The completely unplanned, unstaged, unfunded, and spontaneous gathering of 75 students outside Rockledge High School in Brevard County, Florida, last Friday morning was almost completely ignored by the mainstream media. Organized by Chloe Deaton, a sophomore, and Anna Delaney, a junior, the event lasted 20 minutes, just long enough to make their point: Other students in the same high school and around the country who urged more infringements on the people’s right to keep and bear arms didn’t speak for them.
After playing the national anthem (no one kneeled) and “God Bless America” on loudspeakers set up on the school’s track, Delaney told her classmates, “We were built on certain rights and that was one of the original rights, that we should have the right to bear arms.” She can be forgiven for failing to note that the right to self-defense and, thereby, the access to tools useful for self-defense are natural rights and pre-date the Constitution.
She made up for her misstatement by quoting President Ronald Reagan, who got it right: “The Constitution does not say that government shall decree the right to keep and bear arms.” The Constitution says “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
Seventy-five students, compared to the thousands — some say hundreds of thousands — of “students” bussed in to Washington the week before no doubt caused some in the freedom fight to ask: How can such low numbers of people who dare to speak the truth outshine the mainstream media’s anti-gun agenda, which aims to drown out or ignore that truth?
The one-sidedness of the media slant was even more evident the next day when a grassroots gathering sponsored by Minnesota Gun Rights and North Star Liberty Alliance brought together 1,000 people at the state capitol in St. Paul for similar reasons: to support the Second Amendment and to complain about their legislators’ determination to infringe on it. Once again, the silence from the mainstream media was deafening.
But we don’t need to outshine them, we need to merely show as many people as we can that they are not alone: They are part of a larger effort. When challenged by the vast ignorance expressed by so many in his own day, Albert Jay Nock (b. 1870, d. 1945) took great comfort in relating similar concerns expressed by the Old Testament prophet Isaiah:
The prophet’s career began at the end of King Uzziah’s reign, say about 740 B.C. This reign was uncommonly long, almost half a century, and apparently prosperous. It was one of those prosperous reigns, however — like the reign of Marcus Aurelius at Rome, or the administration of Eubulus at Athens, or of Mr. [Calvin] Coolidge at Washington — where at the end the prosperity suddenly peters out and things go by the board with a resounding crash.
In the year of Uzziah’s death, the Lord commissioned the prophet to go out and warn the people of the wrath to come. “Tell them what a worthless lot they are.” He said, “Tell them what is wrong, and why and what is going to happen unless they have a change of heart and straighten up. Don’t mince matters. Make it clear that they are positively down to their last chance. Give it to them good and strong and keep on giving it to them.
I suppose perhaps I ought to tell you,” He added, “that it won’t do any good. The official class and their intelligentsia will turn up their noses at you and the masses will not even listen. They will all keep on in their own ways until they carry everything down to destruction, and you will probably be lucky if you get out with your life.”
Isaiah had been very willing to take on the job — in fact, he had asked for it — but the prospect put a new face on the situation. It raised the obvious question: Why, if all that were so — if the enterprise were to be a failure from the start — was there any sense in starting it? “Ah,” the Lord said, “you do not get the point. There is a Remnant there that you know nothing about. They are obscure, unorganized, inarticulate, each one rubbing along as best he can. They need to be encouraged and braced up because when everything has gone completely to the dogs, they are the ones who will come back and build up a new society; and meanwhile, your preaching will reassure them and keep them hanging on. Your job is to take care of the Remnant, so be off now and set about it.”
Margaret Mead said as much, in much fewer words: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever does.”
When the mainstream media fails to report on such events, that doesn’t mean that those events aren’t occurring everywhere all the time. Those in the freedom fight, including active members of the John Birch Society, take heart from such events, knowing that they do not labor alone. In the present case, those who are ignored by the media are far from alone: Polls show that less than half of students age 13 to 17 think that more gun control would reduce mass shootings, but that the vast majority of adults recognize that the availability of guns actually reduces violent crime and murders.
And so, as Nock paraphrased the Lord: “Be off now and set about it!”
From - The New American - by Bob Adelmann
The student survivors of the school shooting in Florida immediately and spontaneously organized to lobby legislators in the state capital. They rented numerous busses to get halfway across the state and when they arrive, they are met with a bunch of local students to join forces. Really? Teenagers are capable of a great deal but this level of organization? Teenagers had the money to rent a bunch of busses, meals and lodging in a far off city? Is anyone believing this crap?
