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US Obama praises Parkland students in Time: 'Our children are calling us to account'

22:33  19 april  2018
22:33  19 april  2018 Source:   usatoday.com

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Former president Barack Obama praised the Parkland student activists who were named among Time magazine's most influential people of 2018. He said the student activists are "shaking us out of our complacency" and noted their success in some state legislatures and gun retailers.

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Former president Barack Obama praised the Parkland student activists who were named among Time magazine's most influential people of 2018.

In his tribute to the students — Cameron Kasky, Jaclyn Corin, David Hogg, Emma Gonzalez and Alex Wind — Obama said while they may not have lobbyists, big budgets, or even the ability to vote, they are still making a difference.

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' Our children are calling us to account ': Barack Obama pens tribute to the Parkland student activists for the Time 100 issue. Obama wrote that the students are 'as comfortable speaking truth to power as they are dismissive of platitudes and punditry'.

"This time , our children are calling us to account ." Obama went on to point out that although the student activists of Marjory Stoneman As he wraps up the piece, the former POTUS gives readers a look into a future in which young activists like the Parkland students have effected powerful change.

"They have the power so often inherent in youth: to see the world anew; to reject the old constraints, outdated conventions and cowardice too often dressed up as wisdom," Obama wrote.

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He said the student activists are "shaking us out of our complacency" and noted their success in some state legislatures and gun retailers. But he also warned that progress will be slow with a Republican-held Congress and "NRA scare tactics."

"As these young leaders make common cause with African Americans and Latinos—the disproportionate victims of gun violence—and reach voting age, the possibilities of meaningful change will steadily grow," Obama said.

In the wake of the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 people dead, the students have become activists and led the March for Our Lives in Washington. They have been mocked and criticized by those on the right who are fighting against gun regulations.

Obama said of the students, "If they make their elders uncomfortable, that’s how it should be."

"Our kids now show us what we’ve told them America is all about, even if we haven’t always believed it ourselves: that our future isn’t written for us, but by us," Obama added.

President Trump was also named one of Time's most influential people. Since the Parkland shooting, Trump has met with survivors of school shootings and ordered the Justice Department to ban bump stocks, which allow a semi-automatic weapon to simulate an automatic weapon.

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