After the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, local students managed to give weight to the dialogue on gun control by protesting themselves, reports James Laporta of The Daily Beast. Unlike previous mass shootings, like the ones in Orlando or Fort Lauderdale, this tragedy seems to be already yielding results because of the children’s activity. Using their sway as survivors of the shooting, students have applied pressure that is seeing lawmakers work towards highly necessary changes. Their non-partisan engagement in the gun law debate has created nationwide headlines on an issue that has been ignored far too often.
The recent coverage of Parkland shooting survivors in mainstream media is an attempt by the left to use their emotional impact to fulfill its anti-gun agenda, suggests Ben Shapiro of National Review. If these kids were advocating the arming of teachers, it is highly unlikely that they would have gotten so much publicity. The fact that their brains aren’t yet fully developed makes them less than ideal participants in this important and complex conversation. Those that believe we need to limit gun rights are fine with this as it goes along with their beliefs. However, using children like this is an underhanded way to try to win an argument.