Today saw worldwide protests to demand that student’s lives and safety become a priority by ending gun violence and mass shootings – starting with schools. The movement, born of tragedy, has morphed into a cause not dissimilar to the ones I saw during the Vietnam war – sans violence. These protests seek to place the spotlight on Congressional inaction and President Trump’s failure of leadership to prevent further violence.
In a surprising twist, these students have already succeeded in gathering the support of at least one leading Republican donor, perhaps dampening the hopes that this issue would subside prior to the midterm elections. Now this issue (among others) could be a front-and-center talking point ranking up there with NRA scorecards and contributions. Perhaps the conservatives that supported Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission in 2010 will rue that decision as the tables could be turning.
At the very least, the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are gaining an invaluable civics lesson which crosses all the societal divides currently plaguing America today. If their efforts gain further traction, we could be witness to a generational change agent over the long term.