Beckerman suggested that children stay out of school until Congress passes gun control

Gal Beckerman, senior editor at Atlantic, wrote a piece to propose a move in which students will not return to school next fall until Congress passes a gun control law.

“Today I am left with one conclusion: Our country’s children and parents must take the summer to organize locally, make a series of national demands, and then in the fall refuse to go back to school until Congress does something. ‘ wrote Beckerman.

Beckerman suggested that such a campaign would pressure lawmakers to take action.

“One thing we have learned from the pandemic is that society is tense when children are not in school. This would make a strike an extremely powerful form of leverage. A strike, involving enough students and lasting for days rather than minutes, puts concrete pressure on authorities from the local level to Washington. When students are not in school, parents have trouble getting to work. Suddenly understaffed services – hospitals, subways – suffer the consequences. Politicians and local officials have a mess on their hands – children are falling behind in learning, parents are overworked – and a powerful incentive to comply with a demand,” he wrote.

“What if students, parents and teachers needed the next three months to mobilize? They could set up thousands of local committees to support the strike and decide what the national demand might be — say, a ban on assault weapons. They could figure out the mutual support and childcare they would need to get through the days and maybe weeks it would take for Congress to act. You could strengthen their commitment to an idea, a tactic. With the youngest children, the parents would have to take the lead.” he noted.

Last week, a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers at a school in Uvalde, Texas. In early May, ten people died in a shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York.

Democrats have called for gun control — during a Thursday night address, President Joe Biden called for the ban on assault weapons and large-capacity magazines. He specifically called for the reintroduction of a ban that was approved in 1994 but eventually expired a decade later. As an alternative to a ban, Biden proposed raising the age for purchasing such firearms to 21. Beckerman suggested that children stay out of school until Congress passes gun control

Laura Coffey

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