After last week’s tragedy in Parkland, Florida that killed seventeen people including students and wounded countless, there has been a call for more gun regulation. It seems after every mass shooting, we’ve became numb to the pain and have fallen into the same routine. The students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are determined to not be silenced in the issue. They have the nation watching them as they command adults to do something more than just send their “thoughts and prayers” to the victims and their families.
One student in particular who has gained the attention of the nation, Emma Gonzalez, has strongly voiced her demands to lawmakers, the NRA, and the public. The 18 year old senior was asked to speak at an anti-gun rally just three days after the tragedy she went through. She stated that she wrote her speech up until she got out of the car that day of the rally and she wrote it on her AP Government notes. She cited statistics from other countries as evidence that our country needs more gun regulation. Australia, who after the first mass shooting they introduced stricter gun regulations and haven’t had a mass shooting since. Canada, who has had three and none since bringing in gun control. Japan, who has had none.
Gonzalez strongly called out politician and the president for taking money from the NRA throughout their campaign. Trump has accepted $30 million from the NRA, Gonzalez broke that down to around $5,800 per victim of gun violence this year alone. One and a half months in this year. She then urged all who can, to go out and vote, call lawmakers and let our voices be heard.
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.