Sunday, March 25, 2018

"No Going Back from What Happened This Weekend": Commentary on #MarchForOurLives

The reason the conversation is over, the reason that so many millions of people have had enough with gun violence, the reason you saw so many Republicans on the streets with signs this weekend, is that the relentless misery guns bring into our lives is something we all can see, and feel, while the dark conspiracies and “toxic masculinity” peddled by the NRA and its tribunes sound more deranged by the day. 
Did you catch the NRA "hot take" on Saturday? The trolling of the brave Parkland students? How "no one would know their names" if their classmates had not been gunned down by a mentally ill teenager who had easy access to a weapon of war? That's how you know the conversation is over. One side finally is willing to trust what it sees with its own eyes. The other side mocks the teenage survivors of a gun massacre.

Olivia Nuzzi, "'This One’s Different,'" interviews Linda Beigel Schulman, whose son Scott Beigel, a geography teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, was murdered protecting students in the shooting in that school: 

How many times has this gone on? Oh, another school shooting. This one's different. This isn't another school shooting. This is the school shooting that's going to make the difference.

And Nuzzi adds:

While hundreds of thousands descended on the nation's capital for the March for Our Lives, Trump was 990 miles away at Mar-a-Lago, his private Palm Beach club. From 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. — enough time for a round of golf and lunch — he was at the Trump International Golf Club. . . . By 4 p.m., 334,000 trips had been reported by Metro  [D.C.] officials, according to the Washington Post, a number comparable to the 2017 presidential inauguration which, according to the White House, was the biggest crowd of all time anywhere on earth.

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