Florida School Shooting Student Delivers Passionate Speech On Gun Control
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Earlier this week America was stunned by yet another mass shooting after a gunman entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 people and injuring at least 50 more.
WATCH SOME OF EMMA GONZALEZ'S SPEECH AT THE GUN CONTROL RALLY BELOW:
Now a student at the school has inspired thousands seeking change to the US' gun laws by giving a rousing speech which is being shared across social media.
Emma Gonzalez, a senior at Douglas, spoke at a gun control rally in Fort Lauderdale urging for people to take change into their own hands.
"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," she said.
"Since the time of the Founding Fathers and since they added the Second Amendment to the Constitution, our guns have developed at a rate that leaves me dizzy.
"The guns have changed but our laws have not."
The shooting that took place earlier this week shook the US after suspected gunman Nikolas Cruz, who was known for his troubling Instagram posts, burst into the school carrying an AR-15 assault rifle.
Data collected by gun control advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety showed that the shooting was the 18th in the 45 full days of 2018 so far. That's an average of one every 60 hours, or two and a half days.
Gonzalez showed determination that the school board, faculty members, family members and students of the sccool will make sure that the shooting will be the 'last mass shooting' in the country.
"We are going to be the kids you read about in textbooks. Not because we're going to be another statistic about mass shooting in America, but because, just as David said, we are going to be the last mass shooting," Gonzales said. "Just like Tinker v. Des Moines, we are going to change the law."
Chastising US President Donald Trump's tweet which blamed victims for not reporting Cruz' 'erratic behaviour' to authorities, Gonzalez ended her speech by urging people to register to vote and contact their local congresspeople to get US gun laws changed.
"They say a good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun. We call BS. They say guns are just tools like knives and are as dangerous as cars. We call BS.
"They say no laws could have prevented the hundreds of senseless tragedies that have occurred. We call BS. 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."
You can watch the full CNN version of Gonzalez's speech by clicking here.