How Survivors of the Florida School Shooting Are Fighting Back

The students who survived last week’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, where 17 people died, are turning their grief into a passionate demand for action on gun control.

It’s impossible not to be impressed by their eloquence and intelligence.

“They say that tougher gun laws do not decrease gun violence. We call BS,” yelled senior Emma González (seen above) as she delivered a fiery speech at a Fort Lauderdale rally last Saturday. “They say a good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun. We call BS,” she went on.

“They say 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.” With each “BS” she was roundly cheered by the large crowd in support of her call for stricter gun control laws.

“You’re either with us or against us,” González told politicians on Sunday. “We’re going to be the last mass shooting.”

“We are losing our lives while the adults are playing around,” Cameron Kasky, a junior at the school, said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

The fight back has already started.

A team of teenagers spent last weekend organizing, using their parents’ living rooms. Kasky was one of those Florida survivors who was exhausted after doing more then 50 interviews since the shooting.

Unless you’ve been sleeping for the past few days, you must have been aware of the rallies, the cable coverage and the numerous op-eds focusing on this amazing group of teenagers determined to make a difference.

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Photo Credit: Screenshot from online Washington Post video

On Monday, 17 high school students from the Washington D.C. area lay down for three minutes in front to the White House, representing the lives lost in Florida and the time it takes to buy a gun.

Several hundred protesters rallied around them, demanding that legislators take action to end gun violence.

Now, as I write this, a hundred survivors from last week’s shooting are making the 450-mile trip by bus from Parkland to Tallahassee, Florida’s state capital, for a showdown with state lawmakers.

“I think they are going to hear us out,” said senior Chris Grady. He expressed hope for “common sense laws like rigorous background checks.”

A march planned for March 14, one month since the Florida shootings, calls for students and teachers to walk out of their schools at 10 am for 17 minutes to honor the 17 lives lost in Florida.

Two Million Dollars Raised!

On March 24, the Parkland students are planning a “March For Our Lives” in Washington D.C. to demand that Congress take action on gun violence. George and Amal Clooney have donated $500,000, saying they are inspired by the “courage and eloquence” of these student activists.

Shortly after they made this announcement, Oprah Winfrey announced that she was matching their $500,000 along with a pledge of support for “March For Our Lives.”

Oprah’s message was followed by Hollywood producer Jeffrey Katzenberg and his wife Marilyn  announcing that they too would match the Clooneys’ money.

“Marilyn and I are proud to stand with the brave young leaders from Parkland, Florida, who have taken their pain and grief and turned it into action,” Katzenberg said in a statement, whereupon Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw followed suit.

Wow! Donations of $2 million. Those students must be doing something right.

A third event is titled #NationalSchoolWalkout and calls for high school students to walk out on April 20, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting in Colorado.

The bravery and passion of these survivors is amazing.

And before anyone starts saying that what they are calling for is hopeless, that nothing is ever going to change, take a look at the student protests of the 1960s and what they achieved.

These young people are powerful and their voices are already being heard. They are showing us the way forward. Time for us adults to step aside and let the youth lead (with our support, of course.)

 

Photo Credit: Screenshot from YouTube video

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