Officials at a high school in El Paso, Texas, are under fire for allowing students to leave class Friday as part of a nationwide anti-gun protest, during which one student was struck by a car and killed.
This terrible tragedy has caused angry parents and others to accuse the school of allowing favored PC politics on guns to override its responsibility to keep students safe. Some even say there’s “blood on the hands” of the school officials, just as the NRA has been blamed for kids dying in school shootings. Naturally, school officials don’t like being blamed for deaths that they were not directly responsible for. They claim the students were safely transported to the stadium for the protest, but this student apparently used the event as an excuse to sneak away and meet friends in the park, and he was killed when he tried to cross a highway illegally.
That may be true, but the fact remains that if they had not allowed students to leave class for a politically-motivated event, that student would not have been on the highway and he would still be alive. And frankly, they have no excuse for not knowing they were endangering the students.
I pointed out in my commentaries three weeks ago that according to CDC statistics, Americans are three times more likely to die in a car crash than to be murdered by someone with a gun. If you filter out such incidents as criminal gang members shooting each other and count only the type of shootings the students were protesting – mass shootings of innocents, such as school shootings – the chances of dying in a traffic accident are 1,000 times greater. (Side note: just letting them out of the building might expose them to stinging insects, which pose a greater risk of death statistically than mass shootings.)
So even if the El Paso school officials intended to put the kids on school buses and drive them somewhere safe to protest school shootings, they still exposed them to a danger of death 1,000 times greater than their chances of being a victim of a school shooting.
To use the exact same reasoning that the left employs toward the NRA, I have to ask all school officials who allow students to leave the relative safety of the classroom to go to anti-gun protests:
“Why do you prioritize your political agenda about guns over the safety of our children? Why do you want children to die?”
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