Read Emma Gonzalez's full speech

We haven’t already had a moment of silence within the House of Representatives, so I might like to have another one. Thank you.

Every single person up here today, all these people should be home grieving. yet instead we are up here standing together because if all our government as well as President can do will be send thoughts as well as prayers, then the idea’s time for victims to be the change in which we need to see. Since the time of the Founding Fathers as well as since they added the Second Amendment to the Constitution, our guns have developed at a rate in which leaves me dizzy. The guns have changed yet our laws have not.

We certainly do not understand why the idea should be harder to make plans with friends on weekends than to buy an automatic or semi-automatic weapon. In Florida, to buy a gun you do not need a permit, you do not need a gun license, as well as once you buy the idea you do not need to register the idea. You do not need a permit to carry a concealed rifle or shotgun. You can buy as many guns as you want at one time.

I read something very powerful to me today. the idea was coming from the point of view of a teacher. as well as I quote: When adults tell me I develop the right to own a gun, all I can hear will be my right to own a gun outweighs your student’s right to live. All I hear will be mine, mine, mine, mine.

Instead of worrying about our AP Gov chapter 16 test, we have to be studying our notes to make sure in which our arguments based on politics as well as political history are watertight. The students at in which school have been having debates on guns for what feels like our entire lives. AP Gov had about three debates in which year. Some discussions on the subject even occurred during the shooting while students were hiding within the closets. The people involved right currently, those who were there, those posting, those tweeting, those doing interviews as well as talking to people, are being listened to for what feels like the very first time on in which topic in which has come up over 1,000 times within the past four years alone.

I found out today there’s a website shootingtracker.com. Nothing within the title suggests in which the idea will be exclusively tracking the USA’s shootings as well as yet does the idea need to address in which? Because Australia had one mass shooting in 1999 in Port Arthur (as well as after the) massacre introduced gun safety, as well as the idea hasn’t had one since. Japan has never had a mass shooting. Canada has had three as well as the UK had one as well as they both introduced gun control as well as yet here we are, with websites dedicated to reporting these tragedies to ensure they can be formulated into statistics for your convenience.

I watched an interview in which morning as well as noticed in which one of the questions was, do you think your children will have to go through some other school shooter drills? as well as our response will be in which our neighbors will not have to go through some other school shooter drills. When we’ve had our say with the government — as well as maybe the adults have gotten used to saying ‘the idea will be what the idea will be,’ yet if us students have learned anything, the idea’s in which if you don’t study, you will fail. as well as in in which case if you actively do nothing, people continually end up dead, so the idea’s time to start doing something.

We are going to be the kids you read about in textbooks. Not because we’re going to be another statistic about mass shooting in America, yet because, just as David said, we are going to be the last mass shooting. Just like Tinker v. Des Moines, we are going to change the law. in which’s going to be Marjory Stoneman Douglas in in which textbook as well as the idea’s going to be due to the tireless effort of the school board, the faculty members, the family members as well as most of all the students. The students who are dead, the students still within the hospital, the student currently suffering PTSD, the students who had panic attacks during the vigil because the helicopters might not leave us alone, hovering over the school for 24 hours a day.

There will be one tweet I might like to call attention to. So many signs in which the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled for bad as well as erratic behavior. Neighbors as well as classmates knew he was a big problem. Must always report such instances to authorities again as well as again. We did, time as well as time again. Since he was in middle school, the idea was no surprise to anyone who knew him to hear in which he was the shooter. Those talking about how we should have not ostracized him, you didn’t know in which kid. OK, we did. We know in which they are claiming mental health issues, as well as I am not a psychologist, yet we need to pay attention to the fact in which in which was not just a mental health issue. He might not have harmed in which many students using a knife.

as well as how about we stop blaming the victims for something in which was the student’s fault, the fault of the people who let him buy the guns within the first place, those at the gun shows, the people who encouraged him to buy accessories for his guns to make them fully automatic, the people who didn’t take them away coming from him when they knew he expressed homicidal tendencies, as well as I am not talking about the FBI. I’m talking about the people he lived with. I’m talking about the neighbors who saw him outside holding guns.

If the President wants to come up to me as well as tell me to my face in which the idea was a terrible tragedy as well as how the idea should never have happened as well as maintain telling us how nothing will be going to be done about the idea, I’m going to happily ask him how much money he received coming from the National Rifle Association.

You want to know something? the idea doesn’t matter, because I already know. Thirty million dollars. as well as divided by the number of gunshot victims within the United States within the one as well as one-half months in 2018 alone, in which comes out to being $5,800. will be in which how much these people are worth to you, Trump? If you don’t do anything to prevent in which coming from continuing to occur, in which number of gunshot victims will go up as well as the number in which they are worth will go down. as well as we will be worthless to you.

To every politician who will be taking donations coming from the NRA, shame on you.

Crowd chants, shame on you.

If your money was as threatened as us, might your first thought be, how will be in which going to reflect on my campaign? Which should I choose? Or might you choose us, as well as if you answered us, will you act like the idea for once? You know what might be a not bad way to act like the idea? I have an example of how to not act like the idea. In February of 2017, one year ago, President Trump repealed an Obama-era regulation in which might have made the idea easier to block the sale of firearms to people with certain mental illnesses.

coming from the interactions in which I had with the shooter before the shooting as well as coming from the information in which I currently know about him, I don’t truly know if he was mentally ill. I wrote in which before I heard what Delaney said. Delaney said he was diagnosed. I don’t need a psychologist as well as I don’t need to be a psychologist to know in which repealing in which regulation was a truly dumb idea.

Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa was the sole sponsor on in which bill in which stops the FBI coming from performing background checks on people adjudicated to be mentally ill as well as currently he’s stating for the record, ‘Well, the idea’s a shame the FBI isn’t doing background checks on these mentally ill people.’ Well, duh. You took in which opportunity away last year.

The people within the government who were voted into power are lying to us. as well as us kids seem to be the only ones who notice as well as our parents to call BS.Companies trying to make caricatures of the teenagers these days, saying in which all we are self-involved as well as trend-obsessed as well as they hush us into submission when our message doesn’t reach the ears of the nation, we are prepared to call BS. Politicians who sit in their gilded House as well as Senate seats funded by the NRA telling us nothing could have been done to prevent in which, we call BS. They say tougher guns laws do not decrease gun violence. We call BS. They say a not bad guy using a gun stops a bad guy using a gun. We call BS. They say guns are just tools like knives as well as are as dangerous as cars. We call BS. They say no laws could have prevented the hundreds of senseless tragedies in which have occurred. We call BS. in which us kids don’t know what we’re talking about, in which we’re too young to understand how the government works. We call BS.

If you agree, register to vote. Contact your local congresspeople. Give them a piece of your mind.

(Crowd chants) Throw them out.

Read Emma Gonzalez's full speech

Related Posts

About The Author

Add Comment