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GOP lawmaker shares photo on Facebook criticizing Emma Gonzalez

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Isaac Mcdaniel | 30 March, 2018, 08:03

King drew widespread rebuke Monday when his campaign's Facebook page posted an inflammatory meme criticizing Emma Gonzalez, a Cuban-American senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., where Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people on February 14, according to investigators.

In one post, King targeted 17-year-old Emma Gonzalez, a Parkland survivor and gun control activist who was one of the featured speakers at Saturday's "March for Our Lives" rally in Washington, D.C. Other marchers were held across the country, including one in Sioux City, the largest city in King's district.

"March for our Lives" organizers call Saturday's nationwide demonstration a success.

Protestors and rally-goers, not quite sure what was happening, started to chant, "Never again!"

Gun advocates often see any gun reform as an attack on their constitutional rights, as the "right to bear arms" is a right enshrined in the second amendment.

Gonzalez is a survivor of a mass shooting at her high school in Parkland, Florida that claimed 17 lives last month. Gonzalez's father migrated from Cuba to the United States.

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Asked whether the Pollack's differing views on gun control affected Hunter Pollack's speaking slot, Deitsch, a senior at Stoneman Douglas, said it was "not political whatsoever, he just wasn't there". From Hawaii to Alaska, Texas to ME, people showed up to protest for stricter gun laws.

But King, who has a habit of making outrageous right-wing statements like comparing transgender troops to "castrated slaves" and suggesting trans people only join the military so that they can get gender confirmation surgery, ignored the trauma Gonzalez endured and the content of her speech to post about her Cuban heritage.

"One of my best friends was shot not far from here", he told CNN, referring to Beatles bandmate John Lennon, who was gunned down near the park in 1980.

An impassioned introduction to a speech from Emma Gonzalez at the March For Our Lives rally in Washington was followed by six minutes of straight silence as she stood at the podium without saying a single word. It's also among the most unfortunate parts of our work at Teen Vogue: when we give young people a platform, we want to elevate their voices.

Conservatives, who have often asserted high school students have limited understanding and legitimacy in the gun debate, have taken a shining to the Parkland student.

She ended by singing happy birthday to one of her fallen classmates, Nicholas Dworet, who would have turned 18 on Saturday.

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