After spending months planning walkouts and lobbying for gun control, Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg has been utterly humiliated by his pro-gun peers. On Wednesday, they decided to give him a taste of his own medicine with a walkout of their own. You’re going to love this!
In response to the gun control walkouts staged by high school students following the Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, pro-gun students from across the country walked out of class on Wednesday in a sign of support for the Second Amendment. The coordinated event, dubbed “Stand for the Second,” was the brainchild of Will Riley, a high school senior from New Mexico.
According to CNN, the event was a rebuttal to the massive gun control walkouts in March, in which thousands of students left class across the country and called for universal background checks, limits on assault weapons, and other policies to address gun violence in schools. Those walkouts lasted 17 minutes — one minute to honor each of the 17 people killed in the mass shooting at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February.
The effort of the pro-Second Amendment students was far more organized than that of their anti-gun peers, though. The “Stand for the Second” movement boasted a professional website, t-shirts designed for the day of the walkout, and was backed by the organization Tea Party Patriots. “We believe, as did the founders, that a well-armed citizenry is necessary to the security of a free state,” the event’s website said. “We reject the notion that liberty should be traded for security, for we know we will have neither.”
According to a map produced by the organizers, several hundred schools across the country planned to participate in the walkout, which saw students recite the Pledge of Allegiance, show off homemade signs, and discuss the importance of the Second Amendment in defending against a tyrannical government and other threats.
16-year-old Lane Cooper, an 11th-grade student in the Schoharie Central School District in New York, was part of a group of 22 students at his school who walked out of class on Wednesday morning. “I do think there are way too many gun control laws, especially in New York where I am,” said Cooper.
Dennis Fiorentinos, a student at California High School in San Ramon, California, organized a walkout for 10 a.m. at his school. Dozens of students, some holding American flags and “Don’t Tread On Me” flags, walked out with him. He said his family does not own any guns, but he believed it was a right for all Americans to be able to do so.
“I believe that we have to show that kids of our generation aren’t all represented by those who have been in the media in the past for this issue,” said Fiorentinos. “I wanted to show that there are teenagers and kids out there that support the Second Amendment by saying that banning guns is not the answer.”
David Hogg surely wasn’t happy to hear that his pro-gun peers beat him at his own game, staging their own walkout in support of the Second Amendment and doing it in a far more organized fashion. Ironically, it is the Second Amendment rights championed by pro-gun students on Wednesday that ultimately protect Hogg’s right to run his mouth about topics he doesn’t fully understand. Perhaps he should think about that before the next time he lobbies for legislation that would restrict the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.
— Dennis Fiorentinos (@Dennisfior) May 2, 2018