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Debunking The April 20th School Walkout

The second national school walkout, set for April 20th, is an ineffective method of protest that also undermines the fundamental rights of individuals.

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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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  1. Every courthouse in America has a metal detector and an armed guard at the door and inside. The law knows gun control will not stop any shootings.

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  2. Well, for starters, when you are listing reasons why students shouldn’t walk-out, you shouldn’t mention that you are worried about the traffic. That just shows you, like half our wonderful politicians, are worried about yourself and how you will keep living. Let me remind you, kids are doing the white house to stop gun laws because we are tired of going to school and being shot at. We are nervous when we walk out in the hallways, or in the lunch room. Children I know, 16 year olds have PTSD. They are having night terrors that they can never erase, they have lost their best friends that they cannot bring back. Parents have sent their kids to school and it was the last hug, last kiss, last goodbye, last ‘ I love you’. We need to do something that will catch the attention of everyone. We don’t want to take away the 2nd amendment, but this is in the constitution. The very same Constitution that considered African – Americans only 3 5ths of a person. Don’t you think its ironic that they had the prohibition act and people went so crazy that they had to repeal it. People weren’t even dying, and even back then they still only cared about themselves. Something has to change and we refuse to sit around and just hope it happens one day.

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  3. While it is probably true that politicians don’t listen to people, I think you are missing an important component of this movement. Young people are registering to vote at these rallys and elsewhere. When politicians who refuse to support sensible gun control laws, (you know, like we have sensible laws about wearing seatbelts and installing airbags in cars) lose their seat in government, I think they’ll listen. And before you go there, nobody lost their cars when we imposed sensible auto safety measures. Oh, and resentment about tying up traffic was probably the weakest argument you could have made. Just saying.

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  4. This is fucking ass

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