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Friday, June 22, 2018

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.com

 

As students all around Florida and throughout the country stand with the teenagers who survived the Parkland school shooting, the survivors themselves trekked hundreds of miles by bus to the state capitol in Tallahassee to lobby their legislators for change.

But no sooner had the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High arrived than the GOP-controlled Florida House of Representatives, by a vote of 71 to 36, blocked debate of a bill to prohibit assault weapons.

Photographs revealed several students looking on from the galleries in horror and disgust as their lawmakers failed them.

 


After the vote, some students took to social media to condemn their state officials for refusing to act.

“How could you do that to us ? Are you kidding me ??? #NeverAgain We are not forgetting this come Midterm Elections – the Anger that I feel right now is indescribable” tweeted Emma Gonzalez.

Another Stoneman Douglas High student had a blunter message:


Another student, speaking to reporters on the bus, said, “Honestly I’m upset, but it’s just giving me even more drive to go up there and tell them how I feel, how outraged I am, how upset and heartbroken I feel.”

“That’s kind of like a big screw you,” he added.

Florida’s elected officials may have failed the Parkland survivors, but the public is not abandoning them.

A new Quinnipiac poll finds two-thirds of Americans believe it is too easy to obtain a gun, and even 97 percent of Republicans want to expand background checks.

Meanwhile, Trump himself seems to be feeling the heat after being scorched for his insensitivity to the students’ plight, with a belated push for the Department of Justice to consider banning the “bump fire stock” attachment used in previous massacres like the Las Vegas shooting in October 2017.

Young people have historically played crucial roles in seemingly impossible social change in this country. The Parkland students are determined to be at the forefront of a movement, and they will not be ignored.

Header image: (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)