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Bisexual Parkland survivor Emma Gonzalez now has more fans than the NRA

Josh Jackman February 28, 2018
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Emma Gonzalez is hugged by a friend following her speech at a rally for gun control at the Broward County Federal Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on February 17, 2018. A former student, Nikolas Cruz, opened fire at the high school leaving 17 people dead and 15 injured on February 14. / AFP PHOTO / RHONA WISE (Photo credit should read RHONA WISE/AFP/Getty Images)

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Parkland survivor Emma Gonzalez, the bisexual head of Stoneman Douglas High School’s Gay-Straight Alliance, has proof that her activism is working.

Together with fellow students like David Hogg and Cameron Kasky, the 18-year-old has prompted a tidal wave of public sentiment in favour of better gun regulation following the shooting in Florida.

She has been at the forefront of the #NeverAgain movement since her impassioned speech at a rally last week in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

PARKLAND, FL - FEBRUARY 25: Emma Gonzalez (L), a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and others walk to campus on February 25, 2018 in Parkland, Florida. Today, students and parents were allowed on campus for the first time since the shooting that killed 17 people on February 14. Police arrested 19-year-old former student Nikolas Cruz for the 17 murders.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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The high school senior powerfully repeated the phrase “We call BS” about NRA-funded politicians, gun advocates and those who don’t believe the Parkland teenagers know enough to speak up.

On Ellen DeGeneres’ TV show, Gonzalez explained that she chose the phrase because she wanted the message to be memorable and universal.

The teenager also bravely took on the NRA’s Dana Loesch at the CNN town hall on gun control last week, telling Loesch, who has two kids, that “we will support your two children in the way that you will not.”

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And now, as measured by the sheer weight of numbers, Gonzalez has more fans than the NRA, who on Sunday directly appealed to Trump not to raise the age limit for buying certain firearms from 18 to 21.

Gonzalez has attracted more than 1.14 million followers, compared to the NRA’s paltry 602,000.

This means that the teen phenom is closing in on having double the number of fans that the anti-gun regulation group has.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Emma Gonzalez is hugged by a friend following her speech at a rally for gun control at the Broward County Federal Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on February 17, 2018. A former student, Nikolas Cruz, opened fire at the high school leaving 17 people dead and 15 injured on February 14.  / AFP PHOTO / RHONA WISE        (Photo credit should read RHONA WISE/AFP/Getty Images)
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There were 346 mass shootings last year, according to the Gun Violence Archive.

In total, 15,594 people died from being shot in gun attacks.

Last week, fellow survivor Kasky, 17, tore into Republican politicians for responding to shootings with “thoughts and prayers” but marching over anti-LGBT positions.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Cameron Kasky speaks at a rally for gun control at the Broward County Federal Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on February 17, 2018.  Seventeen perished and more than a dozen were wounded in the hail of bullets at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland,Florida the latest mass shooting to devastate a small US community and renew calls for gun control. / AFP PHOTO / RHONA WISE        (Photo credit should read RHONA WISE/AFP/Getty Images)
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He told CNN host Anderson Cooper that the time for meaningless words was over.

“There’s a section of this society that will just shrug this off and send their thoughts and prayers, but will march for hours when they have to bake a rainbow wedding cake,” the student said.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Cameron Kasky speaks with the media in Parkland, Florida on February 16, 2018, two days after former student Nikolas Cruz opened fire at the school leaving 17 people dead and 15 injured. Stoneman Douglas students have taken to social media to blast defenders of the nation's loose gun laws. In an eloquent essay published online, 17-year-old Cameron Kasky blasted both Republican and Democratic politicians for not doing anything. "We can't ignore the issues of gun control that this tragedy raises," he wrote. "And so, I'm asking -- no, demanding -- we take action now. Why? Because at the end of the day, the students at my school felt one shared experience -- our politicians abandoned us by failing to keep guns out of schools." / AFP PHOTO / RHONA WISE (Photo credit should read RHONA WISE/AFP/Getty Images)
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Kasky was referring to the case currently in the US Supreme Court of Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado, who refused to bake a cake for a gay couple.

Oprah Winfrey has donated $500,000 to March For Our Lives, a group set up by the Parkland survivors, which will rally in Washington and other states on March 24 to protest for better gun regulations.

More: Florida, NRA, parkland, school shooting, Stoneman Douglas High School, US, US

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