Emma Gonzalez and James Shaw Jr. are each other’s heroes. Over the weekend, the two survivors of mass shootings that took place just a few months apart this year sat down for breakfast at a Denny’s in Florida with other students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
On Saturday morning, Gonzalez retweeted a photo of her with Shaw and called their meeting “legendary.”
I LOVE U SM this was the Most Legendary Breakfast ive ever had in my life https://t.co/4nhzLK8tao
— Emma González (@Emma4Change) May 12, 2018
Only two months after 14 students and three staff members died in the Feb. 14 school shooting at the Parkland, Fla. high school, Shaw found himself wrestling a gun from the hands of a shooter who entered a Nashville area Waffle House and killed three people. Nearly a week after Shaw’s encounter with the shooter, Gonzalez found herself receiving praise from rapper Kanye West, who described the Cuban-American as his “hero” on Twitter. In response to the tweet, she posted a photo of Shaw, referring to him as her hero.
“Meeting the young adults of the Parkland incident so much fire and inspiration in their eyes was a great joy,” Shaw said in a post to his Twitter account after meeting with the students at breakfast on Saturday. “I met one of my heros today.”
Gun violence has turned both Gonzalez and Shaw into fierce activists.
— James Shaw Jr. (@JamesShawJr9) May 12, 2018
Since the shootings, both survivors have worked to help the families of gun violence victims as well as fight for stricter gun laws. On March 24, Gonzalez led fellow survivors in a mega-march in Washington, D.C., called March For Our Lives. The activist has since set out to push for the funding of federal gun violence research, a ban on assault weapons and universal background checks. Shaw set up a GoFundMe campaign that raised more than $240,000 for the Waffle House shooting victims’ families.