Carlsbad student promotes walkouts to support gun rights
May 01, 2018 07:33 PM
CARLSBAD, N.M. – On May 2, students from more than 300 schools across the country will step out of class in support of the Second Amendment. A Carlsbad High School student founded the nationwide walkout.
Will Riley, the founder of Stand for the Second, caught the attention of the Eddy County Sheriff’s Department. Last week, Sheriff Mark Cage swore Riley in as an honorary deputy.
"Our core values here at the Eddy County Sheriff’s Office are service, honor, integrity and courage," Cage said.
Cage said Riley has all of those values.
"I have a lot of respect for him, a lot of admiration for him," Cage said. "I was really happy to be able to recognize him."
Riley said his movement is not about carrying guns, but about protecting constitutional rights. He has put together a nationwide 16-minute walkout. Most schools will walk out of class at 10 a.m. Due to state testing, Carlsbad students will walk out at 3:34 p.m.
Cage said Riley's efforts are being done the right way.
"Do it respectfully," Cage said. "Let's be adults. We don’t need to tear up people’s properties. We don't need to damage things. We don't need to be ugly to each other. We don't need to talk harshly to each other to get our point across. That’s what adults should do, is have conversations."
He said he encourages others who are against the second amendment to speak out too, but in a respectful manner, as Riley did.
"I was greatly honored for them to do that," said Riley. "I was very happy to see our Sheriff Mark Cage and the county sheriff's office are also invested in people's constitutional rights."
Updated: May 01, 2018 07:33 PM
Created: May 01, 2018 06:51 PM
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