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