It’s Up to You, Millennials

The shooting at the Parkland, Florida high school is more rotten news you don’t want to think about. But it happened, and those kids are pissed. They lost 14 friends, two coaches, and a young teacher who was engaged to be married. A disgruntled nineteen year old with an assault weapon took them out in three minutes.
Guess what? You have an opportunity to do something about assault weapons. There was a federal ban on them that lasted ten years. The ban expired in 2004. Mass shootings are ticking up. It’s time for the ban to be reintroduced into congress. And to pass.
The NRA doesn’t want that to happen. It says banning assault weapons won’t stop mass shootings. That may be partially true, but the number of casualties from mass shootings was way down during the ten year ban. It takes longer to shoot people with regular guns that are not assault weapons.
The National Rifle Association is funded by gun manufacturers that make – you go it – assault weapons. Many of our politicians, especially Republicans, are funded by the NRA campaign donations. Do you see where I am going with this? The midterm elections are in November. You can vote them out of office if you only would.
I have three millennial children. Two of them are registered and always vote. One is not registered and says his vote won’t matter. Many of you are apathetic. But if you all registered and voted, it would matter.
It half of you registered and voted, it would matter.
If a third of you registered and voted, it would matter.
If a fourth of you registered and voted, it would matter.
If a tenth of you registered, and so on, and so on.
Change can happen. But it can’t happen without you.
Old people already vote. We are concerned with Medicare and social security, etc. Middle-aged people vote. They are worried about health insurance and taxes. Lots of you Millennials don’t vote.
Most of the Parkland teenagers are not old enough to vote. They need you to do it for them. It wasn’t that long ago that you were in their shoes, except your school didn’t get shot up, and your classmates and teachers didn’t die.
You are of the marrying-and-having-children generation. Maybe you don’t want to do that now, but you might change your mind. Then your child will be headed to school in a decade or so. Don’t you want school shootings to be a thing of the past by the time your kid gets there?
You can’t wait until they are headed off to kindergarten. You have to do something now.
Midterm elections are usually poorly attended because it’s not a presidential election. It won’t be poorly attended this year. Every NRA member and his entire family will be there. The Parkland kids have started something. In just three weeks since the Valentine’s Day shooting, most of the NRA’s corporate sponsors have bailed. The bank that backed the NRA credit card has pulled the plug. These businesses do not want to be associated with an organization that supports an unbending gun lobby. I am talking about the NRA.
Several other businesses that sell guns are changing their rules about how old a buyer has to be and what kinds of guns the sotres will sell – Dick’s Sporting Goods, Walmart, and Kroger’s. LLBean and REI will no longer sell products made by parent companies that sell assault weapons.
We once again need to ban assault weapons, not all weapons. Many gun owners will vote no or will vote for candidates that support unbending 2nd amendment rights, including owning an assault weapon. We can get an assault weapon ban passed through congress if we can vote out the congressmen and congresswomen who take money from the NRA. That is public record. Mark Rubio of Florida heads the list.
Make noise. Keep these things going on Facebook, Twitter, whatever social media you prefer. If the old people can do it, I know you can do it, too.
Your vote really will matter.
And, BTW, you can always bring a friend.

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