Students at Parkland High School in South Florida, where a massacre took place this week, today announced a national march and a rally in Washington on March 24, in order to call for more gun control.
A group of five students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas Middle School announced today in interviews with the networks NBC News and CNN the realization of the national march, which has been broadcast on the Internet through the NeverAgain movement.
“Now is the time to put on the right side of this, because it’s not something that we’re going to sweep under the carpet,” Emma González told NBC News’ “Meet the Press,” in words she addressed to the US president. Donald Trump, the governor of Florida, Rick Scott, and the senator for Florida Marco Rubio.
González, a senior at the school that was the scene of the killing that was perpetrated by the young Nikolas Cruz last Wednesday, and that killed 14 students and three teachers, has been one of the visible voices after offering on Saturday a emotional speech at a rally in Fort Lauderdale.
According to the group of students, also composed of David Hogg, Cameron Kasky, Alex Wind and Jaclyn Corin, in the course of next week they will march to the capital of Florida, Tallahassee, to exert pressure towards a stricter regulation on access to the weapons.
David Hogg, 17, used the interview to criticize the messages that President Trump posted on his Twitter account on Saturday, in which he said that the Democrats did not want to pass legislation to increase arms control during the Barack administration. Obama (2009-2017).
“You are the president, you are supposed to unite this nation, not divide us,” said Hogg, who acknowledged that he will not feel safe returning to his school until Congress passes a rule that establishes greater arms control. .
“How dare you, the children are dying and their blood is in your hands for that, please take action,” added the student, who along with the other four young people have become the visible face of a youth movement that claims a new framework for access to weapons.
Just today, the White House announced that Trump will meet Wednesday with students and teachers, and on Thursday with different authorities to discuss safety in schools, but did not specify which students will be invited to the appointment.
The announcement, released the same weekend in which the president spends a weekend at his private club Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, seeks to show that the president takes a more active role after the shooting this week in the school of Parkland.
Trump is an advocate for the National Rifle Association (NRA), the powerful lobby that has held back multiple attempts at gun control in the United States.