Fake News! Emma González Did Not Tear Up The US Constitution

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March for Our Lives demonstrations took place on March 24 all over America. Emma González, a survivor from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, delivered what is perhaps the most powerful speech in recent times by a student demonstrator.

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In a little over six minutes, 17 of our friends were taken from us, 15 more were injured, and everyone — absolutely everyone in the Douglas community — was forever altered.

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Perhaps, the most striking part of the speech came when González stopped talking after barely two minutes. She then stood still without speaking and not saying a word. All the while, she just stood at the podium as tears rolled down her face.

The electrified crowd, students in their thousands, then began to cheer González on, shouting her name and chanting “Never again”. Soon after a timer beeped to signal the end of her silence, González read out the end of her speech.

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Since the time that I came out here, it has been six minutes and 20 seconds. The shooter has ceased shooting and will soon abandon his rifle, blend in with the students as they escape, and walk free for an hour before arrest. Fight for your lives before it’s someone else’s job.

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The applause was deafening because González hit at the core of the issue. American school children are bent on ensuring that they remain secure in schools.

Viral photos of González tearing the constitution are fake

In the aftermath of González’s fiery speech, self-professed supporters of the NRA began circulating fake photos of González tearing up the US Constitution.

Clearly, some unscrupulous individuals thought this would be a great way to express their feelings towards the young people marching for a good cause. However, it seems nobody believes the photos are real.

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Don Moynihan, a professor of government at the University of Wisconsin, shared the now-viral photo of González, alongside the original photo. González was actually tearing up a gun range target, not the US Constitution.

And the professor is not the only one who knows the photos are fake.

It is likely that the viral photos were designed to spark outrage among Americans by suggesting that González and the protesting children had no regard for the constitution.

Backlash for the trolls

Twitter is now up on arms, and not against the March for Our Lives protesters but against the internet trolls sharing the viral photos.

The NRA has continually insisted that increasing regulation on gun ownership will erode 2nd Amendment rights. President Trump on his part promised the NRA and Americans during the 2016 Presidential Election campaign that this will never happen.

Saturday’s protests are just the start of a plan to mobilize Americans towards active engagement in the November elections. Essentially, concerned Americans are being encouraged to demand accountability from their representatives or vote them out.

As it is, it seems that the protesters and the president are at an impasse. With mounting pressure on the US Congress to take action, the world is watching.

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