A senior editor at The Atlantic, a far-left outlet, has tapped out a piece proposing launching a movement calling for students to boycott returning to schools in the fall if Congress fails to pass substantial new gun control.
The column by Gal Beckerman comes on the heels of the massacre at Ulvade, Texas, in which an 18-year-old gunman murdered 19 4th graders and two adults last month.
“Today, I’m left with one conclusion: The children and parents of our country need to take the summer to organize locally, build a set of national demands, and then refuse to go back to school in the fall until Congress does something,” Beckerman wrote.
He then went on to suggest that such a campaign would pressure lawmakers into taking action.
“One thing we’ve learned from the pandemic is that when children aren’t in school, society strains. This would make a strike an extremely powerful form of leverage. A walkout with enough students involved and taking place over days, not minutes, puts concrete pressure on officials, from the municipal level all the way up to Washington,” Beckerman continued.
“When students aren’t in school, parents have difficulty getting to work. Suddenly understaffed services—hospitals, subways—suffer the consequences. Politicians and local officials have a mess on their hands—children falling behind in learning, parents overloaded—and a strong incentive to accede to a demand,” he wrote.
“What if students, parents, and teachers took the next three months to mobilize? They could create thousands of local committees supporting the strike and decide on what the national demand might be—say, an assault-weapon ban,” he continued.
“They could figure out the mutual support and child care they would need to get through the days and maybe weeks it would take for Congress to act. They could bolster their commitment to one idea, one tactic. For the youngest children, parents would have to take the lead,” he noted.
The Blaze added:
Democrats have been calling for gun control — during an address on Thursday night, President Joe Biden called for banning assault firearms and large capacity magazines. He specifically called for reimposing a ban that was approved in 1994, but which eventually expired a decade later. As an alternative to a ban, Biden suggested increasing the age to buy such firearms to 21.
Biden called for banning assault firearms and large-capacity magazines, or, instead, for raising the age to buy those guns to 21-years-old. He specifically called for reimposing a ban that was approved in 1994, but which expired a decade later when Republicans refused to renew it. Various studies found that overall, the ban did not reduce firearms deaths.
The president also claimed that “the Second Amendment, like all other rights, is not absolute,” which is a line he has used before. But that statement is hard to rectify considering the Second Amendment literally says the “right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”
The president also called for measures such as “national red flag laws” and “safe storage laws,” while also expressing support for expanding background checks.