Pro-gun rights high school students are staging a walkout of their own

Pro-gun rights high school students are walking out of schools in 42 states today for 16 minutes in support of Second Amendment rights. The walkout, “ Stand for the Second ,” is a response to the March 14 national school walkout that called for gun control policy measures while honoring the one-month anniversary of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. About 75 students in San Ramon walked out of their high school today in favor of the Second Amendment. — Amy Hollyfield (@amyhollyfield) May 2, 2018 Will Riley, a senior at Carlsbad High School in Carlsbad, New Mexico, launched “Stand for the Second” in an effort to speak out on behalf of young people who support gun rights. In an op-ed he wrote for the Carlsbad Current-Argus on April 11 about the walkout, Riley responded to Parkland students who have been leading protests in favor of gun control measures: I am disgusted by how these students and their adult handlers are trying to define my generation. My generation is not anti-Second Amendment. My generation does not agree with retired Justice John Paul Stevens that the Second Amendment should be repealed. In fact, millennials are more pro-gun than our parents are. And Riley added that the planned 16 minute time span for the walkout — one minute shorter than the March 14 walkout — was intentional. Every year an estimated 1.5 million Americans use a firearm to defend themselves. During a 16 minute […]

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