On Saturday, two special interest groups hope to draw thousands of students out to rally in favor of more stringent gun control laws. Rallies are planned nationwide, but only a handful are taking place in Eastern Washington, and none in the Lower Yakima Valley, yet.

Since the rally is on Saturday instead of a school day, it’ll be interesting to see how many middle and high school students actually turn out. You’ll recall that on March 14, most Sierra Vista Middle School students in Sunnyside and most Mabton Junior/Senior High School students walked out of class, as did about two-thirds of Grandview Middle School.

So, a large student turnout this coming weekend would indicate youth are genuinely concerned about their safety on school campuses. Conversely, a small turnout of students would say just the opposite.

Moreover, a small turnout would also indicate the March 14 student walkouts were more about skipping class and/or teachers’ political agendas than about school safety.

Either way, the turnout generated by the push from political action committees March for Our Lives and Everytown for Gun Safety will say something about how strongly students actually believe in gun control.

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