Student survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting, Emma Gonzalez, Cameron Kasky, and Jaclyn Corin came on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to talk about gun control. In the interview, the three teenagers talked about the love ones they lost in the tragic incident, the policy changes they hope to see, and they address the ignorant conspiracy theories that claim they’re “crisis actors.”
Despite their horrific experience, the students make it very clear that they are not saying we should ban guns, but as Gonzalez points out, the students are seeking regulation on semi-automatic firearms and the accessories that allow them to operate like fully automatic ones, which are illegal. Gonzalez also talked to Ellen about the moving speech she delivered at an anti-gun rally shortly after the shooting, which has gone viral.
And as far as the claim that the students are actors who been paid to lobby for their cause, Kasky detailed his experience in youth theater, before adding, “If you’ve seen those, you’d know I’m not somebody who deserves any money for acting.” You’ve got to hand it to the teen for being able to take on such an offensive claim and tackle it with humor.
The students also talked about the march they organized, which will be taking place on March 24 in Washington D.C. and in satellite cities around the country. Ellen broke the news that Shutterfly will be donating $50,000 to “March for Our Lives,” before encouraging viewers a home to participate in the demonstration.