As the country still reels from the tragedy of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday, one thing has become clear: The kids at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are braver than anyone in Congress right now.
While elected officials at every level of government have found it easier to offer their thoughts and prayers following mass shootings in lieu of severing their relationships with the NRA, one precocious survivor of the Florida shooting is telling CNN what we’ve all been thinking:
“Everything I’ve heard where we can’t do anything and it’s out of our hands and it’s inevitable, I think that’s a facade that the GOP is putting up,” said high schooler Cameron Kasky to CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “After every shooting the NRA sends a memo saying ‘send your thoughts and prayers.’ This is the only country where this kind of thing happens.”
He then added: “There is a segment of this society that will shrug this off and send their thoughts and prayers but march for hours over a rainbow wedding cake.”
SAVAGE. How come Cameron Kasky isn’t on Twitter? That’s the kind of pithy, honest, ironic statement you’d see retweeted 30,000 times and quoted by Sarah Silverman.
It’s also a great point that Kasky should absolutely use when he inevitably runs for a Florida Senate seat. How come Congress can get fired up about two people vowing to spend their lives together, but they can’t seem to muster up sympathy for a child getting shot in the head? Does one of their own kids need to be killed in one of these shootings for them to wake the fuck up? What if Scott Baio got his pretty little face busted up by a white male active shooter in a church one morning? Would the Republicans have so much trouble finding a replacement for their one celebrity ambassador that they’d finally decide it would just be easier to pass gun control legislation?
Thank you, Cameron Kasky, for your voice of reason. May your 2040 presidential campaign be a success.