On March 14th, thousands of students across the country walked out of their classes in an organized protest that was meant to honor those who had lost their lives in school shootings and push for greater restrictions on firearms. But what about those students whose views on firearms weren’t represented by the March for Our Lives?
They didn’t have as many options. Some stayed behind in their classrooms. A select few walked out, too, and tried to voice their opinions. Now, a larger group has organized their own walkout in support of the Second Amendment.
On Friday, students from Rockledge High School in Brevard County, Fla., staged their own protest.
The numbers were smaller. They held signs that read “guns don’t kill people, people kill people” and “I support the right to bear arms.”
“It’s all over the news right now that all students hate guns,” Zachary Schneider, a junior at Rockledge, said. “I wanted to show that not all students feel that way. I finally got old enough to buy my own ammunition and my own guns, and I lost it again.”
“The demonstration was organized by Chloe Deaton, a sophomore, and Anna Delaney, a junior, who are part of Rockledge High’s Criminal Justice and Legal Studies Academy,” USA Today writes.
Deaton’s T-shirt read, “my rights don’t end where your feelings begin.” She stood in front of the group and addressed them during the 20 minute walkout. “We were built on certain rights,” she said, “and that was one of the original rights, that we should have the right to bear arms.”
Delaney then quoted from former President Ronald Reagan’s 1983 speech to the NRA. “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.'”
“Deaton said it was important to make sure other students’ voices were heard,” USA Today notes. 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.”
The administration at the school permitted the walkout. The video below is a bit shaky, but the messages are clear enough.