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The National Media’s March Against Context and Discussion: #NationalWalkoutDay

Today the American media sees the culmination of its concerted effort. They have helped three women who stand with Louis Farrakhan (he recently repeated his assertion that Jews are Satanic), organize and promote a fact free, 17 minutes hysteria. It’s called #NationalWalkoutDay.

Photos: Students across the nation walk out

It is not hysterical for a society to want to protect kids. The march has nothing in common with that. It’s a stunt that the children don’t know that is part of the problem. That parents don’t know it is the rest of the problem.

The #NationalWalkoutDay is not to honor the 17 people killed in Florida

The #NationalWalkoutDay march is happening for one reason; to recruit young minds to the left. That is why Linda Sarsour and her co-founders organized it. The deceptively named Women’s March, of which Sarsour is a co-founder, is purely a leftist conclave. It employs the leftist organizing tactic of intersectionality — the alignment of grievance groups against a target, in their case, straight white men — to push for a leftist revolution. The Leftists who run the so-called Women’s March want young people to believe they are in serious danger of being murdered at school. They want to then to feel victimized and aggrieved. The media has spent countless hours promoting this fear. The math says otherwise and the media either knows it or chooses to ignore it.

“We are in a crisis. This is an emergency. So-called gun violence has shaped a generation”

False. The children marching today are being told to fear something that will kill ONE IN SIX-HUNDRED-FOURTEEN-MILLION of them. 1/614,000,000.

David Ropeik, no right-wing fan of guns and, in fact, a believer that more firearms equals more death, is an instructor at Harvard and author of “How Risky Is It, Really? Why Our Fears Don’t Always Match the Facts.” He writes in the Washington Post:

The first recorded school shooting in the United States took place in 1840, when a law student shot and killed his professor at the University of Virginia. But the modern fear dawned on April 20, 1999, when Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris killed 12 classmates and a teacher, and then themselves, at Colorado’s Columbine High. Since then, the murder of children in their classrooms has come to seem common, a regular feature of modern American life, and our fears so strong that we are certain the next horror is sure to come not long after the last.

The Education Department reports that roughly 50 million children attend public schools for roughly 180 days per year. Since Columbine, approximately 200 public school students have been shot to death while school was in session, including the recent slaughter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. (and a shooting in Birmingham, Ala., on Wednesday that police called accidental that left one student dead). That means the statistical likelihood of any given public school student being killed by a gun, in school, on any given day since 1999 was roughly 1 in 614,000,000. And since the 1990s, shootings at schools have been getting less common.

If your movement requires you to lie, your movement is a lie

The lie the national and local media merchandised to drive turnout to the #NationalWalkoutDay was crafted by The Left to present kids with a boogyman: the AR-15. They can hate and fear and commit their young lives to stomping out the dreaded AR-15, a rifle. People use rifles in less than 3 percent of murders. More people use hammers to murder others. If the kids succeed in outlawing the AR-15, doing so will not bend the murder curve in any way. That does not matter to The Left. This isn’t about stopping deaths, this is about stopping America with leftism.

I remember this movie

Today, a friend sent me a reminder of a book we both adore.

Mao went straight to the students, seeing in the young his most reliable allies. They were impressionable, easy to manipulate and eager to fight. Most of all, they craved a more active role. ‘We have to depend on them to start a rebellion, a revolution.

— From “The Cultural Revolution: A People’s History, 1962-1976,” Frank Dikötter, 2016.

“As then and there, so here and now” – my friend added. 

Gang Violence? 17 kids killed every weekend? Yeah … whatevs.

To the parents of the kids who actually do have rational cause to be concerned about being killed by a criminal with a gun The Left says: “whatevs.”

Yes, parents in the cities where murders happen every weekend: your kids and your families simply aren’t useful for the national media or The Left. They both know that the vast majority of Americans do not live in your neighborhoods, that they can comfort themselves knowing that the gang violence that regularly takes 17 lives over a weekend will not touch them.

The Left cannot scare people with something they know will not befall them, so they use the far more rare case of school shootings. The media is not coming to organize and promote your marches against gangs. The Left is not coming, either. They have not and will not organize a #NationalWalkoutDay for you. They are busy scaring the nation about something that is less likely than being hit by lightning.

The BBC covered the actual problem.

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