Carlsbad teen organizing walkout in support of Second Amendment
April 20, 2018 06:55 PM
CARLSBAD, N.M. — Ever since 17 students and staff members were killed in a high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, there has been a movement pushing for stricter gun laws.
Will Riley, a senior at Carlsbad High School, said not everyone wants the same thing. For him, it’s not about carrying a gun; it’s about protecting his rights.
In March former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens called for the Second Amendment to be repealed, a suggestion Riley said is dangerous. He says the anti-gun movement does not define his entire generation.
“We’re being portrayed as an anti-gun, anti-Constitution generation, and when I look around and I see my fellow students, that’s not who we are,” Riley said.
Riley said they are not all being represented; instead, they are being misrepresented by the national media.
Because of that he is planning a nationwide 16-minute walkout for a movement called “Stand for the Second."
“It’s estimated that 1.5 million times in America each year, someone uses a fire arm to defend themselves,” Riley said. “When you break that down to a 16-minute walkout, that’s 91 lives that were protected by use of a firearm.”
He says he hopes the movement will help return the focus on the intended purpose of the Second Amendment.
The walkout is planned for May 2nd, but a time has yet to be determined.
Carlsbad Municipal Schools Superintendent Gregory Rodriguez said students who choose to participate in the walkout will not be penalized.
Riley has created a Stand for the Second website for schools to sign up and find information on the movement.
Created: April 20, 2018 06:55 PM
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