Some Thoughts On The March For Our Lives

After attending the D.C. March For Our Lives, here are some (sometimes tangentially) related thoughts:

  1. To get the negative stuff out of the way, I don’t like the March For Our Lives organizers’ policy proposals that much (I agree with some of them). On the whole, their proposals are too tepid (and there are a couple of bad ones). I’ll try to write about that later this week.
  2. In light of the previous point, that makes the NRA’s fear of the Parkland survivors all the more amazing. The NRA, having gone Full Wingnut (you never go Full Wingnut), can’t even comprehend the notion of compromise.
  3. Gun control advocates are aiming to misbehave much more–and that’s, in no small part, due to the Parkland survivors. Many gun control advocates think the ammosexualists are out of their fucking minds (and insecure and/or racist as well), but they’ve been too polite to say that. Well, as the popular Trump rally t-shirt said, ‘Fuck their feelings.’ This is a good development; gun dork ideas should be granted the respect they deserve–which is to say, absolutely none at all.
  4. For the left (construed very broadly), some sort of gun control is now a ‘top-tier’ issue. It might not be a line in the sand, but it’s important. That helps close the ‘intensity gap’ between the Coalition of the Sane and the Ammosexualists.
  5. Slowly, haltingly, the left is starting to realize that you need to stand with other groups; we won’t win if we remain ‘siloed.’ There’s much, much more work to be done on this, but the work is starting.
  6. Instead of trying to engage the right, the left is starting to organize effectively, which is something that has been needed for a long time.

Anyway, I liked the march.

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5 Responses to Some Thoughts On The March For Our Lives

  1. Joe Shelby says:

    “Slowly, haltingly, the left is starting to realize that you need to stand with other groups; we won’t win if we remain ‘siloed.’ There’s much, much more work to be done on this, but the work is starting.”

    This has been the secret weapon of the right-wing media for the last 30 years: that idea that all the so-called ‘conservative’ issues are the SAME conservative issues. Guns, religion in schools (and anti-evolution), school vouchers, climate change denial, anti-immigration (of dark-skinned people), no right to healthcare, voter-id, more military spending, tax cuts for the rich, and selling off national property to business interests. If you support one, you must support all, because they’re ALL opposed by the same “liberals” – the enemy of my enemy. There is no logical, rational reason why support for guns should go hand-in-hand with climate change denial, but the media managed to convince all these people that they’re all the same “freedom” issue at heart.

    So to resist ALL of them, we can’t really take them separately anymore. Already Democrats have compromised too many times on one just to get a tiny handout on the other…which was then revoked anyways on the next bill or amendment anyways.

  2. thenerdybeauty says:

    Just mad you need all that marching just to stop kids from getting killed by unfit gun owning people with semi-automatic rifles. I live in a country where gun ownership is very heavily regulated, still people can own guns if they are fit enough to own guns. And we haven’t had a school shooting in decades. The nra is one of the organisations I totally dispise and it’s not even a thing here, so that is saying something.

  3. Bern says:

    Strongest takeaway from the rally: the kids are alright. Let’s hope the grownups don’t sabotage the movement.
    I attended a program at the National Press Club a couple days earlier, with a panel discussion, one of the panelists a Parkland survivor. She is amazingly well spoken and composed. If she is truly representative then we are very very lucky…

    • Bern says:

      Sorry for self-reply – forgot to mention:
      Repeal 2A. I’ve lived long enough to learn that nothing less will do…

      And I was very disappointed to see/hear almost nothing to that end at the rally.

  4. Gingerbaker says:

    “For the left (construed very broadly), some sort of gun control is now a ‘top-tier’ issue. ”

    Notice how you did not have a single specific gun control proposal to list, but you are happy to call some on the other side of the aisle “ammosexuals”. Not nice. Not productive. Not helpful.

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