The Reno Gazette Journal ran a piece this morning on the Student Walk Out in remembrance of the Columbine massacre.
“Students from at least eight Washoe County schools are planning to walk out of their classrooms, march through the streets or call their representatives on Friday to demand action over gun violence in schools.
The walkout is expected to start at 10 a.m., the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting in Colorado, and in conjunction with hundreds of other planned walkouts across the country.” [RGJ]
It seems appropriate to note that while the students are good at keeping their focus on the issues at hand, the media and all too many adults are having some difficulties doing the same. The Las Vegas Sun ran what read like a canned article, the online edition of the Review Journal didn’t mention the walk out.
What should we, as adults, do to help the kids get their message out — and keep it in the public spotlight? Get informed — The Trace is a good place to start. However, I’m probably typing for the choir here. There are other sites which collect and disseminate statistics such as the Johns Hopkins University Center for Gun Policy and Research; Everytown Research; and the Gun Violence Archive.
Get Registered. Okay, we’re already registered, but what about friends and neighbors? The Secretary of State’s Office posts basic information. Not in Las Vegas or Reno/Sparks areas? County Clerk information is here. DMV.org also provides basic information:
- Be a:
- Citizen of the United States.
- Nevada resident for at least 30 days before the date of an election.
- Resident of your precinct for at least 10 days before the election.
- Be at least 18 years old on or before the date of the election.
- Not have been declared mentally incompetent by a court of law.
- Not claim any other place as your legal residence.
If you have been convicted of a non-violent felony your voting rights are restored after you are discharged from incarceration and/or parole. If you have been convicted of a violent felony, or a second felony, you will need to apply to have your civil rights restored.