24 Mar. 2018
Washington, UNITED STATES
Emma Gonzalez, who survived the February 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida, became a leader in the youth movement against gun violence. At the March For Our Lives protest in Washington a month after the shooting, Gonzalez read the names of the 17 victims and then stood in silence. Tears ran down her cheeks as she stared out over the crowd for the rest of a speech that lasted six minutes and 20 seconds, the time it took for the gunman to slaughter them. The massive March For Our Lives rallies aimed to break legislative gridlock that has long stymied efforts to increase restrictions on firearms sales in a nation where mass shootings like the one in Parkland have become frighteningly common.