Fred Guttenberg — who lost his 14-year-old daughter in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida — and Nicole Hockley — whose son was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting — have become activists working for stronger gun laws.
Guttenberg and several Parkland student activists were in Newtown, Connecticut on Aug. 12 for the final stop of the “Road to Change” national bus tour to register voters.
Guttenberg told Mother Jones about his mission:
I’m 100 percent focused on the election. If you’re on the wrong side of this issue, I’m going to work with every ounce of my fiber to fire you. That’s the bottom line. You don’t deserve to serve.
Hockley, who cofounded Sandy Hook Promise, added:
It’s five and a half years for me, and I still look in the rearview mirror when I’m driving the car and expect to see [my late son] Dylan in the backseat.
What’s happened with Parkland, and the Parkland student leaders bringing their voices to this, is they have breathed new life into the movement and inspired and energized thousands upon thousands of youth across the country who realize “This is a problem I can do something about.”
I want to see record numbers of people voting in the midterms. I want to see record numbers of youth voting and registering to vote. If you don’t like the candidates that are there—or the incumbents that are in—vote them out.
(Source: Mother Jones)
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