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Naomi Wadler, the 13-year-old gun control activist you should know

“I don't think that activism should be my job either, but it is because it has to be.” Since the Parkland shooting, teen activist Naomi Wadler has been fighting hard for gun control in America.

Representing the African American girls whose stories don’t make the front page of every national newspaper

Naomi Wadler didn’t think she could be a gun control activist. But the 2018 school shooting in Parkland, Florida inspired the 13-year-old to stand up. Since organizing her first walkout, she's spoken at events like The World Economic Forum in Davos and the March for Our Lives — all while continuing to balance schoolwork, and her life as a teenager.

Brown kids who are saying the exact same thing and are not getting any attention for it

“I was in my mom's office, and I was watching the news coverage from Parkland, Florida after the Parkland shooting. And I remember feeling almost numb to it. I felt like it was something that I saw a lot. I was 5 years old in kindergarten when the Sandy Hook shooting happened. I remember my mom coming to pick me up from school early and other parents being very giddy and like scared. And I don't know, it's been something that I've watched my entire life, gun violence. And so, when I saw all these other kids making a difference and standing up for what they believed in, I thought that I could do that, too. I mean, I've always had these conversations with my parents and with my sister and conversations about race and violence and how we felt about that. But I didn't think that I actually had it in me to act on my feelings and on my thoughts. And so, my friend and I held a walkout at the elementary school. It was 17 minutes for the 17 souls lost in Parkland, Florida, but we also added an extra minute for Courtlin Arrington, a black teen who was shot and killed at her school in Alabama”, activist Naomi Wadler tells Brut.

No age limit to being aware

“I don't think that activism should be my job either, but it is because it has to be. And so, if you're an adult or a politician or the president, and you think that it's not my job, not our job to make a difference, then let me sit back and watch what you're going to do”

Brut.

02/13/2020 12:57 PM
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23 comments

  • Lucila P.
    02/27/2020 19:01

    Great Work

  • Nick P.
    02/25/2020 15:55

    None of these are her words. She has been coached to say every one of these things. You are INCREDIBLY naive if you buy into this play on people’s vulnerabilities and emotions...... This kind of manipulation is what I would expect from An abusive boyfriend creating boogymen in their girls head that makes them scared to leave.

  • Clardlyn M.
    02/25/2020 00:58

    You go girl!

  • George F.
    02/24/2020 20:32

    WOW! THIS YOUNG QUEEN IS A VERY BRAVE YOUNG SIUL. THE ANCESTORS ARE DEFINITELY WORKING THROUGH HER. HERU THE LIBERATOR

  • Micheala R.
    02/19/2020 15:04

    Even as a "victim" of a school shooting I still don't support gun restriction laws because if a bad person really want a gun they're gonna get it. All you're doing is taking away peoples way to protect themselves. I will never support it.

  • Anna R.
    02/18/2020 01:34

    Restricting gun ownership by law will only restrict law abiding citizens of defense. Those that murder are not going to abide by the laws. Those that do follow the law will be less able to defend themselves and others.

  • Richie D.
    02/17/2020 18:09

    Maybe she should learn more about the real world before she flatters herself by thinking she’s qualified to be any kind of “activist”.

  • Lakettia B.
    02/17/2020 00:52

    A future politician.

  • Pele V.
    02/16/2020 07:07

    She's going to be one of the leaders to lead the people of AMERICA in the future , because she believe all the facts that she is talking about is true , changes yes we can and making a different is true , this Child is speaking from her soul and her heart, I believe her , she sounds like she's from the future, I just hope she can run as President in the future.

  • Linda A.
    02/16/2020 01:29

    She's not articulated.She lacks knowledge

  • Dawn M.
    02/15/2020 02:28

    What an amazing child......so articulate...... She is someone to watch in the future. .......she will make a difference. I feel sooooo much Love for her. BLESSINGS

  • Daniel R.
    02/15/2020 01:37

    Futile move to control guns.You must learned to fight with guns too so politicians should make a harsh law against gun & its people using it.Look what happen in the wild,wild west?.

  • Rhonda H.
    02/14/2020 23:34

    Excellent speech.

  • Kenneth V.
    02/14/2020 22:06

    Guns do not kill people do!! And why is race coming into this? Race wise, we all bleed red, no other difference!

  • Julio G.
    02/14/2020 01:20

    It's encouraging.god blesses her.

  • Billy D.
    02/13/2020 19:25

    How about you actually go after the Top Ten killers in this country....Start there.

  • Anthony I.
    02/13/2020 18:30

    Maybe not say the same thing ????!

  • Anthony I.
    02/13/2020 18:27

    She doesn’t know shiiiiiiiiiiiiii

  • Becky R.
    02/13/2020 17:09

    Truth be told!

  • Elmer D.
    02/13/2020 15:36

    Gun control means hitting your target