For three minutes on Monday, dozens of teenagers representing Teens for Gun Reform lay in front of the White House in a "lie in" meant to bring attention to school shootings. That's the length of time the Parkland School shooting took last week.
Ella Fesler, a 16-year-old high school student in Alexandria, Virginia told NBC Washington that "Every day when I say bye to my parents, I do acknowledge the fact that I could never see my parents again."
In a statement, Teens for Gun Reform said:
"We call on President Trump and leaders from both parties to finally act in the interest of America’s youth and end these tragic mass shootings! It is imperative that American children are safe in their classrooms, churches, malls, movie theaters and streets!”
They chanted nonsensical things like "“Hey, hey NRA, how many kids did you kill today!” (Hint: zero) As Kira Davis at RedState pointed out, the NRA is a safety organization that is not in the business of arming or killing.
Twitter, of course, loved it:
These high school students from the DC area are staging a “die-in” right now to demand action against gun violence.https://t.co/aZs6hoZ1R2— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) February 19, 2018
Students now staging a "die in" in front of White House. Each one quietly walked up, lay down on ground, now lying still. pic.twitter.com/CpVMBRC1SX— Blayne Alexander (@ReporterBlayne) February 19, 2018
Nobody seemed interested in making schools safer places.