The shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, had a profound impact on the gun control debate. Gun control advocates rallied around the students calling for Second Amendment restrictions. The media also rallied around them, ignoring anyone who didn’t toe the line on the anti-gun agenda.
Five years later, that’s still going on.
For example, at the University of Florida, where many from Parkland went on to college, that’s still happening.
Five years later, former Marjory Stoneman Douglas student Katrina White still shudders with every new headline alerting her of another mass shooting.
“I’m immediately brought back to that day,” she said. “I really think that my childhood did end on Feb. 14.”
Feb. 14 marked the fifth anniversary of the MSD High School shooting in Parkland in 2018, which left 17 people dead, including 14 students and three school faculty members. Since that day, there have been over 900 mass shootings at K-12 schools in the U.S.
Some UF students, like White, who graduated from MSD are now reflecting on the lack of gun reform progress made in Florida amid the anniversary of the traged
Since the 2018 shooting, Florida policymakers enacted The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, which raised the legal age to purchase a firearm from 18 to 21. National policymakers also enacted The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, which expanded background checks for those seeking to purchase guns under 21.
Florida’s newest proposal, on the other hand, would relax regulations — allowing people to carry concealed firearms without a permit.
Of course, these students are less than thrilled by this development. They want to see more gun control passed, not less.
Yet what they’re missing is that they’re asking the wrong questions.
We know, for example, that the Parkland killer was known to police and that the authorities responded to numerous domestic violence calls at his home. Had he been arrested and likely convicted of these crimes, current law would have prevented him from lawfully obtaining any firearm, much less the reviled AR-15.
Why aren’t these students asking why the police would allow someone they’d had that much contact with go without arrest?
That’s the question we’re not getting answers for.
Nor are they calling out law enforcement for failing to follow standard protocol during an active shooter situation. Instead of entering the school to deal with the threat, they waited outside, allowing who knows how many more students to die.
These are the questions that should be asked. We don’t need gun control to solve the problem. What we needed was a law enforcement agency that actually did what they were supposed to do to prevent such an awful tragedy from taking place.
Why should Floridians give up their gun rights when it was the local police who screwed the pooch?
I understand the feeling these kids have about what happened that day. I can’t fully comprehend them because I haven’t been through what they have, but I understand they have feelings.
Yet it’s funny how every journalist out there, even student journalists, manages to find plenty of anti-gun voices from Parkland but ignore those that don’t share those sentiments.
All so they can ask the wrong questions.