17-Year-Old Survivor Of Florida School Shooting Asks Congress To Act

David Hogg wouldn't let the segment end.

David Hogg had one last thing to say before the segment ended. The student journalist from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, where a school shooting killed 17, had one final message before he got off the air: do something. Hogg, a 17-year-old, could tell Fox News host Laura Ingraham was preparing to wrap up the interview before he stopped her. 


"Could I say one more thing to the audience?" Hogg asked, his voice measured and determined. "I don't want this to just be another mass shooting. I don't want this to just be something that people forget. This is something that people need to look at and realize this is a serious issue in this country that we all need to face."

Hogg went on to note that this issue is something that effects "every single one of us." He urged viewers to go to their representatives and ask them for help. 

Earlier that day, on CNN, Hogg made a similar plea.

"We are children," he said. "You guys are the adults. Work together, come over your politics, and get something done."

The pleas for action from survivors so soon after the tragedy was striking in contrast to pundits' typical requests after mass shootings to avoid taking action allow survivors time to grieve. School shootings have plagued the United States in the past century. The Washington Post reports that there have been at least 130 shootings at elementary, middle and high schools since 2000, and another 58 at colleges and universities. There have been 18 school shootings this year, according to the advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety, whose numbers include any discharge of a firearm at a school. 

Melissa Falkowski, a teacher from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School described hiding 19 children in her classroom's closet on CNN, and made a similar plea.

"We did everything we were trained to do in active shooter drills, and still we had mass casualties," Falkowski said on the network. "I blame our government for not keeping us safe."

Later, on MSNBC in an interview with Rachel Maddow, Falkowski broke down in tears.

"They knew what to do and we knew what to do and even still, even with that, we still have 17 casualties, 17 people who aren't going to return to their families," Falkowski said through her tears. "To me, that's totally unacceptable. From my personal viewpoint, it's time for Congress, government, somebody to do something."

Several students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School expressed their frustration on Twitter, too, asking for an end to the legislative stalemate on gun control that has blocked policy reform efforts that gun control advocates believe will help to prevent school shootings. 

"I was hiding in a closet for 2 hours," one student tweeted. "It was about guns... guns give these disgusting people the ability to kill other human beings. This IS about guns and this is about all the people who had their life abruptly ended because of guns."

"Do something instead of sending prayers," a student named Sarah tweeted. "Prayers won't fix this. But Gun control will prevent it from happening again."


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