After the horrific school shooting in Parkland, Florida, I explained that the gun-control policies being pushed by left-leaning students such as David Hogg would be utterly ineffective at deterring evil people.
But give the kid credit. He’s fully exploiting his 15 minutes of fame in a way that makes Sandra Fluke look like an amateur.
His latest idea is to somehow boycott financial firms that do business with gun manufacturers.
Dana Loesch asked me to appear on her show to discuss the economics of this issue. It’s a Skype interview, so the quality on my end leaves something to be desired, but I hopefully got across my main point that boycotts only work if consumers change their buying patterns. And, to be blunt, David Hogg is not going to change the minds of people who appreciate the 2nd Amendment.
I also explained that Hogg’s proposed boycott is a private version of Obama’s reprehensible Operation Chokepoint.
Except it won’t work because Hogg’s hyperbole isn’t nearly as effective as the coercive power of government.
Indeed, Hogg is far more likely to increase gun sales, which is the point of this bit of satire.
Though I don’t want to imply that the leftist students from Parkland, Florida, have been completely ineffective.
They demanded change. And the school gave it to them in the form of a preposterous requirement for see-through backpacks. Here are some details from a CNN story.
Survivors of a school shooting in Parkland, Florida, returned from spring break Monday to new security measures that some studentssaid made them feel like they were in prison. Marjory Stoneman Douglas students encountered security barriers and bag check lines as they entered campus Monday morning. Inside the school, administrators handed out the students’ newest mandatory accessories: a see-through backpack much like the ones required at some stadiums and arenas… Now, with the bags, they’re sacrificing their privacy for what he and others consider an ineffective security measure.
Of course these clear backpacks are a joke.
But, as illustrated by this bit of satire, it’s rather naive to expect good results when you ask for more government.
And since students such as Hogg make a big deal about “assault rifles” that are functionally the same as other rifles, it’s poetic justice that he’s now being deprived of an “assault backpack.”
But why stop there?
Surely we don’t want to run the risk of a student hiding a gun under their clothes. We need to ban “assault clothing”!
But David Hogg isn’t meekly acquiescing to see-through backpacks. At least according to this final bit of satire.
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