Read Barack and Michelle Obama's Letter to Parkland Shooting Survivors

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March 22, 2018Mar 22, 2018

In the aftermath of the recent shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, gun control has been at the forefront of the political debate. Many survivors of the Parkland shooting have taken the role of public activists, pushing lawmakers to implement stricter gun control measures. 

The Parkland shooting survivors and the Democratic Party have also taken aim at the NRA, which they blame for a significant portion of gun violence in the country. The Parkland shooters have encouraged all lawmakers to part ways with the NRA, which they claim "isn't on the side of children." 

Time transcribed the letter and published it in a recent story. 

“To the students of Parkland,” the former President and first lady write, “We wanted to let you know how inspired we have been by the resilience, resolve and solidarity that you have all shown in the wake of unspeakable tragedy. Not only have you supported and comforted each other, but you’ve helped awaken the conscience of the nation, and challenged decision-makers to make the safety of our children the country’s top priority.

“Throughout our history, young people like you have led the way in making America better,” they add. “There may be setbacks; you may sometimes feel like progress is too slow in coming. But we have no doubt you are going to make an enormous difference in the days and years to come, and we will be there for you.”

Since the shooting, teenagers throughout the country — educated by liberal teachers in government-managed schools — have been furious about the 2nd Amendment freedoms enjoyed by Americans. As a result, they have been public proponents of gun reform, speaking out on social media and television about the need for stricter laws.

Obama's letter was written on March 10 and was released to the public on Wednesday, according to the Huffington Post

The Parkland students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School recently made the cover of the next issue of Time magazine, too. They can be seen standing above a healdine that reads, "ENOUGH." The issue will be released in April and runs a story about the backgrounds of these teenage activists. 

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