Gun advocates like to point to the second amendment as giving them the unalienable power to have as many and whatever guns they want (Spoiler alert: it doesn’t), but today, we point to the power of the amendment that truly makes America great. Teens from all over the country exercised the first amendment — the right of the people to peaceably assemble and to petition the government for change — as they walked out of schools, assembled, and said, “Enough,” to the adults who continually put money and votes ahead of their safety.
They marched, chanted, and held up protest signs that showed that the time for change is now. And the generation who will make a difference in gun control legislation is coming into their own. They’re scared, they’re smart, they’re articulate, and they’re angry as Hell that this still has to be protested over.
Below are some of the most powerful signs we found from today’s walk outs. They inspire us with their cleverness, their emotional kick, and their succinct condemnation of legislators who would abandon them rather than enact sensible gun control legislation.
“We Are The Change We Wish To See In The World.”
“Protect Lives. Not Guns.”
“Yes. Guns Kill.”
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Around the country, students are taking to the streets as part of the #Enough National School Walkout to demand action to prevent #gunviolence in schools. From "gUnsafe" to "Protect kids, not guns" and "#NeverAgain," these are just a few of the posters seen at demonstrations nationwide. If you’re at a student walkout, share your photos and videos with us by tagging them #WalkoutBayArea. #abc7news
“Sympathy doesn’t save lives.”
“We will not go quietly.”
“There is seriously something WRONG with a country that thinks healthcare is a privilege but owning a gun is a right.”
“Not. One. More.”
“Arm me with books not guns.”
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A month ago today, 15 children and two teachers were murdered in their classrooms. Enough is enough. Children need to be safe in schools. Their right to life and safety is more important than the right to own a semiautomatic weapon. Today, we call for change. Nationwide, students and campuses organized a 17 minute walkout to honor the victims and the survivors of Parkland, and to keep the conversation around gun policy going. This issue is not over just because the news has moved on. We cannot move on. We feel the fear, and the pain, of all the children and families who have been victims of school shootings, and we say #neveragain As future educators, my peers and I call for a more nuanced approach to gun policy. Arming teachers is not the solution. Bringing more guns into schools will not fix this issue. Only stricter regulations will. Vote out politicians who take NRA blood money. Vote out politicians who believe that the safety of weapons is more important than the safety of children. Enough is enough.
“We are students. We are victims. We are change.”
“Love not Guns.”
“I should be writing my college essay, not my will.”
“Classrooms not warzones”
“Our will for change is stronger than your fear of it.”
“Not today, Satan. NRA.