I’ve read that the upcoming generation is noted for being The Mass Shooting Generation, and it dawns on me too/also that for their entire lives, the U.S. has been at war in the middle east. This is not a generational moniker that anyone wants, not the kids, not their parents, none of us.
So these kids have some legit complaints and frankly we’ve given them a turdburger (and as an Xer I will say that we were given one too/also, and I’m sure the Millenials got one, and so on). They cannot even go to school without fearing for their lives. Makes one consider Betsy DeVos’ devotion to home schooling, but I digress.
So color me proud when I read that The Mass Shooting Generation is marching on Washington! From the Axios morning email thingie:
Breaking: On ABC’s “This Week,” Florida teen shooting survivors announce a march on Washington to demand “a new normal” on gun laws. Organizers tell co-anchor Martha Raddatz that “March for Our Lives” will be Saturday, March 24, in D.C.
And then, much to my surprise, I saw on The Hill:
A top GOP donor in Florida is threatening to withhold contributions to candidates and political groups that do not get behind a ban on assault weapons, The New York Times reported.
In an email to half a dozen Republican leaders on Saturday, Florida-based real estate developer Al Hoffman Jr. decried the rash of mass shootings that has roiled the U.S. for years, and demanded that GOP politicians take action.
“I will not write another check unless they all support a ban on assault weapons,” Hoffman wrote in the email, according to the Times. “Enough is enough!”
And then in Tiger Beat on the Potomac’s morning email thingie (emphasis mine):
— A BREAK ON THE NRA’S HOLD ON CONGRESS? — FLORIDA REPUBLICAN REP. CARLOS CURBELO tells MARTHA RADDATZ on ABC’S “THIS WEEK”: “What we need is congressional leaders, specifically in my party, to allow some of these bills to come to the floor for debate. There are a lot of Republicans who are prepared to support reasonable, common-sense gun safety laws, new laws, stronger laws that protect rights for responsible citizens, people who are responsible gun owners, but will prevent those who want to do harm to innocent people from obtaining these weapons.”
So this might be a unique moment: the future voters are turning against the Republicans (and making SPECIFIC demands), the money is drying up, and at least one Republican in Congress is breaking ranks.
But of course, there is always the guy building the lifeboat and trying the more subtle version of BOTH SIDES — the completely intellectually dishonest John Kasich (who is eyeing the 2020 Goat Rodeo, and emphasis mine):
— OHIO GOV. JOHN KASICH talks with DANA BASH on CNN’S “STATE OF THE UNION” via Cristiano Lima: “‘I think Congress is totally dysfunctional. I’ve never seen anything like this’ Kasich [said], also citing failures on immigration and cutting the federal deficit. ‘They just can’t seem to get anything done.’ Kasich bemoaned Republican lawmakers’ unwillingness to consider beefing up gun regulations, stressing that there were ‘reasonable’ steps that could be taken to prevent further shootings. ‘Common sense guns laws make sense,’ Kasich said.
“The Ohio governor cited efforts to expand background checks on gun sales and to curtail the sale of assault weapons like the AR-15 used in Wednesday’s fatal shooting as remedies that legislators ought to consider. But Kasich, a former Republican presidential candidate, said he had little confidence in lawmakers’ ability to strike a deal to curb gun violence. ‘They can’t agree to anything down there,’ he said. ‘Wake up.’” http://politi.co/2Ey5Od3
The assertions that he is talking about the Republicans comes from the author, not Kasich.
BURN THE LIFEBOATS.