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Lessons over Rhetoric

So my 12 year old came home with a note from school saying that their school was participating in a national 17 minute walkout "in remembrance of the slain parkland students" and they were asking for parents to give permission.........

Funny wording isn't it? Just so happened that this is also supposed to be filmed. Is that right?

So, my boy gives me the note and I ask him what he knows about this. He tells me its to honor the students. Now, I know better. I know that this is going to be a push for gun control legislation and they are wording it like this to get full participation. I know this because I've been hearing about it for the last week. I don't agree with the policy they are trying to push, or the use of students to try to push this agenda , however that's another story.

Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.

Thomas Jefferson

I sit my son down and speak to him about everything that is going on regarding this. I tell him about the proposed legislation and the possible laws that are wanting to be passed and what they will do. I explain to him the 2nd Amendment and why it was enacted. I explain to him the pros and cons and so on. I am happy that my son is smart enough to understand when things don't make sense on his own but mostly I am happy that I can give him the facts and explain them to him , and allow him to make up his own mind.

Finally he asks the question

"So dad, you don't want me to participate? "

Actually son, I want you to participate. This is an important lesson for you.Though I don't agree with why they are doing it, it is important for you to understand the power that we have as citizens. The Rights we have to Demonstrate and Protest when there are things that the government is doing that we don't approve of. This is a right that many people don't have, in other countries. People are incarcerated, beaten or killed for protesting, however in this country, it's not only allowed, it's encouraged; It's our responsibility. It is a right that we MUST practice. These rights were not given to us. These are rights that we were born into. These are the rights that we entrusted our government to protect, and practicing these rights, whenever we feel we need to, is part of keeping this country true and just.

I just wanted to explain to you the real reason this walk-out is happening before you do this. In the future, it'll be your decision whether you feel participating in these will agree with your views or not.

Since ,however, you need written consent but was not provided with a permission slip, I took the Liberty of writing one.

"I explained to my son the reason for this Nationwide walkout and made sure he understood that along with paying respect to the 17 people unjustly slain in Florida, there is also a mask of activism behind it.

Though the debate over policy regarding the 2nd Amendment is a difficult one to grasp in its entirety for most people, I do consider this as a good time to teach our children the values of their Constitutional Rights, in this case being their Right to Assembly, protected under the 1st Amendment. I believe that the Protection and Practice of our Rights is Imperative for the survival of the American Experiment. This is why I give my son _________________ full permission to participate in today's Assembly.

I hope that lessons like these continue and that they remain unbiased. We should be teaching our kids how to think, not what to think, and I believe this school has been doing a fantastic job in doing this so far.

Yes, I understand a simple “Yes” would have sufficed, but since there was no permission slip, well, here it is. ;)



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