Today is the day all students nation wide are planning to walkout of their classrooms to show solidarity for gun-control. The event takes place following the mass shooting at a Parkland, FL., high school.
Of course all this really is, is the “banging of pots” to push the idea that more young people want gun-control than fewer. However, this is not the case.
On Tuesday, Girls Just Wanna Have Guns reported that the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) has had an increase in their membership of people ages 18-20 at a rate of 1,200%.
Secondly, let’s not forget this thing called “peer-pressure” with young teens in middle and high schools. Undoubtedly if kids today decided not to walk out, they would be viewed as heartless and uncaring for their fellow students.
Ben Shapiro discusses this on the Daily Wire: I’ve received dozens of letters from students expressing exactly this concern, and wondering why only one side of the political agenda is being handled credibility by the media.
Here are some of them:
- From a high school junior today: “honestly it’s like the Women’s March. There is no single consolidated argument, just a loose collection of rants that obscure the main point).”
- From a 16-year-old high school girl: “I was planning on not participating in the walkout. I do not see the point in leaving class to simply walk outside, stand and talk with peers for 17 minutes, and return to class. The act of walking out of class to “protest school violence” does not seem to have a target audience, even though they may have a news crew, it is doubtful that the students in Florida will see the actions of our school’s walkout as a stand with solidarity. I also support the 2nd Amendment and see this walkout as another opportunity for students and their parents to attack that amendment and my support of gun control…I do see that my refusal to participate may be seen as unsympathetic or cruel. My brother, who is a freshman, is being pressured in class to participate.”
- From a 17-year-old high school student: “tomorrow my school is having a walkout at 10:00 ‘for the 17 students who were killed in the Parkland, Fl shooting.’ The walkout, however, here at my school, is not really about that. It is being promoted by an anti-gun/leftist political agenda that I just don’t and can’t support, especially using the 17 kids that were MY AGE as a platform. I was wondering what you would say to people who want to call me ‘insensitive’ and ‘a terrible person.’”
- From another 17-year-old high school student: “The reason I am emailing is because my school is having a walkout on March 14th. They say in an email that this walkout is to advocate for gun reform but they also say that we are walking to honor the victims of the parkland massacre. I am in favor of walking to honor the victims, but not in favor of promoting gun reform. I feel like I have to choose between going against my political values or looking like a bad person. I need help. What do I do?”
- From another high schooler: “My high school is participating in the walkout on Wednesday, and I am unsure what to do. I am very against gun control and don’t want to protest congress for something they are doing right, if that makes sense. However, I don’t want to be singled out by students as someone who ‘doesn’t care about the students who died.’ Should I participate and conform to avoid humiliation and honor the students or should I remain in class alone? I don’t know if the walkout is more about gun control or honoring the students.”
I’ve received dozens more emails just like this. Students are rightly concerned that they will be ostracized by their peers and humiliated by school administrators for failing to be used as props in a leftist-organized march.
Shapiro went on to point out how the Left uses children for their spokespeople on gun-control, yet they and the public have no real clue if any of the kids have actually studied the issue to give expert advise.
“Our educational system is awful enough without students spending less time in class, encouraged by their teachers, so that the media can use pictures of children standing up for a gun control agenda,” Shapiro states. “And there’s something even more troubling about the eagerness of the Left to use children as its spokespeople, without any hint that the kids in question have studied the issues enough to actually attain any level of expertise.”
Some students who wish to counter the gun-control propaganda are being ignored by the media, however. Here are a couple of those students:
- From a 16-year-old high schooler today: “It is ignoring the fact that most gun violence is against blacks with handguns. Ignoring that fact is by definition racist. A nation-wide walk out for a majority white 1 percent is real white privilege and ignorant of the real problem, most gun violence is against blacks with handguns, not assault weapons, and ignoring that would from its core be racist and ignorant.
- From a high school senior: “Please let me start by saying that I respect the Left’s position on the walkout tomorrow, but I do not agree with their solution. I have decided to organize my own walk out to push Right wing beliefs on how to stop school violence…Respect other’s opinions and others will respect yours. ‘Here to save lives. Pro-Second amendment.’”
In summation, the walkout today is a photo-op the media wants and was fueled by peer-pressure. The Left knows how to never waste a tragedy to push their agenda. It’s time they stopped getting away with it.