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‘This is about begging for our lives’: Parkland students reveal plan to destroy politicians in bed with NRA

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Survivors from the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida said on Sunday that they expect students around the country to stand up against and “shame any politicians taking money from NRA and using us for collateral.”

In an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash, kids from Douglas High School revealed that students around the country would be participating in a march in support of gun safety laws.

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“The reason we started March for Our Lives and the reason we are doing this on March 24th, we’ve been hearing a lot that this is not the time to talk about gun control,” junior Cameron Kasky explained. “Here’s the time to talk about gun control: March 24th. 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.”

“On March 24th, you are going to be seeing students in every single major city marching and we have our lives on the line,” he continued. “And at the end of the day, that is going to be what’s bringing us to victory and to making some sort of right out of this tragedy.”

“This is about us begging for our lives. This isn’t about the GOP, this isn’t about the Democrats. This is about us creating a badge of shame for any politicians who are accepting money from the NRA and using us as collateral.”

Watch the video below from CNN.

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