Park student survivors demand end to gun violence
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students are demanding action to stop the bloodshed.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas students who lived through the last week of the deadly shooting at their Florida school have called for more debate about gun control and published on Sunday, a march scheduled for next month.
Cameron Kasky, David Hogg, Emma Gonzalez, Alex Wind and Jaclyn Corin spoke with “Fox News Sunday” about the need for more debate about gun control after 17 people were killed in Wednesday’s deadly shooting.
“Please, stop us to be shot down in our hallways,” Gonzalez, a high school, told “Fox News Sunday.” “People tell us that we should run for the president, but we want education.”
Kasky, a junior, said nationwide demonstrations dubbed the “march For Our Lives” are scheduled for 24 March to bring more awareness to gun control.
“One of the things that we have heard, it is not the time to talk about gun control. And we respect that. We have lost 17 life, and our community has 17 bullets to the heart, and it is difficult to come back from that. So here is the time were going to talk about gun control,” Kasky said.
Organizers of people to join them in Washington, D. C., or march in their own city, in an attempt to put an end to gun violence.
“The ‘March For our Lives” there is in every big city, and we organize so that students everywhere begging for our lives. Because at the end of the day, this is not about the red and the blue, the GOP and the Democrats, this is about adults and children,” he added.
Kasky said politicians who have no money of the National Rifle Association in the next election a “badge of shame”. He added that the lawmakers are “with us or against us.”
David Hogg added, “Our elected officials need to come together, overcome their political differences and some things happen because they need to save up for the future of our country and the future of our country, are those children who are currently dying because politicians refuse to take action and continue to take money from these special interest groups.”
The announcement of the march comes a day after the students and politicians held rallies in Fort Lauderdale and St. Petersburg on Saturday to demand action on gun control legislation.
The crowd at the rally chanted: “Vote!”, referring to the lawmakers that no money from the NRA. Others held signs calling for action. Some read: “#Never Again,” “#now Do something” and “do not Let My Friends Die.”
Nikolas Cruz allegedly walked into the Park high school on Wednesday with an AR-15 rifle and opened fire on students and faculty, sending people fleeing from the school, while the others barricaded themselves in the classroom.
He Later confessed to the shooting, according to court documents.
Cruz was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder and was ordered held without bond. The 19-year-old would be able to plead guilty to the charges in exchange for the public prosecutor’s office refuses to seek the death penalty.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter via @bykatherinelam