Eighteen-year-old Emma González was a typical high school student three weeks ago. But then, on Valentine’s Day, a gunman entered her school in Parkland, Florida, and killed 17 people.
Two days later, she spoke out in an 11-minute-speech at an anti-gun rally in Fort Lauderdale and quickly became one of America’s most visible gun violence prevention activists.
And as of today, Emma has more followers on Twitter than the National Rifle Association of America (NRA).
The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student now has nearly 1.2 million Followers on the social media platform, while the NRA has 614,000. She is spearheading the gun debate in America along with several of her other classmates.
In response, the NRA and its pro-gun allies have launched an all-out assault on the students as they threatened to render the organization irrelevant. Just today, the vice chairman of the Republican Party in Cobb County, Georgia publicly claimed that the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was all an act rehearsed by students.
The pro-gun organization, which is widely condemned for its lobbying of gun sales in the United States, spends about $3 million a year on influencing gun policy. The result? There were 345 mass shootings in the US in 2017 alone, according to the Gun Violence Archive.
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