Students Show Support For The 2nd Amendment
Students walk out of classrooms nationwide to show support for Second Amendment
Thousands of students walked out their classrooms Wednesday in support of the Second Amendment as a direct response to a recent walkout organized by the survivors of a deadly school shooting in Parkland, Fla.
More than 300 schools in 40 different states registered for “Stand for the Second”, a 16-minute student walkout organized by New Mexico 18-year-old Will Riley.
“I’m watching the news and I see they’re saying, ‘Well we have to do something about this. We have to enact some sort of gun control legislation because this is what the kids are asking for.’ And I’m thinking, ‘I’m not asking for that,’ ” Riley said. “I look at my friends and I think ‘They’re not asking for that.’
“I wanted to give a voice to all of the people who feel that they’re being misrepresented by the media.”
He said he felt his generation was being portrayed as a unified front. “But we are not unified on this — there are two sides to every story.”
“I am disgusted by how these students and their adult handlers are trying to define my generation.”
He said, “These Parkland high school students do not speak for my generation,” adding that there is “a battle for the very heart and soul of our country.”
The Carlsbad High School senior explained that he organized his “Stand for the Second” event to directly counter previous gun violence demonstrations.
“Unlike the previous walkouts, these are for the Constitution and for the Second Amendment,” Riley said.
“I am not a hunter. I am not a shooter. But this issue is not only about guns. This is a battle for the very heart and soul of our country. My goal is simple. I want to spread awareness that not all of my generation shares in this shortsighted crusade to strike a grievous blow for our nation. ”
“What we’re asking for is that we have equal representation to the other side on this issue,” he said. “The best way we can make our voices heard is to do this in the same platform.”
“Disruption of education has never, and will never be our goal,”
“We do however recognize that when anti-gun students organized their walkout, they were allowed and often encouraged by their schools. In light of this fact, we ask we receive the same platform to express our views.”
The meaning behind the 16 minutes allotted for the walkout is also a direct nod to the anti-gun violence walkout in March: “In the spirit of civility with school districts around the country, we are asking for one minute less than the other side received.”
Students from all across the country walked out of class in droves at around 10 a.m. Wednesday.
Many of them sported t-shirts with the name of the demonstration written in blue block letters across the front, while others waved flags and held up signs.
In northern Montana, about 100 students left their classrooms to stand outside on a grassy area near the gym, They were mostly boys holding banners supporting President Trump, the Second Amendment and the U.S. flag.
“Students like ourselves recognize the attacks on our rights and our future,” said Braxton Shewalter, who led that walkout. “We also know that our silence won’t cut it anymore, and we won’t be silenced in the national debate.”
The event comes just more than a month after students staged a mass walkout to protest gun violence in wake of the Valentine’s Day school shooting in Parkland, Fla.
The time was also set to recognize the number of Americans saved annually by firearms.
“Every year an estimated 1.5 million Americans use a firearm to defend themselves,” Riley said. “During a 16 minute walkout, that breaks down to 91 American lives saved during the walkout. We want Americans to know that firearms are overwhelmingly used for good in our country.”
President Ronald Reagan, who at a 1983 banquet for the National Rifle Association said, “The Constitution does not say that government shall decree the right to keep and bear arms. The Constitution says the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”