At the March For Our Lives, I Only Saw Blame Placed on the NRA — Not the Shooter or Authorities’ Failures

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On Saturday, thousands took to the streets in Washington, D.C., and around the country to partake in the March For Our Lives. Hundreds of protesters carried signs of all types, from serious ones to ones with the “distracted boyfriend” meme on it.

While the signs and chants varied, there was one thing in common: Almost none, if not none at all, placed blame on the shooter or the government officials responsible for serving and protecting the Parkland community.

After all, survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting organized the rally, and it was being done in the victims’ memory.

Lest we forget, alleged shooter Nikolas Cruz was known to the FBI and very well-known to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, and not for good reasons. In addition, while the shooting was actively happening for over six minutes, Deputy Scot Peterson ran away from the building and told responding law enforcement to stay away.

Peterson then initially lied about how he thought the shooting was taking place outside, but radio transmissions showed that was not the case.

Not to mention, in some other mass shootings, like the Orlando nightclub shooter and the Las Vegas shooter, they were known to federal authorities to varying degrees.

But if you somehow were unaware of the background regarding the multiple failures at the levels of the local, state, and federal government, the rally and its attendees would have you believe the National Rifle Association and its allied politicians were the ones who were responsible for the shootings.

Sign after sign, chant after chant that I heard all said the NRA and people associated with the organization had blood on their hands.

The speakers at the rally heavily focused on the NRA, guns, and pro-gun lawmakers:

Did a gun play a role in Parkland? Absolutely, but it was not the only factor, and Cruz was only able to carry out his attack after those who are supposed to keep communities safe failed and did not follow through on protocol.

Of course, it is possible there were signs and chants from rallygoers that were against Cruz — I am just one person — but the overwhelming majority weren’t focused on the people who did not stop Cruz, or people like him, even though they were warned.

What do you think?

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