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Friday Catchall: Generation Z gun control worries, half-staff concerns

Student survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where more than a dozen students and faculty were killed in a mass shooting on Wednesday, walk past the house legislative committee room, to talk to legislators at the Florida Capitol, regarding gun control legislation, in Tallahassee, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018.

Photo by Associated Press.

Student survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where more than a dozen students and faculty were killed in a mass shooting on Wednesday, walk past the house legislative committee room, to talk to legislators at the Florida Capitol, regarding gun control legislation, in Tallahassee, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018.

The Friday Catchall:

• GENERATIONS — It is amazing what your upbringing or the world you live in can do to you.

The Greatest Generation (people born 1901-1924), of course, stands as the best example: imagine growing up with nothing, making your way in the world, and going to war.

That’s what members of the Greatest Generation did. My father-in-law, a Navy veteran of WWII, watched as his father tried to find a job during the Great Depression, and is a self-made man several times over.

Fast-forward to our confusion over today’s Generation Z (1995 or later) — the post-Millennial generation — also referred to as the iGeneration, Founders, Plurals or the Homeland Generation.

They make up 25.9 percent of the US population (seems like a lot, huh?!) and contribute $44 billion to the economy, according to mashable.com. By 2020, they will account for one-third of the US population.

Well, this is significant because they also are the generation that has grown up with school shootings. The Baby Boomers may have been taught to hide under their school desks in case of a nuclear attack; these children wonder if it is safe to even be in school.

It is very telling, especially when you see them protesting for changes in laws (gun control, mental health, etc.). How does this affect them? I didn’t worry about things like that growing up!

Side note, the Huffington Post asked them if they believe they are addicted to their digital devices (computer, smartphone, etc.). The result? “Gen Z’ers are 25 percent more likely than Millennials to say they are addicted to their digital devices. A full 40 percent of Gen Z are self-identified digital device addicts.”

Folks, they grew up with technology, and for them, it is probably hard to go without their devices. If they are constantly on their phones or devices and not watching as much live TV, the US also could experience a massive shift in advertising methods and marketing messages.

Just saying.

• HALF-STAFF — I heard from quite a few people in recent days about US flags.

Are businesses and the post offices neglecting their American flags? The Stars and Stripes were lowered until Feb. 19 after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Now, two other “half-staff notifications” are in effect.

Gov. Doug Ducey has ordered that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset Friday, Feb. 23, for the interment of 1st Sgt. Nicholas S. Amsberry of Mesa, Arizona, who died in Germany while deployed to the Joint Multinational Readiness Center.

The other? President Trump called for all flags at the White House and on all public buildings and grounds, et al, to be lowered to half-staff on Friday, March 2, out of “respect for the memory of Reverend Billy Graham” on the day of his interment.

Keeping track, these two do not account for Feb. 20-22 when they should have been in the top position.

By the way, did you know: when raising the American flag to half-staff on a vertical pole, always raise it briskly to the top of the flagpole for a moment before lowering it. When taking it down for the night, raise it to the top of the flagpole again and lower it to the bottom.

Also, when the US flag is flown at half-staff, state and other flags should be removed or flown at half-staff too.

For flags that can’t be lowered, such as those on many homes, the American Legion says that attaching a black ribbon or streamer to the top of the flag is an acceptable alternative. The ribbon should be the same width as a stripe on the flag and the same length as the flag.

(And, no, I didn’t know that.)

• PICK OF THE WEEK – (Proving there’s always something good to do in the Prescott area that’s cheap or free): The Prescott Polar Plunge, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, at the Prescott Athletic Club, 1 Kingswood Drive, Prescott. Presented by Northern Arizona Events, this event benefits The Launch Pad teen center in Prescott. northernarizonaevents.com or prescottathleticclub.com.

Community Editor Tim Wiederaenders is the senior editor for The Daily Courier and Prescott Newspapers, Inc. Follow him on Twitter @TWieds_editor. Reach him at 928-445-3333, ext. 2032, or twieds@prescottaz.com.