Bill Murray Thinks The Parkland Kids Have Something In Common With These Historic Protesters

"Idealism is a voice that's inside of you."

Bill Murray is the latest celebrity to voice his support for the young survivors of the Parkland school shooting and their fight for gun reform. In a powerful new op-ed for NBC News, Murray not only praises the students' "idealism," but also compares them to another important group of protesters — those who fought to end the Vietnam War.

"It was the students who made all the news, and that noise started, and then the movement wouldn't stop," Murray recalls. "I think, maybe, this noise that those students in Florida are making — here, today — will do something of the same nature."

When it comes to issues such as guns or war, Murray says, "You can't just focus on one thing, or aim for just the one goal." He points out that ending the war "was not a simple thing," but adds that "they survived, we survived ... People will survive. If you can just stop shooting at them, they really do pretty well."

There's one quality in particular which Murray picks out as being key to these movements, and that's idealism.

"The thing that's so powerful about students is that, when you haven't had your idealism broken yet, you're able to speak from a place that has no confusion, where there is a clear set of values," Murray says, adding that he believes there are still older idealists as well. "Idealism is a voice that's inside of you; it's your conscience. That can really deteriorate along the way, depending on the road that you follow, and it can become almost dysfunctional, but it's there. Everyone has it. Sometimes it's just a whisper, but, in some people, it's a shout."

As Esquire points out, Murray has historically seemed to avoid taking explicit political stances, so his choice to speak out on this issue is significant. And he's not the only one to compare the Parkland students to protesters of the past. Last month, Oprah Winfrey compared them to the civil rights activists of the 1950s and '60s.

Other celebrities who have voiced their support for the survivors include Jimmy Fallon, who promised to join them in this Saturday's March For Our Lives in Washington, D.C., to which stars such as Winfrey and George Clooney have donated. Earlier this week, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ben Platt mashed up songs from Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen, with a portion of the proceeds going towards the march.

Read Bill Murray's full thoughts here.

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