New proposal for reducing school violence has David Hogg and pals crying ‘foul’

New proposal for reducing school violence has David Hogg and pals crying ‘foul’

For the past month, a group of vocal, ostensibly liberal students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., have been flooding the airwaves with what has amounted to an attack on the Second Amendment.

You might at first think that these kids could stand to repeat twelfth-grade civics, which teaches the Constitution, but on Wednesday they found an amendment they liked: the First.

Their discovery followed an announcement by Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert W. Runcie that henceforth only see-through backpacks will be allowed on campus:

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The rule, The New York Times reported, is “reminiscent of security measures at airports and professional sports venues.”

You’d think the kiddies would be delighted that their many protests have at last yielded decisive action designed to make their school safer. An optimist might even have expected the group’s de facto spokseman, David Hogg, to call off the March for Our Lives planned to take place today in Washington, D.C.

Instead Hogg was once again provided with a televised bully pulpit, which he used to decry the policy initiative. Among his arguments against the clear backpacks (which, if nothing else, just don’t look cool!) was the potential embarrassment they could cause female students carrying menstrual products and the like.

Other less celebrated students were forced to express their dissatisfaction in 280 characters. Some of their beefs?

These are the voices the Left is convinced are “gonna save us all,” to quote Democratic fundraiser Scott Dworkin. So invested are progressives in the belief that these wholly unremarkable teenagers will solve the age-old problem of gun violence that on Tuesday Harvard University hosted a forum titled “#NEVERAGAIN: How Parkland Students are Changing the Conversation on Guns.”

Granted, accepting a mandate for see-through backpacks doesn’t have the same cachet as waging an all-out assault on the law-abiding members of the NRA. But David Hogg for one has already declared that crusading against guns is going to be his life’s work, even though his prospects for a degree in journalism are looking dim:

Either he fights against viable non-violent solutions, or he finds a real job. What would you do if you were him?

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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