Former president Barack Obama is offering words of encouragement to the Parkland shooting survivors-turned-activists.
In a tweet on Thursday, Obama called the students who have arrived on the streets of their community and the doorways of politicians “inspiring” and “fearless.”
It’s the second time Obama has commented on the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 people. Obama’s Thursday tweet follows one from former first lady Michelle Obama, who said she was “in total awe of the extraordinary students in Florida.”
The day after the massacre, Obama took to Twitter to call for “common-sense gun safety laws.”
Polls have found that the number of Americans who want stricter gun laws has been on the rise in recent years, but Democrats failed to pass meaningful gun legislation during Obama’s tenure, even as mass shootings killed scores of innocent people in Orlando; San Bernardino, Calif.; Charleston, S.C.; Sandy Hook, Conn.; and elsewhere.
The student survivors from Parkland are trying to change that. Hundreds traveled this week to Tallahassee, Fla., to meet with legislators and press for gun restrictions. They were met by thousands more students outside the state Capitol building Wednesday.
‘‘We’ve had enough of thoughts and prayers,” Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School senior Delayney Tarr told reporters, referring to lawmakers. “If you supported us, you would have made a change long ago. So this is to every lawmaker out there: No longer can you take money from the NRA. We are coming after you. We are coming after every single one of you, demanding that you take action.’’
Students are also organizing a march in Washington, D.C., next month to push for gun control at the national level.