Five survivors of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida blamed Gov. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and all politicians who accept money from the National Rifle Association (NRA).
During an interview with CNN anchor Victor Blackwell, student Cameron Kasky called Rubio and Scott “enablers” who are responsible for those who died or were injured, and the families who have been hurt.
“They have us thinking that this is inevitable and that we can't do anything to stop it, that it's too difficult,” he said. “We're done with that. The GOP has abandoned us and left us to people like Nikolas Cruz.”
Junior Alex Wind disagreed with House Speaker Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) sentiment that now is not the time to choose sides, saying the two sides are “very clear.”
He explained that on one side, there are people like Ryan who “accept money from the NRA” and send prayers and condolences but aren't “taking action like they need to be.”
Junior Sawyer Garrity agreed with Blackwell that the NRA may not have pulled the trigger but said it “allowed him to buy the gun.”
“Someone who isn't even allowed to buy alcohol legally is allowed to buy a war weapon?” she said. “Where does that make sense?”
Alfonso Calderon acknowledged that it's not “realistic” to deny people a “right they've been given by the Second Amendment” but contended small changes could yield big results.
“I think mental health is something that everyone can get on,” he said.
Kasky added that if the suspect, Nikolas Cruz, spoke to a mental health professional for five minutes, it would have been clear he shouldn't be wielding a firearm.