The debate on gun laws have intensified in the last few years as mass shootings have become more commonplace. With The February 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida putting Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and its students in the spotlight, these teen survivors have come forward to put pressure on politicians who have failed to strengthened gun laws for far too long. On Wednesday they traveled to Tallahassee to protest and speak to elected officials, but they weren’t alone. Joining them were four people affected by the 2016 mass shooting a gay club Orlando, Florida.
Since Omar Mateen opened fired and killed 49 during a Latino-themed night, survivors and their families have fought for gun control laws. The two groups embraced before boarding a bus to Tallahassee together, according to the Palm Beach Post.
We are on the way to Tallahassee!!! Time for the adults in charge to listen to the teens with common sense and amazing hearts. Love all you Eagles ❤️❤️❤️@NeverAgainMSD @AMarch4OurLives #NeverAgain pic.twitter.com/1FZwFr7gze
— Kaylyn Pipitone (@kaylynpippy) February 20, 2018
As the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas fight for their classmates and for students around the country, there’s a sense that this group of teens may finally succeed in getting gun laws changed. CBS Miami reports that one Pulse survivor, echoing what many others feel, told the students: “Y’all got this. Y’all strong. Make sure your voices are heard.”