Are Fairfax County students pawns in a Second Amendment game of chess? Are their parents the knights? Teachers the bishops? Schools the castles? Who are the King and Queen?
Visualize the pieces on a chessboard. Pawns are the front line of attack, protecting the pieces behind them. They are the most numerous. And they are expendable.
In the aftermath of the Parkland, FL school shooting, a â€œstudent-ledâ€ movement was birthed. How could students organize so quickly nationwide walkouts on March 14, and then mass rallies 10 days later? Seemingly overnight, coordination around the country was put in place to get students whatever they needed to demand safe schools.
This is not a student-led movement. It is a movement that leads students.
The March For Our Lives Fund is a 501(c)(4) organization, meaning donations are not tax-deductible and donors are not disclosed. Tax-deductible contributions can be sent to March For Our Lives â€“ Everytown Support Fund; anti-gun activist and former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg founded and funded Everytown.
The March 24 rally in Washington, DC supposedly was organized by students from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in FL. The permit application was filed by Deena Katz, a Los Angeles-based television producer and co-executive director of the Womenâ€™s March Los Angeles Foundation. She signed the application as president of the March For Our Lives Action Fund, which is incorporated in Delaware.
So whatâ€™s the connection with the FL students who have suffered a terrible tragedy, who have been swept up from their hometown grief to the national stage, and who have overnight media sensations in David Hogg and Emma Gonzales? The Parkland shooting and surviving students are ready-made for exploitation by political activists. To be clear, I am not discounting the studentsâ€™ grief, not at all. My sympathies for them are only compounded when I consider that they — at least to the political Left — are convenient pawns.
Consider how students have been used as pawns by tyrannical political movements: Chinaâ€™s failed leader, Mao Zedong, mobilized Chinaâ€™s student population to restore him to power after he had destroyed the countryâ€™s economy. Adolph Hitler mobilized â€œHitler Youthâ€ aged 10 â€“ 18 to advance his political agenda. The Young Pioneer youth movement took root in many Communist countries during the last century â€“ and even in the United States as part of the Communist Party USA.
We dare not forget history, lest we be doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past. Once again, it would appear thatÂ youth are being recruited to advance an organized and dangerous political agenda against the Second Amendment.
Another international day of anti-gun protest is planned for April 20 to commemorate the Columbine High School shooting 19 years ago. Websites, sponsors, media personalities, t-shirts, transportation, talking points, coordinated slogans and oft-repeated phrases for signage all are coming together rapidly and seamlessly.
So who are the King and Queen on the chessboard? We may never know. But by observing and learning who is funding and helping to organize mass student mobilizations, we can try to protect students from being played as pawns.
These nationwide student protests are community organizing on a grand scale. And who knows community organizing better than someone like Valerie Jarrett, a longtime confidante to former President Barack Obama. On March 24, Jarrett tweeted alongside her photo with David Hogg: â€œGreat to meet David Hogg who helped organize #MarchForOurLives. The beginning of our marathon.â€
The beginning of whose marathon, Valerie?
Also published in the Fairfax County Times