The Students from Parkland Are Amazing, and They Are Taking It To Trump and the GOP
According to The Washington Post, over the weekend Donald Trump was telling his pals at Mar-a-Lago that he was “monitoring the media appearances by some of the surviving students” out in Parkland, Florida. That might explain why Trump was in such a terrible mood this weekend:
And the interesting thing about Parkland is that the country has not yet moved on from the latest mass shooting. These kids are fierce, they are angry, they are motivated, and the media loves them.
They’re mobilizing, too. They’re planning a national demonstration, March for Our Lives, for March 24th, asking for lawmakers to tell the NRA to go screw and come up with some legislative solutions.
It’s clear, too, that these kids are getting under the skin of Republicans, who are turning on the kids who just lost their classmates:
The students didn’t take kindly to that tweet, either.
Finally, I leave you with this Op-Ed in the NYTimes from 15-year-old Christine Yared, a freshman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which reads, in part:
We can’t let innocent people’s deaths be in vain. We need to work together beyond political parties to make sure this never happens again. We need tougher gun laws.
If a person is not old enough to be able to rent a car or buy a beer, then he should not be able to legally purchase a weapon of mass destruction. This could have been prevented. If the killer had been properly treated for his mental illness, maybe this would not have happened. If there were proper background checks, then those who should not have guns would not have them.
We need to vote for those who are for stricter laws and kick out those who won’t take action. We need to expose the truth about gun violence and the corruption around guns. Please.
If you have any heart, or care about anyone or anything, you need to be an advocate for change. Don’t let any more children suffer like we have. Don’t continue this cycle. This may not seem relevant to you. But next time it could be your family, your friends, your neighbors. Next time, it could be you.