Rachel Blevins–It is no secret that the thousands of students who rallied for gun control in the aftermath of the Parkland Shooting don’t seem to understand how the implementation of their demands would impact the country. But the dozens of students who held a counter march and rallied for the Second Amendment while bearing “Blue Lives Matter” flags also don’t seem to understand that the same gun rights they claim to be fighting for will be stripped away by the government agencies they are supporting.
Each time a major mass shooting occurs, there is an influx of politicians and celebrities who take to social media to call for increased gun control measures. The Parkland shooting was unique in that when students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School began rallying against guns, they were rewarded with mainstream media airtime and celebrity shout-outs that led to a drastic increase in followers on social media.
While Parkland students David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez were hailed as CNN Heroes after they called members of the National Rifle Association, “child murderers,” students Colton Haab and Ariana Klein were shut out of CNN’s coverage of the shooting and the solutions that should be pursued because of their pro-gun views.
However, a recent student demonstration in support of the Second Amendment proved that the problem does not exist exclusively with the students who are against guns. Dozens of students from Rockledge High School in Brevard County, Florida, walked out of class on Friday in a pro-gun demonstration. Florida Today reported that the students carried signs that with cliché sayings such as “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people,” and “I support the right to bear arms.”
During the demonstration, the national anthem and “God Bless America” played over loudspeakers while students marched with American and “Blue Lives Matter” flags. When interviewed, the students gave what appeared to be rehearsed talking points that generalized the issue of why the Second Amendment lists essential rights for every American.
One of the most crucial points missing from the protest was the “well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State,” mentioned in the Second Amendment. If gun control measures were passed, the same people who would be sent to enforce them are the people the students were supporting with their “Blue Lives Matter” flags.
In order to understand the most egregious problems with the anti-gun movement that has been pushed by students in the aftermath of the Parkland shooting, it must be established that it is not a problem of whether the students are for or against guns. The real problem is found in the willfulness of individuals to surrender their inalienable rights and the rights of others to a tyrannical federal government in the name of “safety.”
While many of the students from Parkland blamed the guns, and the students who held a counter-protest that showed their undying support for law enforcement did not blame the guns, they both came together to act as distractions that promoted the false “left vs. right” paradigm, while ultimately pledging their loyalty to an unconstitutional police state that allowed the Parkland shooting to happen in the first place.
— Matt Agorist (@MattAgorist) February 15, 2018
Suspected gunman Nickolas Cruz did not commit mass murder only because he had access to firearms—if he had not had access, there are a number of ways in which he could have carried out such an attack. He committed mass murder because, after years of showing a number of serious warning signs that he was planning on doing such a thing, he was prescribed psychotropic drugs that have only been shown to worsen depression, suicidal thoughts, and aggressive tendencies.
Cruz left several threatening comments on social media, in which he stated that he planned to become “a professional school shooter.” He also threatened his ex-girlfriend and her friends, and he was reported to the school by several students before he was finally suspended.
The FBI also received multiple credible reports about Cruz in the months leading up to the shooting, and police were called to his home nearly 40 times in recent years over reports of “mentally ill person,” “child/elderly abuse,” “domestic disturbance,” and “missing person.”
Both the students who rally against guns and the students who rally for guns seem to be missing the fact that it has nothing to do with guns, and everything to do with failure on behalf of law enforcement. While the Parkland shooting is a much more obvious example of why giving police and the FBI unlimited power does not guarantee that they will use it to keep citizens safe, it is also a reminder of how easily Americans be coerced into being distracted when the evidence of what needs to be limited in order to bring about change is right in front of them.