Over a 100 students from Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have traveled to the state capitol of Tallahasse to protest the legislature’s failure to pass gun safety/control. Prior to their arrival, the Florida legislature killed a proposed measure to ban “assault” weapons as a handful of survivors from Parkland’s Douglas High watched.
— Alejandro Alvarez (@aletweetsnews) February 20, 2018
Republican shills know they have no answer to the committed Douglas High kids. So they’ve trotted out rapists to malign the kids:
The big question is: should the media be promoting opinions by teenagers who are in an emotional state and facing extreme peer pressure in some cases?
— Bill O’Reilly (@BillOReilly) February 20, 2018
Meanwhile, an aide to a Florida Republican legislator told a reporter the children were “actors that travel to various crisis when they happen”. This is an outright conspiracy theory, the aide has been fired.
But the asshole of the moment award goes to Dinesh D’Souza who decided to post a series of tweets disparaging the kids and gleefully celebrating the assault weapons ban being voted down:
Worst news since their parents told them to get summer jobs https://t.co/Vg3mXYvb4c
— Dinesh D’Souza (@DineshDSouza) February 20, 2018
Thankfully, Bill O’Reilly, Fox News, Dinesh D’Souza and all the other pro-massacre talking heads the GOP has trotted out today are receiving well-deserved smackdowns from Douglas High kids and kids all over the country.
The same people that said 13 and 14 year olds were perfectly mature enough to date Roy Moore are now saying 17 and 18 year olds are too immature to have opinions on gun control.
— Nicole (@NicoleK8686) February 19, 2018
A bigger question: should young voters care about the opinions of balding men who value their trauma less than capital?
— Cole M. Sprouse (@colesprouse) February 20, 2018
after you spend two hours hiding in a classroom with your friends lifeless body on the floor hearing bullet after bullet and scream after scream you realize that youÃ¢ÂÂre being failed from above, so you have to lead from below. https://t.co/YSNIGqnt22
— antonio (@antoniodelotero) February 19, 2018
Buzzfeed has a nice article about how Douglas High survivors are sparking a revolution by working together from a couple of living rooms.
FOX NEWS: the florida kids are victims and deserve our sympathy but they are not qualified to speak on policy issues
ALSO FOX NEWS: pic.twitter.com/j6gB2Uy7jN
— KT NELSON (@KrangTNelson) February 20, 2018
Actually for me the worst news I got was that 17 people died in my school. One of my best friends was shot twice. And many more were injured. But sure keep making us look like we donÃ¢ÂÂt know anything when in reality what weÃ¢ÂÂre doing is much much much bigger than you can imagine. https://t.co/CUn4BfffSX
— Sarah Chadwick// #NEVERAGAIN (@sarahchad_) February 21, 2018
I actually have some other big questions. 1) Should Fox News have covered for a sexual predator, changing course only once they buckled under pressure from advertisers? And 2) Isn’t it time for Satan to summon you to hell? https://t.co/tk1rhIlUcp
— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) February 20, 2018
We are KIDS – not actors. We are KIDS that have grown up in Parkland all of our lives. We are KIDS who feared for our lives while someone shot up our school. We are KIDS working to prevent this from happening again. WE ARE KIDS.
— Jaclyn Corin (@JaclynCorin) February 20, 2018
As a reminder, there are several major protests being planned over the next few weeks:
- Protest at Florida Capitol on Feb 21: at noon, speakers include Douglas High survivors
- Student walkout on Feb 21: at noon
- National School walkout on March 14: planned by Women’s March
- March for our Lives in DC on March 24: organized by Douglas High survivors
- March for our Lives – sister events across the country on March 24
- National School walkout planned for April 20th
Hey Jack! Just wanted to let you know that, yes! Us 17yrs really are planning a nationwide rally! ItÃ¢ÂÂs crazy what determination, and a strong work ethic can lead to! But I mean you have neither of those things so I wouldnÃ¢ÂÂt expect you to understand. https://t.co/SM6BThmIqv
— Sarah Chadwick// #NEVERAGAIN (@sarahchad_) February 20, 2018
Vote them all out. End of story. ThatÃ¢ÂÂs the only way change happens. There is clearly no openness to debate, discuss, or even attempt to feign interest in serious gun reform. VOTE THEM ALL OUT! All of them. https://t.co/jeIv6nkaiy
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) February 20, 2018
So they are old enough to have assault weapons, just not opinions? https://t.co/1t5MfEW72v
— Rogue CPI (@RogueCPI) February 20, 2018
Florida school shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez on politicians who take money from the NRA: Ã¢ÂÂIf they accept this blood money, they are against the childrenÃ¢ÂÂ¦ youÃ¢ÂÂre either funding the killers, or youÃ¢ÂÂre standing with the childrenÃ¢ÂÂ¦Ã¢ÂÂ https://t.co/kr3Og2WS8N pic.twitter.com/XmfhGBlzqc
— CNN (@CNN) February 20, 2018
The NRA and the mass-murder enablers in the GOP are counting on Americans’s dismay at the last three terrible mass shooting just as others have. But this feels different. Perhaps it’s because a bunch of teenagers who can speak for themselves are the survivors this time, and not 6 and 7 year old kids at a school in Connecticut. Whatever it is, you can see it across the country:
Average number of Arkansans who typically attend @MomsDemand new member meetings: 20.
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) February 21, 2018
And in case you thought this entire world has gone to shit, just remember this:
Mister Rogers would narrate himself feeding the fish each episode with Ã¢ÂÂIÃ¢ÂÂm feeding the fishÃ¢ÂÂ because of a letter he received from a young blind girl who was worried the fish were hungry. Love you, Mister Rogers. https://t.co/YXacyFDXKo
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) February 20, 2018
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