Student Uprising! #NeverAgain Assaults School Gun Violence
In my newest contribution to The Progressive magazine, I argue “If the nation follows the advice of Trump and the NRA, the #NeverAgain movement would then need to also address the modern-day lynching of students in their own classrooms.”
Jeff Bryant writes,
In the tragic aftermath of the horrendous shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, students who witnessed the atrocity are taking leadership roles in a nationwide call for action to demand stronger laws to end gun violence. The students have called for a March for Our Lives on Washington, D.C., on March 24 to “end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today.”
But numerous public officials, including President Donald Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, have instead called for more uniformed police in schools and for arming teachers with concealed carry handguns.
Here are the rest of my thoughts about #NeverAgain:
The #MeToo movement calling for public accountability for sexual abusers fomented debate on due process as allegations became more widespread. #BlackLivesMatter engaged the nation in a dialogue about the modern-day lynching of non-white citizens by law enforcement and the few consequences for that violence. #NeverAgain is criticizing organizations, such as the National Rifle Association, that oppose sensible gun control and calling out politicians who take money from these organizations.
In response to #NeverAgain, President Trump and the NRA have both suggested that teachers should be armed. With debate on how many teachers should be armed and how they should be trained. But the social problems underlying the #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter movement should rapidly inform our perspective on arming teachers.
If the NRA and Trump’s proposal is realized, the inexorable nightmare scenario of a white teacher shooting a black teenager in a classroom will occur. This, and the classroom shootings that would inevitably occur after, would predictably send the nation into recriminations due to the lack of accountability for gross malfeasance that #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter have spotlighted.
If the nation follows the advice of Trump and the NRA, the #NeverAgain movement would then need to also address the modern-day lynching of students in their own classrooms. Is that a consequence we really want to see happen?
Please click here to read The Progressive’s entire piece about #NeverAgain.
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