Editor: While attending the March for Our Lives demonstration in Washington on Saturday, I was particularly struck by a statement made by one of the young, courageous speakers at the event. He said, “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.”
It immediately brought to mind the letter written by Chris Manthos published in last week’s Loudoun Now. Mr. Manthos opened his letter by commending the students of Loudoun for their civic action, then focused the rest of his letter on how misguided their intentions are. He implied that they were naïve dupes who were being used by the “establishment” to sell T-shirts bearing “well-worn” slogans. His contempt for these students could not have been more obvious.
Mr. Manthos claims that “a mob of adults is trying to cover their establishment rear-ends by blaming government” for the death and carnage that ensued after the mass shooting in Parkland, FL. But then he himself goes on to blame the school district, Florida’s Department of Children and Families, Broward County Sheriff’s Office, the onsite deputy and the FBI. But he did not blame guns. Nowhere in his letter did he mention the word gun.
Americans are asking for common sense gun laws, nothing more. The children and teens who have been placed (incredibly) in the position of speaking for the adults have made it clear that nothing less than a ban on assault weapons will suffice. Mr. Manthos states, he “wants to ask these students directly if they have the creepy feeling of being played by adults” and then blatantly tries to manipulate them by insinuating that enacting common sense gun laws will inevitably lead to the abolishment of their civil liberties, including the right to free speech, freedom of religion, and unreasonable search and seizure by the government. Don’t kid yourself, Mr. Manthos. These kids know exactly who’s trying to play them, and to use one of their so-called well-worn slogans, “We call B.S.”
These students are calling for a ban on assault weapons. That is what they stand for and they will not fall for lame arguments supporting their sale and ownership. If your “fun” is being infringed upon by not being able to own an assault weapon, then maybe you should ask the Sandy Hook parents who buried their six-year olds how much fun they’re having.
Susan Curry, Leesburg