These Brave Florida Shooting Survivors Are Calling For Gun Control

A deadly high school shooting in Parkland, Florida took the lives of 17 people on Wednesday, 14 of them students. The devastating news has many on social media feeling numb and helpless; there have been 290 school shootings in the U.S. since 2013, and the gun homicide rate in America is 25 times higher than that of other developed countries, a statistic that politicians seem loathe to change.

Many in power are offering their thoughts and prayers as usual this week, but the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — students who survived the horrific tragedy — are demanding much more than that. These heroic teenagers are using their platforms to speak out, and to call for gun control so that more of their friends’ lives are not lost to senseless violence. They are speaking out in the news, posting on Twitter, and slamming false reports to urge the government to hear their voices.

Their powerful tweets, accounts, and corrections are below.

We applaud these teens for using their voices to call for change, especially in a time of intense grieving. We are watching. We are listening. We hope those in power are doing the same.

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