In the wake of Wednesday’s deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., it seems no one is more fed up with lawmakers’ continued inaction on gun control than Stoneman students themselves. Despite just having gone through an ordeal no adult should have to endure—let alone a high schooler who has yet to reach voting age, even—the students of Stoneman are doing exactly what many gun proponents don’t want them to: They’re politicizing their school’s tragedy, and in uncompromising, phenomenal fashion. Stoneman students (and teachers) have been dunking on conservatives all week long, voicing their displeasure with everyone from Marco Rubio and Tomi Lahren to the big tangerine himself, Donald Trump.
That’s right: Less than 24 hours—if that—after an AR-15-toting shooter turned an average school day into an utter nightmare, teenaged survivors took to Twitter to tell Trump and his defenders where to stick their hopes and prayers. A senior student reporter named David Hogg (pictured above alongside fellow survivor Kelsey Friend) interviewed his classmates about gun control during the shooting. He later implored lawmakers to make meaningful policy changes in a televised interview, telling CNN, “Without action, ideas stay ideas and children die.” Junior Cameron Kasky penned an op-ed for CNN, writing, “We can’t ignore the issues of gun control that this tragedy raises. And so, I’m asking—no, demanding—we take action now.” These kids are fucking fearless, and while it’s utterly heartbreaking that they have to experience our country’s gun problem firsthand, it’s also beyond reassuring to see this generation staring down tragedy without blinking and raising their voices to demand a solution.
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