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Upstate gun rights advocate, professor each weigh in on school walkout movement

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"Byrnes Walkout" Instagram post. (Source: Instagram) "Byrnes Walkout" Instagram post. (Source: Instagram)
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As e call for action continues from Florida high school students and teens around the nation, Furman Political Science Professor, Dr. Danielle Vinson, believes the generation might be able to enact change in Washington.

"For them to come up and start calling out politicians, I think that's a very powerful image. It's something that we haven't really seen a lot in the wake of school shootings," said Dr. Vinson.

On March 14, an Instagram page entitled "Byrnes Walk Out" calls for students at J.F. Byrnes High School to walk out of school for 17 minutes at 10 a.m. It's a nationwide movement that's spread to the Upstate, demanding Congress to act on tougher on gun laws.

Roy Harmon, a member of pro Second Amendment group, South Carolina Carry Inc., said he believes better protecting children, starts with better protecting schools.

"That's a real tragedy and it needs to be addressed and I think everyone can come to agreement on that. We ought to have at least as good protection as we have for our politicians, lawyers, judges and those that are in government," said Harmon.

Even as one prominent Florida GOP donor, Al Hoffman Jr., announced he won't fund politicians who don't support a ban on assault weapons, Harmon doesn't think that's the ultimate solution.

"We've not had good experience in this country with declaring something contraband and seeing that work out well. It didn't work in Prohibition, it clearly has not worked in the war on drugs," said Harmon.

But, as the call grows louder for change, Dr. Vinson said this time around it may just be too loud to ignore.

"I think if you've got donors who are significant in a state stepping up and saying, you're getting none of my money until I see action on this, you'll start seeing state legislators taking things into their own hands," said Dr. Vinson.

FOX Carolina did reach out to the creator of the "Byrnes Walkout" Instagram account but has not heard back. Spartanburg District 5 said it is aware of the protest and is in the very early stages of assessing the situation.

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