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Samuel Zeif’s Listening Session Speech To Donald Trump Should Be Required Listening


The tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida has prompted the White House to listen to advocate and survivors' stories. On Feb. 21, Trump scheduled an open "listening session" in order to hear thoughts from those impacted by this tragedy. Well, Parkland shooting survivor Samuel Zeif's listening session speech to Donald Trump tells a powerful story that we need to hear.

Trump came face to face with dozens of high school students, parents, and more in order to concerns surrounding gun control and school safety. Many took the floor in order to express their thoughts and feelings following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas. One of the attendees and Parkland survivors, Samuel Zeif, delivered a powerful speech about his feelings of safety following the shooting and how this tragedy will forever impact his life.

He said,

Other attendees included Marjory Stoneman Douglas teachers and administrators, parents of victims, members of the Sandy Hook Promise nonprofit, and other individuals who have witnessed gun violence firsthand.

The Parkland, Florida shooting occurred on Feb. 14, where a past student of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School opened fire. Shortly before 6:30 p.m. ET that same day, the Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel's office confirmed via Twitter that there had been 17 fatalities.

Following the shooting, Florida Governor Rick Scott spoke to President Trump, who expressed his condolences on Twitter and claimed to be working with Scott and law enforcement.

While some may have doubted him, it looks like Trump might actually be trying to make some change happen.

The students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have not been silent about their call for gun control. David Hogg, a Douglas senior, spoke candidly to CNN about the impact gun violence has on children such as himself, and said that change needs to happen immediately from Congress.

He said,

Hopefully this open listening session helps open Congress' ears to these survivors' stories. If you want to know how to help following the Parkland shooting, here's a full rundown.