Martin Luther King Jr’s daughter tells students to ‘refuse to return to school’ until shootings addressed

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Martin Luther King Jr’s daughter tells students to ‘refuse to return to school’ until shootings addressed

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On the 55th anniversary of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.’s death after being shot in 1968, his daughter, Bernice King, called on students to “refuse to return to school” until shootings are addressed.

In the wake of the recent mass shooting at Covenant School in Nashville, Tennessee, students in the area organized walkouts to protest gun violence.

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However, King believes they should go even further.

“The only thing that I wish, and I’ve said this before across the nation as I’ve talked to different audiences, I wish there was a way to really organize them in a way that their walkout is not a day, but it’s the Montgomery bus protests, that we refuse to return to school until there is some significant legislation that bans assault weapons,” she said Tuesday.

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“This issue that they’re standing tall in is well past being addressed,” she claimed. “It should not have to take this kind of effort, but we’re living in times where what my father did, which was to really sacrifice their very lives, sacrifice their job, sacrifice their home, sacrifice everything — we’re right back at that place.”

She tied the recent school shooting to the death of her father, explaining, “My father was assassinated with a rifle that would be the equivalent of what we call assault weapons today, and 55 years later, we’re just increasing the access to these instruments.”

King attributed some of the cause of these shootings to “economic conditions” and acknowledged that people who wish to do harm are going to find a way to do so no matter what kind of access they have to guns.

“The issue is that these are deadly instruments — we should not have them in society,” she said. “What is the purpose of them? We have more guns than we have people.”

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After last month’s shooting at Covenant School, President Joe Biden reiterated his demand for an assault-style weapons ban. “We have to do more to stop gun violence. It’s ripping communities apart, ripping at the very soul of the nation,” he said in remarks following the fatal shooting. “I call on Congress again to pass my assault weapons ban.”

Six people were killed in the attack, three children and three staff members at the school.

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