Students from Stoneman Douglas high school resist NRA


The Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fla happened on Feb. 14 on Valentine’s Day. It was another tragic murder scene just 136 days after the Las Vegas incident.

Seventeen innocent students and faculty were killed, and 14 students were severely injured by 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz with a Colt AR-15 semi-automatic rifle.

Cruz has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder.

Another mass shooting that involves students is horrifying, and to see that another teenager who would take the lives of others away is just plain evil and psychotic.

The survivors from the incident did not go into silence and move on. They did the opposite, which involved creating their own voice to take action in favor for gun control.

Students should never have to fear about going to school, which is why there is so much demand for lawmakers to take control so that something like this wouldn’t happen again.

On February 20, students in Washington D.C. marched to the White House, and performed a ‘lie-in’ in front of the house to pressure the lawmakers to pass tougher gun laws. 17 demonstrators chose to lie down for three minutes which demonstrated how long it took for Cruz to gun down the students and faculty.

The next day, students from Maine to Arizona and many other states walked out of class to protest gun violence and to honor the victims, including the thousands of students in Florida to protest for gun control.

Their movement is called the “March For Our Lives,” that will take place on March 24 in Washington D.C. and it will be spread throughout the United States to encourage other students to join in the protest and letting their voices be heard to the government.

“We are prepared to call BS [on] politicians who sit in their guilted house and Senate seats funded by the NRA, and telling us nothing could’ve ever been done to prevent this,” said Emma Gonzalez, a victim from Stoneman Douglas High School incident and activist at a rally on Feb. 17 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Both Gonzalez and David Hogg are survivors and activists who are demanding change, but how long will it take for the government, the National Rifle Association or Trump to take legal action?

“My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting. No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school,” President Trump said via Twitter, just a few hours after Cruz was arrested.

The students, teachers and families didn’t want his prayers or condolences, for the people wanted immediate action, and his statement alone wasn’t enough.

As there are more new stories developing about this event, people online are claiming that Hogg is an actor portraying a survivor, which is sad to believe. Hogg’s father works for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but people think that it’s all made up for show, and of course, for the ratings.

On Feb. 21 at a CNN town hall, Gonzalez pressed NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch about the NRA stances on banning the purchase of any semi-automatic and fully automatic weapons permanently.

That led to nothing but a back-and-forth argument, but Loesch held her line.

She kept mentioning the second amendment of our constitution and reminded the crowd why we have it, which states, “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

But, it gets better when Loesch held a press conference the day after the heated debate with the families and students at the CNN town hall.

“Many in legacy media love mass shootings. You guys love it. Now I’m not saying that you love the tragedy, but I am saying that you love the ratings. Crying white mothers are ratings gold to you and many in the legacy media in the back (of the room),” Loesch said at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

That is depressing to hear from someone that is pro-gun in America.

“Normally, 10 days after a mass shooting in America, the national news media moves on to the next story, but clearly this is still a big story,” Brian Stelter, the senior media correspondent for CNN said on Feb. 25 via YouTube.

Students, especially those at Parkland, are becoming activists themselves and are taking advantage of the attention that they’ve been given to urge others to backup their stance in supporting gun control.