“Every single person up here today, all these people should be home grieving. But instead we are up here standing together because if all our government and president can do is send thoughts and prayers, then it’s time for victims to be the change that we need to see,” an enraged Gonzalez said while reading her speech from the back of her AP Government notes.
The face of the gun control movement is a young Latina woman. Just 12 days ago on Valentine’s Day the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida dealt with a school shooting. But, unlike most school shootings they will not theirs just slip under the rug. Emma González is a Bisexual (President of the Gay-Straight Alliance at her school) 18 year old senior at the school and has become the face of the gun control movement. She is a Cuban-American raised by a mother who is a math tutor and a father, Jose González, an attorney. In her own words, “We are going to be the last mass shooting.” These are young adults and it is not wise for those in power to underestimate them. These are young people who have grown up hearing about and watching on tv the countless school shootings we’ve had in America. They have witnessed these horrors and they have declared that enough is enough!
“They say tougher guns laws do not decrease gun violence. We call BS,” González yelled, starting a call-and-response from the crowd. “They say a good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun. We call BS. They say guns are just tools like knives and are as dangerous as cars. We call BS. They say no laws could have prevented the hundreds of senseless tragedies that have occurred. We call BS. That us kids don’t know what we’re talking about, that we’re too young to understand how the government works. We call BS.”- Emma González
They grew up on the internet. They are only 3-4 years younger than me but they are so savvy when it comes to social media. I’m astounded at how fast they were able to come together to start their movement and I just LOVE how they obliterated Dana Loesch on CNN. These teens are digital natives. They will be the ones to make change in America while those like Marco Rubio (who also got wrecked on CNN during the gun debate), who are digital immigrants, will be left sputtering wondering how they got destroyed by “kids”. Emma and the rest of these survivors are calling the GOP out on the fact that they’d rather get money from the NRA. They will watch CHILDREN be murdered in cold blood. They’d rather take money from the NRA than have our SCHOOLS be SAFE for our kids. These teenagers are calling them out, on live television, and telling them to stop taking donations. They asked Marco Rubio to his face to stop taking donations from the NRA and he basically said that he wouldn’t. I applaud Emma and the other survivors who have taken to social media to spread the word about their movement. I applaud them for being the voices for those who died. I stand with them. #NeverAgain.
“Thirty million dollars,” she exclaimed, noting the amount of money Trump has received from the NRA. “And divided by the number of gunshot victims in the United States in the one and one-half months in 2018 alone, that comes out to being $5,800. Is that how much these people are worth to you, Trump? If you don’t do anything to prevent this from continuing to occur, that number of gunshot victims will go up and the number that they are worth will go down. And we will be worthless to you.”