In Parkland, Florida, a single gunman killed 17 high school students last week. In response to the recent shooting, a new video from NowThis shows the reactions of NRA-backed representatives in Congress to a reporter asking them for “any solutions at all, other than thoughts and prayers,”regarding gun control. Their responses are telling.
After Rep. Masha Blackburn (R-TN) was asked, “Do you have anything besides thoughts and prayers to offer? Any solutions at all for this gun violence?” all she had to say was, “We are so concerned about those precious children and families,” as she ducked into the elevator as fast as she could repeating “this is a members only elevator.”
The reporter pressed on saying, “I know you’re concerned enough to pay for the funerals— are you concerned enough to do anything else at all?”
She responded by crossing her arms over her chest and repeating, “This is a members only elevator.” And when pressed again for any kind of solution, she said, “My heart breaks for these families.”
Rep. Ron Desantis (R-FL) responded to the reporter’s calm request for any kind of solution to gun violence other than thoughts and prayers with “I gotta go,” as he scurried rapidly away from the reporter down the stairs.
The reporter walked with him and asked again. Desantis responded with, “I mean praying for people, I don’t think you should diminish that.”
The reporter said he didn’t diminish it, just asked for anything in addition to prayers, and referenced the famous Frederick Douglass quote: “I prayed for freedom for twenty years, but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.”
Other representatives slammed doors in the reporter’s face and flat out ignored the questions.
Each of the Congress people in the video received thousands of dollars from the NRA.
You can watch the video below:
In response to the general inaction on the part of Congress and the President when it comes to gun control, the Douglass High School students who survived this week’s shooting in Floridaare calling for a widespread movement of change,including school walk-out protests across the nation. They want this shooting to mark a turning point for this country on gun control.
“We are going to be the last mass shooting,” said Emma Gonzalez, a high school senior and survivor of the Parkland, Floridaf shooting in an impassioned speech at a gun control rally in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Gonzalez called out President Trump, Congress and the other adults around her for refusing to take action to prevent the kind of horrors she recently witnessed in her school.
“If the president wants to come up to me and tell me to my face that i was a terrible tragedy and how it should never have happened, and maintain telling us how nothing is going to be done about it, I’m gonna happily ask him how much money he received from the National Rifle Association.”
She followed up with the answer to the question she'd ask Trump: $ 30 million dollars.
“To every politicia who is taking donations from the NRA, shame on you,” she said through tears.
You can Watch Gonzalez's speech below:
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