Parkland shooting survivor and gun control activist Emma Gonzalez attempted to soften her movement’s tone ahead of highly contested midterm elections set to take place just weeks from today.
Gonzalez is a prominent member of the student-run March for Our Lives organization, which was born out of the anti-gun sentiments that followed Florida’s Parkland high school shooting in February. Its ranks have also included student David Hogg, who has become known as one of the more militant members of the group. Both he and Gonzalez spoke during nationwide event of the same name meant to promote gun control and student safety.
In other words, Gonzalez is easily one of the more recognizable anti-gun voices in American politics today. However, the student claims her fight is not with the Second Amendment.
“We try our very darndest to get out the fact that we don’t want to take away guns and that we are pro Second Amendment,” the activist recently said during an interview with Variety. “We’re not trying to take guns out of society, we’re trying to regulate them.”
Gonzalez went on to suggest that her movement’s true cause has been obscured by critics.
“If you’re already a responsible gun owner, then this has nothing to do with you,” she added. “We’re talking about the people that are irresponsible, the people who take advantage of the fact that the system is not very strict.”
During the same interview, Gonzalez also took aim at the push by many conservatives to allow teachers to arm themselves while school is in session. According to the activist, the answer to this problem is more funding for schools.
Gonzalez appears comparatively moderate in this interview, but this it’s hard to believe she has any real positive feelings about the Second Amendment considering her movement’s previous statements. Some March for Our Lives supporters have, for example, demanded bans on semi-automatic weapons — would would come close to banning all modern firearms in circulation.
~ Ready to Fire News