After the March For Our Lives proved to be an unquestionable success, former Republican Senator Rick Santorum decided to lecture to the kids who organized and attended the protest. Santorum told them that, instead of protesting, they should learn CPR, saying, “How about kids, instead of looking to someone else to solve their problem, do something about maybe taking CPR classes or trying to deal with situations that where there is a responsibility,” Santorum lectured the teens.
In an interview with CNN, Parkland student David Hogg pointed out the march was the “birth of a revolution.” He made sure to note this is only the beginning and that politicians who are owned by the gun lobby have been put on notice.
When asked about Santorum’s advice, David’s sister Lauren said, “I just think it’s completely absurd that he’s even thinking about teaching us CPR when with we’re having gun violence all across America and even in our schools. The fact that he’s saying CPR when my friends are dying on my floor and nothing is being done about it — he’s just using it as a distraction away from guns.
David agreed and added there are several programs that help communities which deal with gun violence.
“I saw it last night on the news,” David said. “Students are able to respond and administer whatever first aid they can assuming the person’s still alive. At the end of the day, if you take a bullet from an AR-15 to the head, to no amount of CPR is going to save you because you’re dead.”
The brother and sister duo also commented on the NRA’s attacks on student protesters and shot back by saying, “I think if the NRA was on board to actually implement safety and actually give people grants to these schools and not make it a few grants. There are programs to actually ensure just school safety alone have not been enough.”
Hogg said he doesn’t see the NRA investing in any kind of gun safety.
“Many members of the NRA are safe responsible people,” David went on. “I’ve said it before I’ll say it again, most members of the NRA are safe responsible gun owners that just want to protect their Second Amendment rights to own a weapon. When the people at the top are paid by the gun industry to ensure that they scare American citizens and that they’re able to sell more guns and scare more people as a result, they don’t get people enough training to own these guns.”
He also explained this movement is not about taking guns away from anyone.
“We understand that you have a right to the Second Amendment and to own a firearm,” he said. “We just don’t think if you have a criminal history, a history of mental illness or history of domestic violence that you should be able to get a weapon. I think that’s something we can all get behind. I think a lot of the time people just misconstrue us and manipulate us into seeming like we’re trying to take your guns. That’s what the NRA has been doing too. They’re trying to scare people into buying more guns so that they can make more money, so that they can scare more people. I think that’s just plain wrong.”