This weekend saw high schoolers across the nation celebrate their graduations, a landmark moment in their lives and the beginning of their struggle of trying to achieve their dreams without being dragged down by the crushing burden of student loan debt that our normal nation dumps on nearly everyone who seeks higher education.
But missing from the celebrations are the dozens of students who lost their lives to America’s obsession with firearms, gunned down by their own peers with weapons that they absolutely should not have been able to acquire.
The students from Stoneman-Marjory Douglas high school in Parkland, Florida, felt the loss worse than most, having lost seventeen of their fellow students to a massacre on Valentine’s Day of this year.
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The surviving students, many of whom have become prominent gun reform activists in the wake of their traumatizing ordeal, honored their lost peers on graduation day – and one in particular, David Hogg, made a powerful symbolic protest with his graduation cap:
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) June 3, 2018
The price tag and the number on it depict the amount of money the National Rifle Association has funneled to the campaign war chest of Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who has repaid the blood-profiteering murder lobby by using his votes to stymie any and every attempt to pass some kind of common sense gun reform legislation in Congress.
Nearly 1,300 kids between the ages of 0 to 17 have lost their lives or been brutally injured by guns so far just this year – an absolutely unacceptable price to pay so that a tiny segment of the country can live out their absurd Rambo fantasies in their safe and segregated suburbs.
Kudos to David Hogg for using his graduation to take a stand for the right thing. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for this bright young man and his determined comrades.