By Karl Nelson
Karl Nelson is a social media manager for The Armstrong Williams Show.
The Armstrong Williams Show is special, not just because it delivers provocative commentary on everyday news, but mainly because it provides a platform for common people to share their perspectives and their pain with millions of listeners from all around the world.
This is a characteristic of the show that was on full display just days ago when the Broadcast Heavyweight, Armstrong Williams, spent the first hour of his radio broadcast interviewing Christine Yared, one of the survivors in the tragic mass shooting that occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
The shooting is a topic that’s engulfed The Armstrong Williams Show since it occurred, and the new revelations about the shooter get more and more disturbing by the day.
On the show, Christine spoke openly about that horrific day and what she feels, as a millennial, needs to be done politically to ensure that gun violence in America diminishes significantly.
Many people believe that’s a conversation that needs to involve more politicians and less young students, but that’s not the approach Mr. Williams or his callers took when Christine showed great courage while speaking about the issue on the air.
“Most of our gun issues stem from the types of guns and accessories available to the public today, and the rollback of gun reform,” Christine told Armstrong and his listeners.
As mentioned in one of my previous columns, millennials have not created the problems we see today. Those who paved the way for young people must take some level of responsibility for what’s happening in society.
It’s important that the baby boomers of the world encourage individuals like Christine to not allow horrific incidents — like what happened at her high school —to prevent them from achieving their destinies.
“Christine, don’t allow this tragedy to stop you from achieving your destiny,” one caller told Christine during the broadcast.
It’s one thing to sit behind a microphone and give your opinion on events that don’t directly affect you, but when you speak one-on-one with a victim of a horrific event like a mass shooting, it almost forces your perspective to make a 180-degree turn.
I’m not saying Williams and his listeners made a complete 180 in their views on guns following Christine’s interview, but there was definitely a shift in the empathy for those affected by the current gun legislation and there was a call-to-action to see this conversation continue.
After all, media outlets can be used for more than gossip, provocative dialogue, and opinionated views.
That’s something that The Armstrong Williams Show proves time and time again, whether it’s a conversation about poverty in America, race relations, or, in this case, gun reform. | KMN