Listening Tour Preview: Parkland school shooting survivor, activist talks gun violence prevention and making change

June 6, 2022

Parkland school shooting survivor and activist, X González, sat down with Soledad O’Brien to discuss making change amid the continued gun violence in the United States.

This conversation is part of the fourth and final leg of the Matter of Fact Listening Tour “Trailblazers, Troublemakers & Dreams.” The June 8 show will explore difficult issues surrounding race and equity through discussions with a diverse collection of accomplished individuals representing a panoply of fields.

In the interview, González spoke about the work and progress they have done with gun violence prevention following the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

“We managed to actually get laws passed, even in Florida, gun violence prevention laws in Florida, which had never been done before,” González said. “That is definitely something that is comforting, to know that when you’re demanding change that you actually are capable of making it.”

Despite that progress, González said it is disheartening to see that despite the changes they have made and laws they have passed, gun violence still happens every day and in very large numbers.

“Trailblazers, Troublemakers & Dreams” will stream live Wednesday, June 8, at 7 p.m. EST.

Wednesday’s digital-first presentation will be streamed live on, the Very Local phone & TV app,  as well as other Hearst consumer-media digital platforms.

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