Over the last several years we seem to have gotten caught in a predictable script after every mass shooting. Republicans offer their thoughts and prayers, suggesting that it is too soon to politicize a tragedy. Democrats call for common sense gun safety measures for a few days and then everybody forgets about it until the next mass shooting.
But these young people from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have jolted us out of that script and this is the anthem that keeps playing in my head as I read about the impact they’re having.
So far these young people have done countless interviews, travelled to Tallahassee today to push for more gun laws, will participate in a CNN town hall tomorrow, and are busy planning a nationwide “March For Our Lives” on March 24th.
They are also inspiring others.
Students lie down in front of the White House asking for gun reform. Two 16 year old girls organized this group in a matter of days. Social media helped spread the word. pic.twitter.com/dwF9dtuDQc
— Victoria Sanchez (@VictoriaSanchez) February 19, 2018
Typical turn out for a @MomsDemand meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina: 20 people
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) February 20, 2018
Earlier this afternoon, George and Amal Clooney responded to their efforts.
“Amal and I are so inspired by the courage and eloquence of these young men and women from Stoneman Douglas High School,” George Clooney said in a statement. “Our family will be there on March 24 to stand side by side with this incredible generation of young people from all over the country, and in the name of our children Ella and Alexander, we’re donating $500,000 to help pay for this groundbreaking event.”
“Our children’s lives depend on it,” he added.
Almost immediately, that commitment was matched by Jeffrey and Marilyn Katzenberg as well as Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw and Oprah Winfrey. As fast as that is all happening, I suspect that we’re just getting started.
Of course the right-wingers are losing their minds over the idea that young people are being empowered to fight for their own safety. People are accusing them of being coached by the “deep-staters” at the FBI; not having their own agency and instead, being manipulated by people like George Soros; and they are being referred to as “traumatized teens” who shouldn’t be allowed to make policy. Anyone else remember