When Emma Gonzalez made her seven-minute, emotionally-charged speech after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, people took notice.
The people in the government who were voted into power are lying to us. And us kids seem to be the only ones who notice and our parents to call BS.Companies trying to make caricatures of the teenagers these days, saying that all we are self-involved and trend-obsessed and they hush us into submission when our message doesn't reach the ears of the nation, we are prepared to call BS. Politicians who sit in their gilded House and Senate seats funded by the NRA telling us nothing could have been done to prevent this, we call BS. They say tougher guns laws do not decrease gun violence. We call BS. They say a good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun. We call BS. They say guns are just tools like knives and are as dangerous as cars. We call BS. They say no laws could have prevented the hundreds of senseless tragedies that have occurred. We call BS. That us kids don't know what we're talking about, that we're too young to understand how the government works. We call BS.
If you agree, register to vote. Contact your local congresspeople. Give them a piece of your mind.
Young people not only took notice, but now they are taking action. In what can only be sending a shockwave of fear through the Republican party, young activists are mobilizing to do just as Gonzalez said: vote.
The students are using the hashtag #VoteThemOut to spread the word about registering, and it's working.
The REAL way to scare Politicians and spark change is to register to vote and actually follow through with it. Ages 18-29 have the least amount of registered voters, they’re not doing anything cause they think we won’t show up to the ballot boxes in November. #getoutandvote— Adam Alhanti (@AAlhanti) March 5, 2018
Andrew Gillum has been the mayor of Tallahassee, Florida, since 2014, and he is currently running for governor.
Gillum took to Twitter to acknowledge the importance of young people voting.
Students are registering to vote in droves— and by doing so, are about to transform our state and our nation. They have the power. They will be heard. They will get weapons of war banned once and for all. #StudentsStandUp #NeverAgain pic.twitter.com/A6T3rTTVhj— Andrew Gillum (@AndrewGillum) March 3, 2018
People are definitely on board with his message:
The White House, NRA, #GOP have picked a fight w the wrong generation! IGen was born w computers, Internet, Social media, marketing, coding, etc. They can/will launch a movement around the globe #neveragain #GunReformNow #NRABloodMoney #resist #BlueTsunami— Jeff Ferrell, MSW (@urourlegacy) March 3, 2018
We need all young people to register and vote in the midterms. This is not optional. This is about the safety and future for yourselves, classmates, siblings and friends. Not voting is agreeing to allow the GOP/NRA school slaughters to continue. You can stop this. REGISTER!— FakeDonaldTrump (@fake_donald_t) March 4, 2018
Florida isn't the only state seeing record voter registration numbers. Texas has also seen a huge increase this year:
"After the last day of early voting on Friday… in the top 15 counties in the state, the Democratic early vote had spiked 105 percent over 2014 numbers. On the Republican side, there had been only a 15 percent uptick." https://t.co/pC7LtGKLo2 #alleyesontexas #bluewave— Indivisible Guide (@IndivisibleTeam) March 5, 2018
H/T: Providence Journal