- The Washington Times
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Barack Obama says the National Rifle Association has finally met its match in the Parkland shooting survivors turned gun control activists.

The 44th president of the United States offered a tribute this week to a select group from Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential” list: Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s Jacyln Corin, Emma Gonzalez, Cameron Kasky, David Hogg, and Alex Wind.

Mr. Obama asserted that NRA “scare tactics” will not work on the quintet and their young allies pushing for stricter gun laws.

“This time, something different is happening. This time, our children are calling us to account,” Mr. Obama wrote for an op-ed published Thursday. “Seared by memories of seeing their friends murdered at a place they believed to be safe, these young leaders don’t intimidate easily. They see the NRA and its allies —whether mealymouthed politicians or mendacious commentators peddling conspiracy theories — as mere shills for those who make money selling weapons of war to whoever can pay. They’re as comfortable speaking truth to power as they are dismissive of platitudes and punditry. And they live to mobilize their peers.”

The former president said that while their efforts may be “slow and frustrating,” organizers of the March for Our Lives rally in Washington will draw inspiration from liked-minded “Dreamers” and Black Lives Matter activists.

Some others included on Time’s 2018 eclectic list include: President Donald Trump, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, Fox News’ Sean Hannity, comedian Jimmy Kimmel and actress Rosanne Barr.

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