Colorado Students Stage Pro-Gun Walkout Wednesday To Counter Pro-Gun
Control Rallies Across Nation
Students in Colorado who support the
Second Amendment staged their own walkout Wednesday, in an effort to
counter the pro-gun control rallies taking place across the nation
following the deadly shooting at a Florida high school in February.
Students at Woodland Park High School, an hour north of Pike’s Peak,
began the 30-minute pro-Second Amendment rally with a moment of silence
for victims of past school shootings.
“I don’t believe that guns are the problem,” said student Haley Armstead.
“I think it's more of the people and that people are trying to blame an
inanimate object for something that's not them.”
Another student, Christian Garcia, told FOX 21 more armed officers and
trained teachers would “stop” or “prevent” further school shootings.
While student-organized and with no affiliation to the high school, the
school district did allow the students to walk out and provided
increased security through the police department.
The rally comes days after students in Central Florida organized a
similar protest in support of the Second Amendment after they felt
silenced when the movement to honor the Parkland shooting victims turned
“I’m pro-Second Amendment,” Rockledge High School junior and protest
organizer Anna Delaney told WFTV. "I wouldn’t mind deeper background
checks, of course, but the Second Amendment will not be infringed upon.”
Students walked onto the school’s track carrying the American flag and
holding signs that read “guns don’t kill people, people kill people” and
“I support the right to bear arms.”
Another student said he participated to show that not all students are
for gun control.
“It’s all over the news right now that all students hate guns,” Zachary
Schneider said. “I wanted to show that not all students feel that way.”
Nikolas Cruz opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in
Parkland, Fla., on February 14, killing 17 and injuring another 17
people. Last month he was indicted on more than a dozen counts of
In the weeks following the shooting, students across the country held a
National Walkout Day, pushing for stricter gun laws.
Nearly two weeks ago, thousands of people across the country held the
“March for Our Lives” rally sponsored by the survivors of the Parkland