By Nick Hamilton | Houston
In case you haven’t heard, on April 20th, there will be another national school walkout. Many students plan to walk out of school in the morning in an attempt to restrict gun rights. Even teachers are supporting this rebellion against the 2nd Amendment. However, if you’re one of those students who is just walking out to miss class, you may want to reconsider your choice.
First of all, this walkout will accomplish absolutely nothing. The walkouts will simply not motivate politicians to implement more gun control. The vast majority already know their position on the issue. In Houston, the “March for Our Lives” shouted to vote Ted Cruz out of office. When I attended a Ted Cruz speech the next day, he had not changed his opinions. So, what makes these kids think that their actions will result in substantial change? Unfortunately, politicians care little about the opinions of the people.
I already know that Downtown Houston is going to be a madhouse that Friday. T keep these students safe, we have to protect them with police officers to control the crowd. My route home, along with many other Houston residents, depends on that crowd. Houston traffic is absurd already, and thousands of students protesting won’t help that. Also, I can almost guarantee that in places like New York City, which already has very strict gun control, traffic will be even worse. Nobody likes traffic. So, why in the world should anyone expect people to listen to these kids when they’re tying up the traffic, causing detours and delays?
Not to mention, these kids are supposed to be excused by their parents for the walkouts. So, you’re telling me that thousands of kids across the nation are going to allege sickness on April 20th? By those statistics, it would be crazy not to close school districts because so many people are sick. Nobody is going to believe that many people are sick, and it makes no sense to operate under these pretenses.
Though many protesters won’t admit it, but this protest is about taking away our 2nd Amendment. They can say “End Gun Violence” all they want, but I’m sorry to inform you, a fairy isn’t going to come out with a magic wand and end gun violence. Whether we have guns or not, gun violence will happen, much like whether marijuana is legal or not, people will still use marijuana. Criminals aren’t known to follow the law, and we shouldn’t expect them to.
Thus, banning AR-15’s won’t solve any problems, it’ll just disarm many law-abiding citizens. And you can’t say that you support democracy and freedom but want to take away a right that our founding fathers put into place 229 years ago. So if you’re planning to walk out just to skip school, just know that you’re blindly supporting a movement to unjustly disarm citizens. Anyone who does so is advocating for the theft of a liberty we’ve had for over 200 years.
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