The ongoing debate on how to further reduce gun violence is still happening in Washington and students are continuing to offer their opinion. Just last month, a nation-wide walkout was organized by Parkland students against gun ownership. Many of the students participating in the walkout were advocating for increased gun regulation or even confiscation.
The walkouts were widely covered by media outlets. On Wednesday however a similar walk out happened, this time it included students from over 400 schools across the nation who were marching for the Second Amendment and gun ownership. This walkout was not widely covered. Was the messaging the reason the media turned away from the march?
Here’s more, per the Daily Caller:
Students from over 400 schools nation-wide marched out of classrooms Wednesday morning in support of the Second Amendment.
“Stand for the Second” organizer and high school senior Will Reilly orchestrated a protest in which students across the country walked out of classrooms in support of the second amendment. According to the website of the movement, “The suggested time for the walkout is 10 AM on 5.2.18”
The “Stand for the Second” Twitter account posted images of several students partaking in the demonstration.
Reilly feels the media’s coverage of gun control advocates following the Parkland massacre “depicted a united front from my generation and for my generation” that was anti-2A — a representation he aims to combat, Fox News reports.
“I think all of our constitutional rights are important, but I think the Second Amendment is somewhat special in that it’s meant to protect the others,” Reilly, the 18-year-old Carlsbad High School student added, per the report. “It’s so important right now because no one is calling to repeal the other amendments, but if you repeal one, then you set the precedent that it’s something you can do.”
Here’s more, from Fox News:
Students across the country, including in California, Florida, Michigan and New York, are expected to participate in the walkout, according to a map put out by the event.
In Michigan, 18-year-old Zach Bell of Grand Ledge High School is one of those students who plan to participate. He said he believes gun rights are important and without them, “we wouldn’t be the country that we are today.”
At his event, Bell told the Lansing State Journal that students will have a moment of silence for law enforcement officials, first responders and veterans who have been killed.
Riley didn’t know the Stand for the Second walkouts would grow to be as big as it is, but he said he’s proud to give a platform to students, like him, with viewpoints that otherwise might have been ignored.
And, via ABC News:
Rather than calling for gun control reforms, Wednesday’s efforts were meant to show support for the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms.
The planned “Stand For the Second” walkouts fell on the opposite side of the political spectrum from the March for Our Lives, the national walkouts that were held on March 14 in response to the deadly Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shooting a month prior.
According to a map of participating schools on the Tea Party Patriots website, schools in 43 states were slated to participate, with timing varying per school with many listing their walkouts at either 10:00 a.m. or 3:00 p.m. local.