A more likely explanation is that some students from that school with leadership qualities were enlisted to be the “useful idiots” of some out of touch, ivory tower billionaires with an agenda. Soros? Bloomberg? Feinstein? They get all the media attention because they are fellow travelers with the same agenda. They want to create the false impression that it is more mainstream to be against citizen ownership of guns. This article tells the story of the truly spontaneous rally by students. That is the real mainstream sentiment of real America.
The Soros and Bloomberg globalist toady’s envision an America where only police and military have firearms or any effective weapons. Citizens are helpless potential victims to bigger, stronger thugs when they have no means to equalize power. It reminds me of that movie where only police and military had guns…”Schindler’s List”.
Of course the Orwellian MSM would not cover such an event, it’s not part of their masters interests.
These are real Americans! Great story! Encouragement!
The question I have for all the others; “To which country do you owe your allegiance to?”
It looks like not all is lost on the next generation!!! It is so encouraging to see that these students understand and RESPECT the Constitution and the Bill of Rights !!! I have great respect for them !!! Thank you for you courage and commitment to America.
It is refreshing to hear of students that understand the Constitution. People need to understand the difference between a gun and a weapon. One is for sport the other is for protection of life and property.
Praise the Lord for “thinking students”!!!
Praise the Lord for “thinking students” !!!!
The fake news can selectively report as they wish. These marchers for gun control caused an unplanned result. MORE people bought guns in this country since the march than ever before and membership in the NRA has grown and contributions keep flowing in to the organization since the march.
The silent majority need to speak out. How many trips do we need to the suprem court to stop thhese useless bans on our rights. President trumps soliution makes sense. But the gun grabbers want it all not a sensible solution. Teachers really want to protect their students there is a sensible solution besidss standing in front of them.
Good for them!!!! I wish they had a website, or address to contribute to them. They deserve recognition.
Seeing these young adults exercise their Constitutional 1st Amendment Right in support of their Constitutional 2nd Amendment Right is what the Red, White & Blue is all about. I feel hope, pride and a strong sense of patriotism in their courage to stand up for what they believe in. God bless your endeavors.
“The Victor Is Not Victorious If The Vanquished Does Not Consider Themselves So”
Of course, we heard not a word of this from the media.
What would you expect from the LAME stream media? Of course they didn’t cover it. It wasn’t part of their agenda. They only cover what is against our Second Amendment rights, not to mention our First and Fourth Amendment rights which they take away if it doesn’t suit their agenda. Why don’t all these progressive/communist/socialist/fascist/whatever types go live somewhere like China, Russia, North Korea, or Venezuela and see how they like it. I hope the western half of California (the liberal coastal elitist part) secedes from the USA. Hopefully, we who live in the eastern half (the red half) can split from them so they don’t take us down with them.
I am so proud of these students – it gives us ‘elderly’ folks much hope. Whereas even much more hope there are parents who teach their children right from wrong and guide them on the right path. One can only imagine what the parents of those who protest AGAINST our rights are really all about – frightening.
Thank you Amac. Appreciate this news so much
Seems to me the liberal media AND liberal democrats read Hitlers book as if it were a bible. Do they realize it didn’t work. But they must because that’s how Hitler took total control. The first thing he did was disarm the public. Then the camps……..
Why is it, nobody seems to notice that we’re telling our kids is OK to just up and skip school to protest. Think this might carry over to their ‘work ethic’ (if there IS such a thing anymore). I think it’s great they’re speaking out FOR civil rights (2nd amendment rights), but they should be speaking out ON THEIR OWN TIME ! Were I school administrator, all students would have been informed BEFOREHAND, walk out in protest (OF ANYTHING), and you’ll be suspended from school and you can repeat your current grade next year. PROTEST AFTER SCHOOL !
Skipping school ? Have you even noticed the trash that’s being taught? Best to get all of the kids out of State (government) schools if you do not desire total perversion in the following generations.
a typical “Democratic Machine” hard at “work” ignoring anything that doesn’t parallel THEIR agenda – I’ve always found it so interesting that one of “the Democratic Machine’s” main play books was written by Saul Alynski, the famous avowed COMMUNIST
Hurrah for these students who are standing up to political bullies
Paid for by the tax payers by cooked sorry scum called Democrat lawmakers what a joke
What better way for the left to use our children to stage walk-outs for gun control when our schools should be teaching history and math instead of something political. I am for those brave students who are for the second amendment, not against it. If the schools are allowing students to stage walkouts for any reasons, they are failing our kids, and we have failed as parents. The 2nd amendment was included for a reason, to protect us from the outside enemy or a rogue government gone bad.