Students not letting snow stop them from gun protest at the State House

Student protesters near the State House

Molly Lanzarotta is with students from Boston and elsewhere at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, as they spend a snow day gathering for a noon march on the State House demanding action on guns.

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Good for them!

It takes a kid to stand up to the powerful gun lobby.

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They're not standing

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They're not standing up to the gun lobby.

They're standing inside the statehouse lobby.

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Keeping the pressure on

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If you don't understand how that works, you need to go back and review the MCAS curriculum on civil rights and the US Revolution.

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Wrong

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Its in the curriculum frameworks and there are tests, they just aren't a high stakes pass or graduate thing.

It might help if you bothered to look stuff up, but since you didn't get a real education ...

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...or you went to high school

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...or you went to high school outside of Massachusetts. Or you were schooled in Massachusetts before the 1990's.

It might help if you bothered to look stuff up.

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I thought churches weren't

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I thought churches weren't allowed to engage in politics without losing their tax exempt status?

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Churches aren't allowed to

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Churches aren't allowed to endorse candidates, but simply taking policy positions is entirely allowed.

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Hahaha, you're funny

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I thought churches weren't allowed to engage in politics without losing their tax exempt status?

Tell that to every single funnymentalist preacher who tells his "flock" how to vote.

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Kudos

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And I’m not talking about the chocolaty granola snack bar.

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Great rally, disappointing to have snow day today

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I'm sure it was disappointing for students not to be able to participate in the walk-out due to the snow day and hope a lot of them outside Boston were able to learn of and participate in this rally.

Various localities have been very supportive of alternative plans. The Revere school superintendent tweeted that there would be a student rally at Revere City Hall as a replacement, and Newton postponed it to tomorrow with the mayor attending at one high school and the superintendent at the other.

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These rallies should not be

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These rallies should not be happening during the school day. It sets a very bad precedent and any political group which is denied permission to rally in the same manner will have strong grounds to sue school districts.

For instance: What happens when a pro-life group demands a march for unborn children by students during the day? What happens when an anti-drug or alcohol group demands a march for all the students killed by substance abuse or drunk driving? Don't these groups and their student supporters deserve equal time and accommodation?

Do supposedly non-partisan school districts really want to get dragged into cause-wars and accommodation/discrimination litigation with all the other problems districts are already burdened with?

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Lot of projecting in your

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Lot of projecting in your post in response to a legitimate legal quandary. The ACLU is going to make a mint off this precedent in MA.

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Suuuuure they are

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For someone who accuses others of projecting, you sure do project a lot. Oh, and the ACLU is a non-profit. Thanks for playing, better luck next time!

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Good sledding

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on that slippery slope you've got there.

How many student walkouts have there been in the past decade?

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About those mass school abortions

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I don't think there's the same fervor amongst students in opposition to abortion. Old white men seem to be leading the charge on that one.

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For instance:

I remember when the nuns let us out to protest the Vietnam War and my parents had no problem with it. Find enough kids that want to subject themselves to coat hangers to placate the fools that profit from the hate of abortions they might have to have someday and have your own march.

Good luck with that.

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I think it is better this way

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These kids gave up a SNOW DAY to participate.

Think about that - kind of kills off the "lazy brats want a day off of school blah blah" that we hear from those who want to minimize their dread terror of a rising tide of young voters.

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I think it meant more because

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I think it meant more because the students dragged themselves to Boston proper on a day off from school. They could have been playing in the snow or sleeping or hanging out with friends. Instead they chose to show up and make their voices heard. That speaks more to me than being given a red carpet to leave school and go protest during class.

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The powers of youth

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The NRA might have the money but when kid power lobbies their grandfathers, grandmothers aunts and uncles, mothers and fathers the pols in Washington will listen and pass gun legislation.

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College campus involvement

"Walk-outs" did happen at local college campuses, including the BU Medical campus, where students and doctors gathered to speak about the need to prevent domestic gun violence and gang gun violence, in addition to mass shootings.

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Good to hear

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Unfortunately, a lot of colleges have spring vacation this week. Hope to see a lot of college students at the march on the 24th.

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More photos

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Whoever at BPS makes the decisions regarding calling snow days

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AFTER a storm has passed should take note. If your students are perfectly capable of getting themselves to the State House the day after a blizzard, then perhaps they are perfectly capable of going to school the day after a blizzard as well

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Really?

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BPS cancelled school so the city/residents could shovel the sidewalks, parking lots, bus stops used by 56,000 children plus the thousands of adults who need to get to those schools to teach, and feed said children.

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I'm sorry, but this is just so stupid

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Even if there hadn't been a storm yesterday, you still would've seen these kids at the State House. Both the mayor and the school superintendent stood behind the walkout (although the school superintendent asked for students to bring in a permission slip).

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Finally

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Glob now has a story.

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The personal is the political, the political is personal

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Between 99.992 and 99.999 percent of gun owners aren't out to get anyone. Accusing them of having blood on their hands is wrong ethically and stupid politically.

Directing the full-throated ire of the children's crusade against people who aren't responsible in word or deed for the thing you're protesting is a half-cocked misapplication of energy and will backfire by causing gun rights groups to (rightly) scream that they're out to take everyone's guns. They can point to the young man with the wordy sign in the photo. One hopes that cooler heads will prevail and this is merely a flash in the pan.

I know I bit the bullet and bought a gun not too long after the propaganda machine went into full auto telling me how magical and totally not astroturfed these kids' protest is, that guns are the way of the past and us bitter clingers are going to die off soon, and that even the word "gun" needs to be expunged from the English language.

The first caller to reply with the correct number of firearms-related metaphors and turns-of-phrase in this post gets to explain to everyone else how deeply guns are ingrained in our culture and how foolish it is to try to pry them out of people's hands.

Bonus points will be awarded for a chronologically-sorted list of references based on the period in weapons technology from which said turns-of-phrase originated.

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Wah, wah, wah, wah, wah

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Accusing them of having blood on their hands is wrong ethically and stupid politically.

Strawman.

Directing the full-throated ire of the children's crusade against people who aren't responsible in word or deed

Strawman. Didn't happen. The "children's crusade", as you so quaintly name it, is directed elsewhere, and they are directing themselves.

I know I bit the bullet and bought a gun not too long after the propaganda machine went into full auto telling me how magical and totally not astroturfed these kids' protest is, that guns are the way of the past and us bitter clingers are going to die off soon, and that even the word "gun" needs to be expunged from the English language.

Hallucination. Didn't happen.

The first caller to reply with the correct number of firearms-related metaphors and turns-of-phrase in this post gets to explain to everyone else how deeply guns are ingrained in our culture and how foolish it is to try to pry them out of people's hands.

Nobody's interested in playing your stupid fucking game.

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Hallucination. Didn't happen.

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Except that it did. I checked. Couldn't search for Gund stuffed animals either. Then it got fixed after a few hours.

Nobody's interested in playing your stupid fucking game.

It's not a fucking game, it's a historical trivia game. Everything with you people is about sex. Yeesh. Perverts.

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What about

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the poor dejected children whose parents couldn't get the a cute and cuddly Gund critter? What about them Swirly?

Look in this dog's eyes and tell me I'm wrong!

IMAGE(http://www.worldofbears.com/acatalog/gund-nayla-poodle.jpg)

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