The Parkland shooting memorial, held earlier this week, was a sad event, a place for a community to mourn that an individual known to be a threat had wreaked such havoc upon Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
However, according to a former New York police officer who attended the memorial, some teachers were using the memorial, and the shooting, as an opportunity to get students to attend an anti-Second Amendment rally.
John Cardillo, the former New York cop, seems disgusted by what he saw at the memorial. It’s not hard to understand why this was.
According to Cardillo, while he was at the memorial, a teacher named Sarah Lerner was text messaging her students.
She was ‘encouraging’ them to attend an anti-gun event to be held in Coral Springs, Florida.
This should not be a surprise to anyone, however. In the aftermath of the shooting, it seems that children are being used to help push gun control agendas that have repeatedly failed due to a lack of merits.
Perhaps that is why the mainstream media constantly gives airtime to children who are still in mourning over the violence they witnessed.
However, the reality is that, as a conservative thinker, Ben Shapiro has said repeatedly, just because you were near a school shooting, it does not make you an expert.
Further, it is disturbing, but not unexpected, to see teachers attempting to use students to help push their own leftist agendas.
It’s been alleged that teachers have done just that repeatedly, using children as pawns in everything from teacher’s union strikes to the push for ‘immigration reform.’
After all, when someone cannot achieve their means through the use of logic or decent reasoning, it is so much simpler to point to a child and appeal to emotion.
It’s a classic ‘think of the children’ scheme, and it often works quite well.
The event she was attempting to cajole her students into attending is a political event to be held by Everytown for Gun Safety.
Everytown for Gun Safety is a name well-known to those who cherish their right to keep and bear arms.
Everytown is known for being a group funded by Michael Bloomberg, an astroturf ‘grassroots’ organization that pushes for gun control and.,
Everytown for Gun Safety also pushes gun control propaganda. In fact, it was they who pushed the story that there had been 19 school shootings so far this year.
Their running count of ‘mass shootings’ and ‘school shootings’ in a year has long been derided for being poorly-sourced and obviously inflated. In recent years, it has included numerous suicides, as well as ‘shootings’ that involved BB guns or airsoft guns.
In other words, it’s an obviously partisan political organization, and one of questionable honesty.
It has been suggested that Everytown, along with Bloomberg, has been involved in helping to form the ‘March For Our Lives’ organization, another allegedly grassroots movement and organization.
Allegedly, this group was formed by students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, but the group was able to quickly create a website and begin the arduous process of planning a march in Washington, D.C.
Cardillo was also dismayed at the memorial to see that CNN was ‘shoving’ camera’s in people’s faces while they were mourning lost friends and loved ones.
Of course, this is nothing new for the mainstream media. In fact, while the shooting was ongoing and students were still in fear of impending death, a mainstream media journalist attempted to reach a student on Twitter.
Still, it would be nice if CNN and other mainstream media outlets could show some decorum, though it is not expected.
According to Cardillo, students told him that the media (including CNN) was not interested in talking to students who were not pushing gun control or who supported President Trump in any capacity.
It seems like the media showed up to the event, held for a mourning community, hoping to use it to push a tawdry political agenda (and, of course, to get ratings.)
Hopefully, America and politicians remember that there are actual people who are experts on gun rights, constitutional law, and crime. What they say will probably be of much more use in a discussion on gun laws than the demands of children, whatever they may have to say.
It’s also time for people to stop trotting out children to push their agendas, and this goes for people on both sides of the aisle. Children generally do not have their own opinions and instead parrot the views of their parents.
There are things that can be done to prevent a tragedy like this from happening again, but this will not be achieved by using school children to force through legislation.
It should be beneath the dignity of the teaching profession to use children to push their political agenda. Sadly, it seems that this is not the case.