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The Valentine’s Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida has caused a political storm regarding gun control. 17 people were slaughtered by Nikolas Cruz, who used an AR-15 to gun down his former classmates. In the wake of the deadly shooting, several survivors of the attack have rallied together to create a nationwide movement to help put pressure on the NRA, and lawmakers on Capitol Hill, to make a change. The survivors have appeared on CNN to debate NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch, who spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference Thursday and stated:
“Many in legacy media love mass shootings. You guys love it. Now, I’m not saying that you love the tragedy. But I am saying that you love the ratings. Crying white mothers are ratings gold to you and many in the legacy media. Notice I said ‘crying white mothers’ because there are thousands of grieving black mothers in Chicago every weekend, and you don’t see town halls for them, do you?”
Although the NRA, and the lawmakers that profit from the association, have tried to downplay the negative press, the brave survivors are making incredible strides in their movement to enact change. They started a GoFundMe account to raise $1 million for the “March For Our Lives”, a protest the young activists plan on having at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
In just four days, the kids raised $3.5 million. Oprah Winfrey, Jeffrey Katzenberg, George Clooney, and Steven Spielberg donated $500,000 each to the GoFundMe account.
A spokeswoman for “March for Our Lives” told the Miami Herald that, “Donations will be used to pay the expenses associated with the (March 24) March For Our Lives gathering in Washington, D.C., and to provide resources for young people organizing similar marches across the country.”