Last month, several major U.S. cities saw anti-gun activists take to the streets in protests called March For Our Lives, supporting gun control measures in the wake of the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. This weekend, similar minds are hosting a second round of events, this time billed as Town Halls For Our Lives — organized by the Town Hall Project website which is the brain child of former Hillary Clinton campaign staffer, Jimmy Dahman.
The Town Hall Project is funded by a left leaning coalition compromised of groups such as NextGen America, the Center for American Progress (CAP), and Organizing For Action (led by former President Obama). The Florida Sun Sentinel reported that the event has also secured the participation of Florida Democrats Ted Deutch, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Frederica Wilson. The Town Hall For Our Lives event is the capstone in a week of state wide gun control forums.
The Sentinel reported:
On Twitter, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student David Hogg and others in the student-led #NeverAgain movement called on allied to organize the town halls, to be held during the current congressional recess that ends April 9. The idea, Hogg wrote, is for supporters to meet with lawmakers directly and push for gun reforms ahead of November’s midterm elections. “Call your rep today to organize it and they refuse to show up, just invite their opponent,” Hogg tweeted on March 26.
The Town Hall Project website lists 525 planned for the week leading up to the April 9 recess, and the events expand beyond Florida into states like Michigan where one was planned in the district of republican congressman Justin Amash. Students claimed to have invited Amash, receiving a refusal due to his attendance of Orthodox Holy Saturday events with his family. Two of his opponents in the upcoming election are scheduled to attend.
According to some sources who have attended these events, Town Hall Project is handing out t-shirts, buttons and other paraphernalia including talking points based on agendas for CAP and another Progressive group called Indivisible. The website also coaches student activists on how to organize protests and promote them through social media.
Protests like these have received significant criticism for being backed and organized by adults in the Progressive movement rather than the grass roots student-led call to action that is claimed— with Parkland activists like Hogg in particular getting push back for being a puppet of the left. Pro second amendment parkland student Kyle Kashuv and Hogg have been exchanging argumentative tweets since both gained national media attention in the aftermath of the attack on their school. No word on whether Kashuv has been invited to participate in these forums to express an alternative perspective.
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