Parkland Survivor Goes Viral by Calling Out Trump, NRA

'Is that how much these people are worth to you, Trump?'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 17, 2018 3:51 PM CST

(Newser)

“Politicians who sit in their gilded House and Senate seats funded by the NRA telling us nothing could have ever been done to prevent this, we call BS,” Emma Gonzalez said Saturday at a gun-control rally in Florida. “They say that tougher gun laws do not decrease gun violence. We call BS. They say a good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun. We call BS." Vox reports the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student and survivor of Wednesday's school shooting in Parkland that left 17 dead called for tougher gun laws and called out President Trump and the NRA. "If the president wants to come up to me and tell me to my face that it was a terrible tragedy and ... how nothing is going to be done about it, I'm going to happily ask him how much money he received from the National Rifle Association," AFP quotes Gonzalez as saying.

Gonzalez's speech, in which she cried shame on "every politician taking donations from the NRA," quickly went viral on social media. She noted that the NRA spent $30 million helping get Trump elected. "Is that how much these people are worth to you, Trump?" Gonzalez asked. Elsewhere, a prominent Republican donor says he will no longer fund candidates or groups that don't support a ban on assault weapons, the New York Times reports. "Enough is enough," says Al Hoffman Jr., who has given millions of dollars to Republican candidates and causes. That feeling wasn't shared at a large gun show taking place Saturday just 50 miles from Parkland, according to NBC News. A man who was helping his friend buy an AR-15 said he thinks there's "more than enough gun control" already.

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