We’re a week deep into the aftermath of another school shooting, and I’ve been seeing kids protesting all over the place in the media. I’m seeing these kids accuse one of our two major political parties of, essentially, murder.
We can argue whether or not whether or not that’s the case for eons. I’m just a bit concerned these kids are being exploited by our politicians to advance their talking points, to breathe air into arguments long since dismissed. Who exploits these kids is a secondary concern to me – that they are being exploited is the bigger concern.
Personally, I believe the second amendment is there for a reason – for the right of defending yourself. I don’t understand why it is easier to get an AR-15 rifle than it is to get a handgun. Never owning a gun, I’d think those laws are ass-backward – that it should be easier to get a handgun, tougher to get an automatic rifle. But I admit to you all I haven’t spent a lot of time on the matter, as I don’t really like guns all that much.
How do I know that this sort of exploitation goes on? Let me tell you a little story of my high school days in the 1980’s.
There was a big push one day by a group called SADD – Students Against Drunk Driving. The one day they were at our school, we were all gathered together to sign a pledge against drunk driving. That struck me odd, as I didn’t know there were kids who believed driving drunk was a good idea. Being a student against drunk driving was like being a Christian against Christ – it didn’t make any sense, so why build consensus for something so obvious?
If anything, I thought it was giving kids the idea of getting wasted and driving. “Hey! That’s an idea! Let’s drink some Jack and Cokes and go driving!”
The campaign was made: all the kids were going to sign this ridiculous, non-binding pledge, and they used an unspoken peer pressure to get all the kids to sign. Not signing was not an opinion. God forbid you were THAT kid who didn’t pledge against drunk driving – the horror of it all!
Seeing that I was looking at a few inches of garden hose without any lubricant, I signed. The moral of the story: if they exploit high school kids back in the 80’s, I shudder to think of what those kids in Broward County who are about to be seen up in Tallahassee go through in the wake of their school being shot up a week ago. They should not be used as political pawns, but be allowed to figure things out for themselves.