Gun ownership is not our problem. Our problem is a widespread decline in moral values that has nothing to do with guns. That decline includes disrespect for those in authority, disrespect for oneself, little accountability for anti-social behavior, and a scuttling of religious teachings that reinforced moral values.
While the students of Mount Anthony Union High School and the Southwest Vermont Career Development Center had Wednesday off due to an in-service day, the faculty and staff were busy, practicing what they would do in the event of an emergency evacuation.
Just days after Vermont’s pro-gun coalition issued a joint complaint to House leaders regarding a lack of accessibility to lawmakers, the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday passed S.55, which includes a handful of significant restrictions on Second Amendment rights.
“I have seen society change from respectful to totally disrespectful and not caring,” Edward Fletcher, of Stamford, said Sunday at Twin Valley Middle High School. “The parents are too busy with their phones. It’s very frustrating when you see a parent come out of their house and she’s smoking a joint. Where has society gone?”
The #Enough National School Walkouts, coordinated by the organization Women’s March and student and advocacy groups around the country, took place for 17 minutes. The walkouts were organized by a group of students including Cece Szkutak, Katie Liell, and Tyler Jager.
A school district in Minnesota is defending a principal who removed a student from public school grounds for holding an unapproved sign that read, “Guns Don’t Kill People, People Kill People” during a nationwide school walkout demonstration against gun rights.
In a day and age when schoolchildren are all too familiar with active-shooter and shelter-in-place drills, schoolchildren want adults to know that enough is enough.
Morey said students are calling on lawmakers to ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines, and expand background checks on all gun sales. Politicians backed by the NRA, she added, “want you to forget the 427 mass shootings in 2017 alone.”
Around the region and around the country students walked out of class on Wednesday to demand action on gun violence in schools, despite snowfall causing numerous cancellations and delays.
President Donald Trump will push states to make it easier to seize weapons from people a court finds dangerous, hold federal agencies more accountable for background checks, and promote arming teachers.
The Scott administration is responding to a backlash from gun rights groups amid a wave of gun-control initiatives advancing at the Statehouse following the mass school shooting last month in Parkland, Florida.