Stand For The Second Protest

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Students Walk Out Around Country In Favor Of Gun Rights

May 02, 2018 - 1:31 pm

GREENWICH, Conn. (WCBS 880) -- Students walked out at schools across the country Wednesday, but this time in support of gun rights.

As WCBS 880’s Mack Rosenberg reported, one “Stand for the Second” demonstration was held at Greenwich High School in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Participants said, “Support the Second Amendment,” and, “All rights for all people.”

Sophomore Anastasia Zygmont led the walkout.

“I believe that if enough people are armed, then a criminal will not come in for us, or it will be stopped almost immediately,” she said.

Zygmont held up a sign with a quote from Thomas Jefferson reading, “I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery. She also argued that her conservative point of view is being suppressed.

“Republicans are often suppressed, and we’re not allowed to value our own opinions, and people often tell us to be quiet, and we often end up hiding. And after all the protests that involved getting rid of guns, and gun control, and moving the age to own a gun and ban bump stocks, we had decided that we had enough, and it’s time for us to speak up, because if they’re allowed to do it, then we should be allowed to too,” she said.

Counterprotester Callie Barr is a junior at the school. She held up a photo of Olivia Engel, who was one of 20 children killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre when she was 6.

“It’s disrespectful to the people who lost their lives, and if you really want to protest, maybe another time,” Barr said, “not when this is such a prevalent issue in our society.”

Students and staff at the school generally went about their day. One security officer said she had heard the school would, in fact, allow the students to participate.

The event is intended to be juxtaposed to other events in the past few months calling for an end to gun violence following the Parkland, Florida school massacre.