Teens Who Survived This Week’s School Shooting Are Slamming People Who Say It’s “Not About Guns”

"We're children, you guys are the adults. You need to take some action."

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Yesterday the US endured its 18th school shooting so far this year. Of those 18, eight have resulted in serious injuries or deaths. It’s February.

In the aftermath of the attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which has claimed at least 17 lives, the US has returned to what is becoming an uncomfortably routine conversation: thousands of people call for gun control, and a politicians respond by saying policy responses that would lead to fewer dead kids are somehow unacceptably “politicising” a tragedy.

This time, the kids themselves are hitting back. The teens who survived yesterday’s shooting are taking to social media to slam people who say this isn’t about gun control, and to make it clear that yes, this is political.

See for example these tweets from 17-year-old survivor Carly Novell, who points out that actually, guns are the very reason she spent yesterday hiding in a closet, terrified.

Carly’s not the only one, either. Heaps of the kids from Marjory Stoneman Douglas are taking to Twitter to make a powerful case for gun control, and call on adults to get it together and get it done.

Here’s teacher Melissa Falkowski, who also lived through yesterday’s shooting, making the point extremely well: no amount of preparation on a school’s part can prevent loss of life unless Congress takes some action.

As student David Hogg put it, “what we really need is action. We can say we’re going to do all these things, thoughts and prayers, but what we need more than that is action. Please, this is the eighteenth one this year. That’s unacceptable.”

“We’re children, you guys are the adults. You need to take some action and play a role. Work together, come over your politics, and get something done.”

That’s an extraordinarily articulate, succinct case for gun control, and it came from a kid who just lived through the most harrowing day of his life. The fact that these kids are alive to speak at all is a miracle; the fact that they’re choosing to face the media and take on some pretty powerful people immediately after spending hours thinking they were about to die is a show of incredible strength.

It’s time to listen to them.