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Ben Hamilton: The gun debate

April 12, 2018 GMT


As displayed by the “March For Our Lives” on Saturday, March 24, the debate on guns has been gaining traction in our country.

This is not the first time that the gun debate has raged in the United States. This time however, children are not merely being used as martyrs by advocates of gun control, they are themselves actively campaigning for it.

David Hogg and his cohorts have gained unearned positions of leadership in the discussion. They occupy a position of power because no one wants to criticize pubescent survivors of a mass shooting. However, the political invincibility of anyone ends when they make slanderous and vilifying statements about people who oppose their views, like the statements Hogg has been making. Statements like, “They could have blood from children splattered all over their faces and they wouldn’t take action, because they all still see these dollar signs,” in reference to the NRA and their affiliates.

Accusing the NRA and its supporters of not caring about dead children is egregious. So is offering the same sentiment for President Trump when he did not attend the march. It’s insane to assume that because an entity does not actively support something like the “March For Our Lives” that they do not care about dead children. They most likely feel as I do. That we don’t agree with the approach or offered solutions (or lack thereof). Nobody wants dead kids. Some people just don’t think the correct solution is the banning of guns or the slandering of their proponents. Perhaps instead, a reasonable discussion about viable solutions would be more constructive.

Ben Hamilton

Prescott Valley