Ellen Can Barely Contain How Inspired She Is By Survivors Of The Parkland School Shooting

"The strength that you have to continue to keep fighting ..."

The surviving students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School continue to demand change regarding gun violence in the U.S., and celebrities and activists continue to voice their support for the students. In a recent segment on her show, Ellen DeGeneres sat down with Emma Gonzalez, Cameron Kasky, and Jaclyn Corin to talk to the March For Our Lives organizers about how the shooting that killed 17 members of the Parkland, Fla., school's community has affected each of them and what they hope for the future of gun reform in America. 

"Y'all are amazing," DeGeneres said to open the segment. "The strength that you have to continue to keep fighting because you must be exhausted."

The three students explained to DeGeneres that activism is helping them cope in the aftermath of the shooting on February 14. Even after several appearances on CNN and speeches that have gone viral, and conspiracy theories seeking to discredit them, the Parkland students' voices aren't wavering.

"We are thankful to have been in a school that educated us almost perfectly to handle this situation," Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez, Kasky, Corin, and other students are organizing the March For Our Lives on March 24 in Washington, D.C. The students clarified that they aren't calling for guns to be taken away but for stricter regulations when it comes to semi-automatic weapons

Kasky explained that many people want to say that now is the time to mourn, not to talk about gun control, so they're giving people a time to talk about the issue: March 24. 

"It's amazing, the universal support we've gotten," Kasky said. "It's proof that this isn't red and blue. This isn't generation versus generation. This is the 97 percent of people who believe that we need to take steps here, together."

He continued:

"I almost feel guilty that it took me, my community taking 17 bullets, and it took us feeling that anguish for us to get involved. But we're here now."

DeGeneres, known for honoring those who inspire change, surprised the three students with a $50,000 donation — in partnership with Shutterfly — to the March event at the end of the interview. 

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