The survivors of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on February 14 aren't backing down in their support of gun law reform.
As right-wing media and political figures continue to broadly defend the status quo on gun control laws, the students are hitting back harder.
Their arguments are nuanced and impassioned, but they are not afraid to be blunt and personal. At a town hall hosted by CNN Wednesday night, Emma Gonzalez, one of the attack's survivors, confronted National Rifle Association spokesperson Dana Loesch by invoking her two sons. Loesch often discusses them when she argues for maintaining relaxed gun control laws.
"Dana Loesch, I want you to know that we will support your two children in a way that you will not," Gonzalez said
The personal, blunt nature of the gun control discussion was a common theme at the town hall. The students aren't speaking in manicured sentences and smooth soundbites like career politicians.
17 of their classmates were slaughtered in a few minutes by a person who reports say was legally allowed to purchase a weapon designed to kill a lot of people in Vietnam. Their Senator, Marco Rubio, doesn't want to radically change gun laws. He has stressed the importance of mental health in the conversation, but last year voted for a bill that would have slashed massive amounts of funding for mental health treatment.
Gun control legislation isn't an abstraction for these students. The idea of treating the conversation with dignity or respect has already been thrown out. People are happy to cheer the students on.