Congressional candidate Cathy Myers, still looking to grab attention away from political viral video star Randy Bryce, is up with an ad supporting the pro-gun control March for Our Lives, giving students the chance to share their pleas for safety and political action.
Cathy Myers Goes Back To The ClassroomLike her previous video, the new 2-minute "Enough is Enough" online spot draws on her tenure as a high school English teacher. Myers and students take turns seated between rows of desks in a classroom, talking about their experiences with lockdown drills.
One girl explains, "we barricaded the doors with chairs and a table ... they tell us to distract the gunman, and I think, 'How do you save yourself?'" Another says, "I always feel like I'm at risk." A third bluntly pleads, "Don't let us be killed."
Myers offers her chilling thoughts, "I saw some of my students wondering if their lives were going to end" before she puts the pressure on those in power. Implicitly criticizing calls for arming teachers, she says, "It's always about our response, and it's never about the response that we should be getting from our leaders." Other students add to the criticism of idle politicians, "How they can just sit there and not doing anything" and "How many people have to die before the government gets the point?"
Myers Tries To Shift Focus To Gun ControlThe ad ends on a hopeful note as the students see themselves as change agents. "It's finally time to where young people have a voice now," says a boy. "I want to be a voice for the voiceless," declares a girl. Final screen text encourages viewers to participate in a March for Our Lives event on March 24. (A shorter TV version of the ad points viewers to a website where Wisconsin marches are being held.)
Bryce is a gun owner who supports an assault weapons ban and is critical of the NRA, but he hasn't made gun control a signature issue, preferring issues related to economic inequality, which suits his profile as an ironworker. As Myers may prefer shifting the political focus toward a different set of issues, this ad is one way to do that.