It happened again. It will continue to happen until we stop voting in individuals who are lining their pockets with NRA blood money and turning a blind eye to the death of our children and citizens in acts of senseless gun violence.
Parkland, Florida was the latest school shooting and students are saying the white, male shooter had a history of abusing his ex-girlfriend and threatening her new boyfriend. So he brought an AR-15 to school and destroyed the lives of 17 families.
The predictable responses came from the gun lobby, calling out all those who would “politicize” this tragedy with the call for stricter gun control laws. It was the same as always. Until the kids who had just suffered through the most terrifying ordeal of their lives began responding to them.
My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting. No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 14, 2018
I don’t want your condolences you fucking price of shit, my friends and teachers were shot. Multiple of my fellow classmates are dead. Do something instead of sending prayers. Prayers won’t fix this. But Gun control will prevent it from happening again. https://t.co/UZPgcPoPUX— sarah (@chaddiedabaddie) February 14, 2018
why was a student able to terrorize my school mr president https://t.co/rwDRYz3ayx— nikki (@nikta04) February 14, 2018
it is actually about guns u witch from hell https://t.co/mva3qYu0Tc— nikki (@nikta04) February 15, 2018
Student who survived school shooting: “We need to dig out of this hole… there is something seriously wrong here. And some of our policymakers… need to look in the mirror and take some action because… without action, ideas stay ideas and children die.” https://t.co/Y42waHsOlN pic.twitter.com/sdV9P7yXSn— CNN (@CNN) February 15, 2018
A gun has killed 17 of my fellow classmates. A gun has traumatized my friends. My entire school, traumatized from this tragedy. This could have been prevented. Please stfu tomi https://t.co/qNo03ZE3Ev— kyra (@longlivekcx) February 15, 2018
To people who didn’t see because the coward deleted the tweet I was responding to this: pic.twitter.com/9JcNxXE03I— sarah (@chaddiedabaddie) February 15, 2018
I was hiding in a closet for 2 hours. It was about guns. You weren't there, you don't know how it felt. Guns give these disgusting people the ability to kill other human beings. This IS about guns and this is about all the people who had their life abruptly ended because of guns. https://t.co/XnzhvuN1zd— carly (@car_nove) February 15, 2018
please stop shoving your cameras and microphones into the faces of students who just spent hours hoping they will be alive tomorrow. please stop capitalizing off people’s trauma pain. please. thanks.— isabellaðŸ¦‹ (@isacayetanoo) February 14, 2018
And in closing, this isn’t a tweet, but this text (via the NYTimes) from a high school kid to her mom during the shooting may break you:
“If I don’t make it,” a student, hiding in a sweltering storage room, texted her mother, “I love you and I appreciate everything you did for me.”
What she thought might be her final words was an expression of gratitude to her mother.
There are a lot of amazing kids in this world. The adults need to do something to protect them.