Survivors of the Florida school shooting have gathered at a massive rally to demand changes to the nation’s gun laws following the massacre.
Thousands joined the protest on Saturday at the federal court house in Fort Lauderdale, 25 miles from where 17 people were shot and killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School this week.
‘We will be the last mass shooting,’ said Gonzalez, a senior at the high school who took cover on the floor of the auditorium as a shooter rampaged through the building.
She directly addressed President Donald Trump, reading out his tweet in response to the shooting and demanding to know how much the NRA had donated to his campaign.
Gonzalez also added that adults who knew that the shooter was mentally ill should have done more to prevent him from having a weapon.
‘We need to pay attention to the fact that this isn’t just a mental health issue,’ Gonzalez said at the rally. ‘He wouldn’t have been able to kill that many people with a knife.’
‘They say a good guy stops a good guy with a gun – we call BS!’ Gonzalez said. ‘That us kids don’t know what we’re talking about, that we’re too young to understand how the government works – we call BS!’
Another senior at the school, Delaney Tarr, told the crowd: ‘My innocence, our innocence has been taken away from us. I am 17 but in a matter of days I have aged decades.’
Senior David Hogg, 18, also spoke out at the rally, saying: ‘Thank you for your prayers and condolences but that is not enough.’
‘We’ve been hearing the same thing again and again, and same thing continues to happen. We say stop it, stop it today,’ Hogg said.’No more guns, no more guns!’ Othe crowd began chanting at points.
Governor Rick Scott has said he plans to talk to legislative leaders in the coming week about what could be done to make it harder for people who are mentally ill to purchase a gun.