Our hearts swelled with hope when we saw that 75 students from Rockledge High School in Brevard County, FL walked out of class on Friday to SUPPORT the Second Amendment. And while that’s hardly a drop in the ocean when compared to the nationwide walkouts of March 14, where high schoolers all over the country protested in favor of gun control, you have to remember it’s like comparing apples to oranges.
In Rockledge’s case, we’re talking about students actually supporting something they believe in, organizing the protest themselves, and fighting back against a mainstream narrative that has resulted in some of the laziest, most dangerous groupthink we’ve ever seen. In other words, the March 14 walkout was a pop culture moment, driven by the media and the left. This, on the other hand, was a heartfelt protest driven by students who actually have a clue.
The students walked out of class on Friday to the school’s athletic track where they protested for about 20 minutes with American flags, Gadsden flags, and signs reading “Guns Don’t Kill People, People Kill People” and other pro-rights messages.
In a story about the remarkable protest by Florida Today, it was reported that event co-organizer Anna Delaney read a quote from Ronald Reagan to express the students’ position on the Second Amendment. “The Constitution does not say that government shall decree the right to keep and bear arms,” she read. “The Constitution says the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
“It’s all over the news right now that all students hate guns. I wanted to show that not all students feel that way,” Rockledge student Zachary Schneider told Florida Today.
This, really, is probably the most important statement a protest like this can make. We’ve heard from many people who aren’t even particularly ideological when it comes to the gun debate who are disgusted with the media’s one-sided Parkland narrative. No, the media’s bias is certainly nothing new, but it has been objectively nasty in the weeks since the shooting. They have completely abandoned anything resembling journalistic responsibility to turn David Hogg and the other student activists into national heroes and, worse, they’ve all but criminalized any Second Amendment defender who dares to argue with these teens.
The left is always saying that we need to have a real “debate” about gun control, but their rules about who gets the spotlight makes that debate impossible to have. It’s not a debate when the pro-gun control side gets 99.9% of the platform. It’s not a debate when newspapers and TV news channels treat these Parkland kids as if they were carrying God’s tablets down from the mountain. It’s not a debate when the left tries to ruin the careers of anyone who has the audacity to speak ill of David “Moses” Hogg.
So yeah, we’re happy to see there are at least 75 high school students in this country who aren’t drinking the Kool-Aid. With any luck, their courage will inspire others to follow suit.