Opinion | The Children’s Crusade: America’s New Duty-Dance with Death

Bright lights from a passing car and the sound of firecrackers, and the scattering of people running for their lives. That’s all I really remember of the first time I heard real gunfire.

Chances are on February 14th the teenagers, children really, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas didn’t know what those sounds were at first, nor did the elementary school children at Sandy Hook in 2012. Not at first. Canada is not without its gun violence. Although not on the same par as American mass shootings, nonetheless, gun violence continues to spread, scattering like buckshot. Things are different in Canada, and of course, Canada didn’t have a leader who boasted he could stand in the middle of New York’s Fifth Avenue “and shoot somebody” and not lose any voters.

“All of this has happened before and will happen again.”

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Opinion | Buffalo Springfield, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, and The Hour of the Gun

 

As the 60’s rock group, Buffalo Springfield once sang, “There’s something happening here…There’s battle lines being drawn.” The devastation at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is the most recent mass shooting involving an assault-type rifle. The debate over gun control has been fueled by a combination of enraged and engaged students, a town hall meeting gone bad for politicians, and a White House listening session that resulted in crude and dangerous recommendations by President Trump. Add to the mix a CPAC meeting, where the NRA’s executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre, gave a defiant speech warning that a perceived socialist agenda would strip away 2nd Amendment rights. Continue reading “Opinion | Buffalo Springfield, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, and The Hour of the Gun”