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PHOTOS/VIDEO: Arkansas kids join walkout as students across U.S. exit schools, honor shooting victims

By Cynthia Howell

This article was originally published March 15, 2018 at 4:30 a.m. Updated March 15, 2018 at 12:25 p.m.

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Students gather Wednesday morning in front of Little Rock Central High School for the national school walkout demonstration on the one-month anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 dead.

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Students at Hall High School in Little Rock take part in a walkout Wednesday morning in remembrance of victims killed last month during a school shoot...

Arkansans were among the hundreds of thousands of students nationally who walked out of their schools Wednesday morning -- some under threat of being disciplined -- to remember last month's Parkland, Fla., shooting victims and to call for greater gun control.

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Students at Hall High School in Little Rock take part in a walkout Wednesday morning in remembrance of victims killed last month during a school shoot...

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RBear says... March 15, 2018 at 6:13 a.m.

These students stood against gun violence in America and I applaud them. They understand the issues and clearly articulated what many of us have been saying in clear terms. As stated by one student, "While she opposes the arming of teachers, she said she would like to see enhanced background checks for people purchasing guns and a ban on the sale of assault rifles."
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I've heard some in here make the insidious claim that they and we did not even know what assault weapons are. In reality, they are the ones who don't seem to understand as they have included weapons not considered assault weapons as defined by the AWB of 1994 in their list. It shows how ignorant the right is of the issues and why the generation that walked out yesterday will right the wrong.
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The insensitivity of the NRA showed yesterday when it tweeted: "I'll control my own guns, thank you." I'm sorry, but apparently you can't control your own guns effectively and continue to aggravate the situation.
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This march yesterday will not be the last as an even larger march will occur March 24th, both in DC and in cities across the nation. Of course, you can expect the maniacal troll and the gun freak in here to attack me as they usually do. I ignore one and break down the idiotic arguments of the other (even though he never seems to get it due to a reading comprehension issue).
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The simple point is most of these young people will be of voting age in a few years, namely 2020, and they will vote based on the experience they see now. Many of those opposed to them won't be around or able to vote. The demographics is not on the side of the ultra conservative. I'd start listening if you expect to have a voice later.

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BoudinMan says... March 15, 2018 at 7:29 a.m.

The activism was more than enough to impress me. Then you consider the fact that there were thousands of students gathered en masse at their respective locations, and nary a violent act. Totally peaceful. One more thing. I heard at least several students comment on the fact that they were already 18, or about to turn 18, and they were already registered, or will register to vote in November. That's the most impressive thing. 11.6.18

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JakeTidmore says... March 15, 2018 at 7:57 a.m.

Sad that the Bentonville School Board voted 4-3 to take a totalitarian stance on this issue rather than deal with it in a fashion more suitable for an open and free democratic society. Bentonville adults failed their students. Suppression of thought was more important than freedom of speech.
Bentonville voters - you need to vote out those 4 who stomped on the rights and concerns of their students. Bentonville students - don't forget the motto of our Revolutionary forefathers and heroes: "Don't tread on me."

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23cal says... March 15, 2018 at 8:24 a.m.

RB: About "I've heard some in here make the insidious claim that they and we did not even know what assault weapons are."
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This is an ongoing contemptuously blustering theme by the gun fetishists. They fail to realize that lack of in-depth knowledge of ballistics, firearms, and jargon doesn't deny people a seat at the table of discussion of deaths by firearms. These people are their own worst enemy. Instead of using their vaunted knowledge to actually do something to reduce firearm deaths, they stonewall every action.......not realizing that at some point, people will get so fed up with unnecessary firearm deaths that instead of taking moderate action they will take the "ban all guns and be done with it" action.
This will be on the head of the gun nuts who stop any practical improvements.

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hah406 says... March 15, 2018 at 8:40 a.m.

