Looking Closer at National Walkout Day
March 14th saw another swell in the wave that continues to crash on the Second Amendment as high school students across the nation participated in National Walkout Day one month after the Parkland school shooting that left 17 dead. For Americans who lightly watch the news and don’t dig into the origins of movements, it appears that US high school students are fed up with school shootings and demanding gun control. While yes, high school students, parents, teachers, and everyone in America are fed up with school shootings and demanding for a stop to innocent lives being needlessly taken by gun-wielding madmen, make no mistake, National Walkout Day has political origins and is using students as puppets to achieve its goal. … Gun Control!
Starting at 10 a.m. Eastern time, the first large wave of students began to leave their classrooms to participate in the 17-minute protest against gun violence. Across the country, students left their schools at 10 a.m. in their local time zones to protest. While most students protested in the form of walking out, some marched into their cities and students marched to Capitol Hill in Washington DC, where they turned their back on the White House for 17 minutes. Each city and school protest took a different form. Some schools like Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, expected students to remain within the school’s perimeter for safety reasons. While others announced that students who participated may face disciplinary measures, like Atlanta areas Cobb County Schools. Some students even rallied outside of Smith & Wesson headquarters in Springfield, Massachusetts.
The coordinated walkouts were organized by Empower, the youth wing of the Women’s March, to demand Congress take action to end gun violence. Women’s March Empower organized the walkout by providing specific instructions on its website on how students can organize it at their school by signing up for a “coach – an adult ally with experience in organizing.” There was a signup link with coaches in place to help students organize the walkout at their school. The website also had an “Action Network Map” that allowed people to see if there have been walkouts planned in their community. Women’s March also encouraged students to make signs and post on social media with the hashtag #ENOUGH. The website also told students to wear orange for solidarity.
The biggest proof of the movement’s political bias was the detailed information on how students should register to vote. The page stated “Power to the Polls” and informed students on how to bring about change with their vote on November 6, 2018. Students were told to make sure they and their classmates were registered to vote by texting “P2P to RTVOTE (788683).” The site reads, “The leaders we elect will make important decisions about gun violence and many other issues young people care about – so your vote really does matter.”
From the look of such a protest, it would appear to Congress that the nation’s youth would like strict gun control laws in place. However, the nation’s youth is being used by the left to push for such an outcome that could drastically attack our Second Amendment rights. With President Trump recently appointing a bipartisan group of congressional lawmakers to bring forth a sweeping gun control legislation bill, what could be at risk? Let’s take a closer look.
According to the demands of the Women’s March organizers, which are being placed on the National Walkout Day, they have three specific demands from Congress in the form of federal gun reform legislation.
- Ban Assault Weapons
- Require universal background checks before gun sales
- Pass a gun violence restraining order law that would allow courts to disarm people who display warning signs of violent behavior
Taking a look into the most recent gun bill signed by Governor Rick Scott in Florida this past week may give insight into possible federal gun control legislation. Bill 7026 known as the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act made significant changes in gun laws only weeks after the Parkland shooting. One controversial provision is raising the minimum age to purchase a firearm from 18 to 21 years of age, which many Second Amendment advocates staunchly stand against feeling it punishes good law abiding 18-20 year olds. The $400 million dollar bill allots money to be spent on mental health assistance in schools, hardening security in school buildings, and the Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program, which will arm some teachers in the Florida schools. These could be some of the changes that federal lawmakers could pass, and President Trump has stated he is in favor of.
Through all of the debate on gun violence and demands for something to be done, few have turned to history for a lesson, which is a key subject for students in school. In 1990, Congress passed the Gun-Free School Zones Act prohibiting any authorized individual from knowingly possessing a loaded or unsecured firearm at a place that the individual knows, or has reasonable cause to believe, is a school zone. This bill was introduced in the Senate by then Congressman Joe Biden and signed into law by President George H.W. Bush. According to the Crime Prevention Research Center, from the 1950’s through July 10th of 2016, 98.4 percent of mass shootings have occurred in gun-free zones, with just 1.6 percent occurring where citizens are allowed to have firearms with them.
The numbers do not lie, the biggest deterrent for mass shootings is a good guy with a gun.
As our nation’s youth is being dangled by strings by liberal puppet masters with political motivations to incite fear of guns in Americans and our lawmakers, will one of our most sacred amendments that sets America apart from the world be gradually stripped from us? How do you take guns away from Americans? You create fear of them. By current measures, that seems to be working.
– Marjorie Greene