Referring to anti-gun Parkland demagogues like Emma Gonzales as “superheroes,” Pastor John Pavlovitz, author of “A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic, and Hopeful Spiritual Community,” says adults who support the Second Amendment should shut up and listen to the children now marching against their fundamental rights.
Pavlovitz wrote (with redactions for graphic language):
Teenagers have a really low tolerance for bullsh*t, which is why they are speaking with such clarity and conviction right now.
It’s why they mince no words and reject every bit of verbal gymnastics about the 2nd Amendment, and about liberty, and about guns not killing people.
It’s why they unapologetically raise a strident middle finger to the sinful sham of “thoughts and prayers,” because they know that the friends and teachers they lost deserve a heck of a lot more than that.
This isn’t the time to tell us why you love your guns, or to share anecdotal stories about people stopping crimes with AR-15s, or to offer condescension to these teenagers, as if you understand something they don’t.
This is the time to shut your mouth and yield the floor to them.
This is the time to have some reverence, because you are the in presence of heroic young people.
He followed that up with this tweet:
“Stop trolling them.
Stop harassing them.
Stop victimizing them.
Stop verbally assaulting them.
Shut-up and listen to them.”https://t.co/GbAeDOVwFr
— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) April 4, 2018
One could almost forgive this profane bullying from a man who professes to be “of the cloth” if the “proposals” emanating from the liberal survivors of the Stoneman Douglas school shootings actually held water, but most of their well-publicized comments have been hopelessly naïve and/or self-serving. The aforementioned Gonzales suggested at a rally shortly after the shootings that the solution, which was “simple,” was “just remove the guns that cause the most carnage.” Sillier still was the prevailing student reaction to the district edict that students could bring only clear backpacks to school, which one student complained “don’t do anything except make us look stupid.”
As for Pavlovitz, he apparently thinks that calling out these non-arguments for what they are is verbal assault.
Twitchy mockingly paraphrased Pavlovitz:
So just shut up, OK? Oprah and George Clooney and Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg each put up $500,000 so these kids could have a microphone and countless TV cameras in Washington, D.C. with a little organizational boost from Everytown, so just shut up and listen.
His tweet didn’t sit too well with many:
They’re snorting condoms. I think I’ll pass…
— VK (@vjeannek) April 4, 2018
These kids need to:
Stop playing the victim when they’re challenged.
Stop verbally assaulting people.
And finally, NO we will not “shut-up and listen to them”! We will listen, but we will challenge them on their positions as well.
— Jason W. (@cobalt5050) April 4, 2018
That’s called “dialogue,” but the anti-gun left has decided that only one side is allowed to speak.
Another person suggested Pavlovitz “shut up” and listen to Kyle Kashuv, a pro-Second Amendment Parkland survivor largely ignored by the liberal media.
“Shut up and listen” to @KyleKashuv
— mathewsjw (@mathewsjw) April 5, 2018
Has Pavlovitz seen how quickly Kyle Kashuv has moved among legislators and the president in his bid for school safety reforms? He’s a superhero too, right? Tell Kurt Eichenwald to lay off if you feel compelled to tell someone to shut up and stop trolling.
I’m pretty sure people did try listening to them… pity they repeated the same ProMarxist talking points that have been used to disarm a population before mass killings before. But hey… keep advocating for policies that have led to the governmental murder of millions Pastor
— Craig Strange (@strange_au) April 5, 2018
i Have Listened: I’ve heard Shaved Guevara before, & #fascism always sounds the same. their childish tantrums, aided & abetted by the usual suspects demanding that I give up the rights I inherently possess. i need NO government to have them: they are mine a priori, so bite me!
— red seewun (@redc1c4) April 5, 2018
No. I'm not their mom. I don't need to listen to them. https://t.co/FNXIEuX1Pt
— Evil Red Kid (@_SOURKIDZ_) April 4, 2018
I have listened. I’ve listened to them blame law-abiding American gun owners for the shooting, instead of ppl who really are to blame like Broward sheriff. They’re advocating for surrendering their rights to the State…same State that failed to protect them in the first place.
— Christy Waters (@ThatChristyChic) April 5, 2018
The problem, as I noted here and here, is that we have listened to these kids. We’ve listened to them smear millions of law-abiding Americans while falsely claiming Florida lawmakers are “child murderers.” We’ve heard the constant stream of uninformed, over-the-top rhetoric from youngsters whose passion far exceeds their knowledge of the issue. And many of us simply aren’t impressed.
One person noted:
The left should first stop using them. https://t.co/ZrWcSX9CXI
— hum yum words✨????✨ (@humyumwords) April 4, 2018
Will Pavlovitz heed his own advice and listen to an opinion that diverges from his?