On the 24th of March, people come together to participate in the student-led protest in support of stopping gun violence by tightening up gun control laws. This has been considered to be one of the largest protests in the history of the United States with more than 2 million participants. Students, parents, teachers, and even celebrities made an appearance and showed their support.
This is because of the multiple incidents where people have died because of gun violence and the most recent one was the school shooting last February where 17 people have lost their lives in the hands of a former student who is still a teenager. However, there are always two sides to every story, this time around the story shifts into the other side where students are actually pro-Second Amendment.
Students’ Pro-Gun Rally
If students have managed to stage their own rallies for the stricter gun laws, then students who are supporting the rights to own and carry a gun can too. This is exactly what the Woodland Park High School students from Colorado have done just last Wednesday as an effort to counter the March For Our Lives rally after 17 people were killed by gun violence in Florida a few months ago.
The students started their rally that lasted for about 30 minutes, by taking a moment of silence for those who lost their lives not just in the incident that happened in Florida but also for those other students who died in gun violence the past few months.
According to one of the students named Haley Armstead, she does not actually believe that the guns are the cause of the school shootings, she said that it was to people who should be the ones to blame because the gun would not be able to shoot itself to people. The people are the ones who have the power to shoot the gun.
Some students also said that the Second Amendment gives the people the right to own and carry their guns but it doesn’t give them the right to use it to harm other people, so the guns and the Second Amendment are not the problem.
This rally was not affiliated with the school but the school district gave them the permission to walk out and they were even provided with security from the police department. They are not the only ones who have organized this particular type of rally, because some students in Florida have also organized a rally in support of the Second Amendment.
According to a student from Rockledge High Schoo, Anna Delaney, who is also one of the organizers of the protest said, that she is pro-Second Amendment and that she shouldn’t be infringed but she wouldn’t mind getting a deeper background checks which is one of the things that students from the March For Our Lives are hoping for.
Some other students even held a flag of the United States while holding cardboard signs that says “Guns DON’T Kill People, People Kill People”. Another student named Zachary Schneider said that not all students are actually pro-gun control because that seems to be what the news keeps on releasing. Especially after a former student named Nikolas Cruz who is 19-years-old, has managed to kill 17 people.
The Second Amendment
Students are of course not the only ones who are split in the middle with their different beliefs when it comes to the latest issue that the United States is facing as of the moment. For the past year, America has witnessed mass shootings in different states, such as during a music festival in Las Vegas, in Sutherland Springs, and the one from a high school in Florida. People who participated in “March For Our Lives” protest believe that civilians must not be allowed to carry a firearm that is either high-capacity or semi-automatic since this is what mass murderers seem to use.
According to Senator Ted Cruz, the Second Amendment does not just give a civilian a right to carry and own firearms, it gives them the right to protect themselves, their homes, their families, and the government tyranny. National Rifle Association have even said that guns are not meant to be used on competitive shooting, it is for self-defense. However, legal experts admitted that the Second Amendment is far too broad and general, that maybe it is time to actually narrow it down so that people wouldn’t misinterpret it.