Authored by William Robert Barber
High school students (seemingly) believe that the solution to school shootings is to ban “assault weapons,” disallow magazines that hold more than ten rounds of ammo, and limit the purchase of rifles to citizens age 21 and over. Of course the advocates of these policies cannot define and distinguish an assault weapon from other high powered rifles. These very same, obviously, have never experienced life reliance on a rifle or pistol. They only have a cursory understanding of weapons, deriving their knowledge thereof from movies and the media.
Students are incentivized into action by their teachers who are often enough naïve, ignorant, and arrogant. They view the world from within the protective bubble of academia. Such erudition fashions a childlike perception that initiates a mindset of persistent delusional offerings. Students accordingly mimic and align. However, the sum is more a definitive example of a thoroughgoing contrariety steeped in the creation of numerous factoids so to facilitate contrarianism for the simple sake of the being inverse.
The subject of school shootings has evolved into Trump-hating wherein the NRA is the nasty culprit, and conservatives the enemy of the enlightened.
Persuasion exists to harness consensus. Persuasion requires the unabridged use of multiple ideological sources. The essence of an at-liberty society is the right of expression. This right is an individualist exercise of free will, an act intrinsically vested into one’s liberty and freedom. One’s persuasion may fail to harness consensus; nonetheless, one’s right to persuade is fundamental in a representative government.
It is the students, the tenured erudite, the bureaucrats of academia and their supporting cast of liberal progressives that deny conservative or independent speech. They call such speech, “hate speech,” and refuse to allow dissemination.
The supposition is that wonks and future wonks know best…