Parkland students David Hogg and Cameron Kasky told “Real Time” host Bill Maher that the reason they want a national #MarchForOurLives rally is because they want people to know that they shouldn’t be afraid of their government. Instead, politicians should be afraid of those who vote for them.
“We want Americans to stop being afraid of demanding our politicians to take action. They work for us, we don’t work for them. The #MarchForOurLives is us coming out and saying to our employees, you guys suck at your job,” Kasky said.
Hogg noted that the Tallahassee politicians gave them the run-around and tried to switch the conversation of banning assault weapons to talk about family values and pornography.
Maher was shocked that the leaders did something so incredibly stupid.
“I said they should stop looking at that stuff and start looking at our lives,” Hogg said.
Kasky said that many have called them out for “not knowing what we’re talking about” but until they’ve had to be on the other end of an AR-15 they have nothing to talk about.
“They’re trying to say we don’t know what we’re talking about. Well, until you’ve been on the receiving end of an AR-15 — Look, Wayne LaPierre, Dana Loesch, I don’t know if you’ve ever had to deal with that. But as far as I know, that’s not the case. We’ve been locked in a classroom. We’ve seen our friends text their parents goodbye. We are the experts! We know exactly what we’re talking about! How dare you tell us we don’t know what we’re talking about!” he exclaimed.
Hogg noted that the reason things are different this time is that the students are talking about these issues not from the perspective of political parties but as survivors.
“We kept reminding people that this isn’t about us. This isn’t about Democrats and Republicans. This is about Americans and those 17 individuals that lost their loves that day,” Hogg said.
Kasky said that as children of law enforcement officers who have guns in their homes, they’re not coming to take people’s guns.
“We are just kids begging for our lives getting murdered in our classrooms,” he said.
Maher argued that gun control advocates have to go after the Second Amendment because the U.S. treats it like a “right” while other nations treat it as a privilege.
Hogg confessed that the White House called him the day before the listening session and he hung up on them. He said that he would be at the CNN town hall and asked President Donald Trump to join them.
“To all of the generations before us, we sincerely accept your apology for f*cking up our country,” Kasky closed by saying.
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