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Kids from 300+ Schools Commit To Walk Out For A ‘Stand for the 2nd’ Event

The Parkland Hills activists may get the lion’s share of the media spotlight, but they are NOT the only game in town.

Not all of our students want to run the Constitution through the shredder. There is a counter-movement to what we saw with the anti-gun walkouts.

The national event, called “Stand for the Second,” was started by New Mexico high schooler Will Riley. Students say they will walk out of classes for 16 minutes. Organizers say they expect students in more than 40 states to take part.

The event comes just over a month after students around the country staged a walkout aimed at stopping gun violence and honoring the students killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., in February.

Riley, 18, a senior at Carlsbad High School, told the Carlsbad Current-Argus last month that media reports on the student gun protests prompted him to organize “Stand for the Second.
Source: USA Today

Here is Riley’s take on the how his march differs from the other one. He wrote a lengthy op-ed for the Examiner. Here are some excerpts.

For the past month, Americans have been subjected to wall-to-wall cable news coverage of a well-orchestrated campaign to dismantle the Second Amendment. This campaign, organized and funded by national gun control groups, has exploited a handful of grieving teens from the Parkland, Fla., high school shooting tragedy.

As a high school senior in Carlsbad, N.M., who supports gun rights, 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 My generation does not agree with retired Justice John Paul Stevens that the Second Amendment should be repealed.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. It’s time the media starts hearing from the millions of young Americans who respect the Constitution and recognize that the Second Amendment is fundamental to our protection and safety, as both individuals, and as a nation.
Source: Washington Examiner

He continues…

These Parkland high school students do not speak for my generation.

I am not a hunter. I am not much of a shooter. But this issue is not only about guns. This is a battle for the very heart and soul of our country. My goal is simple. I want to spread awareness that not all of my generation shares in this shortsighted crusade to strike a grievous blow to our nation. That is why I have decided to start this movement, Stand for the Second, and began planning a student walkout paralleling the National Day of Action and March for our Lives.

Rather than focus on the victims of firearms, as the gun control walkout did, our walkout will recognize all the American lives saved each year by firearms. Every year anywhere from 500,000 to 3 million Americans use a firearm to defend themselves. If you assume the midpoint, 1.5 million is the most accurate number, during a 16-minute walkout that breaks down to 91 American lives saved during the walkout. We want Americans to know that firearms are overwhelmingly used for good in our country. More importantly, the Constitution guarantees the right of every law-abiding American to keep and bear arms. That is what we want to remind people of: Our Constitution is still relevant today and the Second Amendment in particular is still sacred
Source: Washington Examiner

He mentions another big difference between the two groups.

I want a nationwide movement to defend the Constitution. Unfortunately, I don’t have the benefit of wealthy organizers and funders like the Parkland students enjoyed. It’s pretty much just me and my friends trying to get the word out. I am asking everyone who sees this, to consider a Stand for the Second walk-out at your high school. Because my generation is so connected on social media, I think our message should be spread on Twitter and Instagram, and whatever other sites you use.
Source: Washington Examiner

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