Sample Talking Points: National School Walkout Day Of event
The National School Walkout is the launch of a forward looking youth movement that has a strategy, a plan for action, and isn’t going away.
We are are Walking Out for those who lost their lives to gun violence, to talk about the real problems our country is facing, and to find solutions the problems that our leaders have failed to address.
At 10:00 a.m., students coast to coast will walk out of their classroom and stand for 47 seconds of silence -- one for every person under the age of 20 who is shot each day in the United States. This is an entirely student-led effort, and we mean business.
We're building a national youth movement to capture the raw energy of our generation right now.
We are part of a generation of young people who are growing up in the shadow of gun violence. From active shooter drills in our schools to crazy proposals to arm teachers with guns, we fear losing our lives to violence in the places where we should feel most safe – our schools, our communities and our homes.
We want to accomplish three things:
Hold elected officials accountable
Promote solutions to gun violence
Demystify and engage students in the political system
- Some people are saying that this is a just a moment. A blip in history. To them, we say this is a movement. And students are the new center of gravity in the fight to end gun violence. Adults have failed us, so we’re taking things into our own hands.
It’s kids of color who bear the heaviest burden of gun violence. Black children and young people under the age of 20 are 14 times more likely to be murdered with a gun than white people their age. This kind of violence doesn’t get the attention it deserves. All young people have the right to live in communities and attend schools where they feel safe, supported and respected.
Like all young people, we want to feel safe in our schools. But spending more money on police or putting guns into the hands of our teachers are not the answer. That would only further threaten our lives. Schools should feel like positive learning environments, not prisons.
We reject the notion that the solution is to put more guns into the world. Putting a gun into any situation, makes it more dangerous and more difficult. Despite what the gun lobby wants you to think, guns don’t make you safer. Access to a firearm, at any age, triples the risk of death by suicide and doubles the risk of death by homicide.
The walkouts this Friday aren’t the end, they are just beginning. Our next action will be on May 19th! We will come together to envision a future free from gun violence and to start crafting a platform and an agenda for the youth-led movement to end gun violence, together.
- On May 19th we are meeting up to discuss the impact gun violence in having our your community, and to create a vision for what we want the student-led movement to tackle. This is just the beginning. Each and every one of us needs to be a part of this effort moving forward.
That’s why everyone of you here today, please make sure that they’re on the SMS list. Text the word WALKOUT to 64336. Again: text WALKOUT to 64336. That way you’ll get the most up-to-date info about the meet-ups we’re hosting on May 19th and what comes next for our movement.
Thank you for walking out. Thank you for walking out to remember every single young person who has been killed by American gun violence. Thank you for walking out to talk about the real problems our country is facing, and the solutions that our leaders are too scared to dream up.
Thank you for walking out to create a movement that will fight for the lives of young people everywhere.