Students across the country plan to participate in a walkout protest to show their support for the Second Amendment, working to push back against the narrative that all students are in favor of stricter gun control laws, USA Today reported.
The walkout, “Stand for the Second,” is being organized by New Mexico high school student Will Riley.
“I’m watching the news and I see they’re saying, ‘Well we have to do something about this. We have to enact some sort of gun control legislation because this is what the kids are asking for.’ And I’m thinking, ‘I’m not asking for that,'” Riley told the Carlsbad Current-Argus last month. “I look at my friends and I think ‘They’re not asking for that.’ I wanted to give a voice to all of the people who feel that they’re being misrepresented by the media.”
Who is the student organizer?
Riley is a senior at Carlsbad High School who has interned for a gubernatorial candidate, volunteered during the 2016 election, and serves as an Eddy County volunteer attorney for teen court.
“I founded this movement of my own volition because I see the imminent threat for my generation’s future posed by the attack on our Second Amendment rights,” Riley wrote on the organization’s website.
When is the protest?
“Stand for the Second” suggested students walk out at 10 a.m. local time on Wednesday, May 2, although some of the protests may take place at different times if there are conflicts with standardized testing.
The walkout will last 16 minutes because “in the spirit of civility with school districts around the country, we are asking for one minute less than the other side received.”
Gun control walkouts in recent months have lasted 17 minutes to honor the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
“Additionally, it is estimated that in the U.S. each year 1.5 million people use a firearm to defend themselves,” the website reads. “Break that down to 16 minutes, and you have 91 people using a gun responsibly and correctly. We want to draw attention to the people who are legally and effectively exercising their rights.”