“Parkland students don’t speak for me.” That’s the message from a New Mexico high schooler in the ongoing debate about gun control after students from Parkland, Florida, started a national movement in the wake of the deadly shooting at their school.
“It’s definitely growing very fast,” said Carlsbad teen, Will Riley. He started the “Stand for the Second” movement just last week.
He says students from more than 70 schools from around the nation have joined.
“We are standing for the second amendment and we are standing up for the natural right that is protected by the constitution which is that you can bear arms to protect yourself and to protect your country,” Riley said.
Since the school shooting that left 17 dead in Parkland, Florida, there’s been a lot of talk about gun control.
David Hogg, Parkland shooting survivor said, “When people send their thoughts and prayers with no action, we say, “No more!”
Riley said, “The majority of the Parkland students, especially the most famous ones, David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez, they’ve come out very strongly against guns.”
However, Riley argues there’s more to it than that.
“I think someone who has gone through something like that, while we should listen to them and try to accommodate them, I don’t think we should be making all of our policy decisions on what someone who’s been through something so horrible was saying right after because it may not be reasonable,” Riley said.
That’s why he’s taking a stand.
Riley says he’s not a hunter and doesn’t have personal experience with guns, but he has taken a serious interest in the law over the years.
He describes himself as a patriot, concerned that there is an assault on our bill of rights.
“This whole idea that young people are actually anti-gun and anti-second amendment just is not true and what you’re seeing is that you have a silent majority that’s not being spoken for,” Riley said.
He is organizing his own brief walkout for May 2.
The time is still to be determined. Students can still sign up as a student leader and register their school for a walkout at standforthesecond.com