Orlando massacre survivor tears into Republican politicians at Parkland protest
A survivor of the Orlando massacre has emotionally slammed lawmakers for doing “not a damn thing” to stop further mass shootings.
Brandon Wolf lost best friends Christopher Andrew “Drew” Leinonen and Juan Ramon Guerrero – Drew’s boyfriend – during the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in 2016, which left 49 dead.
Former student Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida last week.
This led senior Cameron Kasky – one of many students to speak out – to go on CNN and condemn Republicans who see anti-LGBT positions as more important than gun control.
“There’s a section of this society that will just shrug this off and send their thoughts and prayers, but will march for hours when they have to bake a rainbow wedding cake,” said the 17-year-old.
Wolf told protesters at the Never Again rally in Florida yesterday that politicians now faced a choice: “Fix this nightmare or write your concession speeches.”
He was speaking outside the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, which on Tuesday rejected a motion to ban assault rifles and large capacity magazines.
The decision prompted tears and anguish from watching Parkland survivors.
But Wolf told the crowd this was just the first step, and that elected representatives would have to do more to legislate for gun control – or be voted out.
“We victims and survivors are done negotiating with you,” he said.
“Americans are done dying for you. And our children are done being your sacrifices.
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