Emma Gonzalez has gained more than 1 million followers on Twitter. For someone who’ve just come to know in the past week — well that kind of Twitter fame says a lot about a person. But Emma — who is leading the fight against assault weapons, along with her Parkland classmates — is a special individual who demands attention for all the right reasons.
Within days of joining Twitter, soon after the mass shooting at her school in Florida left 17 dead and more injured, Emma’s account was verified. About ten of her fellow classmates, all Parkland survivors, have also been verified on Twitter. This does not speak to their eagerness for fame — as conservative right-wingers would have you believe. Quite the contrary. Their rise on social media speaks to people’s eagerness for change.
One million followers on Twitter says people are tired of mass shootings. They’re tired of people dying senselessly. They’ve had enough with corporations gaining millions from the lives of the innocent. One million people following Emma on Twitter also shows one important aspect: they’re in this fight alongside her.
Interestingly enough, Emma now has more followers than her #1 enemy: the National Rifle Association. She literally has double the followers than they do, and more followers than NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch — whom she debated on CNN. Emma’s Twitter gain is also much more prominent than that of the President of the United States.
As someone on Twitter pointed out, in terms of growth, Emma is leaving Donald Trump “in the dust.”
Congrats to @Emma4Change for hitting 1 MILLION followers! What's impressive isn't the number so much as how fast it happened—just days… she's leaving the President of the United States in the dust right now, in terms of growth (Emma on the left, Donnie on the right) 👇 pic.twitter.com/WDRpe8B9C6
— William LeGate (@williamlegate) February 27, 2018
Other’s on social media also applauded Emma’s million Twitter mark and more importantly her strength for this long fight.
The work the kids in Florida are doing w/gun control has taken attention away from the shooter and more to their critics. Usually, the news would be filled w/info about the shooter's life while now I hear more about the actions taken by the survivors.
— Cristela Alonzo (@cristela9) February 27, 2018
i’m about to go to sleep but omg emma gonzalez has 1 million followers on twitter- WOW
— Gerri ✨ (@cherhorowiz) February 27, 2018
Almost double that of @NRA, #StonemanDouglas student activist #EmmaGonzalez just hit 1 million twitter followers. Pretty impressive since @Emma4Change just recently joined #Twitter. #Emma4Change #neveragain pic.twitter.com/9igB3MDwe5
— Louis Aguirre (@LOUISAGUIRRE) February 26, 2018
Maybe you first noticed Emma González as the Parkland survivor speaking in public, using “We Call B.S.!” as a call-to-arms for her generation. She is now @Emma4Change and approaching 1 million followers on Twitter. Do not underestimate the power of this movement. #NeverAgain
— Enough Is Enough (@EnoughMovement_) February 26, 2018
Emma Gonzalez the young girl who gave that heart wrenching speech a week ago in tears has double the Twitter followers of the NRA. already. That shows you how vulnerable the NRA is and we KNOW the AR15 is not 2nd Amendment protected by Supreme Court decisions and precedent.
— Sandals to Reality (@SandalsTo) February 27, 2018
For anyone doubting Emma’s ability to carry on this fight — alongside her classmates — one must be forgetting the change that teenagers made in ’60s, during civil rights, fighting for women’s issues, and millions of immigrant advocates protesting mass deportation.
“We are speaking up for those who don’t have anyone listening to them, for those who can’t talk about it just yet, and for those who will never speak again,” Emma wrote in a moving essay in Harper’s Bazaar. “We are grieving, we are furious, and we are using our words fiercely and desperately because that’s the only thing standing between us and this happening again.”