The nation's students using their collective voice to reform America’s broken relationship with guns is a respectable feat, believes Marie Izquierdo of The Miami Herald. This is a great tribute to democracy, using peaceful protests and walkouts to drive meaningful social change. The students understand that their voices matter in the gun reform debate and are using them to their fullest potential. As the rest of the country fights with itself, students have come out in unanimous agreement that something needs to be done about the gun problem. For all of these young people to engage in civic discussion this way is highly positive.
The student walkouts across the country wrongly makes children flag bearers in a complicated political discussion, argues Ben Shapiro in the Daily Wire. Motivated by left-wing groups that seek to take advantage of these kids, it is out of place and alienating to students who don’t share anti-gun ideals. Many of them feel peer pressured into participating in the protest, even if their views don’t align with it. Some children fear that they could be bullied for their conservative and pro-Second Amendment beliefs. The walkout has spread the idea that anyone opposed to the protest doesn’t care about kids getting shot, which is very wrong.