Back Down The Bully To The Back Of The Bus: A Response To The Parkland Shooting


 The world is changing so fast, and I often feel like it's bad news on top of more bad news.

I patiently cling to my hope that Robert Mueller’s investigation will somehow help save us, and then the most amazing thing happened: New hope, born from tragedy, has rejuvenated my spirit and belief that the world can be a better place.  

Sadly, on the afternoon of February 14th, a lone gunman, armed with an AR-15, shot and killed 17 innocent people and injured at least 14 others. The students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida immediately began talking gun control.  You know, the topic we aren’t supposed to discuss immediately after a mass shooting. Have you ever argued with a determined teenager? If you have, then you know your chances of winning are slim to none. Some of these young adults are already voting age and the rest will be by our 2018 and 2020 elections. They will vote, and they won’t be voting for more of the same. This is our future and I couldn’t be more proud or supportive. 

These students took center stage at a town hall hosted by CNN on gun policy in America and went head on with Senator (R) Marco Rubio, Senator (D) Bill Nelson, Representative (D) Ted Deutch, and National Rifle Association spokesperson Dana Loesch. In the face of opposition, they remained composed and on point. They didn’t allow themselves to be rolled over and they continued to ask tough questions.  Cameron Kasky, a Junior who survived the school shooting, asked, “Senator Rubio, will you tell me now that you will not accept a single donation from the NRA?” Big surprise that he would not provide a direct answer.  

Now, let’s talk about the National Rifle Association (NRA).  An association, like the National Education Association (NEA) for example, is just an association. On Friday, Russian (Not So Secret) Agent Donald Orangesky spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) and he had a few ideas about gun control, but mostly he is pushing for teachers to be armed. On multiple occasions during this speech he spoke positively of the NRA and stated that they will help with these changes. This brings me to two important questions.  First, why is the NRA even considered when making laws in the United States? The last time I checked, a legislative proposal had to be passed by both the House and the Senate and then approved by the President. Passing an NRA vote? Nope, not part of the process. My next question is, if we are going to consult the NRA and let them have a say, then why aren’t we going to consult the NEA since they are the ones that would now be armed with guns? Which one of these associations would benefit from the insane idea of arming teachers?

Here are some facts about the NRA that you may not know:

  1. They give politicians a grade ranging from A to F that reflects their voting record on gun rights.  

  2. Marco Rubio has an A+ rating by the NRA.

  3. They fundraised a record breaking $366 million in 2016.

  4. They spent approximately $10 million backing Agent Orangesky and $19.7 million attacking Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

  5. The Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the lobbying arm of the NRA.  

To the young adults that have found themselves thrust in a national debate of gun control laws – I admire, support and applaud you.  You are the future. You are the ones that can force change. You give me hope.

Please check out Win the Future (WTF) politics and get involved.  This is for you, our future.  

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