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December 9, 2023

March For Our Lives: an amazing idea with many flaws

On March 24th, 2018, activists in Chicago, Washington D.C. and other large cities across the country participated in March For Our Lives. This march stemmed from the Parkland, Florida shooting from February. The protestors, above everything else, wished for universal background checks for gun control.
Parkland student, David Hogg, and various other students who were attacked during the shooting, along with popular activists, organized the event. The students and activists gained the attention of most of the country, if not the world, with this televised event. Yet, despite the actual well-intended essence of the march, several issues exist with this nationwide event.
Hogg gained internet stardom after raising his voice on social media. The young activist was even sent free items from snack food companies. Hogg thanked KIND snacks in a recent tweet, saying, “I love having so much food.”
It seems, unfortunately, that Hogg has turned this national tragedy into a popularity contest, despite any policy he wishes to push. Hogg went from being an average teenager to being a verified account with over half a million followers.
Another issue from this incident is the insane amount of slander leveled at the National Rifle Association. The various spokespeople in this event and the interviews leading up to it attacked the NRA with vitriolic and gross insults. Hogg and his compatriots called the NRA “child-murderers” in a recent interview. The main irony with these insults is that the NRA does not sell any weaponry. The NRA supports the background checks and various safeties which are pressed by our government. Sure, the NRA gains more support with more gun owners, but blaming the NRA for the Parkland shooting is as silly as blaming the American Automobile Association for deaths associated with a KIA. The irony is palpable.
I recommend that these activists understand the true nature of the issue. It isn’t the NRA’s fault for the Parkland Shooting, it’s the gun safety and gun culture which is propagated by liberal talking heads. We need to understand that first comes making sure guns stay out of the hands of individuals who cannot take proper responsibility, before blaming the opposition.

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March For Our Lives: an amazing idea with many flaws