Emma González and David Hogg are two of the most recognizable survivors from last month’s high school shooting in Parkland, Fla., and they’re saying the National Rifle Association (NRA) is “basically threatening” them for speaking out about gun violence.
González and Hogg appeared on CBS News to discuss their mission of promoting stricter gun laws and preventing more school shootings.
Hogg told CBS, “I think it just goes to prove exactly what they are. I don’t think NRA members are bad people at all. I think they’re responsible gun owners that want to become politically active and make their voices heard in this democracy.”
He went on to say:
“I think the problem comes in when it’s people at the top of this organization that don’t listen to their constituents, and continue to scare people into buying more guns, creating more violence so they can scare more people and sell more guns.”
After they were asked if the NRA has reached out to students since the February 14th Parkland shooting, Hogg explained the way they’ve reached out “is basically threatening us.”
González chimed in, adding, “They’ve been instigating things. And then we reply, they shy away. Like they can dish it out, but they can’t take it.”
Hogg talked about how leading the movement helps them to cope with the school shooting in which 17 classmates were killed:
“I think this is our way of coping. Working together and being around our friends in such a time of horrible tragedy and suffering, and making sure that nobody else has to go through this suffering, at least try to make sure that they don’t, is our way of coping — to ensure the safety and future of many Americans. But the fact that 3,000 people, essentially the equivalent of our entire school body, has died since the time of our shooting as result of gun violence is a testament to the serious issue that we have in this country.”
Axios is reporting that on March 24, 2018, gun marches will blanket the United States saying, “On Saturday, in conjunction with the Florida students’ #NeverAgain march in D.C., teen organizers will hold 700 other marches across the country, covering 387 congressional districts in all 50 states.”
The scope: Marches will be held in the biggest cities — New York, L.A., Chicago, Denver and Atlanta — and also small towns, according to Everytown for Gun Safety, which is providing grants and guidance to local organizers.
The latest count is 819 marches: 725 are in the U.S., and 94 abroad. (Search here by country, city or post code.)
The solidarity marches are being organized partly by students, with speaking roles largely going to teens and survivors of gun violence.
The events will include a big voter-registration push.
In addition to marches and rallies, advocates will hold musical performances, poetry readings and moments of silence.
The NRA is no match for the youth of America.
Watch the full CBS interview HERE.