Last Wednesday, CNN organized a town hall meeting in Florida with surviving students from the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on February 14th.
CNN reportedly invited prominent politicians including Florida Governor Rick Scott (R), Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bill Nelson (D-FL), and Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), and President Trump himself.
Both of the Democrats and Senator Marco Rubio immediately agreed to participate, while Governor Scott and President Trump refused to join the devastated and angry students at the town hall event, moderated by CNN anchor Jake Tapper.
In an effort to save face, Donald Trump had invited the Parkland survivors for a meeting with him. In a prior interview, Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg flatly declined to be included in President Trump’s cynical photo op of a meeting. Gonzalez said they had been invited to meet with Trump but would instead attend the town hall.
Neither the NRA nor the GOP seem to know how to handle these young survivors. Outright attack is simply not an option, so there are seeds being planted on the internet about “crisis actors” and such. This comes as no surprise. If one recalls, within days of the Sandy Hook massacre, folks took to the internet to decry the whole thing was a hoax. Not only were the children not murdered, they never even existed, per the “truthers.”
But these students aren’t going anywhere and they aren’t backing down. They’re being joined by Americans who have long arrived at the conclusion that the 2nd amendment doesn’t even begin to justify the use of bump stocks. Prominent Americans are speaking out with them, both in politics and Hollywood, supporting their cause and making sure that the Parkland shooting doesn’t become relegated to the seemingly unending laundry list of massacres in America’s schools.
President Trump did, however, manage to find time for the Conservative Political Action Conference (or CPAC), which featured the usual amount of unnecessary gun-worship and fearmongering that Democrats just want to take all of the guns.
Being president is all about priorities, it seems.