I'm sure it'll come as no surprise to my readers to learn that the whole thing was Astroturfed. Daniel Greenfield has more.
March for Our Lives is on every cable channel, but who runs it? The photogenic teen fronts are out front. But it’s obvious to everyone that a bunch of teens don’t have the resources and skills to coordinate a nationwide movement. Instead it’s the experienced activists who are actually running things.
The March for Our Lives Fund is incorporated as a 501(c)(4). Donations to 501(c)(4) groups are not tax-deductible. And they don’t have to disclose donors. That’s why they’re a great dark money conduit.
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March for Our Lives is funded by Hollywood celebs, it’s led by a Hollywood producer and its finances are routed through an obscure tax firm in the Valley. Its treasurer and secretary are Washington D.C. pros. And a top funder of gun control agendas is also one of its directors.
None of this has much to do with Parkland. The mass shooting by a mentally ill man who should have been committed and arrested long before he carried out his massacre was a political opportunity.
Now that opportunity is being exploited to the hilt by a professional class of political activists.
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That’s what an illegitimate lobby thwarting the will of the people really looks like.
Instead of March for Our Lives, maybe it’s time to March for the Truth?
There's more at the link.
The sheer speed and efficiency with which this whole organization emerged out of nowhere is telling in itself. Aaron observes:
Interestingly enough, checking the Delaware Corporations filings, you can see that within 7 days of the Parkland shooting, on February 21 the March for Our Lives Foundation, the March For Our Lives Action Fund ... were incorporated. The March for our Lives Lodging LLC soon followed on March 2 (you have to wonder what that one is for exactly - providing hotel space for activists perhaps?), and were all setup as Delaware companies.
If you think a bunch of teenagers set these up, that quickly, there's a lovely bridge in Brooklyn up for sale woth a special deal just for you. On top of that there was a very, very quick 501(c)4 filing to allow donations without disclosing the identifies of the donors. Kids did not set these up.
Professionals setup the Delaware corps and did the IRS elections, not your average teen that just learned to stop eating Tide Pods.
Again, more at the link.
I think I know exactly what's been going on. The anti-gun organizations and activists knew that, sooner or later, another mass shooting would occur. They proceeded to set up their plans, make their arrangements, have draft legal documents filed on standby, and have funds ready for action the instant it did. That's how they got all this organized so quickly - they were organized in advance. "Spontaneous demonstrations by schoolchildren"? My fundamental jujube they were! That's BS from start to finish.
However, we need to learn from what's just happened. The enemies of our human and constitutional rights are ready, eager and waiting for the next such event. They'll seek to build on the momentum they've just established, and chip away even more of our rights. If we sit back and wait, they'll swamp news and social media with their perspective before we can so much as say "Boo!"
We have to organize too. We need to be as ready as the anti-gunners to get our point of view out there, to combat their falsehoods and half-truths, and make sure our voices are heard just as loudly as theirs. That'll be difficult, with most of the news media on their side . . . but we have to make the effort, or see our rights slowly but steadily eroded into dust. No-one else will do it if we don't.