Survivors of last week's high school massacre in Florida vowed to launch marches on Washington and other major cities to demand Congress and the president enact gun control measures.
“This is about us begging for our lives; this isn’t about the GOP, this isn’t about the Democrats, this is about us creating a badge of shame for any politicians accepting money from the NRA and using us as collateral,” survivor Cameron Kasky, a junior at Parkland's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, told CNN.
The "March for Our Lives" will ostensibly take place March 24.
"People are saying that it’s not time to talk about gun control, and we can respect that. Here’s a time: March 24, in every single city." pic.twitter.com/McgjPRVFTm
— Michael Del Moro (@MikeDelMoro) February 18, 2018
Before the march, students also hope to begin dialogue with politicians, specifically Republicans who take campaign contributions from the National Rifle Association.
“We want to give them an opportunity to be on the right side of this,” survivor Emma Gonzalez told ABC News.
Student who survived Parkland school massacre: "There is a segment of this society that will shrug this off and send their thoughts and prayers but march for hours over a rainbow wedding cake." https://t.co/H6DDEqLjGe
— Michiko Kakutani (@michikokakutani) February 18, 2018
Ohio governor John Kasich, a Republican and possible 2020 presidential candidate, told the Washington Post that he agreed changes needed to be made -- like limiting the availability of the AR-15 assault rifle, the weapon that killed 17 people in Parkland -- but doubted a passive Congress would take action.