About one week ago, a school in Parkland, Florida, was attacked by a former student with an automatic rifle. Seventeen people died, most of them students. Gun violence is an extremely divisive issue in America, but it's undeniably a bigger issue here than in any other developed country in the world. In 2016, 49 people were killed at a night club in Orlando by a man with a semi-automatic rifle, becoming the most deadly shooting in history. Then one year later, 58 people were killed at a concert in Las Vegas by a man who used bump stocks to increase his weapon's firing power.
People demanding gun control, particularly on automatic weapons, are often discouraged by the seemingly impenetrable hold the National Rifle Association apparently has on Congress, and also President Donald trump, who has accepted a lot of money from the pro-gun organization. But a very interesting thing has happened since Parkland—the students affected by gun violence are organizing and speaking up in a way they never have before.
On Wednesday, students from Parkland were invited to a town hall hosted by CNN to speak with political representatives and the NRA. And they dunked very hard on Marco Rubio, as did their parents: