Student who went viral at Florida rally just responded to Republicans’ assault weapons vote

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Today, with teenage Parkland massacre survivors present, theFlorida House voted against a ban on military-grade assault weapons like the AR-15 used in last week’s Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School massacre and so many other mass shootings.

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After this afternoon’s devastating blow, Emma Gonzalez — the brave young survivor who called “BS” on Republican lawmakers who choose NRA funding over children’s lives — tweeted out a message that will have Americans marching to the polls come November.

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In the wake of last week’s devastating and avoidable mass shooting that killed 14 children and 3 teachers, Gonzalez and her Parkland peers have ignited the #NeverAgain movement, calling out the Republican Party’s inaction on gun control.

After the massacre, Gonzalez’ powerful speech galvanized the support of a nation, including from major figures, like Oprah Winfrey and George and Amal Clooney.

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This morning, Democratic Rep. Kionne McGhee asked for a procedural vote to consider a measure banning assault rifles and large capacity magazines.  The Parkland, Florida students looked on from the gallery as the motion was denied by the majority-Republican House by a 36 to 71 margin. Republicans control the chamber by 76 to 41.

Per the AP, “McGhee said that means the bill would be dead unless the House voted to remove it from the committees and let it be considered by the full House.”

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“President” Trump, meanwhile, signed an executive order last year, reversing Obama-era restrictions intended to prevent mentally ill people from accessing weapons.

Parkland is the 59th mass shooting at or near a school this academic year.

Americans stand appalled with the inaction of Republicans in Washington who would rather defend the NRA than their own constituents.

In the upcoming November midterm elections, a fierce, brilliant generation led by students like Gonzalez will show Trump and his Republican Party what their spineless pandering to the NRA gets them.

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Lucia Brawley

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 luciabrawley.com. Follow her on Twitter: @luciabrawley

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