School walkout supports gun rights, Second Amendment

Thursday, 03 May, 2018

Hundreds of students nationwide walked out of their schools Wednesday to show support for their Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms.

The national school walkout in March in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, may have captured worldwide attention, but the demonstration did not reflect the feelings of students who support the Second Amendment, Thorup said.

Lane Cooper, 16, is an 11th-grade student in the Schoharie Central School District in NY, and he was one of those who walked out of class.

Stand For The Second was initiated by a high schooler in New Mexico who says a swath of pro-gun American youth have been overlooked following recent media coverage of students calling for stricter gun control after the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

At La Cueva High School, students held signs that said: "We are using our First Amendment rights to protect our Second Amendment rights". "This was peaceful and quiet".

Thousands of students plan to walk out of school in support of the Second Amendment.

Clark Aposhian, chairman of the Utah Shooting Sports Council, dropped by Hunter High School Wednesday to support the students.

The students who took part are not expected to face discipline. On Wednesday morning, about 40 students joined Thorup in a demonstration of their own: Standing for the Second Amendment. 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.

In response, district Superintendent Greg Rodriguez said school officials worked collaboratively with Riley as he planned the walkout.

Some students said they want to ban bump stocks, which can be used to modify semi-automatic rifles to make them fire faster, nearly as fast as a fully automatic rifle.

Representative Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) organized the annual event and said "the left is out of control" in proposing restrictions. Ninety-seven percent of gun-owning households support background checks for all gun buyers, a position that the NRA opposes.

The Second Amendment protects the rest of the Bill of Rights, Riley said. "They said, basically, 'You're going to get if you walk out'".

Responding to Kashuv's tweet, Riley said he didn't want the walkout to unduly disrupt learning, but he still believes the protest was important.

The protests were a way to push back against calls for tougher gun laws.