Opinion: Young people's voices should be heard

(Sinclair Broadcast Group)

EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - Wednesday’s National Walkout Day was organized to protest gun violence and demand action from our elected officials.

The numbers were big. Kids from about 3,000 schools participated in the walkout.

The younger generations have a right to be heard.

I, frankly, don’t love the idea of students walking out on their classes, but that’s for their parents and school officials to handle.

I have talked to you about some of the policies supported by the students.

They include raising the minimum age to buy a long gun, a rifle, and stronger background checks.

Our government is taking some action.

As students were walking out the House of Representatives passed the STOP School Violence Act. The act will provide money to train teachers, students and law enforcement on how to spot, prevent and report gun violence.

Some of the demands and actions from the walkout did go too far. There were calls to abolish the National Rifle Association. The NRA advocates for the rights of gun owners. Those who legally own guns in our country have as much of a right to a voice as these students.

In Minnesota, students confronted a young man who happened to be carrying a Trump flag. They took away his flag, broke his camera and roughed the kid up.

Here is the bottom line: these young people should not be ignored. They are the ones who spend their lives in the very schools we want to protect. They will also be voting adults in a blink of an eye. Having said that, mass actions like this one should not be coopted by any political side and always have to remain civil.

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