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Gun battles: Stop using children for politics

February 25. 2018 1:38PM

The students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., are entitled to express their grief in whatever manner they choose.

If they believe stricter gun control laws would prevent future killing sprees, we need not surrender our principles or opinions to agree with them. They have lost friends, and feared for their own lives. Common decency dictates we leave them alone.

Attacks on these students - or the unhinged conspiracy theories that they are actually actors paid to pretend to be students - are indefensible.

Yet it is precisely because these children are untouchable that gun control advocates have latched onto them to push their tired, ineffective, and unconstitutional agenda. Using children who were crime victims as political shields is ghoulish and contemptible.

CNN's "Town Hall" with these students was an act of journalistic malpractice. Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio and NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch knew it was a setup going in, and did well representing the views of law-abiding gun owners and the value of the Second Amendment.

Rubio pointed out that banning all semiautomatic weapons would be far outside the political mainstream. He was booed, demonstrating just how far CNN went to stack the audience with gun control supporters.

Democrats are again pushing to ban "assault weapons," a meaningless term meant to cover any firearm they deem too scary for the public's own good. Where does New Hampshire's congressional delegation stand? What about those candidates seeking to join it?

What weapons would they ban? Which law-abiding Americans would they disarm? Which New Hampshire firearms manufacturers would they shut down?

Gun control proposals only poll well in the abstract. Are gun control supporters willing to be specific about their goals, or are they content to hide behind grieving high school students?

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