The children’s march - Opinion

The children’s march

Posted: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 8:49 am

Two opposite approaches are emerging in response to the school walkouts and demonstrations that followed last month’s mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, in which a man admitted murdering 17 people at his former high school. One is the “and the children shall lead them” response, which argues that adults somehow need the innocent honesty of children — particularly the survivors of the killing — to tell the nation how to solve the problem of gun violence.

At its extreme, this faux naiveté is a cynical tactic to advance the gun control agenda. But this cynicism pales in comparison to the chutzpah of the opposite approach. On his Fox News show last week, Tucker Carlson asked why kids who are “too young to be buying guns” should be allowed to “make [his] gun laws.” This bit of pro-gun sophistry was a transparent attempt to change the subject, and really made no sense. As Trevor Noah correctly pointed out in his “Daily Show” segment that focused on Carlson’s comments: “If kids are old enough to be shot, they’re old enough to have an opinion about being shot.”

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