For the Parkland, FL students, who are taught debating skills and journalism – organizing and communicating on social media is second nature. “They seized the mic and used the moment to rivet the nation,’’ said Robert Spitzer, a State University of New York-Cortland political scientist
Journalist Isaac Saul, who is based in New York, noted on his Twitter feed that in the aftermath of the mass shooting at their school, the Marjorie Stonemason Douglas High students had, in only nine days: “forced a CNN town hall, got new commitments from Rubio, pressured POTUS to call for bump stock ban, led advertisers to leave NRA, dragged D’Souza, Ingraham, O’Reilly online, saw Florida aide fired for lies, raised *millions* for march”
In a statement issued by Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action she said, “Since the Parkland shooting, survivors and the families of those killed and injured – along with concerned parents and students across Florida – have done everything and more that democracy asks of us. They showed up to demand change”.
In a March 9 interview with Esquire.com, Watts went on to say: “You know, I have five kids, the youngest is 17 now. He’s going to be able to vote by the midterms, and he wants to vote on this issue.”
In June 2017, long before the Parkland shooting the National Rifle Association (NRA) released an ad featuring NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch that has been described as “ominous.” The video is a part of their campaign to discourage nationwide call to pass new and stricter gun control laws.
In March 2018, approximately 2 weeks after the Parkland shooting, the National Rifle Association (NRA) released a new video advertisement for NRA TV, the organization’s news outlet, again featuring Loesch speaking directly to the camera.
With low guitar music playing in the background, spokeswoman Loesch says: “To every lying member of the media, to every Hollywood phony, to the role model athletes who use their free speech to alter and undermine what our flag represents … Your Time is running out. The clock starts now.”
To every lying member of the media, to every Hollywood phony, to the role model athletes who use their free speech to alter and undermine what our flag represents…Your Time is running out. The clock starts now.” [email protected] #Oscars90 https://t.co/SDVjeTxyfB
The Marjory Stoneman Douglas school students who already had shown a willingness to challenge and confront the gun lobby and politicians issued a counter message.
“We’ve had enough of the lies” and “We’re done with your agenda to undermine the safety of our nation’s youth and the individual voices of the American people.” said Sarah Chadwick in a video the students released.
To every spokeswoman with an hourglass who uses free speech to alter and undermine what our flag represents…Your Time is running out. The clock starts now.” [email protected]_ #MarchForOurLives https://t.co/k29FB2vHPI
The substance of the message was serious, but the students did not waste the opportunity to spoof the NRA’s latest attempt to dampen the gun control debate. They show few signs of letting up.