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Posted by Markaba on Tuesday, March 06 2018 at 9:13:35PM
In reply to OT Gun Control posted by Dante on Saturday, February 24 2018 at 8:12:34PM

Haven't posted here in awhile, though I do occasionally read the board. I'm not here to argue with anyone about gun control. I think most people who know me probably have a pretty good idea what my position on that is. One thing though I find surprising is that none of you have brought up the fact that the current gun control movement is largely being led by kids themselves, particularly survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting.

Given how much you guys are interested in youth rights, I would think you would be impressed by the kids standing up against not only the current political regime but the most well-funded NPO in the US to fight for their right to a peaceful education without getting shot at. These kids are facing extreme criticism, not to mention an ongoing campaign by members of the Far Right to discredit them by calling them fakes or at best pawns of some vast liberal movement. They are certainly getting lots of support from gun control advocates, but mainly from the public-at-large who are tired of nothing being done while their kids continue to die from gun violence in horrifically high numbers.

Whether you agree with what they're doing or not, you have to admire their courage and perseverance. And the fact that they are finally starting to realize their power as a political force and organizing on their behalf. Do you not find this encouraging? Millennials have long been written off as uninspired, lazy and ignorant. I think we're seeing now that this is far from true. I am particularly in awe of Emma Gonzalez. What a spokesperson for her generation!

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