The "I call BS" speech of Emma Gonzales, from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, was one of several which has sharpened America's mood on gun control. PHOTO CREDIT: HONA WISE/AFP via Telegraph
The fight for gun control has never been stronger thanks to the dedication and leadership of students from Parkland, FL. They are not backing down and have continued to spark a national conversation about stricter gun control. The students are calling for a ban on semiautomatic weapons like the one that killed 17 people at their school. They’ve also been very vocal about the NRA and keeping our politicians free from their influence.
The National Rifle Association (NRA) has argued against all forms of gun control and repeatedly claims that more guns make the country safer. According to the Center for Responsible Politics, 307 of the current 535 members of Congress (in both houses) have received financial support or contributions from the NRA. The students of Parkland have called out politicians for continuing to take funds from the NRA, stating that by taking money from the NRA they are complicit in the killing of innocent children.
“[These young people] have a passion, an intensity about them and the boundless energy of youth. And even though they don't have one agreed platform – some want politicians to refuse to take money from the NRA, others want a ban on military-style assault rifles – they all want change and it seems they won't keep quiet until they get it. [...] The NRA’s grip on America’s politics has finally been loosened – not by elected politicians but by teenagers in high school.” ~ Gavin Hewitt, The Telegraph
It’s clear to see that these students are making their voices heard. A round of major companies has cut ties with the NRA recently, ending loyalty and discount programs for NRA members. Companies such as Delta, United, Hertz, and MetLife are among those dumping the NRA. The hashtag #BoycottNRA is also becoming popular as consumers begin to boycott companies such as FedEx who still stand with the NRA.
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