Emma Gonzalez Maintains Extraordinary Six Minute Silence After Delivering Powerful Speech at March
At today’s March For Our Lives rally in Washington, D.C., one of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas students who has become an outspoken and prominent advocate for gun control delivered what can only be described as an extraordinary and powerful speech.
On a day that had already seen a number of powerful and emotional moments, Parkland student Emma Gonzalez took the stage to deliver a one-of-a-kind address.
Noting that the tragic shooting at her high school last month took six minutes and twenty seconds, Gonzales told the crowd that the community of Parkland was “forever altered” by those few minutes.
“Everyone who was there understands,” she declared. “Everyone who has been touched by the cold grip of gun violence understands.”
She continued, “For those who still can’t comprehend because they refuse to, I’ll tell you where it went. Right into the ground, six feet deep. Six minutes and 20 seconds with an ar-15 and my friend, Carmen, would never complain to me about piano practice.”
Gonzalez then began describing each of the 17 victims. When finished naming them all, she then stood at the podium in silence.
For six minutes and twenty seconds.
With people tearing up in the crowd, some folks began a #NeverAgain chant. Gonzalez, however, maintained her silence.
After an alarm went off, Gonzalez wrapped up her speech with these words:
“Since the time that I came out here, it has been six minutes and 20 seconds. The shooter has ceased shooting and will soon abandon his rifle, blend in with the students as they escape and walk free for an hour before arrest. Fight for your lives before it’s someone else’s job.:
Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.
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