Reasons the NRA should fear the kids


Former Staff
Jun 2007
Exactly what I've been saying, but put into a cohesive format.

Kids get out front on issues and it's the adults who follow.Young people have been key actors in nearly every major social movement in modern history, says Sasha Costanza-Chock, an associate professor of civic media at MIT.

"Whenever we have had a movement with widespread mobilization through history, young people are at the forefront," says Costanza-Chock, author of a paper entitled, "You and Social Movements: Key Lessons for Allies."


That sensibility -- we pay the price for adult failures -- is another reason some say youth activists can be so motivated. They have to clean up the mess adults leave behind.
Jasilyn Charger, who helped start the One Mind Youth Movement, says youth understand the urgency of now in a way that many adults don't.


Youth, though, are equipped to match the stamina and passion of the NRA, some say, because they have one luxury many adults lack: time.
"Young people can have an advantage over someone working full time because they have time to mobilize and to engage in sustained mobilization," Marchetti says.


No matter what happens now, the Parkland shooting survivors already have one impressive accomplishment: They've kept the issue of gun control in the media a full week after the shooting.

They've done it in part because they grew up with social media. They've created their own hashtag, #NeverAgain, gone on Facebook and Instagram, given press conferences -- all to keep the issue in the news.

These kids are a force to be reckoned with and I only see this movement increasing as they continue to be mobilized by something that is their issue, one that affects them in way it doesn't most adults.

And every time there's another shooting they are going to be asking why. If anything, Trump's armed teachers and Wayne La Pierre's tired old good guy/bad guy bullshit is just shoring up their resolve.

I'm old, and while I see both sides of the issue, most of these kids do not, especially where "assault" weapons are concerned. If they want more restrictive gun laws, who am I to tell them they don't get to choose what kind of world they live in? Everyone should think about that before they ignore our youth and assume they'll be over this and things will remain the way they are with the old bulls running the show. At some point we have to step aside and let them have a say in their future.

It's time.
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Jul 2014
Border Fence
The NRA is up against every thing they claim to stand for in these kids.

No scapegoating here....NRA.

December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut, when 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children between six and seven years old, as well as six adult staff members.

These kids were just about the same age as the Sandy Hook kids.

What are 7 and 8 year olds watching right now? Their future?
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Mar 2015
Istanbul NOT Constantinople...
Hey Gun wanna see how a revolution is won without firing a single shot.
If you really want to make a difference, don't call them "nuts." Let them talk, allow them a platform and discuss the subject in a respectful manner. Otherwise, we will not save any kids. Think of it that way, brother.