No Hogg-like props: Students walking out of vigil-turned-gun control rally is a good sign

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Students stormed out of a vigil honoring their dead friend after Democrats turned the vigil into a gun-control rally. (screenshot)

There’s some hope that today’s high school students aren’t all brainwashed zombies like David Hogg, who swallow left-wing anti-gun propaganda without giving the issue some serious thought.

That’s what pro-Second Amendment commentator Frank Miniter observed in a Fox News column. Miniter said the student walkout last week at a Colorado STEM school where a shooting occurred shows that some young people refuse to be used as political props to promote the left’s anti-Second Amendment agenda.

“This is an important moment because it signals that a less ideological time is coming,” Miniter wrote. “The students who boldly walked out en masse as they chanted “mental health, mental health” from what shouldn’t have been a political event did shock the mainstream media into actually reporting on the story. That’s a big step toward finding honest solutions to a horrifying problem.”

Students walk out after Dems turn their vigil into anti-gun rally

As BizPac Review reported last week, students at the Highlands Ranch STEM School in Colorado walked out of a vigil honoring their dead classmate, Kendrick Castillo, who died from gunshot wounds after he and two other students charged a gunman.

Eight other students were injured in the shooting. Two students were arrested and charged.

At the vigil, mourning students got upset when they saw Democratic politicians trying to turn the vigil into a political rally about gun control. That’s when they walked out, shouting, ” This is not for us!” “political stunt!” and “we are people, not a statement!”

At the somber gathering, Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bennet and Democratic U.S. Congressman Jason Crow shamelessly pushed for gun control without giving any thought to how insensitive their pandering was to the students, who were grieving over a fallen classmate.

 

Commentator: Stop using kids as political props

Frank Miniter said the transparent political stunt backfired because the students were able to see through the theatrics:

“The speakers said they weren’t there to just offer thoughts and prayers, but that they instead were there to push for more restrictions on the right to bear arms.

We saw this with events after the shooting at Parkland High School in Florida. The events, including a CNN town hall, weren’t open forums or vigils. They were orchestrated propaganda designed to push a political cause.

Law-abiding gun owners enjoy shooting competitions, hunting or simply want to defend themselves and their loved ones. They should not be blamed for the evil actions of criminals and those with serious mental health problems.”

How can an open and honest dialogue be possible when the mainstream media and so many Democrats prefer to blame America’s 100-million-plus gun owners?”

Strict gun control doesn’t reduce gun violence

Miniter pointed out that Americans have owned guns since the beginning of the republic, but school shootings are a recent phenomenon.

He says every time one happens, Democrats immediately start screeching about gun control, without addressing the underlying issues — one of which is the need to address mental health problems.

“The bureaucracy has also failed us again and again,” Miniter wrote. “Too often the killers weren’t stopped before they acted, even though many people reported them to the proper authorities.”

For the record, Chicago and California have among the strictest gun-control laws in the United States, but gun violence remains a recurring problem there.

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