UPDATED: A Carlsbad, N.M. high school senior has launched another school walkout effort, only this time around, participants will be supporting the Second Amendment, according to KOB News.
Will Riley attends Carlsbad High School. According to the Facebook page for Let’s Stand for the Second, more than 200 schools are registered to participate in the May 2 walkout, which will occur at 10 a.m. in each time zone. According to a map posted at the group’s website, which appears to be supported by the Tea Party Patriots’ citizen fund, high schools from Florida to northwest Washington are participating.
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In an exclusive interview with CFL, Riley said that he has not experience any problems at school setting up this event.
He was inspired to act by the one-sided coverage of events so far that seem to portray all high school students as supportive of gun control.
“The media,” he said, “portrays my generation as anti-gun, anti-constitution. The fact is, when I look around at my fellow students, half of them just don’t agree with that.”
Riley said his parents have been very supportive, and have helped where they can. However, he described what he and some of his fellow students have accomplished, primarily by using social media, has been purely grassroots.
Riley told KRQE News that “Parkland (high school) students don’t speak for me.”
Since the tragic mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., students from that school have received national attention. A group was featured on the cover of TIME magazine. Student David Hogg has become an identified gun control advocate.
News coverage of this planned protest may confirm whether the national media is biased toward the anti-gun student movement. A new Rasmussen survey, released Wednesday, shows that 54 percent of likely U.S. voters do not trust political news they receive from the press, which is a significant jump from the 46 percent that didn’t trust the media last June. That was up from the 36 percent of skeptics who didn’t trust the press in January 2017.
Rasmussen’s new report says that only 32 percent of survey participants trust political news, and 15 percent are not sure.
Another revelation from Rasmussen is that 50 percent of voters “think most reporters are biased against the president.” This bias appears to be increasing, survey respondents indicated.
The student group notes on its online announcement, “We do not want walkouts to interfere with any schoolwide standardized testing. You may need to adjust the time for what works best for your school. We want to help make your voices be heard, but we do not want to negatively impact testing that you and your classmates have spent the entire year preparing to take.”
Riley told CFL, “I just want to make sure you can still stand up for your Second Amendment rights and still graduate.”
According to the KOB News story, Riley said the movement is growing quickly. He also suggested that a suggestion by retired Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens is “dangerous.” Riley told the station that the gun prohibition effort does not define his whole generation.
“I think that our Republic should function as an adversarial system,” he observed via telephone, “where you have two sides to each story and you get those sides before making a decision. If this was a trial, we’ve only had the prosecution speak (so far). Now we need the defense. I want to make sure that both sides are heard.”