City-Turned-Warzone Wastes Taxpayer Money on Anti-Gun Field Trip
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***Like college hoops? Join AAN’s Bracket Challenge TODAY. Play for free. You could win a $200 Amazon gift card!***The city of Baltimore – one of the most dangerous in the United States – is spending a substantial sum of money to "combat" gun violence, by busing protesters to Washington, D.C.
Baltimore announced that they plan to provide 60 free buses to take students from city schools to the March for Our Lives protest in Washington, D.C. on March 24, which was organized by activists after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Lakeland, Florida.
The total cost? $100,000 in taxpayer dollars.
The local Baltimore Sun newspaper slammed the decision – demanding to know why Baltimore is sending students to protest mass shootings elsewhere when the city reported its highest homicide rate ever in 2017.
"Marches are normally 'bottom up,'" wrote Sun columnist Lynda C. Lambert. She added, "Governments do not sponsor marches, unless that government is, say, the government of China or Russia or North Korea, where governments sponsor marches all the time that show how much the people support their governments."
"When governments get involved, the whole tenor of the march changes," she continued. "That's why Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh's plan to spend $100,000 on a fleet of buses to transport teens to the nation’s capital is so troubling."
"Baltimore government sponsorship of this ride to D.C. demeans our kids and demeans the point of the march," she added, after explaining that part of what makes protests special is that people put in their effort to make their voices heard, rather than use government resources. "And, even more than that, it demeans the concept that a march is an uprising, a beginning, a statement made by we the people to our government."
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