Florida High School Students Walk Out: Support of 2nd Amendment, Right to Own Guns
A group of over 75 students from Rockledge High School in Brevard County, Fla., walked out of class Friday to show their support for the Second Amendment and their own right to own guns.
Just a week after young people around the country marched to support new gun control measures, this patriotic group of high school students staged their own walk out. To support gun rights.
The students walked onto the school’s track carrying the American flag and signs that said “guns don’t kill people, people kill people” and “I support the right to bear arms.” The event lasted about 20 minutes and then students returned to class.
CBS WWLTV reports:
The demonstration was organized by Chloe Deaton, a sophomore, and Anna Delaney, a junior. They are part of Rockledge High’s Criminal Justice and Legal Studies Academy.
Deaton — who was wearing a T-shirt that read, “my rights don’t end where your feelings begin” — said the event was meant to clear misconceptions about the Second Amendment, not support or oppose any particular political stances.
After the playing of the national anthem and “God Bless America” over the loudspeakers, she told the group of students, “We were built on certain rights and that was one of the original rights, that we should have the right to bear arms.”
Delaney read a quote from former President Ronald Reagan. At a 1983 banquet for the National Rifle Association, he said:
“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.'”
The walkout comes after the National Student Walkout on March 14 Students from 2,800 schools across the United States walked out of class for 17 minutes to protest gun violence. That event came one month after the shooting at Parkland’s Marjory Stone Douglas High School that left 17 dead.
At least 15 schools in Brevard had walkouts, including Rockledge High School, where students stood on the football field to form a heart.
Deaton said it was important to make sure other students’ voices were heard. Some students who participated in Friday’s Second Amendment walkout wore camouflage clothing and President Trump’s “Make America Great Again” hats. They carried “don’t tread on me” flags and black-and-blue-striped American flags that are often used to show support for law enforcement.
“It’s all over the news right now that all students hate guns. I wanted to show that not all students feel that way,” said Zachary Schneider, a junior at Rockledge.
Rrganizers said the event was not endorsing any specific political beliefs. Many students who participated said they do not support a new law that raised the legal age to purchase guns. They would support a marshal program to train and arm school staff to respond during an active shooter situation.
“I finally got old enough to buy my own ammunition and my own guns. I lost it again,” Schneider said, referring to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act.
Gun control laws do not deter crime; ownership deters crime. Gun control laws will not prevent criminals from obtaining guns or breaking laws.
Of 62 mass shootings in the United States between 1982 and 2012, 49 of the shooters used legally obtained guns.
Collectively, 143 guns were possessed by the killers with about 75% obtained legally. John R. Lott, Jr., PhD, gun rights activist, stated, “The problem with such [gun control] laws is that they take away guns from law-abiding citizens, while would-be criminals ignore them.”
According to a Bureau of Justice Statistics May 2013 report:
37.4% of state prison inmates who “used, carried, or possessed a firearm when they committed the crime for which they were serving a prison sentence” obtained the gun from a family member or friend.
Despite Chicago’s ban on gun shops, shooting ranges, assault weapons, and high capacity magazines, in 2014 Chicago had 2,089 shooting victims including at least 390 murders.
Approximately 50,000 guns were recovered by police in Chicago between 2001 and Mar. 2012. The guns came from all 50 states, and more than half came from outside of Illinois.
When will liberals figure out that gun control causes death? Not only is it ineffective to stop massacres like happened in Parkland, it makes matters worse.
50 years ago, high school kids owned guns often, and even brought them to school.
What changed? Not guns…