As President Trump and congressional Republicans continue to bow down to the NRA with their spineless inaction in the face of another mass shooting, former President Barack Obama stepped up to the plate and praised survivors of last week’s school shooting in Florida for speaking out in the wake of the attack, calling them “smart” and “fearless” and promising “we’ve got your backs.”
“Young people have helped lead all our great movements. How inspiring to see it again in so many smart, fearless students standing up for their right to be safe; marching and organizing to remake the world as it should be,” Obama tweeted Thursday.
“We’ve been waiting for you. And we’ve got your backs.”
The former President joins his wife, former First Lady Michelle Obama, in praising and lifting up the students. On Wednesday, Mrs. Obama tweeted she was “in total awe” of the students and pledged she and Barack Obama were “behind [them] every step of the way.”
The former president pushed for stricter gun control laws during his administration, particularly after the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, but struggled to get measures through Congress.
Young people have helped lead all our great movements. How inspiring to see it again in so many smart, fearless students standing up for their right to be safe; marching and organizing to remake the world as it should be. We've been waiting for you. And we've got your backs.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) February 22, 2018
Survivors of the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. have emerged as strong advocates for gun control in the wake of the attack.
Some of the survivors have traveled to Florida’s state capitol to encourage lawmakers to take up gun control reform, and students are also planning a march later this year in Washington, D.C., to demand action on gun control.