Wednesday, May 23, 2018 – After Parkland, thousands of concert-loving students (and plenty of post-grads, as well) filled Pennsylvania Avenue in DC on March 24 as part of the March For Our Lives gun protest. Heavily scripted speeches and hand-holding signage carried all the usual platitudes of the establishment gun control campaign groups. Kids are easily impressionable and love crowding-together events where they can just about do anything, say anything, and see anything that allows them to masquerade in near anonymity and get away with it to the consternation of many parents. The follow-up anti-gun walk-out protests across the country served to put an exclamation point on what their professional overseers wanted them to say and do, kids-will-be-kids style.
Predictably, the gun control establishment, given their continued failure to focus on real life-saving measures such as supporting school safety innovations and controlling criminals, wanted to insure that the excitement they created wouldn’t poop out post graduation or summer vacationing. So they laid plans to muster their teenage groups at every mass shooting anniversary. One such will occur on June 12, the second anniversary of the Pulse night club massacre in Orlando, the chosen site of the first National Die-In Day. Their adult organizers hope to draft other teenagers for additional die-in protests at state capitals and townhalls across the country. Other Die-In days are sure to follow systematically.
Using datelines of mass shootings compiled by the Gun Violence Archive, they hope to influence anyone within ear or eye-shot to join their cause in hope of influencing the November mid-term elections. Fortunately, most of the sub-voting age protestors will simply have to wait their turn before casting a ballot for gun control candidate politicians, and that’s where the rubber meets the road in political gun control.
Teens are easily duped. Mostly inexperienced in anything but Instagram and other hand-held app-ville products that allows them to – again, see anything, say anything anonymously – public protests and marches are venues planned by people who make a living off of conscripting kids to do their gun control bidding. Not all the results hit home, however. As readers of these pages often notice, incidents of potential school shootings are already being acted out by other teens who have seen the fortuneless famed alleged shooters get their pictures in the newspapers and on television.
On Monday, just three days after the previous Friday’s school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, three masked teens packing heatless waterpistols and firecrackers thought it would be fun to break into a schoolroom and cause havoc by spraying young students – already frightened by days-old school shootings – and putting them and their teachers into panic mode. Another teen was arrested for having a gun in his backpack. There are other examples, as well. But what this says about protests and marches orchestrated by professional anti-gun entrepreneurs shows just how low they will stoop to get their failed message across. At the same time, they use as bait these demonstrations to convince blind-to-the-truth-about-guns liberals to contribute dollars to their gun control campaigns.
Teenagers are instantly impressionable whenever something new comes along. That “something new” includes protesting via crowds of like-minded students who, before internet and cellphone technology came along, relied on actionable events and thoughts to create their own recreation. In places like suburban and rural Texas – and every other state in the union – kids used to learn about guns by the practical application of parental or organizational affiliation, such as the FFA, Boy Scouts, and similar educational opportunities. In today’s techie-habit and media-manipulated world they have less chance of learning thought and applied independence and rely on other inexperienced cohorts to lead them into the abyss of co-dependency. That’s the opportunity used by gun control groups to take advantage of today’s less experienced youth.
Unless you’re raised in a rural environment or a family endowed with a hunting ethic, the rank-and-file schoolkids only see guns in the movies and video games and are largely unaware of the anti-gun figment strategy. They just go along because they think it’s something to do besides exposing their backsides, among other body parts, to seemingly anonymous like-minds and call it fun.
Others just call it social media.