‘Shame on you,’ Florida school shooting survivor tells President Trump
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A survivor of the Parkland school shooting called out U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday over his ties to the powerful National Rifle Association, as several thousand rallied in Florida to demand urgent action on gun control.
Three days after the shooting, 18-year-old Emma Gonzalez delivered a fiery address to a crowd of students, parents and residents in nearby Ft. Lauderdale.
“To every politician taking donations from the NRA, shame on you!” she thundered, assailing Mr. Trump over the multi-million-dollar support his campaign received from the gun lobby. The crowd chanted in turn: “Shame on you!”
“We are going to be the last mass shooting... We are going to change the law,” she vowed — slamming the fact that gunman Nikolas Cruz was able to legally buy a firearm despite a history of troubling behaviour.
“The question on whether or not people should be allowed to own an automatic weapon is not a political one. It is question of life or death and it needs to stop being a question of politics,” Mr. Gonzalez told AFP.
“If the President wants to come up to me and tell me to my face that it was a terrible tragedy and... how nothing is going to be done about it, I’m going to happily ask him how much money he received from the National Rifle Association,” she said.
“It doesn’t matter because I already know. Thirty million,” she said.