Parkland student Emma Gonzalez‘s Twitter account was created only a few days ago, and already Gonzalez has more followers than the NRA. How’s that for proof that she’s a force to be reckoned with?
Gonzalez, a high school senior who survived the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida on February 14th, first began trending on social media after she delivered a powerful speech at an anti-gun rally in which she called out politicians — specifically Donald Trump — for supporting the NRA.
Since then, she’s become one of the most visible anti-gun activists of our time, and her Twitter following clearly reflects that. Gonzalez joined Twitter just last week, and already has amassed over 1 million followers. Meanwhile the NRA’s Twitter account, at 562,000 followers, has only half of that. Which is fitting and just.
According to USA Today, “The NRA and other gun-rights organizations spent nearly $55 million in the 2016 election cycle, which is nearly 19 times the amount spent by groups promoting gun restrictions.”
So far, Gonzalez’s feed is a one-stop shop for political activism, kindness (she’s retweeted quotes from the Dalai Lama), Leslie Knope GIFs, as well as tons of information on everything from pro-gun policies to #MarchForOurLives.
One of her first tweets best exemplifies Gonzalez’s message, and mission, to the world: “Good Morning! It’s a beautiful day to remember that teachers shouldn’t have to worry about anything except their Home Life and Educating their Students (and maybe sometimes planning ice cream parties but thats just me).”
If anything, Gonzalez’s Twitter feed gives us hope. After all, her Twitter bio reads, “Change is here. March with us on March 24th.”