Five survivors of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida announced plans on Sunday for a nationwide march, as well as a demonstration in Washington to call for legislative action to prevent gun violence.
During a spate of TV appearances Sunday morning, students Jaclyn Corin, Emma Gonzalez, David Hogg, Cameron Kasky and Alex Wind unveiled plans to mobilize students to urge lawmakers to act in response to Wednesday’s fatal shooting in Parkland, Florida, that claimed the lives of 17 of their fellow classmates and school staffers.
“We’re marching because it’s not just schools. It’s movie theaters, it’s concerts, it’s nightclubs,” Wind told NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “This kind of stuff can’t just happen. You know, we are marching for our lives, we’re marching for the 17 lives we lost. And we’re marching for our children’s lives and our children’s children and their children.”
The national demonstration, set to take place March 24, will feature calls for lawmakers to take up legislative remedies to improve mental health and expand regulations on guns, the students said.
“I will not feel safe going back to school myself until reasonable mental health care legislation and gun control legislation is passed,” Hogg told NBC. “Because, at this point, it’s unacceptable.”
The students also issued a warning to lawmakers that continue to receive funding from the National Rifle Association.
“These people who are being funded by the NRA are not going to be allowed to remain in office when midterm elections roll around,” Gonzalez said. “They’re going to be voted out of office. Incumbency rates are going to drop.”
In a fiery rebuke of President Donald Trump, one student also took exception to the president questioning “why didn’t the Democrats pass gun control legislation” when they controlled both houses of Congress on Twitter.
“You are in that exact position right now, and you want to look back on our history and blame the Democrats? That’s disgusting,” Hogg said. “You’re the President. You’re supposed to bring this nation together, not divide us. How dare you. Children are dying, and their blood is on your hands because of that. Please take action. Stop going on vacation in Mar-a-Lago. Take action. Work with Congress. ”