OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- About 150 students walked out of classes Wednesday at Blue Valley Southwest High School as part of a national protest in support of the Second Amendment.
Some students believe restricting firearms won't make them any safer.
The students say protecting their rights to keep and bear arms is more important than overreacting to school shooting tragedies.
About ten percent of the student body at Blue Valley Southwest participated in the walkout at 10 a.m. A high school senior in New Mexico founded the Stand for the Second movement as a way to demonstrate support for being able to defend yourself.
The walkout lasted 16 minutes, one minute less than the so-called anti-gun protests other students staged last month.
"You take away guns, someone is going to get in their truck and drive on the sidewalk and run over hundreds of people," said Jack Morrison, a Blue Valley Southwest sophomore. "The only way we can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. It’s the only way it can be done. You are not going to ask them please and thank you, very nicely, and say please don’t shoot up the school."
Stand for the Second, which is supported by Tea Party activists, also claims that 1.5-million people use a firearm to defend themselves each year. In the 16 minutes of the walkout, the group claims 91 people used a gun responsibly and correctly to defend themselves.
Students also say they used their free speech rights to educate classmates about the importance of freedom and individual liberty.