If a picture is worth a thousand words, this video of Cameron Kasky, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, demanding lawmakers take action on guns is worth a more than 400 or 4000 words in articles or blog posts. WATCH:
This is another video of his interview, this one not professionally taken, that gives a longer take by him on this issue than on the official CNN video above:
And he wrote an account of his day and the issues involved on the CNN website. Here’s just part of it:
One of the most frustrating arguments I’ve heard is that it wasn’t the Republican Party that killed those people and it wasn’t the National Rifle Association — it was the shooter himself. I understand where they are coming from. I do not believe this was a direct attack from the Republicans or their close allies at the NRA.
However, the shooter is not the only one responsible for this tragedy. While the alleged shooter may have had several issues, he also lived in a society where Sen. Marco Rubio refuses to take responsibility for the role gun culture may have played in this tragedy.
And there is no denying that the NRA continues to donate millions of dollars to politicians at every level of government. Then those politicians — often “family values” conservatives — rile up their base by making them think that “liberals” are going to take their guns away. Not knowing any better, some of these people stockpile guns in advance of a gun ban that never comes, and the gun manufacturers and the NRA make millions.
But the truth is that the politicians on both sides of the aisle are to blame. The Republicans, generally speaking, take large donations from the NRA and are therefore beholden to their cruel agenda. And the Democrats lack the organization and the votes to do anything about it.
I’m just a high school student, and I do not pretend to have all of the answers. However, even in my position, I can see that there is desperate need for change — change that starts by folks showing up to the polls and voting all those individuals who are in the back pockets of gun lobbyists out of office.
Please do it for me. Do it for my fellow classmates. We can’t vote, but you can, so make it count.
Go the link to read it in full.