While speaking at an event in New York City on Tuesday, former first lady Michelle Obama offered praise for the Parkland, Fla. school shooting survivors who have been standing up and speaking out for action on gun control, saying there is “hope in that next generation.”
“I’m optimistic about our kids, always. We see these kids in Florida, the Black Lives Matter kids,” Obama said, according to Time.
“They are smart, they are passionate, they do have the right values. They know inequity. They know wrong when they see it. There is hope in that next generation. They’re tired of watching us do the same old thing and expect different results.”
The Hill added:
Students across the country have become vocal advocates for gun control in recent weeks since a gunman opened fire at a Florida high school, leaving 17 people dead.
Students have been rallying lawmakers to pass new gun laws and have planned a march next month in Washington, D.C., to protest gun violence.
The former first lady also offered her support for the Florida shooting survivors last week, saying she was “in awe” of the students.
“Like every movement for progress in our history, gun reform will take unyielding courage and endurance,” she tweeted. “But @barackobamaand I believe in you, we’re proud of you, and we’re behind you every step of the way.”