It’s only been a week and a half since the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School, but victims of the attack have made more progress in arresting national concern around gun violence than most kids their age. In their most recent push for tighter gun control legislation, three of the students from the Parkland school — Emma González, Cameron Kasky and Jaclyn Corin — sat down with Ellen DeGeneres to talk about the aftermath of the tragedy and their change-making efforts.
The three students talked with Ellen about their push to protest the country’s gun control problem with a nationwide march.
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March For Our Lives is a demonstration being organized by the students from Stoneman Douglass High School and taking place in Washington, D.C., on March 24, 2018. Since its announcement on February 18, the march has received the support of celebrities and figures such as George Clooney, Oprah Winfrey and Jeffrey Katzenberg. each of whom donated $500,000 each to the cause.
During their interview with Ellen, the three students explained how critics of their vocal protests motivated them to start up the march.
“The thing that inspired us to create the march was people saying, ‘You are all talking about gun control, and this is not the time to talk about gun control—this is the time to grieve and time to mourn,'” Kasky told Ellen. “And we understand that, and we said, now might not be the time to talk about gun control. Here’s the time to talk about gun control: March 24th…. It’s amazing the universal support we’ve gotten. It’s proof that this isn’t red and blue, this isn’t generation versus generation—this is the 97 percent of people who believe we need to take steps here together.”
During the show, Ellen also took some time to ask González about her role as a rising advocate for the cause.
After González’s speech at a gun control rally in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. quickly went viral, the 18-year-old high school student quickly emerged as a leader of the protest movement against the country’s severe gun regulation problem. While talking to Ellen about the shooting and its aftermath, González also spoke about the preparation and heart she put into putting together her speech. “I knew I would get my job done properly at that rally if I got people chanting something. And I thought ‘We call B.S.’ has four syllables, that’s good, I’ll use that. I didn’t want to say the actual curse words…this message doesn’t need to be thought of in a negative way at all.”
Toward the end of the show, DeGeneres surprised the students with another donation to their cause.
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DeGeneres announced that the publishing service Shutterfly had signed up to donate $50,000 to March for Our Lives. The gesture was enough to bring González to tears as DeGeneres went into detail about the donation. By the end of the show, González, Kasky and Corin were all visibly moved by the support of Ellen and her audience who have watched, with the rest of the country, as the the three teens have boldly carried themselves in the wake of their school’s tragedy.