and with their newfound platform they’re standing for something they believe in. The only problem is we can’t treat them like they’re invincible because 1. They’re children and 2. They went through something that a lot of us haven’t been through. The reality is that this doesn’t make them experts. We don’t hate these kids and we absolutely hate that their classmates died. We want solutions as much as they do. The problem starts when they start painting gun owners and defenders of gun rights as “child-killers”. Don’t attack these children for their appearance or claim they “weren’t there for the event”. Let your arguments be the convincing factors, not a bunch of sensationalist garbage.




Alex Newman

Alex Newman is studying History in Tampa, Florida. His dream is to be a teacher so that he can inspire and empower the next generation to truly think for themselves, to build off of the successes and to fix the failures. If you would like to contact Alex, please reach out to him on Twitter @_alpha_flight_.


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