Actor Bill Murray recently compared the student activists following the Parkland shooting to the college and high school students who put the pressure on lawmakers to end the Vietnam conflict.
I was thinking, looking at the kids in Parkland, Florida who have started these anti-gun protests, that it really was the students that began the end of the Vietnam War. It was the students who made all the news, and that noise started, and then the movement wouldn’t stop. I think, maybe, this noise that those students in Florida are making — here, today — will do something of the same nature.
It’s true the students are the ones making the noise and getting on the news, but the difference is, as always, in the context.
One group was actually being sent to face their possible death at a disproportional rate in a conflict that did not in actuality threaten them.
The other group is made up of kids who are safer than I was in high school and have a straight up left-wing agenda funded by groups with millions of dollars. The Parkland students aren’t being sent to war, they’re being sent to school.
Murray goes on to spout more nonsense by writing,
“It’s the right idea for a human to live in peace, and a peaceful nature is a proper thing. For children to be concerned about going to school, worried about what could happen to them at school, that makes for a horrible moment. It’s just a horrible place for us to be at.”
1) Human beings do not have a peaceful nature. At all. That’s why we have a civil society and not anarchy. We attempt to correct man’s base and brutal nature via externalities like religion and a liberty-minded government.
2) Children today are safer in school than they were in the 1990’s. If students are so worried about being gunned down in class today, it’s a fear based on perception and not fact.
If anything, the media and politicians have instilled in parents and children the irrational fear that students are not safe while at school. And anti-Second Amendment/anti-gun groups have funded the effort to try and erode American’s right to bear arms and defend oneself.
Whether or not the students will be successful in their attempt to trample on the Second Amendment will take decades. And while the anti-gun students are the ones being offered a spotlight from their fellow anti-Second Amendment comrades in the news media and Hollywood, young adults remain more pro-gun as a group than their parents.
But in the sense that they’re very existence is disproportionately under attack, like those in their teens and 20’s in the 1960’s, they are not the same as the students who protested the conflict in Vietnam.