While the student activists from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida have been lauded for their determination and the inspirational leadership that culminated in hundreds of thousands of people around the world joining in the March For Our Lives yesterday, they have also been the targets of attacks by right-wing advocates of the revisionist interpretation of the 2nd Amendment that belies the original intent of the framers of the constitution.
A particularly malicious attack of fallacious propaganda has been circulating using a doctored image of one of the most high profile of the Parkland survivors, Emma González.
González posed recently along with other Parkland classmates for a Teen Vogue cover photo shoot. The photos that were taken for the magazine depict the teens standing and glaring at the camera tenaciously as González holds and then tears up a sheet of paper emblazoned with a circular target, as the gif in the tweet below shows.
"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." @Emma4Change pens a searing op-ed on this generation's plans to make change: https://t.co/MV34GJgrdI #NeverAgain pic.twitter.com/FWTpOD1WKL
— Teen Vogue (@TeenVogue) March 23, 2018
Once the images from the photo shoot began to circulate, some NRA-inspired wingnut decided to steal the images to create his alternate reality version of the pictures, photoshopping in the Constitution where the target was to illustrate their opinion on how the Parkland students’ campaign to prevent further needless assault rifle massacres was an attack on what they see as their 2nd Amendment rights to own as many weapons of war and mass destruction as they want.
I'm interested to hear what US citizens think of this photo where Emma Gonzalez is ripping up The Constitution? pic.twitter.com/B5HTNKuRqV
— LΞIGH (@LeighStewy) March 24, 2018
While one has to admire the Photoshop skills of the person who altered the original images (it isn’t easy filling in an uneven, irregularly-shaped object like that paper), the dishonesty of the NRA-loving, probable Russian troll who circulated the fake picture is as immoral as the cause that they are supporting.
Luckily, a sharp-eyed professor saw the phony photo and pointed out the fraudulent nature of the shot in a side by side comparison with the original.
Justy a sample of what NRA supporters are doing to teenagers who survived a massacre (real picture on the right). pic.twitter.com/czX7IHD8ur
— Don Moynihan (@donmoyn) March 25, 2018
And they wonder why people call them deplorable.
Despite the attacks by pea-brained arms-lovers who value their guns more than other people’s lives, Emma González and the other Parkland teens are determined to continue their #NeverAgain crusade, and riding the wave of yesterday’s March For Our Lives, they have a momentum with a velocity that the NRA and its testosterone-filled followers will have a difficult time stopping, no matter how low they stoop.