In the wake of last year’s tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, a handful of relatively-photogenic student survivors sucked all of the media oxygen out of the room. Promoted relentlessly by the liberal media, David Hogg, Cameron Kasky, Emma Gonzalez, and the like embarked on a fifteen-minutes-of-fame sojourn to save the country from gun violence. By – what else? – pressuring lawmakers on Capitol Hill and in state legislatures to ban semiautomatic rifles and enact other forms of gun control.
For doing nothing more or less than parroting the rhetoric of Michael Bloomberg, Moms Demand Action, and the gun-grabbers in the Democratic Party, these students were hailed as unassailable heroes who spoke for a generation of kids.
If it had merely been their survivor status that brought them so much coverage, we would have seen the media pay at least as much attention to students like Kyle Kashuv, who believes that the real answer to school shootings lies in arming teachers and other school personnel so that kids aren’t left as sitting ducks. And they would have paid more attention to Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow was gunned down by the Parkland psychopath.
Well, at least one newspaper finally discovered Pollack.
From the Las Vegas Review-Journal:
“The media and national Democratic politicians didn’t care about the families or why it happened. To them, my daughter’s murder was just an opportunity to promote their gun control agenda,” said Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow was one of 17 victims in last year’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, at the Republican Jewish Coalition last month.
The Florida father became the conservative voice for the prevention of school shootings unexpectedly. After the carnage, President Donald Trump invited families of victims, educators, student leaders and pastors to the White House to discuss the phenomenon with an eye toward practical solutions. At the event, Pollack stood up, his sons by his side, and proclaimed, “We as a country failed our children.”
“We protect airports. We protect concerts, stadiums, embassies, the Department of Education that I walked in today that has a security guard in the elevator. How do you think that makes me feel? In the elevator, they got a security guard,” Pollack continued.
“I’m very angry that this happened, because it keeps happening — 9/11 happened once, and they fixed everything. How many schools, how many children, have to get shot?”
We’re sure that many mainstream media titans and consumers were shocked this past week when Colorado students walked out of a vigil after Democrats and anti-gun activists turned the memorial into a platform for their political agenda. What? Huh? Students are supposed to be all about destroying the Second Amendment! What other option is there?
But they wouldn’t have been so surprised if they’d listened to people like Kashuv and Pollack. They would have realized that the media made stars out of Hogg and his buddies not because they were survivors but because they were survivors with the right message. The ones with a different message – one that might actually make a difference? They were all but ignored.
But then, what else is new?