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ABOUT SCHOOLS & GUNS?
I have never been comfortable with involving kids in political campaigns or politically tinged causes.
No doubt, the presence of apple-cheeked toddlers or clean-scrubbed, wholesome looking young people can add a certain moral luster — rather like when a candidate trots out the wife and kiddies for a campaign ad. Such gestures purport to show concern for the future and commitment to what’s best for those we love.
But whether it’s baby strollers at a protest outside a local abortion mill, or the spooky video that appeared early in Obama’s first term showing cute little black kids marching and chanting to demonstrate their pride in the new President, there’s always an element of exploitation.
This element is clearly on display in the “children’s crusade” that has emerged from the horrific school shooting in Parkland, Florida.