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Parkland students say NRA has 'basically threatened' them since they've been advocating gun control

David Hogg and Emma González, students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, talked to CBS News about the National Rifle Association and gun control. (Image source: CBS News video screenshot)

Students David Hogg and Emma González, who survived last month's mass murder in Parkland, Florida, told CBS News on Monday that the National Rifle Association has "basically threatened" them since they've been advocating for more gun control.

"The way that they've been reaching out to us is basically threatening us," Hogg said.

“They’ve been instigating things,” González added. “And then we reply, they shy away. Like they can dish it out, but they can’t take it.”

But the pair, who dubbed themselves as the "mass-shooting generation" and helped launch Never Again MSD, a student-led gun control organization, didn't provide further details about the alleged threats from the NRA.

The two classmates, who also appeared on CBS' "60 Minutes" on Sunday, have been making the rounds with the media since the mass killing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 people dead.

What else did they say about the NRA?

"I think it just goes to prove exactly what they are," Hogg said. "I don't think NRA members are bad people, at all. I think they’re responsible gun owners that want to become politically active and make their voices heard in this democracy."

"I think the problem comes in when it's people at the top of this organization that don't listen to their constituents and continue to scare people into buying more guns, creating more violence so they can scare more people and sell more guns," Hogg continued.

"The people at the top of the NRA are no longer working for the people that are in their organization, they are working on behalf of the gun lobby," Hogg said.

What else?

When asked how they felt about last week's student walkout, Hogg said it made him feel empowered.

"Those kids are walking out of schools, but they're going to be walking into the polls come November," he said.

"If these people want to continue being awful people and allow just greed and corruption to corrupt them," Hogg added. "They can be on the wrong side of history that's their choice, but we're certainly not going to be."

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