Children are resilient creatures. They are also much stronger and much more determined than most adults. Republicans in Congress have blocked all progress that could (and should) be made on gun control; however, they will now have to face a group of teenagers, who have faced far worse than what those politicians could even imagine.
After a 19-year-old kid walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida with an AR-15, he managed to destroy the lives of 17 people and the lives of their family members. Though it shocked some in America, a growing number have become numb to the carnage we continue to see go on in school shootings.
Parkland school teacher Alicia Blonde on Fox: “With all due respect to your station, you’ll be here today, tomorrow, maybe next week. But by the following week … it’ll just be a passing memory. Like Columbine, Sandy Hook..” #GunReformNow pic.twitter.com/20U4TPl1qo
— Remove Trump Now (@KaniJJackson) February 15, 2018
However, a group of survivors is refusing to grow numb to the issue and refuse to be dismayed by it. Rather, they are taking action to promote change, so that, perhaps, America will not have to see such a catastrophic tragedy ever again.
Alex Wind, Cameron Kasky, and Sofie Whitney joined together and formed Never Again MSD. With the help of a few other organizations and the support of politicians, gun-control groups, and even Justin Bieber, they are setting out to force Congress to take action on gun control.
Alex Wind told the Washington Post:
‘Too many politicians are taking money from the NRA. It’s not a political issue; it’s an issue of action. It’s not specifically about Democrats or Republicans. It’s about sending a message that if you receive money from the NRA, you will not be receiving a single vote from Parkland, Fla.’
Wind also told WaPo if Congress wouldn’t take action, several of them would not be returning to school.
‘We will not let those 17 people die in vain because, if nothing gets done, I am not going back to school, David Hogg will not be going back to school, Cameron Kasky will not be coming back to school, Emma Gonzalez will not be going back to school. None of us from the Never Again movement will be going back to school until legislation has been passed, and until changes have been made.’
After so many shootings, Wind was asked what was different this time around after so many shootings. He answered:
‘Columbine was the first one, and people said, “It’s okay; it’s never going to happen again.” It happened again. Newtown, the kids were so young … they couldn’t speak out. We are different.’
Student David Hogg who survived the Parkland, Florida, mass shooting has a message for President Trump: “We’ve seen a government shutdown. Tax reform. But nothing to save our children’s lives. Are you kidding me?… You sicken me.” (edited) pic.twitter.com/UZBXePaoSi
— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 18, 2018
On CNN, Kasky said:
‘You are going to be seeing students in every single major city marching and we have our lives on the line here, and at the end of the day, that is going to be what’s bringing us to victory and to making some sort of right out of this tragedy. This is about us begging for our lives.’
Kaska also talked about the fact that the shooting happened in 2018 when mid-term elections will be held and that this will be a factor in the upcoming elections.
‘If our elected officials are not willing to stand up and say, “I’m not going to continue to take money from the NRA because children are dying,” they shouldn’t be in office and they won’t be in office because this is a midterm year and this is the change that we need.’
“This isn’t Democrats and Republicans, this is about everybody and how we are begging for our lives,” student survivors of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting share their plans for a “March for Our Lives.” https://t.co/ypvycBaJMS pic.twitter.com/KqeNFJp258
— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 18, 2018
During a rally Saturday, Gonzalez made a powerful assertion – they would be the last.
‘We are going to be the kids you read about in textbooks. Not because we’re going to be another statistic about mass shooting in America, but because, just as David said, we are going to be the last mass shooting.’
“We call BS!” Student from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School leads chant on lawmakers’ responses to gun violence after school shooting. pic.twitter.com/WWZbholafb
— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 17, 2018
If nothing else is apparent, politicians and adults have failed children with our inaction. Now, children, teenagers who should be worrying about prom and acne, are having to pick up the slack to make a change before more lives are lost.
Here’s the speech from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Emma Gonzalez at an anti-gun rally happening today in Fort Lauderdale https://t.co/CyfMnPDAvW // https://t.co/hgewZy4Cxf https://t.co/gssAmGczuH
— Joshua Chavers (@JoshuaChavers) February 17, 2018
Featured image by Mark Wilson/Getty Images.