The heated debate about firearms in America continues to polarize. Supporters of gun control have spun statistics and made spurious arguments about the intentions of our founding fathers in an attempt change opinions. Their opposition, though, isn’t above some pretty aggressive smear tactics, either, as this episode demonstrates.
Emma Gonzalez, a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student who survived the Parkland shooting on February 14, has been in the spotlight since the shooting, demanding reforms to the nation’s gun laws.
She recently appeared on the cover of Teen Vogue, holding holding a target. Now a video is circulating that shows her holding a copy of the Constitution and tearing it in half.
The original had her tearing the target while her stoic classmates looked on from behind her.
Teen Vogue tweeted the cover with with the caption: “We, the youth of the United States, have built a new movement to denounce gun violence and call for safety in all of our communities. This is only the beginning.”
Part of this new movement has been a smear campaign that targets the NRA. Their aggressive comments and accusations have been met in kind, though, by some who support the NRA and others who are defending their constitutionally protected rights.
— Adam Baldwin (@AdamBaldwin) March 24, 2018
As such, an unknown satirist replaced the target with a copy of the constitution.
The cover attracted a lot of attention from Trump followers and NRA supporters alike.
“Look at these little oppressors. I hope my daughter never lives in the world they imagine.”
“Oh no. You tore up a target. Wherever will we find more…paper?”
“Let the children lead us…into ripping a target in half and scowling.”
“I’m glad for the first time in human history people are against murder.”
“Gonzalez was one of the lead speakers [at the March For Our Lives] Saturday,” The Daily Mail writes. “She stood silent on stage for six minutes and 20 seconds – the same amount of time it took Nikolas Cruz, 19, to kill 17 or her classmates and injure 15 others with an AR-15 that he had obtained legally.”
Gonzalez walked out on the stage and stood silent for more than six minutes.
“Since the time that I came out here, it has been six minutes and 20 seconds. The shooter has ceased shooting and will soon abandon his rifle, blend in with the students as they escape, and walk free for an hour before arrest,” she said.