‘Right to live’

Emma Gonzalez, teen survivor of Florida school shooting, calls on Trump, Rubio, to reject ‘blood money’

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Emma Gonzalez speaks at a rally for gun control at the Broward County Federal Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on February 17, 2018. (RHONA WISE/AFP/Getty Images)

Emma Gonzalez, a 19-year-old survivor of the Florida high school shooting that left 17 people dead last week, is calling out politicians for their continued failure to pass even the simplest of gun control measures. In a now-viral speech she gave at an anti-gun rally on Saturday, Gonzalez gave a blunt assessment of the argument against gun control, paraphrasing something she’d read earlier in the day: “When adults tell me I have the right to own a gun,” she said, “all I can hear is my right to own a gun outweighs your student’s right to live.” In her remarks, Gonzalez observed that buying a gun in Florida is almost unbelievably easy. According to Florida law, people can buy as many guns as they want in one visit to a gun store without the need for a permit or even a gun license.

Gonzalez also took President Donald Trump to task in her speech for accepting $30 million in support from the N.R.A. during his 2016 election campaign, as well as for his repeal of an Obama-era regulation that helped block people with mental illnesses from purchasing guns.

“If all our government and president can do is send thoughts and prayers, then it’s time for victims to be the change that we need to see,” Gonzalez declared.

Speaking to CNN’s Alisyn Camerota on Monday, Gonzalez questioned why her state’s Republican senator, Marco Rubio, doesn’t believe that gun laws can prevent mass-shootings — pointing out that he couldn’t possibly know that since he had never tried to pass one. She further condemned Trump for his bizarre claim that the FBI’s Russia investigation had distracted the agency from preventing the tragedy, and encouraged politicians to reject donations from the N.R.A.

“We keep telling them that if they accept this blood money, they are against the children,” said Gonzalez. “You’re either funding the killers, or you’re standing with the children. The children who have no money. We don’t have jobs, so we can’t pay for your campaign. We would hope that you have the decent morality to support us at this point.”

In other news, Slide Fire, the manufacturer of the bump stock, celebrated President’s Day by offering a sale on their product, which was used during the Las Vegas mass-shooting to turn semi-automatic rifles into automatic ones capable of firing between 400 and 800 bullets a minute. The discount code, it just so happened, was MAGA: Make America Great Again, the Trump campaign slogan.

Watch Gonzalez’s speech at the Fort Lauderdale gun control rally below.

Read the full story at Forbes and CNN.


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