The “March For Our Lives” protest was a powerful demonstration of frustration and positive activism to tackle America’s tragic gun problem, writes Emily Witt of The New Yorker. Featuring survivors of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, and filled with children, this protest looked promisingly different. African-American and Latino girls talked of their communities’ suffering, which the mainstream media routinely ignores. Companies sponsored the event, as did major celebrities. This protest sought to define the voice of a new generation that doesn’t accept the status quo, without becoming overly anti-establishment.
While well-intentioned, the “March For Our Lives” protest is being led by flawed arguments for gun control, asserts John R. Lott of Fox News. Arguments for bans on semi-automatics dismiss the necessity of Americans to be able to defend themselves. A national registry of guns wouldn’t make a significant difference, as such efforts haven’t done so in the past. States with universal background checks saw twice as many public shootings as those that didn’t. A better policy to stop school shootings would be to give teachers and staff firearms to defend themselves and deter attackers. The march misunderstands the gun issue.