Parkland survivors rip politicians' 'pathetic' responses

Two survivors of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting slammed politicians' responses to the massacre, calling them ...

Posted: Feb 19, 2018 3:20 PM
Updated: Feb 19, 2018 3:20 PM

Two survivors of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting slammed politicians' responses to the massacre, calling them "disgusting" and "pathetic" in a Monday morning appearance on CNN's "New Day."

Emma Gonzalez, whose speech in favor of gun control went viral four days after 17 people were killed by a former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, spoke out against her state's Republican senator, Marco Rubio, who has doubted that proposed gun laws would not have prevented the massacre.

"They say that criminals get guns no matter what laws you have in place. That might be true, but we don't have to encourage them to get those guns," Gonzalez told CNN's Alisyn Camerota. "We can make it harder ... and we can prevent some seriously nasty crimes and some seriously indescribable tragedies from occurring. And if somebody doesn't want to do that at this point, that's pathetic."

Gonzalez's classmate, David Hogg, who has publicly called on lawmakers to "take some action" against guns in the wake of the shooting, responded similarly. "It's absolutely terrifying, the fact that he immediately got up and started talking about how gun control is not the solution. Every answer is the solution at this point because we haven't tried any of them."

Hogg also responded to President Donald Trump's tweet casting blame for the tragedy on the FBI, declaring, "I think it's disgusting, personally."

The senior then pointed out that Trump himself is in charge of the FBI.

"I do want to reiterate that the FBI were some of the amazing first responders who were helping us get to safety and the fact that he wants to discredit them in any way and that he's trying to shift our focus onto them is -- it's not acceptable," Gonzalez said.

The students also criticized the National Rifle Association and lawmakers who take money from the organization.

"Disband. Dismantle. Don't make another organization under a different name. Don't you dare come back here," Gonzalez said.

Of the politicians who receive financial contributions from the NRA, Gonzalez said, "We keep telling them that if they accept this blood money, they are against the children ... You're either funding the killers, or you're standing with the children. The children who have no money. We don't have jobs, so we can't pay for your campaign. We would hope that you have the decent morality to support us at this point."

Hogg agreed, asking, "If you can't get elected without taking money from child murderers, why are you running?"

Gonzalez went on to discuss her vision for the March 24 "March for Our Lives," an event that will see students across the country converge on Washington to say the nation can no longer wait to tackle issues of school safety and gun control reform.

"I know that the word has spread wide and far but I hope that we can even spread it even farther by that point because I know that that's going to be indescribable, but in such a positive way," she said.

West Lafayette
Clear
80° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 82°
Kokomo
Few Clouds
74° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 74°
Rensselaer
Clear
73° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 73°
Fowler
Clear
73° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 73°
Williamsport
Scattered Clouds
78° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 80°
Crawfordsville
Scattered Clouds
76° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 78°
Frankfort
Overcast
80° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 82°
Delphi
Clear
75° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 75°
Monticello
Clear
75° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 75°
Logansport
Clear
77° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 79°
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 51079

Reported Deaths: 2756
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion12019693
Lake5588248
Elkhart353959
Allen2939134
St. Joseph210669
Hamilton1691101
Cass16449
Hendricks1454100
Johnson1340118
Porter82638
Tippecanoe7709
Vanderburgh7276
Clark69544
Madison67464
LaPorte61628
Howard59858
Bartholomew59745
Kosciusko5754
Marshall5449
Noble51328
LaGrange4849
Boone48244
Jackson4783
Delaware47152
Hancock46736
Shelby45425
Floyd40644
Morgan34231
Monroe34028
Grant31826
Dubois3046
Henry30018
Montgomery29720
Clinton2903
White27410
Dearborn25823
Decatur25632
Lawrence25225
Vigo2528
Warrick25029
Harrison21722
Greene19432
Miami1932
Jennings17912
Putnam1738
DeKalb1694
Scott1649
Wayne1546
Daviess15017
Perry14710
Orange13723
Steuben1362
Jasper1352
Ripley1307
Franklin1278
Gibson1202
Wabash1162
Carroll1142
Fayette1067
Whitley1066
Starke1043
Newton10010
Huntington942
Jefferson862
Wells821
Randolph794
Fulton731
Knox710
Jay700
Washington681
Pulaski661
Clay645
Rush613
Posey570
Spencer541
Owen521
Benton510
Sullivan501
Adams491
Brown431
Blackford402
Fountain352
Crawford330
Switzerland320
Tipton321
Parke270
Martin260
Ohio230
Vermillion200
Warren151
Union140
Pike110
Unassigned0193

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events