Boycotting schools for better gun laws? A great idea that won’t work

Boycotting schools for better gun laws? A great idea that won’t work

The former education secretary for the Obama administration, Arne Duncan, says it’s time for parents to boycott schools until we have stricter gun laws. “What if no children went to school until gun laws changed to keep them safe?” he said in a tweet. “My family is all in if we can do this at scale. Parents, will you please join us?” A nationwide boycott for the more than 50 million K-12 students in the United States would, of course, be a logistical nightmare, especially for working parents. While Duncan acknowledged those concerns, he also dismissed them in an interview today with the Atlantic : I more than recognize how difficult and impractical this is. But the Montgomery bus boycott went on for a year. These were poor people who denied themselves access to public transportation, and they managed to do that for a year and change the world. I would argue that it is also very difficult and impractical to send your kids to school and have them shot and killed. So, those are very important considerations, and we have some time to think those through—and we’ve had a lot of people saying they would step up and help. But, I think, if this was easy, it would have happened, and it’s going to take something hard. When we were part of the administration, we played by all the rules after Sandy Hook. We did a study, we did a report, we worked with Congress, and guess what […]

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