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Parkland Massacre Survivors Refuse Photo With Trump

Parkland Massacre Survivors Refuse Photo With Trump Promo Image

Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where a deadly shooting that killed 17 people took place, reportedly refused to pose for a photo op with President Donald Trump when he visited the school following the massacre.

Survivors Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg told reporters that they would not be attending a "listening session" with the president.

"I believe we’ve been invited, but neither of us are going," Emma told CNN, ShareBlue reported.

In a now-viral speech, Emma took Trump to task for blaming the victims of the shooting for not taking the shooter's behavior seriously.

"We did," she said in her speech, ShareBlue reported, "time and time again, since he was in middle school."

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"We need to pay attention to the fact that this isn’t just a mental health issue," she added. "He wouldn’t have harmed that many students with a knife."

Emma pointed the blame at not just shooter Nikolas Cruz, but also the gun sellers and other people who essentially allowed him to have access to a firearm.

"[The people] who let him buy the guns in the first place. Those at the gun shows. The people who encouraged him to buy accessories for his guns to make them fully automatic. The people who didn’t take them away from him when they knew that he expressed homicidal tendencies. And I am not talking about the FBI. I am talking about the people that he lived with, I’m talking about the neighbors who saw him outside holding guns," she said.

She further criticized Trump in her speech.

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"If the president wants to come up to me and tell me to my face that it was a terrible tragedy, and how it should never have happened, and maintain telling us that nothing is going to be done about it, I’m going to happily ask him I’m going to happily ask him how much money he received from the National Rifle Association," she said.

Trump was criticized for not just placing blame on the students, but also the FBI -- and the Russia investigation.

"Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter. This is not acceptable," Trump tweeted, Vox reported. "They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign -- there is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud!"

Sources: ShareBlue (2), Vox / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: Gage Skidmore/Flickr, Shealah Craighead via Wikimedia Commons

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