It’s hard not to notice how much CNN is reveling in the outrage from students who survived the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, on Wednesday. Since the horrifying moments many watched as their classmates died, CNN has been interviewing them and posting their stories to send messages to Congress and President Trump to stop the endless cycle of violence. And the students have delivered as if the script were written for them.
Their outrage is more than understandable after witnessing a mass shooting and fearing for their lives, but it’s shameful that CNN, and many other leftist outlets, would exploit them over and over again online and on-air to push the media’s gun control agenda.
CNN’s Dakin Andone published a collection on Friday of the student’s emotional pleas. He writes:
They should be worrying about their grades or where they're going to college. Instead, the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in South Florida were shot at, packed into closets to avoid the unrelenting spray of bullets and ushered out of their classrooms -- hands above their heads, by police in military-style gear.
As the nation grapples with the mass shooting in Parkland, the young survivors of Wednesday's massacre have raised their voices in outrage to demand action from lawmakers, from President Donald Trump, and from any other adult with power who can do something to make this stop.
One of the videos of a female student interviewed by Don Lemon shows her saying, “I just want people to stop talking about it and then not doing anything… What are thoughts and prayers going to do when people are already dead?”
A male senior, David Hogg, said:
“What we really need is action, because we can say, yes, we’re going to do all these things — thoughts and prayers. What we need more than that is action. Please! This is the 18th [school shooting] this year. That’s unacceptable! We’re children. You guys are, like, the adults. You need to take some action and play a role.”
A junior at the school told CNN, “I’m not trying to take everybody's guns away, but there was a 19-year-old who legally bought an AR-15, which is a weapon of war… I think there needs to be a lot more regulations put on guns and it needs to be a lot harder to get them.”
CNN is more than happy to talk to these kids and share their stories without providing any counter point or bothering to find a student who believes gun control isn’t the answer. In driving a narrative, exploit, exploit, exploit is the name of the game.