Times They Are Changing?

Parkland

A couple of weeks ago on February 22, shortly after the Parkland massacre which killed 17 young people at one of Florida’s finest public schools, I posted a piece entitled “Odds and Ends.”

https://toritto.wordpress.com/2018/02/22/odds-and-ends/

It is going to be interesting to follow the repercussions of the Parkland murders.  The NRA was railing this morning at CPAC about “hardening schools” and “creeping socialism” among America’s youth – tools of the “leftist agenda” to take away your AR – 15.  Rubio was exposed last night in front of 7,000 demanding action for what he is – an empty suit.

An example occurred this week with many Twitter users on the right characterizing students who survived Parkland and are speaking out for gun control as “actors” with a  “leftist agenda” – not really “students” who were shot at or saw friends die.

“You don’t really think a bunch of high school kids can organize a national march all by themselves, do you?”

Well several days after the  killings seven thousand people got in their cars and drove to Sunrise Florida to face Republican Senator Marco “Empty Suit”  Rubio at a raucous  town hall meeting he was probably very sorry he attended.

The Florida legislature took a couple of baby steps toward “gun control” raising the minimum age to 21 from 18 to purchase weapons and requiring a 3 day waiting period.  It did nothing to ban assault weapons or close gun show loopholes and private sales.  It also left it up to school districts as weather or not to arm teachers.  None thus far  have taken up the “idea.”  Our Republican Governor Rick Scott signed the bill.  This baby step was a big deal in a state with some of the weakest gun laws in the nation.

Yesterday over a quarter million people descended on Washington to demand stricter gun laws – universal background checks and the banning of assault weapons.  The Justice Department accounced the day before the march the banning of bump stocks which can turn a semi-automatic weapon into a fully automatic machine gun.

Thousands of people gather on Pensylvania Avenue uring the March For Our Lives rally against gun violence in Washington, DC on March 24, 2018.
Galvanized by a massacre at a Florida high school, hundreds of thousands of Americans are expected to take to the streets in cities across the United States on Saturday in the biggest protest for gun control in a generation. / AFP PHOTO / Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Across the nation and the world in over 800 cities demonstrations where held against gun violence.  In New York, Chicago and Los Angeles tens of thousands marched.  Over twenty thousand marched in the town of Parkland itself which has now become the national center for gun control activists.

The NRA was silent on its tweets yesterday.

Why the difference?

On February 22 I wrote

“There is a difference here that only we Floridians can sense

Parkland in Broward County is not just some country hick town; an easily forgettable fly-over place inhabited by nobodies.  Parkland is a place which people move into so their children can attend some of the finest public schools in Florida.

It is a place of white kids and money.  Broward County has lots of money living in it.  It is a place used to being heard.  And it has the largest concentration of Jewish families in the state.  The people of Broward will not take any bullshit when it comes to guns and schools.”

In Parkland, young people are raised by successful parents to be responsible citizens – they are not “actors” with an “agenda.”  And they will be voters in the next mid-term election or the 2020 Presidential election.  And they will not be shot at and do nothing.

Yesterday we saw the largest demonstration by young people since the Vietnam War lead by the “kids” from Parkland.  And they will not vote for a candidate in the pocket of the NRA.

Times they are a changing?

P.S.  Today the NRA responded.

As hundreds of thousands of protesters prepared to gather in Washington and other cities across the U.S. on Saturday to demand meaningful gun reform, the National Rifle Association took to social media to mock the “March For Our Lives” event and the young gun violence survivors who spearheaded it.

The group posted a membership-drive video to Facebook with a scathing caption about the looming protest marches on Saturday morning.

“Today’s protests aren’t spontaneous,” the post declared. “Gun-hating billionaires and Hollywood elites are manipulating and exploiting children as part of their plan to DESTROY the Second Amendment and strip us of our right to defend ourselves and our loved ones.”

Join the NRA, the group added, to “stand and fight for our kids’ safety.”

Poor deluded bastards.

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About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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6 Responses to Times They Are Changing?

  1. beetleypete says:

    We can only hope so, Frank. But my fingers are still crossed…
    Best wishes, Pete.

    Liked by 3 people

  2. greenpete58 says:

    I attended the Cincinnati march. Even in 32-degree temps and wet snow, thousands turned out. A lot of high-school kids spoke. It’s a shame that kids have to organize to make up for the sins of their parents. I’m hopeful for serious change, but it’s going to take votes, on a consistent basis, by those who are of age. The NRA (at least the leadership), isn’t “deluded.” however. They know that a lot of their rhetoric is bullshit, but the rank and file suck it up anyway. And our milquetoast news media is complicit, continually giving them a microphone. They’re a radical and powerful lobby, but no better than domestic terrorists, and they need to be rammed back to the fringes where they belong.

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  3. Lara/Trace says:

    Do you have an enemy? Would you kill him or her with an AR-15? I cannot understand a military weapon out in the hands of everyday people.

    Liked by 2 people

  4. jfwknifton says:

    Let’s hope that some progress is made.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. chicagoguy14 says:

    Thanks for this Frank. Parkland being what it is–a place where people move for good schools–is a huge part of what is happening here. One of the things that impressed me about the kids was how inclusive they were. There was a place for everyone at their table,

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Sadly, I am not at all surprised at what the NRA had to say. I only wish I were!

    Liked by 1 person

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