Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter was killed in Parkland shooting, to Sen. Marco Rubio: “Look at me and tell me guns were the factor in the hunting of our kids ... and you will work with us to do something about guns” https://t.co/puYEwoVG1N #StudentsStandUp https://t.co/AC5Zh2567K— CNN (@CNN) February 22, 2018
“My daughter was hunted last week … She was massacred. My daughter, who was the energy in the room. She brought beauty and joy to everyone she was around,” Guttenberg said. “|I am enraged. I want to hear our elected officials, I want them to look me in the eye and acknowledge the role that guns played in the hunting of my daughter.”“Look at me and tell me that guns were the factor in the hunting of our kids in this school this week. Look at me and tell me you accept it, and you will work with us to do something about guns,” Guttenberg said.Lori Alhadeff, mother of 14-year-old victim Alyssa Alhadeff, also expressed her anger and frustration. “I am tired of people doing nothing. This horrific incident has to be the catalyst that finally puts things in action … Where are our metal detectors? Where is our bulletproof glass? … Where is the funding to protect the ones who will be the future of our nation?” she asked.
Stoneman Douglas junior Cameron Kasky forcefully confronted Rubio, calling on him to turn down campaign contributions from the National Rifle Association. “Can you tell me you won’t be accepting a single penny from the NRA?” Kasky asked Rubio.Rubio defended accepting support from the gun lobby. “The influence of these groups comes not from money,” he said. “The influence comes from the millions of people that agree with the agenda, the millions of Americans that support the NRA.”“In the name of the 17 people who died, you can’t ask the NRA to keep their money?” Kasky continued pressing.
Cameron Kasky, who survived the school shooting: “Sen. Rubio, can you tell me right now that you will not accept a single donation from the NRA?”— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) February 22, 2018
Rubio: “People buy into my agenda, and I do support the Second Amendment” #StudentsStandUp https://t.co/ucmVB74g1C
Linda Shulman, the mother of Scott Beigel, the teacher who was killed while ushering students to safety in a classroom, confronted NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch, demanding to know: “Why are my son’s unalienable rights not protected as fiercely as the right to bear arms?”
The mother of Scott Beigel, a teacher who was killed in the shooting, to NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch: "Why are my son's unalienable rights not protected as fiercely as the right to bear arms?" #StudentsStandUp https://t.co/QxIISwI65M— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) February 22, 2018
Also during the town hall, Max Schachter, the father of slain 14-year-old Alex, read a poem about rollercoasters written by his son. “He wasn’t writing about his life and had no idea his poem would become the future,” he said.
At the end of the evening, the high school’s drama club performed an original song titled “Shine.” The song appears to be directed at the shooter: “You may have hurt us, but I promise we are not going to let you in. We’re putting up a fight. You may have brought the dark but together we will shine a light, and we will be something special. We’re going to shine, shine.”