Why I walked out by Aur Shalev Merin

Walking out of school

April 20th marked the 19th anniversary for the Columbine shooting, one of the most famous school shooting incidents in the US. All across the nation, teenagers organized walk-outs protests – leaving school at 10:00 am in an effort to call for gun control regulations. Aur Shalev Merin, an 8th grade student from Redmond wrote about his experience and the reasons for his walk out:

 

People talk a lot about how they want things to change, gun rights especially. But that is all that they do, they talk and talk. Carl Jung once said, “you are what you do, not what you say you do.” If you say that you do something, then do it, don’t just sit around saying things that you won’t do. I think that you can spend your time better by doing then by talking, but if you say that you are behind something, then be behind it 100% percent!

Carl Jung once said, “you are what you do, not what you say you do.” If you say that you do something, then do it, don’t just sit around

That is why I decided to walk right out of the school door today. I know a lot of people from my school that said that they support gun restrictions, and always talked about how they should be stopped, but ended up not doing any of the walkouts. Or saying that they will go to the walkout but then not doing it in the last moment.

It might get you in some trouble in your school for walking out to support gun restrictions. I have gotten an unexcused absence for walking out of the school today. But it was worth it. A lot of kids at my school were especially afraid of that and of missing school. I believe that this will teach me so much more than school ever will on this issue. This was a lesson, but more importantly, it was an experience. Experiences teach you so much more about the world that we live in. You see, you don’t really get many of those if you only stay on the “safe” side, and then you don’t learn anything.

Martin Luthor King Jr. once said, “One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”  If you find laws which cause people unjust harm, then you shouldn’t follow them. What I mean by that is not to disobey the law, but if you find something wrong in this world, then fix it! Do you think that any change would have been made if Gandhi would have followed the law? No change ever happens without sacrifice, and we have already had a lot of that, too much to turn away from, 138 innocent school kids, to be exact.

When I came here, I was surprised to find out that you can easily buy guns, I was just 10, but even then, I understood that it is wrong, and dangerous

I have been supporting the cause of gun restrictions ever since I came to the Unites States. When I came here, I was surprised to find out that you can easily buy guns, I was just 10, but even then, I understood that it is wrong, and dangerous. Some people might say that it is kind of hypocritical for me to write this since I come from Israel. In Israel, a country which is at war almost every year, you are not able to buy guns. You can get a gun only if you are in an active military duty or were in one of the special op units and you must go through at least two years of training and through some psychological exams. To come here, to the U.S, the country which most of the people in this world could only dream of going to, and find out about the gun problems here, was very disappointing. I am really hoping for all of this to change, and if it won’t, then I will continue to protest. And that is why I walked out today.

 

You may also want to read about Aur's volunteering trip in the Dominican Republic

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