From The Left: America is Healing (Opinion)

March For Our Lives 2018 in downtown Reno.
March For Our Lives 2018 in downtown Reno. Image: Ty O’Neil

By Dave Mulligan

Standing in the center of the undulating crowd at the March For Our Lives in downtown Reno, I took in the hundreds — perhaps thousands — of passionately written signs. There was anger in them. There was bitterness and contempt in the words. It was the language of a society that has become absolutely fed up with itself; with what it has become. It was the language of revolution.

I read all of them and felt satisfaction, then lowered my gaze to the resolute faces of the men, women, and children who’d painted them. I felt proud of them for having gone to the trouble and marched out their front doors to do their part in helping right a wrong — a long-standing wrong that has led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent people.

March For Our Lives 2018 in downtown Reno.
March For Our Lives 2018 in downtown Reno. Image: Ty O’Neil

However, the most stirring things I witnessed at the March For Our Lives were the clipboards. Scores of volunteers strolled through the stirring crowd registering young people to vote. While the demonstrations and the speeches were moving, inspirational, and no doubt cathartic for the speakers, it was the proactive step of registering new voters that will have the most profound effect — perhaps tectonic in its ramifications — on American culture.

What is about to happen is going to drastically alter the political landscape of America and there are no doubt hundreds of politicians who are updating their resumes this morning.

It’s shameful that the “adults” in charge of America today have failed so profoundly by allowing the NRA to basically write the rules of how our country manages access to firearms and weapons of war. Today, after the March For Our Lives, every single politician in America will be judged by how much money they’ve accepted from the NRA. And also by the grade they’ve received from them. Congressmen with an “A” grade from the National Rifle Association are doomed. Those dollars they’ve received — often in the millions — are now considered to be dripping with the blood of school children and other innocent victims who’ve fallen over the decades.

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History was made on Saturday. America changed, and that change came from our children. Standing in the middle of it, breathing the air of revolution, is something I’ll never forget.

America is healing.


Dave Mulligan is a local Reno resident of over 25 years. He is a published author (Mulligan’s Wake), television producer and a left-leaning political activist (Masses Unite). He lives happily on the Truckee River and is the married father of three (his most important role, according to Dave).

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2 Comments

  1. Mr. Mulligan is using these horrid deaths to advance his left wing political agenda against the NRA. He is shameful in doing so. There have been zero school shoot-outs in Israel this year. There have been two school shoot-outs there in the last 40 years. Why? Because teachers who want to carry concealed weapons do carry them. Israelis are trained in the military just as lots and lots of Americans–me included–are similarly trained. Our politicians have served notice to every whacko with access to a gun that our school children are undefended and it would be open season if they want to go to a school and shoot. Perhaps we should take away Hillary Clinton’s armed guard. After all, it is the guarded politicians who are leaving our school children undefended. And when there is a shoot-out who do we call? We call men and women in blue armed with guns. Gee, I wonder why?

    Let’s get real in this debate. Let’s stop using our children to advance our political agendas. Let’s put some practical solutions on the table. Our children need them.

  2. I’m all for fixing the Problem with school shootings, but this isn’t the way to do it, you have to go a bit deeper, what triggers the shooter? Take guns out of the picture, the problem is still there, kids are smart enough to figure out an alternative, for example, the bomber who killed two, and there’s more, my point is ,if there’s a will there’s a way, what causes them people to kill, most likely anger, I’ve taken anger management courses, yes court ordered,, but you know what? They changed the way I think for the better, this gun stuff you’re all so stuck on is just a band aid, and we all know what happens to band aids,

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