Kids Take To Streets And Twitter To Demand Action On Gun Control (VIDEO/TWEETS)

The cover photo for the
The cover photo for the "Never Again" Facebook page

Ever since the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, overwhelming support for common-sense reform of our gun laws has run into a seemingly immovable object–the National Rifle Association. Like clockwork, the NRA warns that any lawmakers who vote to close loopholes in our gun laws will be severely punished at the polls–and it has the money to ensure that isn’t an idle threat.

Wednesday’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida appeared to be more of the same. But students who have grown up having to prepare for someone bursting into their schools with a gun aren’t taking this lying down.

Senator Marco Rubio, whose home in Miami is just a short drive from Douglas High, found this out the hard way. On Thursday, he took to the Senate floor and claimed that no law currently on the books would have kept Nikolas Cruz from killing 17 people. Watch here.

One of the students who survived, junior Sarah Chadwick, was having none of it.

The pushback actually began literally within hours of Cruz finally being taken down. Donald Trump offered a boilerplate “thoughts and prayers” tweet within hours of the shooting.

Several Douglas students let it be known they were having none of it. One of them was Chadwick, who called Trump a “f***ing price (sic) of s**t” in a now-deleted tweet. Some of her classmates were equally blunt.

Another classmate, Cameron Kasky, wasted little time after getting home starting a Facebook page called “Never Again,” which has already attracted 32,700 followers. Largely due to their efforts, the hashtags “#NeverAgain” and “#DouglasStrong” have been heavily trending on social media.

The students have also let it be known that they aren’t shutting up any time soon.

Right-wing pundit Tomi Lahren found that out the hard way when she begged the nation to give Parkland a chance to heal.

The survivors loudly told her that they aren’t just grieving–they’re acting, and they’re acting now.

So did right-wing culture jammer Mark Dice. When he told kids that they should have called 911 rather than post video of the carnage as it happened, Chadwick and classmate Connor Dietrich tore him apart.

That effort isn’t going unnoticed. Students at nearby South Broward High School in Hollywood staged a protest on Friday in solidarity with their compatriots in Parkland. Students around the country have organized walkouts to protest the NRA-imposed inertia in Washington, with a big one planned for sometime this week.

At least one other walkout has already been scheduled for later this spring.

Everytown for Gun Safety was so overwhelmed with information requests from students that it has launched a student-focused group, Students Demand Action.

This is nothing short of inspirational. It’s going to be awfully hard for the NRA to effectively combat this in the long run. After all, this can’t be dismissed as mere librul-influenced astroturf.

Admittedly, it may take awhile to get meaningful changes past this Congress and this president. But if these kids hammer away long enough, they may eventually be able to kick the proverbial door in.

(featured image courtesy Never Again’s Facebook)

Darrell is a 30-something graduate of the University of North Carolina who considers himself a journalist of the old school. An attempt to turn him into a member of the religious right in college only succeeded in turning him into the religious right's worst nightmare--a charismatic Christian who is an unapologetic liberal. His desire to stand up for those who have been scared into silence only increased when he survived an abusive three-year marriage. You may know him on Daily Kos as Christian Dem in NC. Follow him on Twitter @DarrellLucus or connect with him on Facebook. Click here to buy Darrell a Mello Yello.