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In my last post, “Ain’t No Snowflakes Here”, I said that the gun control advocates whom I have met are anything but snowflakes. From the septuagenarian mother of a gun victim with her poster board sign who was prepared to be run over by gun-toting, pickup truck-driving, Confederate flag-flying yahoos, to the kids who faced down parents, principals, and peers a few days later to make their voices heard about gun violence in schools–these people are tough!
Following the Parkland massacre, I began organizing a protest at a gun show in my home town. The gun show has been going on at the county fairgrounds for years. While federally licensed vendors are required to do background checks, private sellers are not. Because of a state preemption law which prevents counties and cities from regulating gun ownership or commerce in guns (and which creates civil penalties for any county or city that tries to), my county has been unable to do anything to stop it.
Today, students around the country are walking out of schools to demand common sense gun laws.
I know there are some parents who have concerns about their children participating in the school walkouts planned for March 14. They are valid concerns and I share them. I was on a planning call with the national organizers last night with my child (this is organized by the Women’s March) and some of these issues were discussed. Here is how I would respond to the two main concerns: safety and school administrators’ reaction.