Two students who survived the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, last week said they are skipping an upcoming “listening session” with President Donald Trump.
“I believe we’ve been invited, but neither of us are going,” Emma Gonzalez said on CNN’s “New Day” alongside fellow survivor David Hogg.
The president’s visit comes just days after 19-year-old gunman Nikolas Cruz opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, killing 17 people and injuring more than a dozen others. Trump will meet with students Wednesday, according to the Associated Press.
Gonzalez said they have a prior town hall meeting with CNN anchor Jake Tapper, Shareblue reported, but skipping the session is likely a result of their pro-gun control perspectives.
When host Alisyn Camerota asked Gonzalez about the National Rifle Association, she said the pro-gun lobbying group should “disband, dismantle … don’t make another organization under a different name. Don’t you dare come back here.”
She also criticized lawmakers who take money from the NRA:
“If they accept this blood money, they are against the children. They are against the people who are dying. There’s no other way to put it at this point. You’re either funding the killers, or you’re standing with the children. The children who have no money. We don’t have jobs. So we can’t pay for your campaign. We would hope that you have the decent morality to support us at this point.”
Hogg added, “If you can’t get elected without taking money from child murderers, why are you running?”
Lawmakers — including Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel — have called for stricter gun control in the wake of the horrific attack last Wednesday.
“If you want to keep the gun laws as they are now,” Israel warned last week, “you will not get re-elected in Broward County.”