Parkland shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez got the March for Our Lives audience riled up. She named the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre. The crowd was ready to hear more. Then, silence — for minutes.
“Since the time that I came out here, it has been 6 minutes and 20 seconds,” Gonzalez said, breaking her silence. “The shooter has ceased shooting, and will soon abandon his rifle, blend in with the students as they escape, and walk free for an hour before arrest. Fight for your lives before it’s someone else’s job.”
The moment quickly went viral on social media, with several people calling it remarkable and powerful. The Black List founder Franklin Leonard described it as “one of the most remarkable political moments I’ve seen.”
The March for Our Lives is a direct response to the Parkland shooting, which inspired Gonzalez and other student survivors to launch a movement in hopes of convincing lawmakers to address the issue of gun violence and, in particular, school shootings. In response, thousands of students, parents, teachers, and others came from around the US on Saturday to protest in Washington, DC.
You can watch the full video via NBC News’s Twitter feed below.
WATCH: Emma Gonzalez names the murdered Parkland victims and observes several minutes of silence in a 6-minute, 20-second speech that covered the same time it took the gunman to kill 17 people in her high school:
"Fight for your lives before it's someone else's job." pic.twitter.com/OrTfuTdSNn
— NBC News (@NBCNews) March 24, 2018
Gonzalez later commented on the moment on Twitter, asking people to imagine “how it would feel if you had to hide during that silence.”
Real Quick: my speech today was abt 6 mins & 30 secs, including both my speech and my silence. The fact that people think the silence was 6 minutes… imagine how long it would have felt if it actually was 6 minutes, or how it would feel if you had to hide during that silence
— Emma González (@Emma4Change) March 25, 2018