Anti-gun march in St. Louis has underwhelming numbers

Anti-gun march in St. Louis has underwhelming numbers
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The news media is going to amplify anything gun control activists do to make it seem like the actions of angels. Criticism or even a detailed examination of the outcomes need not be mentioned because if they were, people might get the “wrong” idea.

They might come to realize that the anti-Second Amendment crowd isn’t as popular as some might think.

In St. Louis, a march was organized, demanding gun control in the wake of a shooting at a high school in the city.

And, in a city of over 263,000 people, a whopping 100 folks showed up.

About 100 CVPA students, teachers and community members called for stronger gun laws Sunday during a roughly 1-mile march through the neighborhood around the school.

They carried signs that read “How many more?” and shouted, “We want justice for our school!” and, “Stop the violence!” as they marched north on Hereford Street, then east on Reber Place and south on Kingshighway before heading west on Kemper Avenue. More than a dozen cars along the route honked in support.

The spirit during the march was somber and determined, but the atmosphere around the school’s track and field afterward was jovial and celebratory as students sang and danced. A few boys tossed a football back and forth. Some students tried out boxing while others brought their dogs and listened to music. At least a half-dozen people had registered to vote shortly after Veronica spoke.

“Even though we’re teenagers, our voices can still be heard,” said Amari Wilson, 16, a junior at CVPA. “We may not be the last school shooting, but we can at least try to make a difference.”

So, despite the awful nature of what happened, they could still only muster 100 people?

Maybe the problem here is that they simply didn’t push this outside of the school, only wanting those with strong ties to the place where this awful tragedy took place.

If so, then the number is much more profound. The school’s enrollment is 400, after all.

Except, that doesn’t seem to be the case. At least one couple mentioned by the report had ties to the school–the wife’s sister is a teacher there–but were not actually part of that school’s community.

So, if you think of not just the student body but the staff and everyone’s extended family, it’s not very impressive at all.

And that matters.

If you’re going to push for gun control laws, you need numbers on your side as just a starting point. It’s politics, after all, and if you’re seeking to overturn a right, you’re going to need massive numbers. Not just a majority, but such a high percentage that you can pass a constitutional amendment to overturn the Second Amendment.

You’re not doing that with a hundred people, even from a smaller pool than the entirety of St. Louis.

While I understand how these people feel and I can even understand why they feel that way, it doesn’t change the fact that underwhelming numbers are just the start of the problems for the gun control crowd here.