Key Figures of March for Our Lives
Emma “X” González gained national attention after calling out lawmakers’ “BS” just four days after a gunman open fired on her high school, leaving 17 people dead and 17 more injured. Following the shooting, X and several of her classmates organized and launched the largest national youth movement against gun violence that has ever existed: March for Our Lives.
X graduated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018 and now attends college at New College of Florida. An openly bisexual daughter of Cuban immigrants, she uses her identities to continue inspiring her activism. She is still involved in with the gun reform work done by March for Our Lives, and in 2020 she helped launch a zine called UNQUIET, of which she is editor-in -chief.
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David Hogg, now 20, is a gun control activist, college student, and one of the co-founders of the March for Our Lives movement. He became a household name when he was a 17-year-old high school senior who survived the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting on February 14, 2018.
Additionally, Hogg has played a major role in calling for boycotts to pressure companies about their relationship to the NRA, which has led to many major businesses cutting ties with the pro-gun group. Now, David attends Harvard University and is majoring in Political Science. He has continued to be involved with March for Our Lives as a board member of the organization.
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Rick Scott (R) served as the 45th governor of Florida from 2011 – 2019.
Following the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Governor Scott signed into law bipartisan gun legislation that includes restrictions on purchasing firearms and bump stocks, departing from his usual alignment with the National Rifle Association (NRA).
This law, while not as progressive as gun laws in more Democrat-leaning states, was a major change for a state that is notorious for being gun-friendly.