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Dog casually drives truck through the background of powerful CNN interview

This is not a laughing matter. So try not to laugh.


John-Michael Bond

Internet Culture

Posted on Feb 19, 2018   Updated on May 22, 2021, 12:21 am CDT

In the wake of the horrific shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 people dead, student and survivor Emma Gonzalez has become an outspoken voice for gun control. This morning she and fellow student David Hogg gave a powerful, provocative interview with CNN that criticized the NRA’s role in the cycle of violence at schools. Gonzalez went so far as to label the NRA “child murderers.” The whole segment is worth watching.

Chances are you were either captivating by the interview or you were distracted by a surprise special guest. If you’re lucky, you managed both.

About a minute in, a dog driving a pick-up truck casually rolls by.

“I’ve been watching Emma Gonzalez videos on repeat the past few days. I am so taken by her badassery and drive and articulation. I truly believe that 2018 is going to be a year where victims of all sorts of oppression and violence and coercion get to call BS and are heard for once,” wrote Meredith Kachel, a Chicago artist, on Facebook. “But then I was watching this video and a dog full on drove a truck behind her. And like, I just believe that this is the most incredible piece of news I’ve ever witnessed. You’re welcome. Florida is insane.”

Here’s a close-up for the doubters.

The prank in no way takes away from the vital message these students are sharing. In the two decades since the Columbine massacre, school shootings have become a horrifyingly regular part of American life. These students’ fight to bring attention to the everyday dangers of going to school in America is brave and truly important. But also, sometimes in the face of overwhelming darkness, it’s nice to remember the good dogs that make these moments easier to deal with.

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*First Published: Feb 19, 2018, 4:47 pm CST