On Thursday, conservative actor Adam Baldwin attacked actor Bill Murray for comparing students who survived the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida to protesters who ended the Vietnam War.
“Isn’t the Viet Nam war the one where students spat on America’s military returning home,” the “Firefly” star tweeted.
Isn’t the Viet Nam war the one where students spat on America’s military returning home?https://t.co/MBv5hZEe3q
— Adam Baldwin (@AdamBaldwin) March 22, 2018
In an editorial for NBC News, Murray argued that “Vietnam is one of the most wonderful places to go in the world” mostly because “(i)f you can just stop shooting at them, they really do pretty well.”
“We are living in interesting times, and people are becoming politically activated who weren’t previously,” Murray began his op-ed.
“I was thinking, looking at the kids in Parkland, Florida who have started these anti-gun protests, that it really was the students that began the end of the Vietnam War. It was the students who made all the news, and that noise started, and then the movement wouldn’t stop. I think, maybe, this noise that those students in Florida are making — here, today — will do something of the same nature.
“You’ve got to surround a deeply political issue like gun control or a war, to come at it from every single direction. You can’t just focus on one thing, or aim for just the one goal,” he continued.
“Ending the Vietnam war (sic) was not a simple thing, either: You had to make sure that all our people were safe; we had to make sure that they were as safe as you could be. And, you might remember, people thought it was going to be the end of the world if we lost Vietnam. But that war had to stop.”
I like Bill Murray as an actor, but I do not share his flawed politics and unrealistic views. It saddens me that he is trying to influence people and know what happened in Russia, Germany, Asia, South America and Africa. Guns confiscated and as a result, hundreds of millions slaughtered by their governments.
This school sponsored, traditional education, single issue, gun control, disguised as a concerned student march against societal violence, has no positive takeaways. The problems are a single issue, gun control won’t fix the multiple issue problem, societal violence. Schools aren’t in the business of activism and teaching activism.
If these students understood the real issues, they would be marching to advance student success outcomes for all students and to eliminate the student education achievement/skills gap, which contributes to societal violence. In THIS specific situation, there are no positives. The “war” these kids are fighting is against their own constitutional rights because they are too ignorant to even understand them.
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