Emma González is one of the loudest gun control voices to come out of the Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy, where 17 people were killed last week after a former student wreaked havoc with an AR-15. González is also a proud member of the LGBT community.
The Parkland, Florida, student rose to public prominence on Saturday after delivering a passionate speech at a Fort Lauderdale gun control rally. The Parkland survivor had a strong message for politicians:
Politicians who sit in their gilded House and Senate seats funded by the NRA telling us nothing could have been done to prevent this, we call B.S. They say tougher gun laws do not decrease gun violence. We call B.S. … They say no laws could have prevented the hundreds of senseless tragedies that have occurred. We call B.S.
Before all of this, Emma González was your average teenager, enjoying writing over math and sewing her own clothes, a trademark of her distinct style that also includes a shaved head. She was involved with social issues before this tragedy, but nothing to do with gun control. Instead, her activism was involved with the LGBTQ community as the president of the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance.
A Washington Post profile published yesterday shared:
In one week, Emma González went from designing Valentine’s Day cards to debating a National Rifle Association representative in front of millions about gun control.
Last night González appeared at a CNN Town Hall where survivors of the massacre took center stage, asking frank questions of Sens. Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson, Rep. Ted Deutch, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel and NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch.
Emma González asked Loesch if she thinks it should be harder to obtain semi-automatic weapons and modifications, like bump stocks, that make an assault weapon similar to a fully automatic weapon. “The shooter at our school obtained weapons that he used on us legally,” she began. “Do you believe that it should be harder to obtain the semi-automatic and – – weapons and the modifications for these weapons to make them fully automatic like bump stocks?”
Loesch responded by focusing on mental illness and the Florida shooter’s state of mind:
But González pressed on, reminding Loesch her original question and not allowing her to distract from the real issues. All this from an 18-year-old who one week ago was making Valentine’s Day cards for her fellow students.
Carry on, Emma González. Your community is proud.