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Students Who Survived the Florida Shooting Are Stepping onto the National Stage to Demand Gun Control

Emma González, school sharpened survivor and organizer of the Mar for Our Lives on Mar 24.
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Seventeen people were shot to death at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Valentine’s Day. Their peers and family members wish this mass sharpened to be the last one—and they are organizing a “March for Our Lives” impetus on Washington D.C.  set for Mar 24.

On a swarming lectern the day after the Florida high school shooting, 12th grader and survivor of the new electrocute stood surrounded by victims’ family members and other sharpened survivors and spoke to a throng at a gun control convene in Fort Lauderdale. She removed humble in a closet for hours while she listened gunfire rain down on her friends, shamed lawmakers for holding income from the NRA and refusing to take movement on gun violence. 

“Every singular person who is up her today, all these people, should be at home grieving, but instead we are up here since if all the supervision and boss can do is pend thoughts and prayers, then it’s time for victims to be teh change that we need to see,” González said. “We need to compensate courtesy to the fact that this isn’t just a mental health issue. He wouldn’t have spoiled that many students with a knife!”


González is organizing a inhabitant criticism bid alongside associate students David Hogg, Alex Wind, Cameron Kasky and Jacqueline Coren, all of whom attend Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and were benefaction the day of the shooting. The idea is to vigour legislators to exercise stronger firearm regulations—and, ideally, shorten entrance to involuntary and semiautomatic weapons like the AR-15 that allegedly enabled the gunman to electrocute people at the school last week.

“We are going to be the last mass shooting,” pronounced Emma González to a resounding throng at the gun control rally. “Just like Tinker v. Des Moines we are going to change the law. That’s gonna be Marjory Stoneman Douglass [High School] in that textbook. And it’s all going to be due to the untiring bid of the school baord, the expertise members, the family members  and many importantly the students. The students who are dead, the students still in the hospital, the students who are now pang from PTSD.” 

“Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa was the solitary unite on this check that stops the FBI From behaving credentials checks on people adjudicated to be mentally ill and now he’s stating for the record, ‘Well, it’s a shame that hte FBI isn’t behaving credentials checks on these mentally ill people.’ Well, duh. You took that eventuality divided last year,” González said. 

“The people in the supervision who were voted into energy are fibbing to us,” she continued. “And us kids seem to be the only ones who notice and are prpared to call BS.”

In further to the Mar for Our Lives eventuality on Mar 24, the organizers of the Women’s Mar are ancillary the students’ efforts by job for a inhabitant school walkout, the #Enough Walkout, on Mar 14.

Enough is enough!

Women’s Mar Youth EMPOWER is job for students, teachers, and allies to take partial in a #NationalSchoolWalkout for 17 mins at 10am on Mar 14, 2018. Join us in observant #ENOUGH!https://t.co/8ZE8uthRlZ pic.twitter.com/45yCZl4zDm

— Women’s Mar (@womensmarch) Feb 16, 2018

The goal, by and large, is to force the nation’s inaugurated officials, and Republicans in particular, to take movement against gun assault that extends over their thoughts and prayers, as tyro survivors and victims’ relatives have done clear.

““From here on, we are formulating a badge of shame for any politicians who are usurpation income from the NRA,” 11th grader and school sharpened survivor Cameron Kasky pronounced to People. “It is a special seductiveness organisation that has many positively not [got] the best interests in mind. …

“At the finish of the day, this isn’t a red and blue thing. This isn’t Democrats or Republicans. This is about everybody and how we are vagrant for the lives,” he added. “We need to make genuine change here and that’s accurately what we’re going to do.”

April M. Short is a freelance author who focuses on health, wellness and social justice. She previously worked as AlterNet’s drugs and health editor. 

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