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Thu Feb 22, 2018, 09:26 PM

Another amazing, articulate Parkland student on why this time is different & they won't be stopped

Interview with Delaney Tarr. I've seen her photo in groups but had not heard her speak. She is as extraordinary as the other Parkland students we've heard, and is very insightful about what is different this time and why it can bring change.

"A week ago, Delaney Tarr was thinking about prom. Now she’s trying to change gun laws."
“We are teenagers who have nothing to lose.”
by Jen Kirby

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Tarr says she and other Parkland activists are taking as many opportunities as possible to talk to politicians and the public through social media. They are using what power they have for now, until they can go to the polls themselves.

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It is surreal, this movement that began not even a week ago, Tarr says. She and others are still trying to navigate the world of activism, even as they’re sure of the message. They will take a bus hundreds of miles to Tallahassee to speak with legislators, and to rally. They will join a CNN town hall for a dialogue on gun control. Next month, they march on Washington, DC.

“We are still, of course, grieving, and we do lash out at moments,” Tarr says. “But ultimately, we are not making this a partisan issue. We are making this, like I said, a life-or-death issue.”

Tarr says she and other Parkland activists are taking as many opportunities as possible to talk to politicians and the public through social media. They are using what power they have for now, until they can go to the polls themselves.

Jen Kirby:
What is motivating you to take on this advocacy now?

Delaney Tarr:
For starters, getting shot at is a big motivator for trying to prevent that from happening again. But this has always been an issue that needs to be fixed. It’s been decades of us just not doing anything about the gun legislation. People have tried to act out, but ultimately, we are given this platform.

The media is paying attention to us, we have social media at our advantage, and we are educated, we are loud. It’s just giving us this chance to promote such advocacy that hasn’t been able to be promoted before.

Jen Kirby:
What do you think it is about this group of students in this particular moment that feels like a break from the past?

Delaney Tarr:
There’s a whole array of factors that have played into us making this a different change because if you look at previous shootings, say Columbine was the first, so it wasn’t as much of a push; there wasn’t as much technology for them to use to their advantage.

Sandy Hook, unfortunately, was the children who passed. So ultimately it wasn’t the victims speaking up for themselves. It was the parents trying to make a difference. But we are teenagers who have nothing to lose. We don’t have jobs to protect. We don’t have anything that we need to conserve right now. We are just teenagers who were victims, and we are ready to speak out.

We are lucky enough to come from a very affluent neighborhood. We go to an amazing school that’s been giving us so many opportunities to learn about government, to learn about policy, to learn about social issues. We have so many clubs and classes dedicated to this type of thing, so we know what we’re talking about. And we’ve always been ready to speak out about it, but this has hit so close to home that we have to speak out about this, right now.

Jen Kirby:
It sounded a bit as if you guys might have already been pretty politically active — if that’s the right word.

Delaney Tarr:
It’s absolutely true. One of our members of the House of Representatives, Ted Deutch, he actually came down just weeks before [the shooting] to speak to us because we’ve been so politically involved. So many of us are in politics clubs. So many of us are in AP government.

We dedicate ourselves to this. We dedicate ourselves to learning about this. So we are in a place where we are lucky enough to know what to say, to know what to talk about, and to know what changes need to be made. And it’s sad to think about us being lucky at a time like this, but we have the ability to do something that others may not.

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There is much more here, and it's well worth the read. A lot of things I haven't heard said before that provide insight and hope.

