Parkland Survivor Mocks GOP For Caring More About Gay Wedding Cakes Than Kids


On Wednesday February 14, another tragic school shooting occurred in Parkland, Florida, leaving 17 students and staff dead, and many survivors trying to pick up the pieces of what happened as they grieve the loss of their friends and classmates. One student tells his story to Anderson Cooper and speaks out in hopes that things can drastically change for this country.

Cameron Kasky told Anderson Cooper about the heroes he witnessed in his school on Wednesday, but said that the Republicans are no heroes in this and only offer empty “thought and prayers.” Journalist Anderson Cooper said:

‘I’ve never been to a school after a shooting like this where I’ve met so many students talking about issues of guns when so many politicians are saying now is not the time to talk about the it.’

Kasky responded:

‘Everybody has done an amazing job responding to this: the Stoneman Douglas community, the Parkland community — everyone is supportive and grieving and inspired. We’re going to use this to try to make something better out of it.’

Cooper then asked:

‘Do you think change is possible in terms of the kind of change you want?’

Kasky answered Cooper, saying:

‘Everything I’ve heard where we can’t do anything and it’s out of our hands and it’s inevitable, I think that’s a facade that the GOP is putting up. After every shooting the NRA sends a memo saying “send your thoughts and prayers.” This is the only country where this kind of thing happens. I’ve heard from other people, they don’t have gun drills. We had to prepare extensively at Stoneman Douglas. This is something that can be stopped and will be stopped.’

Kasky went on to point out:

‘There is a segment of this society that will shrug this off and send their thoughts and prayers but march for hours over a rainbow wedding cake.’

Cooper then asked:

‘Do you worry, a week from now when the media moves on, that this will become another in a long line of tragedies?’

Kasky said:

‘That was the thought I had. I’m not worried. This can be stopped — this needs to be stopped.’

The CNN news host interjected:

‘For those saying “thoughts and prayers and this is not the time to talk about guns.”‘

Kasky replied:

‘This is the time to talk about guns. But there’s much more that can be done, much more that needs to be done and much more that people like Sen Marco Rubio and Governor Rick Scott are not doing. It’s scary to think these are the people who are making our laws when our community just took 17 bullets to the heart. It feels like the only people who don’t care are the people making the laws.’

Maybe Kasky and some of his peers should run for office. They seem to be much more intelligent than the majority of people holding office in Washington right now. Hopefully, they will turn 18 soon and begin by using their rights to vote and turn this country around.

Twitter had some thoughts about the Anderson Cooper segment too:

Featured image is a screenshot from CNN