Riley: Don't attack students waging war against guns – Detroit Free Press


Students across the United States are planning to walk out of their classrooms to protest congressional inaction on gun control. USA TODAY

Students from City High Middle School in Grand Rapids hold pictures of victims killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fla., as they take part in a national school walkout to protest gun violence, Wednesday, March 14, 2018. (Cory Morse /The Grand Rapids Press via AP)(Photo: Cory Morse, The Grand Rapids Press via AP)

I don’t know Janine Kateff.

But I don’t have to to know the chairwoman of the 14th District Republican Committee to know that she is wrong to criticize students participating in a national walkout Wednesday to fight for improved school safety and changes in gun laws.

She apparently is bothered by protests against gun ownership, “a right set out in our Constitution,” a news release from her organization said.

The protest, she said, “is designed to restrict one of America’s basic freedoms.”

Uh, I guess Kateff skipped the First Amendment to fight for the Second, you know, that one about freedom of speech?

That students are speaking out to protect their own safety since Congress won’t is something to be applauded. But people owned by the NRA not only refuse to see it —they have devised two national strategies to combat it:

They are alleging that the students, who either lost friends or imagined that what happened at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Valentine’s Day could happen at their school, are political pawns being used by their opposition. School shootings are not as bad as black-on-black crime in Chicago.

Here’s what I suggest: Write down the name of any politician

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