Right Wing Conservative writer Kimberly Ross’ article in RedState shocked me. She has gone from disparaging the Parkland kids to attacking their parents.
Dear Parkland Parents: It’s Time For You To Step In
I have no problem with these kids talking about their experiences and demanding change. I have every problem with the free pass they’ve been given as they label NRA supporting legislators and actual members “kid killers”, among other things. I have a problem with their lack of basic knowledge about guns and gun laws while chiding Second Amendment supporters for possessing weapons and using them in accordance with established law. But I have already written about those frustrations.
Now, it’s time for their parents to step in. In the beginning, when it was obvious that a select few Parkland students could get away with saying anything during media appearances, I wondered, “where are their parents?” The answer has always been, “they’re standing right there, watching events unfold, and basking in the pseudo-celebrity of their children.”
Frankly, it’s gross.I don’t expect the parents of these kids to chide them on national television. I would hope, however, that they relay the truth to them in private, point out how their growing, and quite bloated, sense of entitlement is unhealthy, and discuss how the problem isn’t weaponry, but internal and a matter of the heart. I would encourage them to chastize their teenagers for unfairly labeling individuals as blood-stained accomplices to a tragedy simply by believing in a long-established right.
But I know I’m asking too much.The parents of these newly-minted anti-gun crusaders only want this to keep going, no matter what it looks like or costs their kids in the future. They don’t care that they’re pushing their kids onto the national stage when they’re not intellectually or emotionally mature enough. They’re political stage moms/dads who want to live vicariously through their activist offspring.And it is grotesque.