In the wake of the Parkland, FL school shooting, the teen survivors are speaking out and taking their political leaders to task for critical inaction.
One well-spoken group of Stoneman Douglas students: Jaclyn Corin, Emma Gonzalez, David Hogg, Cameron Kasky and Alex Wind went on Face the Nation to announce a nationwide march and demonstration in Washington to call for substantive legislation to prevent gun violence.
Here, they speak to Marco Rubio, specifically.
Student from Stoneman Douglas addresses his senator, Marco Rubio:
"Our job is to go to school, learn and not take a bullet. You need to figure this out. That's why you were unfortunately elected." pic.twitter.com/BJ3et4rKrI
— Axios (@axios) February 18, 2018
The demonstration is planned for March 24, and the students plan to call for action in congress on gun control and mental health treatment.
Nikolas Cruz shot 17 of his classmates with an AR-15 rifle on Valentine’s Day. He could face the death penalty for the crime.
This is the latest in a string of mass shootings – a gun went off in an Los Angeles classroom just last week, a gunman opened fire on a music festival in Las Vegas, killing over 50 people and injuring nearly 500 last year, a terrorist opened fire on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando almost two years ago.
The public has tired of the ritual Republican call for thoughts and prayers in the wake of these outbreaks of violence and the Democrats’ typically impotent calls for stricter gun control. This time, the survivors of the shooting, high school students, are speaking out and calling explicitly for something tangible to be done about the ease of access to guns in America.
These five students who aren’t even old enough to vote are finally saying what politicians have been too cowardly to say themselves. Inaction is unacceptable. Laying blame and focusing on the past is pointless. Lawmakers need to separate themselves from the corrupting influence on NRA money and make moves to curb access to guns and legislate mental health treatment to make sure kids like those in Parkland, FL never have to fear walking into school, or a nightclub, or an airport ever again. Anything less is criminal.