Cameron Kasky, a Stoneman Douglas student, spoke at the "March For Our Lives" event in Washington D.C.
CAMERON KASKY: Good afternoon. To the leaders, skeptics, and cynics who told us to sit down and stay silent, wait your turn. Welcome to the revolution. It is a powerful one because it is of, by and for the young people of this country. My name is Cameron Kasky. Scine this movement began, people have asked me, do you change is going to come from this? Look around. We are the change. Everybody here is standing up for the future, and for that I thank you. My generation after spending our lives in one mass shooting after mass shooting realized our vote matters. We must start this conversation to move our country forward and we will. We hereby promise to fix this broken system and will create a better world for the generations to come. Don't worry, we've got this.
[cheers and applause]
'The people of this country now see through the lies. We have seen this narrative before. For the first time, the corrupt aren't creating the facts. We are. The corrupt aren't manipulating the facts, we know the truth.
Shooting after shooting, the American people now see one thing they all have in common: the weapons.
Politicians, either represent the people or get out. The people demand the ban of assault weapons. The people demand we prohibit the sale of high capacity magazines, the people demand universal Background checks.
Stand with us or beware. The voters are coming.
The people demand universal the filters are coming. -- the voters are coming.
On February 14, tragedy struck my hometown and ym school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School... Today is Nicholas' birthday. We are all here for you, Nicholas. Happy birthday.
Many others were injured and thousands of young people were forced to become adults. We have to do this for them. We must stand beside those we lost and fix the world that betrayed them.
This doesn't happen just in schools. It happens in churches, nightclubs and movie theaters. But we the people can fix this. For the first time, I feel hope. I see light. I see a system I will be proud of, but it all starts with you.
The march is not the climax of this movement, it is the beginning. It is the springboard on which my generation will jump into a safer future. Today is a bad day for corruption. We take to the streets in over 800 marches around the globe and demand common sense gun laws. Today is the beginning of a bright future for our country. Just wait for tomorrow. We must protect, educate and inspire the future and everybody here is proof that we will do that and the future is looking very bright for this country. Thank you.
"Since this movement began, people have asked me, do you think any change is going to come from this?" says Cameron Kasky, a Stoneman Douglas student. "Look around. We are the change." https://t.co/jujbxM0M4i #MarchForOurLives pic.twitter.com/qfKWO2sUZl— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 24, 2018