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SC governor denounces ‘shameful’ student walkout for gun control

As students across the nation took part in a school walkout Wednesday, one month after a deadly mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, critics of their gun-control activism continue to describe the demonstrators as pawns in a larger organized effort to weaken the Second Amendment.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster spoke out against the student-led protest Wednesday.

“It appears that these school children, innocent school children, are being used as a tool by these left-wing groups to further their own agenda,” the Republican said.

He went on to allege that the walkout is “not about the tragedy” at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 people dead.

“It sounds like a protest to me,” McMaster said, calling the event “shameful.”

He told the students participating in the demonstration this week that what they “should do” instead of rallying for legislative reform is to “pray” and “hope” for the victims and families impacted by the mass shooting.

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