The Parkland, Florida, school shooting survivors weren't lofting softballs or mincing words at the CNN Town Hall. In the gun control discussion, Parkland students asked Florida lawmakers and the National Rifle Association to address what was being done to prevent future massacres. And no, they weren't asking for "thoughts and prayers" — they were demanding action and seeking concrete solutions to stop mass shootings. Responding to their concerns were Sens. Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson, Rep. Ted Deutch, and NRA national spokesperson Dana Loesch.
Students from Stoneman Douglas High School led the charge in the gun control debate mere days after they survived a mass shooting on campus on Feb. 14. The suspect, a 19-year-old former student, walked into the school with a legally purchased AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and killed 17 people, police reported. Dubbed the "Never Again" movement, the teenage activists are giving speeches, appearing on television, mobilizing on social media, walking out of their schools, and planning a nationwide protest for March 24 — all to send this clear and powerful message to the U.S. government: This is not OK, something has to change, and we are holding you accountable.
On Wednesday night at the CNN Town Hall meeting, the Parkland students were given a chance to press for answers from state representatives and the NRA. Here are some of the most noteworthy quotes: