It’s a club that no one wants to be part of, survivors of mass shootings in Florida rallied this morning in Tallahassee to show unity and urge lawmakers that they must change the state’s gun laws. After last night’s disgusting vote in which the House decided to take no action on assault weapons, the survivors are energized to continue to their effort to demand change.
Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, an organization created after the Pulse Nightclub massacre, planned the rally as a show of continued unity.
“This looks like unity, like we are together,” Madison Leal said. “We are joined and we’re strong and going to get through this together.”
“We want to start a conversation,” student Alfonso Calderon said. “The most important thing we can do is have our legislators and governor at least speak to us about possible change.”
Lawmakers are skirting around a ban on the AR-15, the rifle used to slaughter young lives at Pulse and in Parkland, and instead focus on raising the age to buy a gun.
“If you don’t do it now, there’s going to be another one, and another one and another one,” student Jordan Faber said. “And that cannot happen.”