Parkland Student Emma Gonzalez: "We're Not Saying No Guns," But Regulate Semi-Automatic Weapons


High school activists Emma Gonzalez, Cameron Kasky, and Jaclyn Corin, survivors of the Parkland, FL school shooting, sat down with Ellen Degeneres this week to talk about the gun control regulation they're hoping to bring about with their movement.

In this segment, Ellen asks the students if any of their parents own guns. The two girls say no, but Cameron Kasky says his family does. Ellen asks: "Okay, so are you saying just stricter gun laws?"

"We're not saying 'no guns.' We are saying we want to regulate semi-automatic weapons and the accessories that make them fully automatic because fully automatic weapons are banned," Emma Gonzalez said. "The accessories that make semi-automatic ones aren't."

"So we want to stop those from getting into the hands of the public," Emma explained.

Ellen added: "I think that is where some of these conspiracy theories started, saying that y'all are actors. You aren't even at that school. How do you respond to that? First of all, it is insulting because you went through a traumatic event and they're not respecting you enough that they would call you actors."

"I've been acting since kindergarten, in Miss Blakley's production of 'The Rainbow People' I was the narrator, and since then I was lucky enough to be in 'Little Shope of Horror's,' 'Fiddler on the Roof,' and if you've seen those you know, I'm not somebody that deserves any money from acting," Cameron Kasky joked.

"The difference is, everybody is listening to us," fellow drama student Emma Gonzalez said. "We're here, we're talking to you, this has never happened before. Those kids in previous shootings like Sandy Hook, many of them were so young or didn't make it out to tell their tale."

She adds, strikingly: "We are thankful enough to have been in a school that educated us almost perfectly to handle this situation."

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