MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes documented how survivors of the school shooting massacre in Parkland have already had success at moving Republican Party elected officials on gun control issues.
“It’s been one week since a gunman used a legally purchased AR-15 rifle to murder 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. In the usual cycle of gun massacres in America, we would not be talking about it anymore. A week has passed, the nation’s attention would have moved on,” Hayes noted.
“High school students though are refusing to let thoughts and prayers be the end of the story.” Hayes continued. “These kids don’t accept the tired and worn out excuses for failing to address the exceptionally high levels of gun violence in this country.”
“Making real change policy and laws in this country is obviously going to be an uphill battle. The clear signs these kids are moving the needle a week since they watched classmates and teachers be murdered before their eyes these children are the targets of a smear campaign to discredit their message,” Hayes concluded.
“I can tell you as somebody who, I was in my mid 20s when I had the experience of realizing that there were folks in charge who weren’t looking out, weren’t protecting us who were supposed to be. I was in Afghanistan in a vehicle with no armor,” explained former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander.
“These kids are in high school and younger and realizing that people who are supposed to protect them supposed to do the right thing, aren’t. I can tell you it defines your world view from there forward,” Kander explained. “These kids are not going anywhere, it’s going to be a sustained effort because they’re fighting for their lives.”