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This Republican’s Campaign Team Created A Meme Attacking Emma Gonzalez’s Cuban Flag Patch

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Congressman Steve King has been representing Iowa’s 4th District since 2013. Before that, Rep. King was representing Iowa’s 5th District since 2003. Rep. King has regularly made headlines during his 15 years in national politics and usually for outlandish statements that are meant to offend. For example, he proudly claimed in 2016 that no “subgroup,” aka non-white people, have ever contributed to the United States. So, when a bisexual, Cuban-American started to lead a gun reform movement, it really was only a matter of time before he said something.

Congressman Steve King’s re-election campaign shared this meme directly attacking activist and Parkland survivor Emma González.

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Posted by Steve King on Sunday, March 25, 2018

“This is how you look when you claim Cuban heritage yet don’t speak Spanish and ignore the fact that your ancestors fled the island when dictatorship turned Cuban into a prison camp, after removing all weapons from its citizens; hence their right to self defense,” reads the meme.

Let’s go ahead and say that not speaking Spanish has no impact on your Latinidad. You are a Latino, not because of the language you speak, but by the heritage and culture you celebrate. It’s also an interesting development that the same politician who mocks his constituents for speaking Spanish and wants to make English the official language of the U.S. suddenly thinks Latinos should speak Spanish.

The meme has infuriated people who are already tired of the pro-gun narrative trying to silence the teenagers.

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González survived one of the worst school shootings in modern history and is channeling her grief and anger to end the senseless violence.

Rep. King implying that González should speak Spanish to be Cuban is surprising to so many people.

That part of the sentence truly is a mystery.

González’s classmate, David Hogg, called in Sen. Marco Rubio to say something since his family fled from Cuba as well.

Sen. Rubio is facing a lot of pressure from gun reform advocates since the shooting that claimed 17 lives took place in Florida. On the day of the March for Our Lives, Sen. Rubio made it known, via Twitter, that he was not on the protestors’ side but does “commend” their use of the First Amendment.

South Floridians called Rep. King out on trying to say González is Communist for displaying that flag.

Ask any Cuban-American and they will tell you that they are proud of their Cuban heritage. They don’t support Communism and want a new system of government for Cuba that is democratic. Being proud of your country does not mean that you are adhering to the ideology of that country.

And whomever is running the Facebook page clearly doesn’t get how that works.

CREDIT: Steve King / Facebook

How many people are immigrants or children of immigrants because of political turmoil? To suggest that those people would try to replicate what they fled is offensive and a great example of white privilege since so many people don’t know that struggle.

Some people are encouraging the teenagers to keep going.

When you are doing something right, it is bound to make those against it upset. Rep. King’s anger at the leader of the gun reform movement only means she has succeeded in getting his attention.

Iowans are appalled at this display of cyber bullying by a grown man’s political campgain at a teenager.

CREDIT: Steve King / Facebook

Dayum.

His opponents for the Congressional seat are taking full advantage of the meme to boost their own campaigns.

It’s kind of what you hope for when going against an incumbent, tbh.

And it seems like Hogg is out to get Rep. King to lose his seat.

You might remember that a Congressional candidate in Maine was running unopposed and called González a “skinhead Lesbian.” Well, Hogg got someone to announce a run against him and he eventually dropped out of the race. Can lightning strike twice?


READ: Thousands Took To The Streets In Washington And Across The Country To Join The March For Our Lives Revolution

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5-Year-Old Girl Who Lost Her Parents In El Paso Mass Shooting Asks: ‘Is he going to come and shoot me?’

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5-Year-Old Girl Who Lost Her Parents In El Paso Mass Shooting Asks: ‘Is he going to come and shoot me?’

A 5-year-old girl’s mother was shot and killed this past weekend during the El Paso, Texas mass shooting and now she’s left wondering whether she’ll be next. Skylin Jamrowski lost both her stepfather and her mother during the El Paso massacre that left at least 22 people dead. After she was given the devastating news she asked, “Is he going to come and shoot me?”

That’s a question you never want to hear anyone ask. Let alone a young child. 

According to CNN, who spoke to the family of her deceased parents, the 5-year-old asked her grandmother if her father had died following the news of the shooting. 

For hours, the family didn’t know whether Skylin’s parents had survived the shooting. 

Skylin has a younger sister, Victoria, and a baby brother, Paul Gilbert, 2 months old. She’s the eldest of the three. According to reports, the baby miraculously survived when his mother, Jordan Anchondo, protected and shielded him with her body when the gunman shot her. Their father, Andre Anchondo, died the same way when he tried to protect both Jordan and the two-month-old baby. 

Relatives of the family told CNN that “the shooter had aimed at Jordan [and] Andre jumped in front of Jordan. And the shooter shot Andre, and the bullets went through Andre and hit Jordan.” 

