Emma Gonzalez, a student who survived the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., earlier this week, delivered an impassioned speech at a gun control rally in Fort Lauderdale Saturday (Feb. 17). On Feb. 14, a gunman entered her school and killed 17 people. Gonzalez was in the school's auditorium, thinking that they were just having a drill until first responders told everyone to run, CNN reports.
"How about we stop blaming the victims for something that was the student's fault, the fault of the people who let him buy the guns in the first place, those at the gun shows, the people who encouraged him to buy accessories for his guns to make them fully automatic, the people who didn't take them away from him when they knew he expressed homicidal tendencies?" Gonzales said, referring to President Donald Trump's tweet that "neighbors and classmates knew" the shooter, a former student at the high school, "was a big problem."
She later added, "If the President wants to come up to me and tell me to my face that it 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 going to happily ask him how much money he received from the National Rifle Association."