It’s been two months since the now-infamous Parkland school shooting on February 14th, 2018. Seventeen people lost their lives that day, and a gun reform movement of historic proportions has since been ignited. And five of the Parkland survivors-turned-activists behind the movement — Jaclyn Corin, Emma Gonzalez, David Hogg, Cameron Kasky, and Alex Wind — have just collectively been named one of Time’s Most Influential People of 2018.
Not only that, but former President Barack Obama penned their profile for the issue.
“America’s response to mass shootings has long followed a predictable pattern. We mourn. Offer thoughts and prayers. Speculate about the motives,” Obama wrote. But then…nothing changes.
Obama reminded the Parkland survivors that the journey ahead won’t be easy; that progress will be “slow and frustrating.” However, he noted their numerous successes so far, as well as their incredible ability to mobilize their peers. He ended his profile with perhaps the most powerful statement of all.
Hear, hear. We’re both proud and heartened to see these Parkland survivors make such an important list, and we can’t wait to see what each and every one of them does next.