As high schools across America plan walk outs in protest of legal gun ownership, a freedom enshrined as a God-given right in the Constitution, Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) National Chairman Grant Strobl announced two new initiatives for freedom-loving students:

I am excited to announce two initiatives for hundreds of high school Young Americans for Freedom chapters and for any high school student, parent, or administrator who wants to participate:

First, for any school participating in a walk out or similar program that interrupts instructional time, Young America’s Foundation will help students host a lecture during an all-school assembly on gun safety and the importance of the Second Amendment. If schools use taxpayer-funded instructional time for political purposes to oppose a God-given freedom, it is only fair to provide an opportunity for an alternative educational lecture on gun safety and the Second Amendment.

Second, Young Americans for Freedom will help students petition their administrators to permit school personnel to arm themselves.

I have the deepest of sympathies for the families and loved ones of those brutally murdered in mass killings at any secondary school or university. These mass killings occur far too often, and it is time for practical solutions that impact the security of students now.

Instead of working toward real solutions to protect young Americans, leftist groups are organizing ‘walk outs’ to promote thoughtless policies that would dangerously erode the civil liberties upon which America is built. The Left is once again playing politics with tragedy: Using high school students as pawns to advance a political agenda is immoral and ignores practical solutions that could save lives.

It is time for schools to implement practical measures to safeguard the next generation.

Students, parents, or administrators interested in taking advantage of these initiatives should contact Young America’s Foundation via email: or by calling YAF’s Freedom Hotline at 1-800-USA-1776.

“The shooting in Parkland was a clear failure of government, not the Second Amendment,” said YAF Spokesman Spencer Brown. “To attack the God-given right to arm and protect oneself in the wake of this tragedy is leftist scapegoating at its worst.”

For further information or to cover this announcement, contact Young America’s Foundation Spokesman Spencer Brown via email ( or phone (800-872-1776).