Monday, February 19, 2018

The iGen Moves In

A Mass Shooting Generation Says Enough:

This is life for the children of the mass shooting generation. They were born into a world reshaped by the 1999 attack at Columbine High School in Colorado, and grew up practicing active shooter drills and huddling through lockdowns. They talked about threats and safety steps with their parents and teachers. With friends, they wondered darkly whether it could happen at their own school, and who might do it.
Now, this generation is almost grown up. And when a gunman killed 17 people this week at Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Fla., the first response of many of their classmates was not to grieve in silence, but to speak out. Their urgent voices — in television interviews, on social media, even from inside a locked school office as they hid from the gunman — are now rising in the national debate over gun violence in the aftermath of yet another school shooting.
While many politicians after the shooting were focused on mental health and safety, some vocal students at Stoneman Douglas High showed no reluctance in drawing attention to gun control.
They called out politicians over Twitter, with one student telling Senator Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican, “YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND.” Shortly after the shooting, Cameron Kasky, a junior at the school, and a few friends started a “Never Again” campaign on Facebook that shared stories and perspectives from other students who survived the rampage.
The reason people are scratching their heads over this sudden wave of activism and defiance is because it's a new generation. The IGeneration (born 2000-2019) is a completely new group of folks who have no affinity for or connection to the self-absorbed, klonopin-addled Millennials (1980-1999), the mid-life meltdown, cranky Gen Xers (1961-1979), or the pearl-clutching bitter, aging Boomers (1941-1960). Basically, anyone over the age of 18 who isn't doing anything to protect them while at school, they have no use for. It's a generation that's had enough of your duck and cover, code red, active shooter drills. They're not old enough to "remember a time when" school shootings rarely occurred; they just simply know this bullshit is wrong.

They find the oldsters tiresome, their arguments about "gun rights" boring, and worse their inaction to do anything about mass shootings reprehensible. They look at Washington and they see nothing but old geezers out of ideas and completely compromised in their beliefs. And apparently, they've had enough and are taking things into their own hands with a planned series of school walkouts over the next few months, openly defying politicians who are trying to use them for political capital, and completely giving the finger to the 2A gun nuts and all their money.

Frankly, if there is any hope in this horrific incident, it's that this next generation is getting woke. This might be the real "time's up" incident we remember as the beginning of the next generation to move in and finally do something about the social problem of mass shootings that the Boomers created, the Gen Xers ignored (because we were too busy being ironic), and the Millennials couldn't focus on (because whacked out on psychotropic meds).

This is my kids' generation. And I couldn't be more hopeful or proud.

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