Across the country, high school students will be taking time off from expanding their minds to walk out of their classes for 17 minutes in the name of gun control.
But as Ben Shapiro argues, like the Women's March, today's march will achieve nothing if it has no coherent goal other than to paint those in opposition to it as evil-minded gun enthusiasts. Other than a blanket gun ban, which is by far the most ideologically consistent gun control measure, what exactly do the proponents of today's walkout hope to achieve? Well, according to the demands listed on the Women's March page, not much that could effectively prevent school shootings.
"We demand that Congress enact an immediate resolution declaring gun violence a public health crisis and dedicating federal funding to research solutions and implement violence intervention programs," says the #Enough page. "We demand Congress recognize all forms of gun violence, including violence committed by police."
The policies they support have already been enacted in California and did not prevent the massacre in San Bernardino:
Banning Assault Weapons & High Capacity Magazines / S. 2095
Expanding Background Checks to All Gun Sales / S 2009
Passing Gun Violence Restraining Order Law / H.R. 2598 / S. 1212
Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act / S.1856 / H.R. 1556
Other than universal background checks, which may not have prevented the Parkland massacre considering that law enforcement failed on all levels to prevent the shooter from obtaining legal firearms despite an ocean of red flag warnings, none of the demands listed will curtail gun violence in the United States. Most gun deaths do not come from AR-15s, but from handguns, just ask the media-ignored victims in Chicago.
The "Gun Violence Restraining Order" (GVRO) appears sensible on the surface but falls apart after digging deeper. Enacted in California, the GVRO essentially says that a judge can issue a temporary confiscation of person's gun for up to 21 days if a family member waves a red flag. The gun owner usually does not know of the confiscation until the police come to their door. After the three-week moratorium, the judge can decide to extend the ban up to a year.
The problem with the GVRO is that family members typically do not see, and sometimes even dismiss, the red flags of their loved ones. Usually, red flags are raised by neighbors, co-workers, and classmates. It also falls apart if the shooter is a lone wolf with little to no family or loved ones. In the case of Florida, law enforcement had plenty of evidence, including an online confession, and they failed to adequately follow up.
The "Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act" is just a silly SJW talking point that says a police force armed with military-grade weaponry equals more deaths for minorities.
So that's what they support. What they oppose is overtly counterproductive, indeed the one thing that could most effectively prevent gun violence in schools: armed security.
"Guns do not belong in schools. To now deliberately place them in the hands of undertrained, if not untrained, teachers is irresponsible and potentially disastrous, especially for black and brown students," they write. "Studies from the Journal of Pediatrics show that gun related injuries kill more than one thousand children each year. Neither children, nor their teachers or school staff, should ever worry if they will ever contribute to this statistic."
As to armed security, Women's March says this will impact "black and brown kids" by fueling the mythical school-to-prison pipeline.
"We can’t gloss over the fact that a push for armed security and teachers in schools would disproportionately impact black and brown kids by turning schools into prisons and bringing police brutality into the classroom," they exclaim. "Schools should become and remain gun-free zones for students, teachers, security, and staff."
One statistic they did not include: 98% of all mass shootings occur in gun-free zones.