Florida teen shooting survivors announce ‘March for Our Lives’ demonstration in Washington
Teen survivors of the school shooting massacre in Florida last week are calling for a march on Washington to demand action on gun control.
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Student organizers of the protest told ABC News’ “This Week” Co-Anchor Martha Raddatz on Sunday that they are determined to use protests and political action to make the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas in Parkland, Florida, a turning point in the national debate over gun control.
“People keep asking us, ‘What about the Stoneman Douglas shooting is going to be different, because this has happened before and change hasn’t come?’” Cameron Kasky, an 11th-grader told Raddatz. “This is it.”
“People are saying that it’s not time to talk about gun control. And we can respect that,” Kasky added. “Here’s a time. March 24th in every single city. We are going to be marching together as students begging for our lives.”
Called “March for Our Lives,” the demonstration should transcend politics, according to Kasky and four of his classmates whom Raddatz also interviewed — Emma Gonzalez, David Hogg, Alex Wind and Jaclyn Corin.
“This isn’t about the GOP,” Kasky said. “This isn’t about the Democrats. This is about the adults. We feel neglected and at this point, you’re either with us or against us.”
“Any politician on either side who is taking money from the NRA is responsible for events like this,” the high school junior said of the shooting on Feb. 14 that killed 17 students and teachers at the school. “At the end of the day, the NRA is fostering and promoting this gun culture.”
Kasky said the point is to “create a new normal where there’s a badge of shame on any politician who’s accepting money from the NRA.”
“We want to give them the opportunity to be on the right side of this,” she said.
Raddatz asked Gonzalez what she would say to other students around the country to encourage them to join the protest.
The high school senior said, “The kids who need to take part in this are kids, everyday kids just like us. They are students who need to understand that this can very quickly happen to them … They need to join us, and they need to help us get our message across. All students should realize that a school shooting could happen anywhere.”