The NRA's opposition to universal background checks shows that they in fact do have the blood of these children on their hands. Their opposition to any meaningful reform is shameful, and their tone deaf response to yesterday's peaceful demonstrations show that they must actually be in fear of this movement, which is a good thing.
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Bentonville and Conway, you are another example of the adults failing these teenagers. Yesterday was a grand opportunity to teach everyone about civics, politics, and how pressure and peaceful civil disobedience can bring about change. Thousands of schools across the country seized that opportunity. All you did was come with a punitive approach that Putin would be proud of in attempting to suppress free speech.
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We need universal background checks on all gun purchases and transfers. We need mandatory mental health reporting into the database, and a prohibition on those with mental health issues or drug and alcohol addiction from possessing weapons. And we need gun violence restraining orders utilizing the due process of law.
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Finally I will echo something already said. These kids are or will be turning 18, if not for the 2018 elections, most of them for 2020. They are mad, and they have said enough is enough. They will not forget about this issue, and politicians ignore them as a voting block at their own peril.

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Whippersnapper says... March 15, 2018 at 8:46 a.m.

23cal says... March 15, 2018 at 8:24 a.m.
"These people are their own worst enemy. Instead of using their vaunted knowledge to actually do something to reduce firearm deaths, they stonewall every action.......not realizing that at some point, people will get so fed up with unnecessary firearm deaths that instead of taking moderate action they will take the "ban all guns and be done with it" action."
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Good luck with that. Seriously. Who is going to enforce such a ban? Oh yeah, people with guns. In reality, people in favor of strict gun control do not believe in a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. They believe in a dictatorship where a select group governs and the average Joe is powerless.
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I believe in total disarmament of everybody, but I insist that you disarm before I will, and I apply that to everybody (foreign and domestic).
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Seriously, you know what kills three times as many people every year as guns in the United States? Alcohol. You let us ban booze in the name of safety and we can talk about banning guns in the name of safety. What? We tried that and it failed miserably? Oh well. Until and unless you are willing to give up your favorite freedoms in the name of everyone else's safety, don't expect anybody else to do so.

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ChadwickJefferson says... March 15, 2018 at 8:48 a.m.

Was anything mentioned about racial disparities in gun violence? Nationwide African-Americans are only 12% of the population, but they commit over 50% of the murders. The explanation that is usually given for this is that it is caused by poverty. But Hispanics, who are 16% of the population and are statistically just as poor as African-Americans, commit only about 20% of the murders. It's hard to see how poverty can explain the disparity in murder between African-Americans and Hispanics.

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PopMom says... March 15, 2018 at 9:22 a.m.

Chadwick,

Blacks tend to be more the victims of handgun violence through gang activity or robberies etc. Attempts in cities such as D.C. and Chicago to ban handguns have been unsuccessful due to court decisions which have held that people have a right to buy handguns to use in the home for protection. Bloomberg was able to bring down crime in New York through stop and frisk tactics and improving the schools. A greater correlation exists between education level and murder than race and murder. Those who attend bad schools and do not get a high school degree are much more likely to murder than those who do. The hispanic crime states are a little hazy because some departments classify hispanics as whites etc. I now live in Montgomery COunty Maryland and there is little black murder, but we've suffered an upswing in hispanic murder through the MS-13 activity. Still, I'd rather have our 1 out of 100,000 rate of murder than Little Rock 21 out of 100,000 murder rate. I am all in favor of cracking down on MS-13. While whites are less likely to kill each other in gang activity, we are much more likely to kill ourselves. People with teens or other vulnerable family members should think twice about keeping a gun in the home.

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hogfan2012 says... March 15, 2018 at 9:41 a.m.

Baaaaaaa - sheep will follow other sheep anywhere - right over the cliff.....

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JakeTidmore says... March 15, 2018 at 9:48 a.m.

So Chad plays the race card and gives a toilet roll view of the issues. Sophomoric effort, Chad. The stench of racism is distinctive and overpowering. Only the racist, who wallows in his own fecal waste, cannot smell the rot that pervades his thinking and attitudes.
You flunked basic debate, Chad. As the famous quote goes, Chad uses facts like a drunk uses a lamp post - more to support his crippled form than for illumination.

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