Former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama celebrates success of ‘Black Panther’ How textbooks shape teachers – not just their students Michelle Obama dedicates Valentine’s Day playlist to Barack Obama MORE praised the Florida students who have been calling for gun control in the wake of a shooting at their high school last week.
“I’m in total awe of the extraordinary students in Florida,” Obama tweeted Wednesday.
“Like every movement for progress in our history, gun reform will take unyielding courage and endurance. But @barackobama and I believe in you, we’re proud of you, and we’re behind you every step of the way.”
I’m in total awe of the extraordinary students in Florida. Like every movement for progress in our history, gun reform will take unyielding courage and endurance. But @barackobama and I believe in you, we’re proud of you, and we’re behind you every step of the way.
– Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) February 22, 2018
Survivors of the shooting that left 17 people dead have emerged as fierce advocates for gun control in the week since the shooting, demanding that state and national lawmakers work on gun laws.
Obama has spoken out in favor of gun control before, saying in 2013 that children living near her family’s home in Chicago wake up every day “and wonder whether they’re going to make it out of school alive.”
“I mean, every single kid worries about their own death, or the death of someone, every single day,” Obama said at the time.
Former President Obama last week also offered his support for those impacted by the shooting.
“Caring for our kids is our first job. And until we can honestly say that we’re doing enough to keep them safe from harm, including long overdue, common-sense gun safety laws that most Americans want, then we have to change,” he tweeted one day after the Parkland, Fla. shooting.
We are grieving with Parkland. But we are not powerless. Caring for our kids is our first job. And until we can honestly say that we’re doing enough to keep them safe from harm, including long overdue, common-sense gun safety laws that most Americans want, then we have to change.
– Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaOvernight Energy: Dems ask Pruitt to justify first-class travel | Obama EPA chief says reg rollback won’t stand | Ex-adviser expects Trump to eventually rejoin Paris accord Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won’t stand Ex-US ambassador: Mueller is the one who is tough on Russia MORE (@BarackObama) February 15, 2018
The former president pushed for stricter gun control laws during his administration, particularly after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, but struggled to get measures through Congress.
The former first lady’s message came just hours after President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out ‘subversion’ at VA MORE hosted some survivors of the shooting at the White House for a listening session on gun violence.
He suggested arming teachers as a way to prevent future school shootings and echoed a previous White House statement that he supports improving background checks for gun sales.
“Some of your suggestions, I’ve heard some of them. We’re going to do something about this horrible situation that’s going on,” Trump said at the event. “I want to listen. And then after I listen, we’re going to get things done.”