The response to the Parkland massacre has been overwhelming. But this aftermath is unique — the loudest voices spurring action are the students that survived the shooting.
Despite constant criticism from those on the right:
HOW TEENS SPEAK TO AND ABT ADULTS: “We shd change the names of AR-15s to ‘Marco Rubio’ bc they are so easy to buy,” Stoneman Douglas sophomore Sarah Chadwick tweeted.
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) February 23, 2018
…these teens have been incredibly productive.
These kids are already creating massive change. And I am happy to have them here today. pic.twitter.com/IHtDzt9jCP
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) February 23, 2018
– forced CNN town hall
– got new commitments from Rubio
– pressured POTUS to call for bump stock ban
– led advertisers to leave NRA
– dragged D'Souza, Ingraham, O'Reilly online
– saw Florida aide fired for lies
– raised *millions* for march
It's been 9 days.
— Isaac Saul (@Ike_Saul) February 23, 2018
The plan taking shape is three-fold: Change legislation surrounding guns (and if politicians won’t do that, vote in new ones). Shift public opinion on guns by creating an honest discussion. Expose and dismantle the power of the National Rifle Association.
Students have confronted elected officials, both in person and online:
Student Cameron Kasky asks Marco Rubio whether he will pledge not to take any more NRA money pic.twitter.com/kJi1Tot2YT
— Axios (@axios) February 22, 2018
WATCH: Students chant "shame on you!" outside the Florida State Capitol. pic.twitter.com/HpjGb1xgFR
— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 21, 2018
They have given speeches from the heart that have ignited the nation:
Incredibly moved by @DelaneyTarr’s speech today. Follow her!
"We've had enough of thoughts and prayers…we are coming after every single one of you and demanding that you take action, demanding that you make a change." #ParklandStudentsSpeak pic.twitter.com/XTkon1ugTV
— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) February 21, 2018
Sarah Chadwick: "Never again should a child be afraid to go to school. Never again should students have to protest for their lives." pic.twitter.com/Lj9pairFo7
— Fox News (@FoxNews) February 21, 2018
Finally, they have targeted the NRA. The National Rifle Association began as a bipartisan group dedicated to gun safety. But now, the NRA is a machine. It raises and spends an absolutely insane amount of money that goes almost exclusively to Republicans. In 2016, they spent $52.5 million on Republican candidates (and $265 on Democrats).
Where does this money come from? It’s not an easy question to answer, especially since campaign finance laws have been weakened. A 2015 article from CNN Money shows that the NRA’s 2013 revenue was almost $350 million, with about half of that coming from membership dues.
These teens are hitting the NRA where it hurts: their bottom line.
Ok what other big companies support the NRA? Let's get this done tonight!
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) February 23, 2018
A massive tidal shift is occurring, with advertisers breaking from the NRA at an incredible pace. The survivors of the massacre began a quickly moving Twitter campaign called #BoycottNRA. And they are achieving instant results.
In the past 24 hours, these companies have ended their relationship with the @NRA:
Alamo Rent A Car
National Rent A Car
Enterprise Rent A Car
First National Bank of Omaha#BoycottNRA
— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) February 23, 2018
More and more businesses are ending relationships with the NRA. Announced via Twitter, insurance giant MetLife has ended discounts for NRA members.
We value all our customers but have decided to end our discount program with the NRA.
— MetLife (@MetLife) February 23, 2018
MetLife customers are on board:
Thank you. As a Met Life customer I appreciate you putting my children’s right to not get shot at school above the @NRA
— The Dose of Reality (@TheDoseTweets) February 23, 2018
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