History may have been made Saturday by hundreds of thousands of Americans marching in cities across the country leaving mountains of trash in their wake, but the only “message” heard by gun owners was that instead of making schools safer and punishing criminals, they want to ban guns and think the Second Amendment is “outdated.”
David Hogg, the 17-year-old Florida high school student-turned-poster child who has become a media darling and vocal advocate for restrictive gun laws, began chanting “No more,” reminiscent of a speech given by actor James Belushi in a scene from a 1987 film called “The Principal.” It occurs at 22:50 in the film.
Reacting to Saturday’s activities, gun owners are now using social media to follow a meme that says simply “Complacency is no longer an option.”
Interestingly, a March 1 article in New York magazine noted that “moral panic about the safety of America’s schools that has little basis in empirical reality.” Data published in the story revealed that a student has a 1-in-11,125 chance of being the victim of a school shooting, while they have a 1-in-149 chance of dying in a car crash, and a lot of teens get into car crashes while texting, so maybe the minimum age for buying a cell phone should be 21.
Many in the firearms community have noted how strange it is that last week’s interrupted school shooting in Maryland has so quickly vanished from the headlines and they believe the reason is simple. The bad guy with a gun was stopped by a good guy with gun. It doesn’t fit the narrative.
There are an estimated 10 million-plus modern sporting rifles (MSRs) – the so-called “assault rifles” – in private ownership. It is the most popular rifle model in the United States. People hunt, compete, control predators and protect their homes with such rifles. They may be the ideal emergency firearm because they use the same ammunition and same magazines as police and military weapons, although – in the case of military models at least – MSRs don’t function the same. They are semi-auto only.
Now gun owners are talking about counter-demonstrations, which may be ambitious. It’s not because there aren’t tens of millions of gun owners, but they can be a lethargic bunch. Over the weekend when that subject came up, several people argued, “Gun owners have jobs.” Maybe, but they don’t all work on a Saturday.
This time around, however, maybe those gun owners will feel some urgency, especially the millions of MSR owners. How would the mainstream media respond if a few million gun owners turned out for marches around the country, parading down avenues in Washington, D.C., Seattle, Portland, St. Louis and other population centers?
Fox News reported that Campus Reform’s Cabot Phillips interviewed several young demonstrators who could not describe an “assault rifle.” Still, they wanted to ban those guns, and they had lots of company.
Rights, however, are not subject to a public vote, or the agenda of gun prohibition lobbying groups.
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