On Saturday, March 24, people from New York to Mumbai took to the streets under the banner titled “March For Our Lives” to protest for stricter gun laws.
The mass demonstrations were instigated by Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students, and they got big. In D.C. alone they were joined by an estimated 800,000 people.
These young people, who have experienced gun violence firsthand, want to ensure that no more innocent lives are going to be lost to gun violence, like the shooting experienced at the school on February 14. That’s the only way they can ever bring justice to their murdered friends.
They came to deliver a strong and eloquent message to the large crowd and they did. However, ten days prior, at the nationwide school walkout held on March 14, they were nearly overshadowed by an unexpected and uninvited guest.
Bernie Sanders showed up uninvited, to do some articulating of his own.
The manner in which he conducted himself is astonishing. It even appears that he brought his own cheering section, as the Parkland students specifically did not invite him because of his record on gun control. They are said to be very upset that he crashed their party.
An excellent description the way he conducted himself during the event was found on Twitter by one of our contributors, and we decided it was worth including whole.
Even aside from this revolting display, the casual observer might be tempted to scratch his head. Bernie Sanders? Doesn’t he have a really weak history on gun control legislation? Didn’t he vote against the Brady Act, to implement background checks and waiting periods for gun purchases?
BERNIE SANDERS: “Thank you to the young people throughout this country who are walking out today and who have the courage to do what the United States Congress is not doing: lead us forward to stop the slaughter that we have seen from coast to coast due to gun violence.”
Okay, fine, but- What are YOU doing to lead the stopped slaughter forward, Bernie?
There is a very specific word of caution to make in this article. Just because a cause is worthy doesn’t mean its leaders are good people. In fact, it is often just the opposite. The Parkland students are the cause of these protests and the ones that people came to hear. But they’re not the ones running the organization.
For years, Bernie Sanders has been showing up to take credit for things that aren’t his. This Millennial Democrats contributor remembers people talk endlessly about “Bernie’s dreams” and “Bernie’s ideals” during the 2016 election cycle.
But where is he when it matters? He goes down to Florida to grandstand in front of the kids, but in the past when he has had the chance to vote on a policy to stop something like this from happening again, he was nowhere to be seen.
One example that sticks with me is when the daughter of the Sandy Hook Elementary School principal who was killed during the Newtown massacre, asked Bernie to apologize to the victims for “putting the gun lobby above our families.“
Sanders dodged making any sort of apology at all, instead making a lame-duck excuse to the effect that he recognizes his constituents’ preferences, and so does not make gun control a priority.
If you want to know how Bernie feels about guns, look no further than his voting record on the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, a landmark piece of gun control legislation.
The Brady Act mandated that everyone who wanted to buy a handgun had to wait five days while local law enforcement ran criminal background checks; Sanders voted against it numerous times.
He also voted against an amendment that would have ended state waiting periods, while still voting for an amendment giving those denied a gun the right to know why.
The final compromise version of the Brady bill was an interim five-day waiting period while installing an instant background check system; Sanders voted against it.
Bernie took a lot of heat for this during the 2016 election cycle, and he equivocated at every turn, wriggling like a worm on a hook.
That’s just what he did again, last fall, when he hijacked the Women’s March. He knows full well that he has never done a thing for women’s rights, but that didn’t stop him from accepting a chance to be the keynote speaker at last year’s Women’s Convention.
When it was found out what they were pulling, women got so mad, so fast, that Bernie backed out as fast as his legs would carry him.
But he left his proxies behind. And they were quick to announce their intent.
Linda Sarsour, for example, tweeted out late in the primary season that “Bernie had changed her life” along with a picture of her framed with the Sanders family.
There are people in this country who make a living out of protesting everything, and a number of them have shown up to co-opt the efforts of the Parkland students to seek justice and change.
We’ve met them before, of course- they’re the very same people who did this to the Women’s March.
The “March for Our Lives” permit application for D.C. was actually filed by Deena Katz, the co-executive director of the Women’s March Los Angeles Foundation. The application identifies her as the “person in charge” of the event. She is also listed as the president of the “March for Our Lives Fund.”
In this capacity she works right alongside Sarsour, who has made a career out of viciousness and vulgarity.
These are some of the opinions espoused by Ms. Sarsour as collected by the New York Times.
“Nothing is creepier than Zionism,” she wrote in 2012.
From 2015- “You’ll know when you’re living under Shariah law if suddenly all your loans and credit cards become interest-free. Sound nice, doesn’t it?”
The March for Our Lives and the Women’s March are too important to sit out just because a few of their organizers are corrupt.
As Democrats, i.e. persons with a conscience, we realize fully how important it is that we be there to stand in support of these crucial issues.
But it’s equally important that we do everything we can to raise awareness as to what is going on. Progressive causes are being co-opted and hijacked all over the country for the use of Bernie Sanders and his devotees, and it is hurting them. The people doing it need to be shut down.
It is the opinion of Millennial Democrats that we’ve got to Occupy those organizations before their current leaders can run the perceived legitimacy of their causes into the ground.