Two victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting have become outspoken advocates for gun control, and they held nothing back during an appearance this week on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.”
One student bragged about hanging up on a phone call from the White House, while another said he is thankful for the chance to improve a world that previous generations have destroyed.
The comments were aired by students Cameron Kasky and David Hogg, who are helping to organize the “March For Our Lives” demonstration set for March 24 in Washington, D.C. They also co-founded Never Again MSD, a gun control advocacy group.
What did the students say about politicians?
“With the march we want Americans to stop being afraid of demanding our politicians to take action. They work for us, we don’t work for them,” Kasky said. “The march is us coming out and saying to our employees, ‘You guys suck at your job.’ ”
In February, Kasky appeared on CNN’s Town Hall where he questioned Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on whether he would continue to take political contributions from the National Rifle Association.
“We don’t respect people just because we have to,” Kasky said on Maher’s program. “We don’t respect you just because you have senator in front of your name.”
He added: “And Mr. Rubio, if you don’t believe me, watch the news.”
Kasky went on to say that the Second Amendment “is a great defense that I’ve seen a lot. Because they put it as if you’re attacking a right that they’re born with.”
Maher chimed in: “It is, if you’re an American.”
What else did they say?
Hogg said he “hung up on the White House the other day” after he received a call to attend Trump’s listening session. He called the timing of the invitation “very offensive considering the fact that there were funerals the next day, there was mourning we still had to do.”
“I ended on this message with them. I said, ‘We don’t need to listen to President Trump. President Trump needs to listen to the screams of the children and the screams of this nation,’” Hogg said.
Hogg also criticized the Florida legislature for not discussing an assault weapons ban, but instead focusing on porn as a “public health emergency.”
Kasky concluded by saying he accepts the apology of all of the generations before him.
“We appreciate that you are willing to let us rebuild the world that you f****d up,” he added.