Will the Anaheim BROS Join the Stoneman Douglas High School Students?


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At the last 2016 city council debate held at the Arab-American Community Center on Beach Boulevard, among the public there was a good number of young people, which was a refreshing and encouraging scene. Many of them were members of the Anaheim High School organizations called BROS and CROWN  (Civically Raising Opportunities for Women).

Months later I saw some pictures of these groups doing community work, cleaning up a park. I believe it was done as a civic response to the negative image presented by some media of the students involved in the Palais Street neighborhood incident, in which an off duty LA police officer confronted a student stepping into his lawn with a gun.

In this blog we have had long discussions on this issue of gun safety (see here).We can add to the counter-arguments for restricting the use of the AR-15 that nuclear arms are much more lethal, and that we are not doing much nowadays to destroy them. Also some people buying these of type of machine-gun weapons do it not for the purpose of attacking innocent victims like school- children, but in the event the social order breaks down, the “survivalist” crowd.

Whether these more modern type of arguments plus the constitutional right to bear arms impede a logical revision of this issue, we need to move on to avoid more massacres due to these machine-guns type of arms being used.The Parkland students in  the video make a strong argument to urgently and seriously address gun safety. I hope students across this land, including Anaheim, join them.


About Ricardo Toro

Anaheim resident for several decades. In addition to political blogging, another area of interest is providing habitats for the Monarch butterfly. http://www.orangejuiceblog.com/2013/12/caterpillars-crossing-in-a-city-at-a-crossroads/