Multiple students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, were paraded onto Sunday talk shows over the weekend and they had one message for President Donald Trump, the National Rifle Association and politicians who support gun rights.
“You sicken me.”
What did the students say?
Speaking on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” student Cameron Kasky was unequivocal: “The adult politicians have been playing around while my generation has been losing our lives …We are begging for our lives, but we need to make real change here.”
Emma Gonzalez went on to talk about a march students nationwide plan to take part in to bring attention to gun violence.
“At this point, I don’t even know if the adults in power who are funded by the NRA, I don’t think we need them anymore,” she said. “If they don’t turn around right now and state their open support for this movement, they’re going to be left behind because you are either with us or against us.”
Gonzalez has been especially outspoken in the days after the shooting and has urged Americans to ignore the president.
David Hogg, who said the day after the shooting that more children will die if action isn’t take to rectify the problem right now, looked straight into the camera and delivered a message to Trump. He said:
President Trump, you control the House of Representatives, you control the Senate, and you control the executive. You haven’t taken a single bill for mental health care or gun control and passed it. And that’s pathetic. We’ve seen a government shutdown, we’ve seen tax reform, but nothing to save our children’s lives. Are you kidding me? You think now is the time to focus on the past and not the future to prevent the death of thousands of other children? You sicken me.
Hogg’s comments came in response to a question about one of Trump’s tweets from the weekend, where he questioned why Democrats didn’t pass gun control when Barack Obama was president.
When asked what laws they’d like to see passed, Hogg stressed that any law that helps prevent the next mass shooting will do. Hogg said the buck stops with both political parties. He explained:
We’ve had the debates — and people have died as a result. Children have died and will continue to if we don’t stop now and look at both sides of this because we can’t wait around any longer. Children are dying as a result. And we need to take action. And I call on President Trump and the Republican-controlled House and Senate and executive branch to work together, get some bills passed and stop taking money from the NRA because children are dying and so is the future of America as a result.