Upon the news that a gunman opened fire on a high school in Santa Fe, Texas, killing an estimated 10 people, the Parkland, Fla., school shooting survivors turned activists had a lot to say. Emma Gonzalez was quick to respond, offering her empathy to the students.
\u201cSanta Fe High, you didn\u2019t deserve this. You deserve peace all your lives, not just after a tombstone saying that is put over you. You deserve more than Thoughts and Prayers, and after supporting us by walking out we will be there to support you by raising up your voices.\u201d
Her fellow March for Our Lives leaders spoke out as well.
\u201cAt least 8 students have been shot and killed at Santa Fe High School.\n\nPrepare to watch the NRA boast about getting higher donations.\n\nPrepare to see students rise up and be called \u2018civil terrorists\u2019 and crisis actors.\n\nPrepare for the right-wing media to attack the survivors.\u201d
\u201cDonald Trump does not care about school shootings. \n\nDonald Trump does nothing to stop school shootings. \n\nDon\u2019t talk to me about the \u2018stop school violence act,\u2019 because that does nothing to stop school shootings. \n\nDonald Trump does not care about you or your kids getting shot.\u201d
Gonzalez, although offering just one statement, retweeted several nuanced perspectives on the issue. Some addressed the fact that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not been allowed to study gun violence as a national public health problem.
\u201cA home.\nAn office.\nA college.\nA concert.\nA daycare.\nAn airport.\nA post office.\nA high school.\nA military base.\nA movie theater.\nA political event.\nA neighborhood.\nA baseball game.\nA Trump golf resort.\nAn elementary school.\n\nGun violence is an American disease. \n\nWe must end it.\u201d
\u201cThis has been my fear since February 14th, that another mass casualty shooting would happen before we did anything. Now, we have 8 more children dead and our leadership in Washington has done nothing. We do not need thoughts and prayers, we need action and we need it now.\u201d
\u201cHoping things get better. Hoping things can change. Don\u2019t tell me that there isn\u2019t a shooting problem in this country. The perpetuating gun violence we face is ridiculous. https://t.co/dHeXH5Fo9B\u201d
\u201cEven if the numbers end up being down. These are not numbers being killed, these are real people. People with families and friends and futures. 1 person killed is enough. Everyone deserves to live.\u201d