Trump changes tune on gun control?

Probably not by a lot, but it may cause some mild heartburn in the National Rifle Association and the Republican politicians it supports.

Donald Trump supports ‘improved gun background checks’, White House announces

Well, there’s not much to the story, no details on how much improvement to background checks is being considered, beyond the usual “You don’t look like you’re a mass murderer, so let me sell you  several assault rifles”. I think nothing less than a full, independent psychiatric examination, at the applicant’s own expense, suffices. But that will never happen. After all, not many Republican members of Congress could pass that, loons that they are.

But there has been an interesting development, beyond the usual thoughts and prayers typically offered meaninglessly in an effort to pretend concern while getting away with doing fuck all.

Florida shooting: Children from school where 17 killed lead gun control movement, telling Trump ‘we will be the change’

Children campaigning for gun control in the wake of the Florida school shooting have “more moral clarity than the entire United States House of Representatives”, a senator has said.

Teens caught up in last week’s attack, which left 14 students and three staff members dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, are waging a campaign to change gun laws, saying “it’s time for victims to be the change” if adults will not act.

They plan a nationwide “March for our Lives” and say they feel “neglected” by adults, criticising politicians on both sides of the aisle who have taken donations from the National Rifle Association (NRA).

So. Can they actually teach their parents, pastors and representatives a lesson? Their parents won’t support candidates who vote for gun control; their pastors are as likely to abuse them sexually; and their representatives don’t give a damn who gets killed by a gun nut, because they are in the NRA’s pocket.

I have my doubts whether high school kids can organise this sort of national uprising, but maybe with the right support, from decent citizens other than the usual Congressional riff-raff, something can be made of it. Bon chance!

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