“Opportunists wasted not a second to exploit a tragedy for political gain.” These are the words of Wayne La Pierre, the head of the NRA, calling innocent High School kids who of no fault of their own found themselves as survivors of a massacre, “political opportunists” is an outrage. Children who are grieving and are fearful for their lives became the voice of reason in this unreasonable situation, are being blamed by adults whose only interest of keeping guns on our streets is monetary, for speaking out, for exercising their 1st Amendment right.
We the people have the right to free speech before we have the right to bear arms. We have the right to Life, liberty and pursuit of happiness before the right to bear arms. Those fundamentally American rights were taken away from the 17 dead kids and thousands of other victims. LaPierre in my view is a domestic terrorist leader who at any cost of life loss is determined to perpetuate the bloody status quo, without any restrictions on gun purchases or ownership.
Many on his side called these brave young people “crisis actors” as if decent Americans do not care about the lives lost, only the liberal activists were send to create public havoc. They are suggesting that teachers, yes teachers carry concealed weapons, that we put armed guards on campuses, steel bars in windows and metal detectors at entrances!
Sounds like they would have us turn schools into county jails just so others can continue to have access to weapons of war. Enough is enough! Are we really an insane enough nation to allow this carnage to continue?
Marilyn is an immigrant, artist, painter and writer, passionate advocate for equality and human rights. Loves history, politics and travel. Resident of Colorado.