“Here’s time: March 24th in every single city. We are going to be marching together as students begging for our lives. This isn’t about the GOP. This isn’t about the Democrats. This is about the adults. We feel neglected. And at this point you’re either with us or against us.”
Cameron Kasky survived of the shooting at his school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, that left 17 people dead. He had just left drama class when the shooting began on February 14. After picking up his younger brother from a different classroom and leaving the school, a fire alarm sounded. With other students, they were instructed to go back inside. They waited an hour in a classroom until they were rescued.
After the murders, Kasky invited with fellow students David Hogg, Emma González, Sarah Chadwick and others to his house and with them founded Never Again MSD (#NeverAgain), their student-led gun control advocacy group. Kasky came up with the name “Never Again” while the group worked through the night making their plans. Their group works to create a national movement against gun violence, including a massive rally in Washington DC today.
Kasky wrote an op-ed on the CNN website describing the events of the massacre and his reaction to it. Kasky told the CNN anchor Anderson Cooper in an interview: “My generation won’t stand for this.”
Hours after the shooting, Kasky posted on Facebook:
“Can’t sleep. Thinking about so many things. So angry that I’m not scared or nervous anymore … I’m just angry. I just want people to understand what happened and understand that doing nothing will lead to nothing. Who’d have thought that concept was so difficult to grasp? “
Kasky has deactivated his Facebook account after receiving death threats.
At a televised “Stand Up” town hall session sponsored by CNN, Kasky asked Senator Marco Rubio whether he would continue receiving money from the National Rifle Association (NRA):
“Can you tell me right now that you will not accept a single donation from the NRA?”
“I will always accept the help of anyone who agrees with my agenda.”
Kasky repeatedly questioned Rubio about whether he would continue receiving NRA money. The senator did not offer a definitive response but appeared to soften his positions regarding some gun restrictions.
Kasky was accused of being a crisis actor hired by liberals. His reply on CNN:
“If you had seen me in our school’s production of Fiddler On The Roof, you would know that nobody would pay me to act for anything.”