School Shooting Survivors Call For a March on Washington as Trump Blames and Exploits Them

Protest at the Broward County Federal courthouse in Fort
Lauderdale, Fla., on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. Image via AP.

It took less than 24 hours for Republican lawmakers to rush to
the defense of AR-15s after a 19-year-old killed 17 people with
an AR-15 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday.
On Thursday, Marco Rubio–who has received $3.3 million from the
NRA as of October,
according to
the New York Times–said on the senate
floor that “someone who has decided to commit this crime, they
will find a way to get the gun to do it.” Florida Governor Rick
Scott, who also holds an “A+” grade from the NRA, slithered
around Wolf Blitzer’s questions about concrete policy change,

that he wants to ensure “we don’t trample on
anybody’s constitutional rights.”

In the absence of compassionate, reasonable leaders,
traumatized student survivors–who’ve been harangued by media
requests, shadowed by helicopters during a vigil, and even

blamed by
Trump for not having reported the “signs” this
week–have vowed to take up the issue of gun control. On Sunday
morning, 17-year-old Marjory Stoneman Douglas student Cameron
Kasky told ABC’s Martha Raddatz that they have called for a
march on Washington and throughout the US for gun control on
March 24th.

“This isn’t about the GOP, this isn’t about the Democrats. This
is about the adults,” Kasky said. “We feel neglected, and at
this point, you’re either with us, or you’re against us.”

“It’s scary to think that these are the kinds of people who are
making our laws when our community just took 17 bullets to the
heart,” he had
told Anderson Cooper
on Friday. “It feels like the only
people who don’t care are the people making the laws.”

At a rally held by Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
students yesterday, senior Emma Gonzalez read Trump’s Thursday
tweet blaming the students themselves for not reporting the
signs that the shooter was “mentally disturbed.”

“We need to pay attention to the fact that this wasn’t just a
mental health issue,” she shouted into a front of a battery of
cameras and microphones. “He wouldn’t have harmed that many
people with a knife!”

Late last night, Trump pivoted to blame
the Russia investigation
for allowing the shooting to

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