Now, three young children and the rest of the Anchondo family are left to mourn the death of Jordan and Andre at the hands of a gunman who was motivated by racism in the slaying of at least 22 people. 

Skylin who is seemingly old enough to comprehend what happened to a certain extent is also left to deal with the trauma of losing both of her parents at such a young age and also left with knowing the brutal way in which they were killed.

Andre and Jordan Anchondo’s parents also told CNN that Skylin was not with them at the Walmart when the shooting occurred because she was at cheerleading class. Her parents had gone to Walmart, like many of the victims, to shop for school supplies for Skylin’s first day of kindergarten. But despite her not witnessing her parents lose their lives, the effects of trauma will still linger. 

ABC News, who looked into how communities recover from mass shooting trauma, spoke to Robin Gurwitch on the after-effects of a harrowing incident like this. The professor of psychiatry at Duke University, who studies how children process trauma and disasters, said that mass shootings can impact individuals and communities differently and always require specific responses to get past the trauma. 

The psychiatrist told ABC News, “When you mix death and trauma together, it becomes particularly hard. The mourning, the bereavement, as well as the trauma can make it particularly difficult for survivors.”

Despite Skylin and her younger siblings having a strong support system to raise them and be there for them after the death of their parents, her grandparents believe that “the sad thing is, is that even with all of us… it’s Mom and Dad. We can’t replace Mom and Dad. It’s just something you can’t replace.” 

According to Gurwitch, though, it’s still extremely important and positive to have this strong support system around them. Children who survived or witnessed mass shootings need to be able to see these examples of resiliency and positivity in order to not lose sight of these qualities for themselves. 

“We need to make sure that adults provide good role models. So even if we are anxious and worried and upset, that we can present to our children that we can cope with this, that we will get through this,” Gurwitch tells ABC News

The American Psychological Association also states that long-term outcomes for survivors, witnesses, and those who have been affected by mass shootings are improved with the help of community connections. 

The topic of how children and students cope with the trauma of mass shootings after bearing witness to them or after surviving them has become a prominent topic of discussions after the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting–which left 17 dead.

Since mass shootings began to happen in school’s, affecting teens and the like, active shooter drills have become a lot more commonplace. But experts say that high-tech surveillance, tactical gear, and live drills are actually doing more harm than good. According to an article on Medium, active shooter drills can also be traumatizing for students.  After the El Paso shooting, some schools across the country have also responded by holding active shooter drills (one occurred in a high school in Costa Mesa, California on Monday, August 5). 

Now, after the El Paso shooting, Walmart will continue its computer-based active shooter training that launched in 2015 for its employees. According to USA Today, in 2017 Walmart made its workers take the training on a quarterly basis instead of annually and last month they began incorporating virtual reality technology in its active shooter training. But despite, their deadliest mass shooting in the El Paso location, the retailer will not stop its sales of rifles and other firearms. 

Madonna Sampled Emma Gonzalez’s ‘We Call BS’ Speech In Her New Single

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Madonna Sampled Emma Gonzalez’s ‘We Call BS’ Speech In Her New Single

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On Feb. 17, just three days after the school mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, a student spoke words that inspired the entire world.
Emma Gonzalez, an 18-year-old high school senior at the time, gave a televised speech about what it’s like to lose classmates horrifically and demanded gun reform. Her speech started a gun control movement and led to a massive anti-gun protest worldwide. Her words also inspired a very famous woman.

Madonna’s latest album features a song titled “I Rise” in which she samples Emma Gonzalez’s “We call BS” speech.

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The song begins with an intro by Gonzalez, “Us kids don’t know what we’re talking about/ That we’re too young to understand how the government works/ We call B.S.”

Then Madonna begins to sing, ” I’m goin’ through it, yeah I know you see the tragic in it/ Just hold on to the little bit of magic in it/ I can’t break down now I can’t take that now/ Died a thousand times/ Managed to survive/ I can’t break down now/ I can’t take that (I can’t take that).”

The song also includes the line, “There’s nothin’ you can do to me that hasn’t been done. Not bulletproof, shouldn’t have to run from a gun.”

The chorus goes, “I rise, I rise I rise up above it, up above it I rise, I rise I rise up above it all.”

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“I wrote ‘I Rise’ as a way of giving a voice to all marginalized people who feel they don’t have the opportunity to speak their mind,” Madonna said in a statement, according to the Miami Herald. “This year is the 50th anniversary of Pride and I hope this song encourages all individuals to be who they are, to speak their minds and to love themselves.”

Gonzalez has yet to comment on the song.

Check out the song below.

What do you think of the song? Let us know in the comment section below!

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