They don’t seem to end. Another school shooting, this one in Parkland, Florida leaves 17 dead and scores injured. This one makes in on the list of “deadliest school shootings.” Then the usual debate about gun violence, gun laws and the usual nothing gets done. But maybe just maybe this time things will be different especially if you leave it up to high school senior Emma Gonzalez.
Emma Gonzalez, a student at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School, now has the dubious distinction of being a gun violence survivor. And she is angry.
The teen delivered an impassioned speech today at a gun control rally and called President Trump and the National Rifle Association (NRA) to task.
“If the president wants to come up to me and tell me to my face that it was a terrible tragedy and how it should never have happened and maintain telling us how nothing is going to be done about it,” Gonzalez said, “I’m going to happily ask him how much money he received from the National Rifle Association.”
She readily knows the answer, “Thirty million dollars.” Chiding every politician who takes NRA money as shameful.
Gonzalez rallying cry: “We Call BS!”
“Politicians who sit in their gilded House and Senate seated funded by the NRA telling us nothing could have ever been done to prevent this, we call BS,” Furthermore: “They say that tougher gun laws do not decrease gun violence. We call BS. 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.
Watch her fiery speech where she won’t allow the President to pass blame only to the shooter Nikolas Cruz’ mental state, noting “We need to pay attention to the fact that this isn’t just a mental health issue.” Gonzalez also calls out “the people who let him buy the guns, the people who allowed guns to be accessorized.”
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