August 10, 2022

Teacher who survived Florida school shooting just broke down live on-air

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Melissa Falkowski, a Journalism teacher who ushered 19 of her Florida high school students to safety in a closet during the Parkland massacre yesterday, broke down in tears during an otherwise stoic interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow last night.


You can watch the video below this article.

She implored Congress to tighten gun laws, in order to make America’s children safer from deranged shooters, many (including yesterday’s) white nationalists with unfettered access to AR-15’s and other military-grade assault weapons.

Falkowski explained how the teachers and the children were prepared for every eventuality, having held countless “active shooter,” fire, and bomb drills, and yet nothing could have prepared them for the slaughter they witnessed:

They knew what to do, we knew what to do. And even still, even with that, we still have 17 casualties, 17 people that aren’t going to return to their families and to me that is totally unacceptable . . . It’s time for Congress, government, somebody to do something and it’s time to talk about what the problem is and try to fix it.

The president offered the standard NRA talking points in a tweet this morning, citing “prayers and condolences,” while leaving out the radicalization of white American men, and the NRA-supported policies that leave the door wide open for an endless series of mass shootings by sick individuals.

Last year, Trump actually signed a bill making it easier for mentally ill people to access guns.

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Without a ban on assault weapons, and bans on mentally ill people, domestic abusers, and terrorists accessing guns, this nation’s most dangerous past times — guns and white supremacy — will only further imperil its future.

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Yet the Trump administration and their Republican henchmen in Congress downplay the impact laws can have on reducing gun violence and they refuse to acknowledge the serious threat white nationalist terrorism poses.

Instead, they stoke it, ginning up fear around the empirically smaller domestic threats of Muslim extremists and Latino gang violence, but leave white supremacist terror plots and attacks off the federal terror list.

If men of color were the ones committing all of these mass shootings, gun restrictions would be moved to the top of the legislative agenda and shooters would be deemed “terrorists.”

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Even after a shooter opened fire on a Republican congressional baseball practice, the right wing continued to slavishly serve their NRA overlords.

Are the lives of our children really worth a few thousand dollars from the gun lobby?

In the 2018 midterms, let’s show the Republicans the days of facilitating gun massacres are over.


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Lucia Brawley is a Harvard- and Yale-educated writer, producer, actor, and political organizer. She runs the progressive political Facebook group Consenting to Lead. To learn more, please go to Follow her on Twitter: @luciabrawley

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