90 years ago, On February 14, 1929, at 10:30 a.m. four hoods dressed as policemen, two in uniform and two dressed in suits, walked into a garage of a known local gang hangout. Once in, they lined up, facing the wall, seven men. The four poser officers suddenly brandished four sub-machine guns and massacred all seven.
Newspapers called it, “The Valentine Day Massacre.” This was followed by a nationwide outcry to halt gang violence.
In 1934, under the leadership of the new President of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt, the National Firearms Act of 1934, was passed. Its intentions were specifically to keep the Tommy sub-machine gun out of private hands. Interesting enough the NRA supported the enactment of the new law. It makes one ask what has changed?
90 years later, on February 14, 2018, at 2:30 p.m. one young man with a AK-assault rifle killed 17 people at a local public high school. Besides the 17 killed, 14 were wounded. In 90 years, what took four perpetrators to kill seven men—now only took one murderer to kill 17.
In 1929, it was J. Edgar Hoover, who voiced the cause for gun laws and more power for the FBI. Today, it is Al Hoffmann Jr., a real-estate tycoon, who in the past has been the major Republican donator, and who has donated millions to the party.
But as of this massacre was personal in his own backyard of Florida, he had decided, “Enough is enough!” and has written an open letter to all donators and Republican leadership that funds will halt if future candidates oppose new gun legislation.
I have interpreted Al’s message as: No Bucks for Buckshot!
This type of genre is called, “Spark-line’s.” There are three reasons to use it:
- To inspire an audience to action
- To create hope and excitement
- To create a following.
As of today, 100-plus student from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School took a bus to Tallahassee to speak to their representatives. Other schools around the country are following suite. There is great hope in changing the laws pertaining to assault rifles.
Online social media, television, newspapers, and talk radio topics are hot on this one. The students are being backed by Hoffmann and other contributors, students turning 18 and parents across the nation are excited about making the change our nation needs to protect it’s future children and government.
Back to my lesson, Spark-lines draw attention to problems we have in our society and our personal lives. The idea is to create fuel to motivate an audience towards a specific goal or action.
Throughout history, people have been moved to action even one speech. I think of Mahatma Gandhi, Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy and so many others. Spark-line stories are great to motivate engagement for all social causes. The main idea presenting what the world will look like if the following changes are made.
I look forward to reading your spark-lines in the future.