“We will not be silenced”

Parkland students demand action on gun control

Teenage survivors of the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, rallied at the state Capitol in Tallahassee on Wednesday to demand that their lawmakers take action on gun control, delivering speeches about how they will not relent until change takes place.

Shooting survivors told their stories of survival, what they lost and how they will not let conspiracy theorists hold them back from demanding change.

“We will not be silenced,” shooting survivor Alfonso Calderon said in a speech. “It has gone on long enough that we, just because we are kids, we are not allowed to understand. But trust me, I understand.”