If Politicians Won’t Take Action, These High Schoolers Will

If Politicians Won’t Take Action, These High Schoolers Will

December 12, 2019 100 By Ronny Jaskolski


NOW, WE WEREN’T ON AIR LAST WEEK
WHEN THIS SHOOTING HAPPENED IN FLORIDA. AND LIKE YOU, I WAS SICKENED AND
HEARTBROKEN, NOT ONLY BY THE ATTACK AND THE LOSS OF LIFE, BUT
BY WHAT I FEARED WOULD BE THE COMPLETE LACK OF ACTION BY OUR
LEADERS. AND THAT FEELING WAS QUICKLY
REINFORCED BY STATEMENTS LIKE THIS FROM PEOPLE LIKE MARCO
RUBIO, WHO COMPLETELY ABDICATED RESPONSIBILITY.>>YOU COULD PASS A LAW THAT
MAKES IT HARD TO GET THIS KIND OF GUN IN A NEW CONDITION, BUT
YOU’RE GOING TO STRUGGLE TO KEEP IT OUT OF THE HANDS OF SOMEONE
WHO HAS DECIDED THAT’S WHAT THEY WANT TO USE. I’M JUST TRYING TO BE CLEAR AND
HONEST HERE. IF SOMEONE HAS DECIDED, “I’M
GOING TO COMMIT THIS CRIME,” THEY WILL FIND A WAY TO GET THE
GUN TO DO IT.>>Stephen: ANOTHER AS LONG AS
WE’RE BEING CLEAR AND HONEST, SENATOR, AS A
LAWMAKER, YOUR POSITION IS “THE LAWS ARE USELESS. EVERYONE INTO THE THUNDERDOME!”
THEN WHY DO WE NEED YOU? IT SEEMS LIKE A HOUSEPLANT WOULD
DO A BETTER JOB, AND IT WOULD PROBABLY NEED LESS WATER.( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
WE HAVEN’T FORGOTTEN.
NO, WE WILL NEVER FORGET.( APPLAUSE )
BUT THERE IS ONE GROUP THAT DOES
GIVE ME HOPE THAT WE CAN DO
SOMETHING TO PROTECT THE CHILDREN AND, SADLY, IT’S THE
CHILDREN. THE STUDENTS FROM PARKLAND,
FLORIDA–( APPLAUSE )
HELL, YEAH.
GOOD FOR THEM. THESE STUDENTS SAW THEIR LEADERS
DOING NOTHING AND SAID, “HOLD MY ROOT BEERMENT.”>>MY MESSAGE FOR THE PEOPLE IN
OFFICE IS YOU’RE EITHER WITH US OR AGAINST US. WE ARE LOSING OUR LIVES WHILE
THE ADULTS ARE PLAYING AROUND.>>TO EVERY POLITICIAN WHO IS
TAKING DONATIONS FROM THE N.R.A., SHAME ON YOU.>>YOU HAVEN’T TAKEN A SINGLE
BILL FOR MENTAL HEALTHCARE OR GUN CONTROL AND PASSED IT, AND
THAT’S PATHETIC. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? YOU THINK NOW IS THE TIME TO
FOCUS ON THE PAST AND NOT THE FUTURE TO PREVENT THE DEATH OF
THOUSANDS OF OTHER CHILDREN? YOU SICKEN ME.>>WE’RE CHILDREN. YOU GUYS, LIKE, ARE THE ADULTS.>>Stephen: HE’S RIGHT. THE ADULTS AREN’T CUTTING IT
ANYMORE. I THINK WE NEED TO CHANGE THE
VOTING AGE. UNTIL WE DO SOMETHING ABOUT
GUNS, YOU CAN’T VOTE IF YOU’RE OVER 18.( LAUGHTER )
( APPLAUSE )
AND IT’S MORE– I’D FEEL BETTER. I’D FEEL BETTER. AND IT’S MORE THAN JUST WORDS. THESE KIDS ARE TAKING ACTION,
ORGANIZING A SERIES OF SCHOOL WALKOUTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND
A MARCH IN WASHINGTON. THESE KIDS ARE INSPIRING. THE ONLY REASON I WALKED OUT OF
CLASS WAS TO GO BEHIND THE SCHOOL AND… STUDY.( LAUGHTER )
TODAY, THESE KIDS BUSSED TO
TALLAHASSEE TO ASK LAWMAKERS TO
BEG LAWMAKERS, TO REINSTATE THE ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN, THE VERY
WEAPONS THAT WERE USED TO KILL THEIR CLASS MATES. AND WITH THESE STUDENTS WATCHING
FROM THE GALLERY, THOSE LEGISLATORS PROVED THEY HEARD
THEIR ANGUISHED CRIES AND VOTED NO ANYWAY. WELL, I HOPE THESE KIDS DON’T
GICH UP, BECAUSE THIS IS THEIR LIVES AND THEIR FUTURE. SOMEONE ELSE MAY BE IN POWER,
BUT THIS COUNTRY BELONGS TO THEM. AND THERE IS REASON FOR HOPE. LOOK AT THE #MeToo MOVEMENT. A LOT OF MEN IN POWER DID NOT
SEE THAT COMING. BUT IT PROVED THAT CHANGE CAN
HAPPEN OVERNIGHT. AND THIS IS AN ELECTION YEAR. SO IF YOU WANT TO SEE CHANGE,
YOU HAVE TO GO TO THE POLLS AND TELL THE PEOPLE WHO WILL NOT
PROTECT YOU THAT THEIR TIME IS UP.