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student walkouts against gun violence: notes and commentary

I have been asked by a few news sources on my views about today’s student walkouts, which are protests in favor of stricter gun control legislation. In no particular order:

  1. There is a long tradition of student protest, which includes walk outs by K-12 students. These include various student protests during the Civil Rights era, walk outs for other issues like immigration, and walk outs to protest school administrators and teachers (e.g., see Grant’s history of Hamilton High School).
  2. By themselves, walkouts will not directly lead to change unless they are connected to a larger political strategy.
  3. If this turns out to be an effective tactic, it will not be enough by itself. It will likely be part of a larger serious of contentious events around this issue.
  4. Gun control is a highly constrained space in American policy. Voters know what they like, elected officials know what they want. There isn’t a lot of wiggle room for movements.
  5. It would be interesting to see which schools issued statements for or against a protest and what correlates with that (e.g., Democratic district, district SES, etc.)
  6. My bet is that the biggest effect of these protests will be on students themselves. As suggested by some social movement research, participation acculturates people in new ways.

Add your own comments and predictions below.

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Written by fabiorojas

March 15, 2018 at 1:01 am

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  1. “Gun control is a highly constrained space in American policy. Voters know what they like, elected officials know what they want. There isn’t a lot of wiggle room for movements.” So true… but I’ll join a march next Saturday.

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    Not a scholar on this issue

    March 15, 2018 at 4:57 pm

  2. My standard response to reporters has been: We are in a protest cycle. Students have seen BLM and anti-Trump protests. They are protesting about an issue for which they have very widespread popular support and they are supported by their schools and families. The initial protesters were from an affluent and well-connected school.

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    olderwoman

    March 16, 2018 at 3:22 am


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