Giving Compass’ Take:
• Second amendment supports walked out of schools on May 2nd in a counter-protest to gun control protests that took place in the wake of the Parkland shooting, continuing the trend of youth civic engagement.
• How can philanthropy support and encourage youth civic engagement? Will this trend continue in the coming months and years?
In an attempt to counter a student-driven campaign to promote gun control after February’s massacre at a school in Parkland, Florida, young Second Amendment proponents are prepared a walkout of their own for May 2nd — this time, in support of gun rights.
Students from more than 300 schools across the country have signed up to walk out of class at 10 a.m. in support of gun rights, said Will Riley, a high school student from New Mexico who organized the event, “Stand for the Second.” Not a gun owner himself, the 18-year-old senior at Carlsbad High School said he wants to show that not all young people support new gun control laws.
Although Riley disagrees with outspoken Parkland student survivors who promote gun control, he was able to find common ground. The walkout, he said, will promote youth civic engagement.
Read the full article about Stand for the Second by Mark Keierleber at The 74.
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