On March 14, 2018, thousands of high school students around the nation walked out of class in protest/memorial of the massacre of students at Parkland, Florida one month before. Several students made statements before the press in pre-planned speeches at pre-planned events.
The support for the protest walkout was well coordinated and funded by various adult leftist organizations and given generous coverage by the leftist media. This event was also a precursor of the upcoming “March for Our Lives” on Washington D.C. next month.
Women’s March Youth Empower is the main organizing group of this walk out. Many other gun control political organizations are supporting this event. They include but are not limited to, Voices for Hillary, Moms Demand Action, and Southern Poverty Law Center.
What Is This Really About?
What is this new protest movement really all about? Is it about making Marjory Stoneman-Douglas High School, and other schools across the country, safer for students? Or, as many conservatives suggest, is this about adults using children to forward their agenda of so-called “gun control?”
There was a particularly revealing question asked by one of the protesting students who took her turn at the microphone last Wednesday.
I ask our Republican lawmakers, Is their right to have a gun more important than our right to live?
This question manifests the true aim of this new student protest movement. The interesting coincidence is that it is the exact same aim of the leftist politicians and media in America. By the way, I don’t really believe in coincidences.
The Question Is Paramount to the Leftist Agenda
The student’s question itself is simply a different rendering of the old leftist arguments against the private right to keep and bear arms. For many years the Left has argued against private ownership of guns. The politicians who side with them have been less blatant about making private ownership illegal, but the media has not.
Here is a quote in an article by Oathkeepers which demonstrates this fact. This is from the Boston Globe last November.
“The logic of gun control lies, at bottom, in substantially reducing the number of deadly weapons on the street — and confiscation is far and away the most effective approach … Ultimately, if gun-control advocates really want to staunch the blood, there’s no way around it: They’ll have to persuade more people of the need to confiscate millions of those firearms, as radical as that idea may now seem.”
The same sentiment is advocated by other leftist media outlets such as the New York Times, The L.A. Times and CNN itself. Of course, with the media behind them, politicians on the Left are bolder about their opposition to the right to keep and bear arms. In fact, several leftist standard-bearers such as Senator Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
The Answer to the Anti-gun Advocates
The question asked by the student protester encapsulates the beliefs and intent of the anti-gun advocates of the land. The Left believes that it is a question of their safety versus anyone else’s private gun ownership. The voices of these children are their newest and perhaps most effective tool to achieve their intent, the removal of guns from private hands.
The correct legal, logical and ethical answer is this, “My right to have a gun does not conflict with your right to live. You are asking the wrong question.” The right question is this, “When does one individual’s right to have a gun violate another’s right to live?” The answer to that question is, “When the individual gun-owner or user intends to use it to hurt or kill innocent people.”
It is the Correct Legal Answer
Both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are built on the premise that rights are conferred upon the individual. Each individual equally shares the same basic rights as human beings. The basis of our legal system is how it justly treats the individual rights of each person according to the Constitution.
Thus, it is legally correct to place individual responsibility on the shooter alone. It is also legally correct to hold individuals who assisted the shooter in the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, such as the disgusting head official, responsible for violating the victim’s right to live.
My right to have a gun cannot violate another’s right to live unless I misuse that right to shoot the other person. Taking away my rights because someone else misused theirs is legally and logically incorrect.
It Is the Correct Logical Answer
The specific problem is the phenomenon of mass shootings at schools. Since the infamous Columbine shooting of 1999, a lot of data has been compiled about it. Logically, the data should be used to prevent these specific situations. The data suggest many solutions, however, none of those involve gun control.
In fact, the data which touch upon the effect of gun control restrictions do suggest that in areas where guns are most restricted have the most problems with homicides by shooting. That is especially true wherever the restriction of a “gun-free zone” is present.
It is illogical not to seriously consider all this information if one is really seeking a solution to mass shootings in schools. Instead, against reason, the right to bear arms itself is blamed. It is not rational to hold the Constitution responsible for the behavior of an individual who horribly abused rights guaranteed by the Constitution!
It also defies reason and logic to brush aside the total breakdown of law enforcement in this particular shooting. The focus of the protests is that any support for legal private firearms is to be condemned. The failures of the public sector are simply ignored.
The conundrum is that if the protesters achieved their goal it would leave the firearms in the hands of, umm, the same law enforcement agencies who failed miserably in this case. The student protesters may not have realized this.
However, the adults in political power understand this will happen, though they do not understand the full consequences of such action. Which brings into question the ethical side of the matter.
It Is the Correct Ethical Answer
The real problem is not that there is some kind of epidemic of mass shootings in schools in America because there isn’t. The real problem is lethal gun violence overall, which is an epidemic among the inner-city youth and committed overwhelmingly with illegal handguns.
Dana Loesch called out CNN about a public “town hall” with the Parkland students broadcast within a week of the shooting. She asked the cable network reporters present,
Where is the town hall for the grieving black mothers who lose their children every day in Chicago?
The correct ethical response is questioning the motives of the Left in this matter. It is to ask why much more attention in these protests is not being paid to the complete breakdown of the legal enforcement at local and federal levels.
The ethical answer would lead to responses which deal with the actual reasons individuals go on these shooting sprees, rather than pontificating against the NRA. That is, assuming the Left really wants to solve the problem rather than just cash in on the politics.
Proverbs 10:14 The wise lay up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool brings ruin near. [ESV]
Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001
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