Two survivors from the Florida high school shooting said they will not be giving up on their push for gun control anytime soon, with one saying that "President Trump needs to listen to the screams of the children."
“We are millennials and we love complaining more than any other generation," David Hogg said on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher" when asked how long he and fellow student Cameron Kasky would push for gun control.
Hogg said during the interview that the White House called him the day before Trump's listening session last month with students and family members impacted by school shootings.
The student said the White House invited him to attend the event but he declined, calling the invitation “very offensive considering the fact that there were funerals the next day, there was mourning we still had to do.”
“I ended on this message with them. I said, ‘We don’t need to listen to President TrumpDonald TrumpMcCabe wins back full FBI pension after being fired under Trump Biden's Supreme Court reform study panel notes 'considerable' risks to court expansion Bennie Thompson not ruling out subpoenaing Trump MORE. President Trump needs to listen to the screams of the children and the screams of this nation,’ ” Hogg said.
The students used their appearance on the HBO show to advertise the “March for Our Lives” rally against gun violence planned for March 24 in Washington, D.C.
“With the march we want Americans to stop being afraid of demanding our politicians to take action. They work for us, we don’t work for them,” Kasky said. “The march is us coming out and saying to our employees, ‘You guys suck at your job.’ ”
Hogg criticized the Florida legislature for not discussing an assault weapons ban, even though during the same period they discussed porn as a public health emergency.
The Florida legislature is currently considering arming teachers as a way to deter school shootings, a proposal that Trump called for following the Feb. 14 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 people dead and more than a dozen others injured.
The students brushed off criticisms they have received in the past weeks, including claims that they are actors and that they have a disrespectful tone.
“We don’t respect you just because we have to. We don’t respect you just because you have ‘senator’ in front of your name,” Kasky said.
The students said that they are not targeting people’s guns or “trying to tear apart the Second Amendment,” instead they just want to prevent more shootings.
“We are just kids begging for our lives, getting murdered in our classrooms,” Kasky said.