There are a number of ways that one might look at this, depending on the breadth of one’s perspective.
The friends that I learned were attending these rallies today are (and, I’m talking about people from teenagers to people in their sixties) for all intents and purposes, practically ignorant of the fact that the good ole U.S. of A. is responsible for 20-30 million deaths since WWII. One of the reasons for this is our current MSM that does not report the truth of what’s happening around the globe. What’s being reported is that “we’ve” got lots of enemies that are trying to cause us harm and take “our freedom(s)” away from us. A second is the geographical isolation of the U.S. from where these deaths are occurring. A third reason is that very few people read/watch anything but MSM outlets to learn what’s really taking place on foreign soil. – It’s almost like Americans naturally choose to be ignorant.
Back during Vietnam, body bags were continually arriving on planes; and, this was being covered by the MSM, eventually resulting in a massive anti-war movement. Nowadays, the arrival of body bags is suppressed; and, we’re given, instead, primarily news of killings within the country (unless it’s a false flag accusation of some Russian being assaulted or killed in Europe; or, some Navy SEAL’s death that can be used for internal propaganda purposes). But, then again, the U.S. now pays foreign fighters (essentially mercenaries) to fight in place of U.S. troops.
How many of these people protesting today about guns truly understand and care that our country was complicit in the more than 500,000 children who were starved to death in Iraq in the 1990s and that Madeleine Albright said their deaths were worth it (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0WDCYcUJ4o )?
To truly address the most critical problems facing our country today, one needs to look at where this trend toward gun violence is coming from (btw, I’m a Vietnam-era veteran). Our military, our federal government, and our MSM is to blame for much of this. Being a “warrior” is glorified. The military and the C.I.A. fund and provide equipment and consultation for many of the war movies being pumped out of our entertainment industry. The military has teamed up with the NFL and other sport venues to glorify itself. And, I would bet that if I dug into the funding of current and past popular, violent video games, I would find funding and consulting services provided by the military and intelligence agencies.
Face it. The U.S. is the current global hegemon that, since WWII, has been trying to rule all the nations of the world, often fomenting regime change in countries that dared to resist. But, soon this will end, as has been the fate of all empires that have never studied the lessons of history. At that point, we’ll have a lot more to protest about than a few local shootings carried out by evidently deranged individuals. And, that point, is likely not far off.