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/2/20/17031050/florida-shooting-parkland-advocacy-gun-control-delaney-tarr

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Reply Another amazing, articulate Parkland student on why this time is different & they won't be stopped (Original post)
Amaryllis Feb 2018 OP
TheSmarterDog Feb 2018 #1
Lucinda Feb 2018 #3
Phoenix61 Feb 2018 #4
Lucinda Feb 2018 #2
Amaryllis Feb 2018 #7
RainCaster Feb 2018 #10
quartz007 Feb 2018 #5
bobbieinok Feb 2018 #6
spike91nz Feb 2018 #8
Laura PourMeADrink Feb 2018 #9
Amaryllis Feb 2018 #11
scarletwoman Feb 2018 #12
orleans Feb 2018 #13
Amaryllis Feb 2018 #15
blake2012 Feb 2018 #16
DeminPennswoods Feb 2018 #14

Response to Amaryllis (Original post)

Thu Feb 22, 2018, 09:35 PM

1. Can we just pick up the entire FL legislature & dump them in the swamp

 

Then replace them with these kids?

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Response to TheSmarterDog (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 22, 2018, 09:36 PM

3. Not just the FL legislature...

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Response to TheSmarterDog (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 22, 2018, 09:40 PM

4. If only. My hope is we will vote the swamp out and

if we don't they will. They are an amazing group of young people. I guess once you have lived through thinking you are going to die there's not anything left to scare you.

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Response to Amaryllis (Original post)

Thu Feb 22, 2018, 09:36 PM

2. Thank you! Excellent interview.

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Response to Lucinda (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 22, 2018, 09:45 PM

7. It was really hard to figure out which part to post because it was all so excellent. Was

interesting to find out that they were already very knowledgeable about and involved in politics. Almost like all the pieces were in place for them to push the tipping point.

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Response to Amaryllis (Reply #7)

Thu Feb 22, 2018, 11:44 PM

10. The NRA will regret that this school was chosen

These kids are smart, eloquent and have a very good understanding of how DC works. Can we just vote them straight into office?

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Response to Amaryllis (Original post)

Thu Feb 22, 2018, 09:43 PM

5. The corrupt politicians addicted to NRA $$$

 

will not cave for some students who are too young to vote and can't match NRA money. So, as a stark realist, I expect nothing much to change. Which means I must learn to defend myself against a crazed gun nut firing wildly at anything that moves. Can't wait for the cops to arrive 10 minutes later.

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Response to Amaryllis (Original post)

Thu Feb 22, 2018, 09:44 PM

6. Thanks for link to this analysis of Parkland shooting

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Response to Amaryllis (Original post)

Thu Feb 22, 2018, 11:22 PM

8. Parkland

Whatever Parkland is doing they are succeeding at producing intelligent and eloquent students for a world that sorely needs them. These are sharp kids who understand the hypocrisy they face. They provide an opportunity for optimism about the possible paths into the future.

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Response to Amaryllis (Original post)

Thu Feb 22, 2018, 11:40 PM

9. Sad that all students everywhere don't benefit

from the affluent school system she was raised in. Tragedy aside...I am now in Texas and have nieces who graduated in the top of their classes in high school. There is no way on Earth they would be so informed and articulate. They barely know anything about what's going on in the world. One of them thought Chicago was a state.

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Response to Amaryllis (Original post)

Fri Feb 23, 2018, 12:29 AM

12. It's very cool to learn that these students were already politically active and aware!

Thank you for posting this!

It sounds like that school was doing an excellent job of educating those young people.

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Response to Amaryllis (Original post)

Fri Feb 23, 2018, 01:40 AM

13. i just want to add a video with this girl

who, imo, is awesome



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Response to orleans (Reply #13)

Fri Feb 23, 2018, 09:05 PM

15. Stunningly awesome! Wow. THanks for posting. THey are formidable in their honesty and

candor. Talking points are no match for this.

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Response to orleans (Reply #13)

Fri Feb 23, 2018, 09:26 PM

16. these people are amazing

 

It is all coming together so well for these bright, articulate (and let's not underestimate the importance of this in our age) telegenic young people.

One can see how some country rube clinging to his Bible and guns wants to believe this is all a setup. This is the Black Swan event the NRA was unprepared for.

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Response to Amaryllis (Original post)

Fri Feb 23, 2018, 02:35 AM

14. It's like we now have 3000 or more Rude Pundits

telling it like it is and not mincing any words.

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