Parkland survivors express unity with Santa Fe kids while slamming politicians
Survivors of the February Parkland, Fla., high school shooting raged at the NRA and Republican Party for opposing tougher gun controls following the latest mass shooting Friday — while politicians predictably offered “thoughts and prayers.”
“Donald Trump does not care about school shootings,” tweeted Cameron Kasky, a co-founder of the advocacy group Never Again MSD and a survivor of the Valentine’s Day slaughter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. “Donald Trump does nothing to stop school shootings. Don’t talk to me about the ‘stop school violence act,’ because that does nothing to stop school shootings.
“Donald Trump does not care about you or your kids getting shot.”
Student activist David Hogg wrote “we are fighting for you” and offered a warning to the survivors of Friday’s massacre at Santa Fe HS in Texas.
“Get ready for two weeks of media coverage of politicians acting like they give a s–t when in reality they just want to boost their approval ratings before midterms,” he tweeted.
Emma Gonzalez, another Parkland student activist, addressed her tweet to the students at Santa Fe.
“Santa Fe High, you didn’t deserve this. You deserve peace all your lives, not just after a tombstone saying that is put over you. You deserve more than Thoughts and Prayers, and after supporting us by walking out we will be there to support you by raising up your voices,” Gonzalez wrote.
Politicians also weighed in.
“Heidi and I are keeping all the students and faculty at Santa Fe High School in our prayers this morning, along with all first responders on the scene. Please be safe and heed warnings from local officials,” tweeted Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who has an A-plus rating from the NRA, which donated $77,450 to his campaigns.
Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton advanced the theory that more regulations would lead to more school shootings — and echoed President Trump’s plan to arm school staffers.
“The more we regulate, the more time we lose and the more people we’re going to lose. I would prefer to have people in place to protect our children, not leave it open for someone who’s not going to follow a gun law to come in and kill as many children as they want to,” he tweeted.
Democrats Joe Biden and ex-Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords — herself a victim of gun violence — also weighed in.
“Enough is enough is enough. Decent people have to take a stand. These are our children,” former VP Biden said.
Giffords issued a furious statement.
“I will not stand for this and neither should you. Parents should not have to hug their children in the morning and worry about whether they’ll see them at the end of the day. We don’t have to live in a country where the politicians let this happen again and again and again,” she wrote.
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