The Left has no shame. They are willing to exploit the deaths of murdered students to push their gun-control agenda. Time and time again they have done this. We saw them stand on the graves of the dead children from Sandy Hook Elementary school. We saw them do this after the Parkland shooting in Florida last year. Their latest episode of exploitation took place in Colorado.
Students Walk out on Democratic Politicians Advocating for Gun Control
On Wednesday, a vigil was held at Highlands Ranch High School in Colorado to honor the memory of a student, Kendrick Castillo, who was killed by two gunmen at the STEM school. The two gunmen went on a shooting rampage that left Castillo dead and eight others wounded. Castillo was a hero: He acted as a shield to protect other students from the bullets before being struck by one of them himself. His heroic actions deserve to be memorialized, not politicized.
Surely those in attendance would never exploit such an event, right?
The Democrats can’t help themselves.
Democratic Senator Michael Bennet and Congressman Jason Crow used the memorial to advocate for gun control. Senator Bennet told those in attendance that “we live in a great country, but we need to fix these broken gun laws.”
The vigil was hosted by the gun control groups Brady’s Team Enough and March for Our Lives, and featured Democratic politicians who seek limits on Second Amendment gun rights. The event hosts misled those in attendance by promoting the memorial as an event to remember and honor Castillo and the other victims.
As you may remember, the March for Our Lives group was formed by Parkland High School students following the massacre at their school. The group has a history of exploiting mass shootings for political purposes.
However, unlike the students at Parkland, the students in Colorado were not going to be used as political pawns: They walked out!
That’s right, they had enough of the political posturing from the Democratic politicians. As the politicians called for gun control, students left in protest over the politicization of the victims.
USA Today reported:
“After about 30 minutes, hundreds of students from the STEM School stormed out yelling “this is not for us…”, “political stunt” and “we are people, not a statement.” … Candace Craig, who has three kids attending STEM, said it was just too early to push for action. She said the trauma is still fresh for the thousands of parents and their kids who suffered through the shooting and the anxious hours that followed.”
The students’ justified anger toward the politicians and the media grew as the night went on. USA Today reported that “the traumatized shooting survivors who exited the rally thrust lighted cellphones into the air and changed ‘mental health, mental health,’ as their hands and voices shook in the cold rain.
Good for them.
This was not the time or the place to have a one-sided debate on the issue. In the past, the Democrats have gotten away with this tactic, but these students stood up to them.
This is in complete contrast to the students in Parkland.
Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were paraded in front of cameras by gun-control organizations.
David Hogg, Emma Gonzalez and Cameron Kasky were paraded around the media to parrot the talking points of the anti-gun lobby. They went on a bus tour, organized an anti-gun rally in Washington, D.C., and shouted down Senator Marco Rubio at a CNN town hall on gun control.
At one point, Cameron Kasky looked at Senator Rubio and said he couldn’t look in his eyes without seeing the face of the shooter looking back at him.
The students in Colorado were not going to be exploited like the students in Parkland. It was refreshing to see.