More than 800,000 people took to the streets of our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. on Saturday demanding to give up their rights to the government. Even more people chose to rally in other cities across the nation demanding that same government protect them instead of choosing to protect themselves in a rally dubbed the March for Our Lives.
The Associated Press called the March for Our Lives “the largest youth-led protests since the Vietnam War era.” And even the Pope weighed in during his Palm Sunday sermon, urging the student–led movement to push forward with its efforts. “The temptation to silence young people has always existed,” Pope Francis said. Yet when one does even a modicum of research they see, this was not and is not a student-led movement.
The March for Our Lives Action Fund is registered with the District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs on Feb. 21, 2018 as a Deleware-based organization with a business address in Encino, California. The registered agent for the fund CT Corporation System, a D.C.-based firm that handles compliance issues. Jeri Rhodes is listed as the executing officer for the filing.
Rhodes is the Associate Executive Secretary for Finance and Administration for the Friends Committee on National Legislation, which is a Quaker lobbying group with the goal to “advance peace and justice.” Rhodes’ LinkedIn profile indicates she once worked for Greenpeace.
Rhodes was joined by every major player and organization pushing the gun control agenda including Everytown, Giffords, Move On, and Women’s March LA. They are joined by Planned Parenthood and the George Soros-funded Move On. The Hollywood crowd has thrown their hats into the mix as well with Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, Common, Vic Mensa, Andra Day, and Miley Cyrus performing at the event. They were also joined by George and Amal Clooney, who donated $500,000 to the event, as well as Jimmy Fallon and Steven Spielberg, among others.
Except President Trump has chosen to disregard the ravings of the mad, choosing not to respond to those who are content to give up their personal liberties for safety. President Trump took to Twitter as is his standard, choosing instead to tweet about the horrible ISIS-led terror attack on a supermarket in the south of France which left three people dead.
There was no mention of the March for Our Lives gun control advocacy march where just feet away from President Trump’s weekday residence at the White House, people were clamoring for gun control.
Instead, the President’s motorcade was seen traveling through the streets of Palm Beach, Florida towards Mar-A-Lago without so much as an acknowledgment of the ongoing protest back in Washington. Palm Beach is just a short drive from Parkland, Florida where the horrific school shooting took place on Valentine’s Day at Margory Stoneman Douglas High School.
In the past, Saturday mornings have been a key time during President Trump’s schedule where he would take to social media to speak about the issues of the week or whatever was on his mind. Instead, the White House chose to acknowledge the protests with one simple statement – “We applaud the many courageous young Americans exercising their First Amendment rights today. Keeping our children safe is a top priority of the President’s, which is why he urged Congress to pass the Fix NICS and STOP School Violence Acts and signed them into law.”
At the main event held in D.C. survivors from the school shooting in Parkland gave passionate, emotion-filled speeches calling for gun reform. Gun control activists demanded lawmakers take action and asked for so-called “assault rifles” to be outlawed, never stopping to consider that these same long-guns and rifles were previously banned under the Clinton administration in 1994. It failed and was rescinded some 10 years later.
Many claim they are surprised at President Trump’s continued silence given that he met with the Parkland survivors in the days following the tragedy at the White House along with dozens of others directly impacted by the deaths of 17 people, including 14 children where he listened to and heard their concerns.
The Daily Mail describes the criticism put forth against the President after his meeting –
‘To me there can be nothing worse than what you’ve gone through,’ he told the victims, before bringing up reforms to the system that his administration had backed publicly.
He told the survivors of the shooting and their parents that he grieved for them during the listening session at the White House, in which many of the guests implored the president to take immediate action on gun violence.
Shortly after the meeting, the president came under fierce criticism last month after a photo emerged of him holding a note, written on White House letterhead, reminding him to listen to the concerns of the students who had survived the shooting.
Point number five was a reminder to himself to tell his guests: ‘I hear you.’ Other questions that were also visible on the card included: ‘What would you most want me to know about your experience?’ and ‘What can we do to help you feel safe?’”
President Trump has not committed to outlawing semi-automatic long guns and rifles at this time. Instead, he has faced a significant amount of criticism for proposing that rather than outlawing semi-automatic long guns and rifles, as a nation we instead arm our teachers.
Gun control is the new Prohibition and it will not work, just as Prohibition did not work. Meanwhile, it will be tried despite history writing volumes of the consequences of what happens when a people are disarmed and this new usurpation of the rights of a once thoroughly self-reliant people will be just another step on the march to 1984.
In Turkey, gun registration happened in 1911. From 1915 to 1923 some two million Armenians and others were exterminated as they were sent on death marches with no food or water. The USSR has a complete firearms confiscation and as a result, tens of millions of political dissidents, those deemed “inferior” and Christians, and others deemed “enemies of the state” were marched off to slave labor Gulag death camps to die. During the 1940s in Poland, it only took 100 German military police to round up towns of thousands of Poles for execution and transport to death camps. All of it made possible by common sense gun reform and registration, with disarmament coming just a few years later.
This same formula has been followed over and over and over again throughout history in countries such as Rwanda, China, Cuba, Uganda, Guatemala, Cambodia, and others. Each and every single case of mass-murder and genocide was preceded by nation gun registration, followed by disarmament. One thing is abundantly clear, an armed people is a “free” people. With firearms, there will be tragedies, but without them, there will be genocides. Consider this the next time you go register for that permit, or some talking head, politician, or activist begins push “common sense gun control measures.’