This article by Harmony Birch originally appeared April 4 in the Brattleboro Reformer.
BRATTLEBORO — A group of Brattleboro Union High School students gathered outside school on Friday, March 30, to rally a second time for the Second Amendment.
The first rally was held March 23. About 30 students and community members showed up before school and held U.S. and “Don’t Tread on Me” flags.
Ryan Struthers, a 12th-grader and one of the organizers of the rally, said that students decided to do a second rally to open it up to the public. He said there hasn’t been much of a reaction to the first rally.
“On social media, there’s been no hate,” he said. “Some people don’t like it but they kind of just deal with it, so that’s good.” He’s unsure of whether the group will hold any more rallies.
Lauren Simeon, a mother and activist from Winchester, N.H., came to BUHS after she’d read about the first rally in the paper. “I feel like if my generation of Second Amendment supporters is not going to be the last, then this next generation has to rise up and make their voices heard,” she said.
Among the next generation is Carter Weeks, a 10th grader. He said he was at the rally because he supports the Second Amendment and opposed the “S. 55 ban.”
“It’s just a basic human right,” Weeks said. “You can’t take guns away from people. How are they going to defend themselves?”
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