Ever since the Parkland massacre, there have been a few names we just can’t seem to escape. Names like David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez are becoming almost household names, all because they went to a school where something horrible happened.
Through it all, the Parkland kids have pretended to be the voices of a whole generation, claiming that the young are somehow ready to throw off supposedly antiquated ideas like “rights” and make the world better.
Luckily, though, there’s another group of young people also from a part of the country touched by recent school violence that is ready to oppose Hogg and company.
A group of pro-gun Texas students is challenging Parkland survivors in their attempt to push gun control after the Santa Fe High School shooting last month.
The group, called March for Our Rights, sent a letter to Gov. Greg Abbott urging him to consider its pro-Second Amendment viewpoint. The letter came in response to another letter sent to Abbott and signed by organizers of the pro-gun control group March for Our Lives.
The letter, published as a full-page ad in the Houston Chronicle, called for policy change and asked Abbott not to pander to the gun lobby.
March for Our Rights said that while it didn’t have the money to take an ad out, it wanted Abbott to know it supported the Second Amendment:
We want to make sure you know we don’t agree with billionaire Michael Bloomberg or any of the gun control organizations and activities that he financially supports. […] A Bloomberg-affiliated group recently took out an ad in the Houston Chronicle, criticizing you and Texas lawmakers for supporting pro-Second Amendment policies for rejecting their misguided gun control schemes. While we might lack the ability to finance a similar response, we do have a voice.
The group that the letter referred to was the nonprofit “Everytown,” which received financial backing from Bloomberg.
This group is also going toe to toe with Hogg and his fellow travelers on social media, also pointing out that unlike the Parkland crowd, no one has written them a big old astroturf check. In other words, they’re legitimately homegrown.
Just the existence of this group is important.
I’m in my mid-40s. It’s easy for people to dismiss my opinions on the Parkland kids as being some variation of “Get off my lawn.” In fairness, there are times that part of my criticism of them may well sound that way. Part of it is because I have experience these kids don’t.
That said, it’s easy for both them and their followers to ignore me.
But this is their peers who are opposing them. These are people of their same generation, and they’re making it clear that the Parkland crowd doesn’t speak for them. They understand our rights are sacred and shouldn’t be traded cheaply, especially when we have so much evidence that none of the measures being called for would do anything.
It also warms my heart to know that the upcoming generation isn’t going to be led by the foul-mouthed leader of an anti-rights astroturf group, but by people who aren’t necessarily going to capitulate with their peers simply because someone has been on television enough.