A majority of an estimated 1,500 – 2,000 that converged at Fresno High School this afternoon were adults, parents, and teachers. The minority in number were high school and college students. The intention of all in attendance, including political non-profit organizations and candidates from the Democratic party, send a message to political leaders: Gun Violence in America “take action or youth will.”
The audience heard speakers make the case for: universal background checks, assault weapons ban, AR 15 ban, bump stock ban, increasing age for gun purchases to 21 and additional funding for healthcare.
The March for Our Lives organizer and Clovis Community College student Yasmin Mendoza stated regarding the event,
“Trying to unite people in our community and I think student safety is something we should prioritize and we want to make this a focus today… hope to see Congress acting and trying to protect us as students.”
Voting against Devin Nunes, was encouraged by numerous speakers, including Mendoza, stating in Russian “до встречи на выборах,” which translates into “see you at the polls”.
Mendoza and all of the speakers encouraged those in attendance to vote at the polls to reduce gun violence in America and called on Devin Nunes to protect students.
When CVO asked Mendoza if her organization would allow armed guards on school campuses, she stated “we’ll take the necessary steps needed to do what we need to do.” After student speakers, a representative from Senator Kamala Harris, and congressional candidate Andrew Janz spoke. Students marched around Fresno High holding signs and banners.
Gun violence in America is a problem. If the message presented today was a focus on all homicides across the nation, and an honest discussion of what would actually pass with a bipartisan effort, the event might have appeared more neutral. I have no doubt the organizers and Democrat speakers lacked the desire to appear neutral or have an honest dialogue on what would curb school shootings or criminal gun violence in America.
My recommendations as a conservative at the event to those who attended are as follows:
1. The Second Amendment is important! Do not be quick to ditch it.
The Second Amendment should not be “repealed and replaced” as one sign read today. Every Amendment in the Bill of Rights is essential to our daily lives. Allow changes to our founding documents and the youth will discover how we will become similar to those nations where citizens have no voice or rights. Perhaps that is the problem, America’s youth take our rights for granted.
2. Biased, One Sided: Majority of speakers today were from the Democrat party, their call for “bipartisan gun control” was a failure today.
They called on the election of Andrew Janz over Congressman Devin Nunes. Beyond the obvious speaker line-up today, which included a representative of Kamala Harris and Andrew Janz himself, the speakers were clear on ensuring everyone voted in June and November for Democrat candidates.
3. Gun violence is an issue in America, but not addressing gang violence, unsafe neighborhoods, and weakening of our laws allowing more criminals to fester is missing the bigger picture.
4. Stay away from traditional left wing talking points and chants.
Talking points advancing leftist agenda are repetitive and lose any sense of original thought if continuously repeated. Spoiler alert, we’ve heard “hey, hey, ho, ho, NRA has got to go” many times. Also, do not forget the NRA has millions of Americans as members. Another spoiler alert, Andrew Janz is a gun owner.
5. Stop! the profanity on signs in front of children.
Children do not need to be introduced to the F word or read “vagina” because women feminists think everyone at any age should know what it is. Any message can be delivered successfully without profane language.
6. If these deranged killers do not have a gun, they will find another method. All of the talk was about gun control sprinkled with additional mental health. Students please realize, if an evil person desires to do harm, they will do it by any means necessary.
7. Do not allow your message to be hijacked by radical organizations.
Some speakers today mentioned Ferguson and Trayvon Martin. Students remember, these two cases have nothing to do with school shootings, so please do not let anyone convince you that they have any relevance in this debate.
8. Fresno Police department is an example to all.
The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas was a systematic break down in law enforcement. Fresno Police Department has an outstanding relationship with Fresno Unified. If students, teachers, and local law enforcement work together, these tragic events will not happen in our community.