Time magazine has released its Time 100: The Most Influential People of 2018, and while the annual list often includes controversial figures, the piece on the Parkland Florida shooting particularly struck a chord.
The magazine featured five of the most notable students from the shooting that killed 17 people in February. David Hogg, Emma González, Cameron Kasky, Jaclyn Corin, and Alex Wind helped organize the March for Our Lives movement, which is focused on changing America’s gun laws. CBS News reported that more than 200,000 people attended the march last month in Washington, D.C., with more than 800 other marches taking place across the nation that same day.
There’s little question as to why Time included the students in its Time 100 issue, given their impact on the gun control debate, but many had a problem with the author of the article about the organizers. Former President Barack Obama praised the teenagers, saying, “Our kids now show us what we’ve told them America is all about, even if we haven’t always believed it ourselves: that our future isn’t written for us, but by us.”
Obama also criticized the Republican Congress and the NRA’s bias on the issue, saying that “progress will be slow and frustrating.”
Many right-leaning Twitter users attacked Obama’s words, blaming his administration for the gun violence in America.