FL Student Barges Up To Mic At Anti-Gun Rally, Says The Last Thing Anyone Expected
Lorenzo Prado, a junior, said he does not support any political party, but spoke out against the nation’s current gun laws.
“Many would like to blame this event on the FBI’s lack of action, or the Trump administration, but the simple fact is that the laws of our beloved country allowed for the deranged gunman to purchase a gun legally. The law has failed us, and has let the events that happened in Parkland to occur,” Prado said. “What me must do now is enact change, because that is what we do to things that fail: we change them.”
Prado went on to recall his horrific experience in which he not only feared for his life from the shooter, but from SWAT team members as well after he was seen to be matching the shooter’s description.
“I was scared like everyone else, but my case was different than all the others because on that day, I was a suspected school shooter. On that day, I was in the sound booth inside the auditorium,” Prada recalled. He said he let many people into the auditorium after hearing banging on the door, then returned to the booth for safety. “The people in the audience saw me. They saw me and they panicked because I was matching the same description as Nikolas Cruz. I had the same clothes, same color. Same facial structure somewhat, I don’t know. And they reported me.
Ryan Deitsch, a senior, then took the podium. He did not have a prepared written statement, but said he hoped that his experience as president of the school improv club would see him through.
“This is the future I’ve seen before me – my friends, people that I’ve known since even 3rd grade have been standing next to me and have been speaking out against what is wrong, and what is wrong is the life of innocence is being taken day after day after day and it does not matter what we say. It does not matter how many people die,” Deitsch said. “Those in power have not taken action. They’ve been using their words, using political doubletalk as much as they can.”
Deitsch issued a warning to lawmakers who don’t take any action to change gun laws.
“The more they don’t act, the more they don’t deserve to be in office. The more that I know me and my friends – we are turning 18; I am a senior. I am 18 myself now. I can vote and I know who I am not voting for.”