After saying a few words at Saturday’s March For Our Lives protest in Washington D.C., Emma Gonzalez , one of the survivors of the Parkland, Florida, school massacre last month, began an unannounced moment of silence.
“Six minutes and about 20 seconds,” she began. “In a little over six minutes, 17 of our friends were taken from us, 15 were injured, and everyone, absolutely everyone in the [Marjory Stoneman] Douglas community was forever altered.”
“Everyone who was there understands. Everyone who has been touched by the cold grip of gun violence understands,” she added, before naming the victims of the school shooting.
Afterwards, Gonzalez stood silently in front of the microphone for several minutes with tears streaming down her face as the crowd was at turns silent and filled with scattered applause and calls of encouragement for the 18-year-old.
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