Parkland Shooting Survivors Slam Santorum's CPR Comment

Parkland shooting survivors and March For Our Lives rally activists were quick to slam former Pennsylvania Republican Senator Rick Santorum after he said student gun control advocates would be better served taking CPR classes instead of protesting.

David Hogg, a survivor from the deadly February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Florida, which killed 17 students and staff members, said the former senator "might need to learn CPR for the NRA following midterms."

I think @RickSantorum might need to learn CPR for the NRA following midterms

— David Hogg 📢 (@davidhogg111) March 25, 2018

On Sunday, Santorum responded to the March for our Lives rally on CNN's State of the Union.

"How about kids instead of looking to someone else to solve their problem, do something about maybe taking CPR classes or trying to deal with situations that when there is a violent shooter that you can actually respond to that," Santorum said.

He said that the youth didn't stop and ask, "'How do I, as an individual, deal with this problem? How am I going to do something about stopping bullying within my own community? What am I going to do to actually help respond to a shooter?'"

Santorum's words sent a wave of backlash and anger throughout social media. Many have felt that the youth were demonstrating a strong show of solidarity after a rise is school violence across the nation, including last week's Maryland shooting at Great Mills High School, which marked the 17th school shooting this year, according to CNN's research.

CPR won’t stop the 96 daily deaths due to gun violence.

Love,
Matt Deitsch
CPR certified lifeguard &#MarchForOurLives organizer https://t.co/91xl5wkPIZ

— Matt Deitsch (@MattxRed) March 25, 2018

While Santorum said that "phony gun laws don't solve these problems," and that students took action "to ask someone to pass a law" through protesting, he did note he was "proud" of the student activists. However, he did say their efforts could be directed towards fixing what's wrong within their communities at an individual level.

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Emma Gonzalez speaks during March For Our Lives on March 24, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)

Dear Rick Santorum: CPR is good for heart stoppage. Not good for victims of multiple AR-15 bullets, which typically impart 3 times the lethal energy upon impact than a 9mm handgun bullet. AR-15 bullets obliterate organs and cause so much bleeding that victims die very quickly. https://t.co/5E0HBUFT9b

— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) March 25, 2018

As a surgeon, I’ve operated on gunshot victims who’ve had bullets tear through their intestines, cut through their spinal cord, and pulverize their kidneys and liver. Rick Santorum telling kids to shut up and take CPR classes is simply unconscionable.

— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) March 25, 2018

I just want to make Rick Santorum aware that a number of states mandate cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training as a requirement for graduation from high school.@RickSantorum, we got this one covered. What other excuse do you have for inaction? pic.twitter.com/RUqN4JxD5c

— Ted Corcoran (RedTRaccoon) (@RedTRaccoon) March 25, 2018

For every one person against us, I’m just gonna show them this picture. #MarchForOurLives pic.twitter.com/ZGSOPwdH88

— Jaclyn Corin (@JaclynCorin) March 25, 2018

Lauren Hogg‏, another survivor of Parkland and sister of David Hogg, said that the March for Our Lives was a call to speak up about injustice.

Today is the day that America will change, and it will be because of the young people in this country. I believe that my generation has found their voice and that is something that no one can ever change. Prepare yourself America, the kids are here and we’re tired of injustice.

— Lauren Hogg (@lauren_hoggs) March 24, 2018

"Today is the day that America will change, and it will be because of the young people in this country," she tweeted on Saturday.

Parkland students have mobilized through the #NeverAgain movement since their school hallways and classrooms became a crime scene. March for Our Lives organizers estimate 800,000 protesters attended Saturday's rally, which could make it the largest single-day protest in the nation's capitol.