In case you missed it, student activists stopped in to the Senate Chamber yesterday (after meeting with Governor Carney) to be recognized and to address the Senate on gun reform. Video of remarks from student leaders Dounya Ramadan, Kelley Laurenceau, and Vyshnavi Kosigishroff, as well as the text of Preisdent Pro Tempore David McBride's introduction, are after the break:
"Ladies and gentlemen, if you’ll indulge me for a moment, we’ve been joined in the Chamber by some very special guests. With us are student leaders from Seaford High School, Caesar Rodney High School, Dover High School, Tower Hill, Newark Charter School, Newark High School, and John Dickinson High School.
Earlier today, these students helped organize and lead their classmates in a series of demonstrations and vigils in memory of the 17 innocents killed one month ago at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
Like many of you, I was heartsick and outraged over the tragedy in Parkland; and like many of you, I have been amazed by the outspokenness, intelligence, and maturity of the student leaders who emerged from that tragedy. These students are the future of our state, and a sign that our democracy is in good health. I think that I speak for many of us when I say how inspired I am by their example.
They’re in the building today to meet with the Governor and several legislators, but I’ve asked them to stop in to the Chamber briefly so that they can be recognized. I’m glad that they could take a moment out of their schedules to join us and I would request personal privilege of the floor for one of them to say a few words, if they like."