‘Stand for the Second’: Students Hold Nationwide School Walkout in Support of Gun Rights

Students in over 400 schools across the country are walking out of their classrooms on Wednesday in order to show their support for the Second Amendment.

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New Mexico high school senior Will Riley organized the Stand for the Second demonstrations because he believes the media’s coverage of school walkouts after the tragic school shooting in Parkland, Florida, “depicted a united front from my generation and for my generation.”

“That’s a myth I wanted to dispel,” he explained to Fox News before pointing out the danger of recent calls to repeal the Second Amendment, including from former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.

Hear Riley’s message:

“I think all of our constitutional rights are important, but I think the Second Amendment is somewhat special in that it’s meant to protect the others,” he said. “It’s so important right now because no one is calling to repeal the other amendments, but if you repeal one, then you set the precedent that it’s something you can do.”

While Riley expects some pushback from schools that hosted and “encouraged” gun control demonstrations, he indicated that reactions to Stand for the Second from other students have been “overwhelmingly positive” so far.

Watch the demonstrations:

In Michigan, for example, 18-year-old Zach Bell will participate because he believes that “we wouldn’t be the country that we are today” without firearms. At his school, students will also observe a moment of silence for slain law enforcement officers, veterans, and first responders.

The Stand for the Second demonstrations come after Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School students organized the massive March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C., to call for stricter gun laws, which left many pro-Second Amendment students feeling left out.

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