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Opinion: Why the #NeverAgain Movement Isn’t Going Away Any Time Soon

For many of them, May 18 will be known as one of the most tragic days that ever changed their lives — we must remember this day as another reason why we can never give up on #NeverAgain. Tragedy after tragedy, our national leaders offer “thoughts and prayers” when what we truly need is action and policy.

Texas does not require background checks on private sales. Texas does not have a Red Flag Law. Texas does not require gun owners to report lost or stolen firearms. Texas does not regulate the open carry of long guns. This needs to change.

As long as the NRA remains a powerful interest group, students must rise to the occasion to counter the great influence wielded by the gun lobbyists. As Newton’s law, for every action, there’s an equal and opposite reaction.

The #MarchForOurLives movement is now our chance to speak out against the NRA and the gun lobbyists who are willing to put profits over children, in a poorly masked veil of liberty and individual rights. However, our education has empowered us to reject false dichotomies such as those presented by the NRA.

The Second Amendment and common sense gun laws can coexist and it’s up to those of who will soon be able to vote, to ensure that our voices are heard. It’s up to us to say #NeverAgain.

Until gun control is addressed as a national issue, until action and policy are offered as a solution, the #NeverAgain movement will not go away anytime soon.

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  • Reply unclesmrgol May 26, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    On the other side, there’s a companion piece called “Why the Second Amendment Isn’t Going Away Any Time Soon.” Your “action and policy” led to gun-free-zones, and how are those working out? When a criminal with a gun invaded the gun-free-zone, the sheriff’s deputy assigned to defend the gun-free-zone hid under a stairwell. Furthermore, the murderer who brought the gun onto campus had many contacts with law enforcement before the shootings, and because of “diversions” away from criminal charges, was never placed into any database which might have led to confiscation of his firearms.

    There were many laws which ought to have operated to restrain him, and those laws were subverted to prevent their operation — because Broward County feared that illegal alien children might be ensnared in the legal system and then as a consequence deported. If there’s anything you need to be protesting, that’s front and center, but those adults who march with you were the ones subverting the law, and they do not want to take responsibility for that subversion. We have that same mentality here in Los Angeles — the desire to hide wrong doing so that immigration enforcement doesn’t occur;

    The obvious take-away, especially given a Supreme Court ruling that the police are NOT obligated to defend us against violence, and because our own political establishment has failed us due to other considerations, is that we are obligated to defend ourselves. Indeed, under the British Common Law upon which our Second Amendment is based, people have a right of defense which includes arms (of which firearms are merely a sub-category — but an essential one in this troubled world). So, when you protest, you are protesting against an individual right of self defense — nothing more and nothing less. If you pass a law to take away my gun, I will, of course, have to surrender it, but will the criminal down the street do so as well?

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  • Reply Mike Stollenwerk May 27, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    As held by the Supreme Court in the DC v. Heller Case (2008), the Second Amendment provides the right to possess and carry firearms in case of confrontation.

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