Monday, April 2, 2018

Florida high school students walk out in SUPPORT of Second Amendment

The following article appeared in the American Thinker on April 1st

About 75 students from Rockledge high school in Brevard County, Florida walked out of their classrooms during the school day on Friday in support of the Second Amendment.

According to Florida Today, the event lasted around 20 minutes before students headed back to class.

Junior Anna Delaney and sophomore Chloe Deaton, sporting a T-shirt emblazoned with the words “my rights don’t end where you feelings begin,” organized the event. Both are reportedly part of the school’s Criminal Justice and Legal Studies Academy.

“We were built on certain rights and that was one of the original rights, that we should have the right to bear arms,” Deaton told the group.

When it was Delaney’s turn to speak, she quoted former President Reagan at a 1983 NRA banquet: “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.'”

“It’s all over the news right now that all students hate guns. I wanted to show that not all students feel that way,” Rockledge junior Zachary Schneider told Florida Today.

According to Florida Today, “Event organizers and participants said they were disappointed the student walkouts on March 14, marking a month since the Parkland shooting, turned political. Deaton said the original purpose of the student walkouts was to honor the victims of the shooting, but parents and social media warped the message to support gun control.”

“In the beginning, it started as a memorial to the Parkland students. And that’s how it should have stayed,” said Deaton.

Imagine the peer pressure these kids are under and we can get a sense of the kind of courage it took to make this statement. We all remember from high school what it was like not to conform. For many of us, we cannot fathom the increased pressure on kids as a result of social media. 

I'm glad to see this story getting some play in the media, although not nearly as much as the pro-gun control demonstrations. You have to wonder; how many more kids from high schools across America would participate in a pro-Second Amendment walkout if it wouldn't initiate a social media backlash against them?

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