"I'm not here to argue with you. I just want to speak. I just want to see your face."
In the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, state lawmakers blocked a vote on a law to ban assault weapons, then hid out from students who came to demand action.
And those students are calling them out for their cowardice.
Hundreds of students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School showed up in Tallahassee, Florida, on Wednesday to demand action after last week’s tragedy. And many of them spoke out at a press conference following meetings with legislators and staff.
“I’ve been walking into office after office after office, and I’ve maybe only spoken to three representatives, two of which already agreed with me,” senior Ryan Deitsch told reporters. “I want to see those people who shot down that bill, who did not let it get past committee.”
“I’m not here for a fight,” he said. “I’m not here to argue with you. I just want to speak. I just want to see your face and know why!”
Florida Republicans’ avoidance of the kids who survived the horrific shooting is typical of the overall response by the GOP.