During the "March for our Lives" gun control event on Saturday, a student survivor from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School whose sister was one of the 17 people killed by the gunman called out activists from his school for using his deceased sister to promote an agenda he said she "WOULD NOT" support.
As a recent USA Today poll shows, less than half of high school students support the kinds of gun control measures being promoted by the Parkland student-led gun control campaign, but most of the student pushback to the campaign is either downplayed or downright ignored by many outlets.
In a tweet highlighted by PJ Media, Patrick Petty, brother of Alaina Petty, a member of the school's Junior ROTC program, demanded that prominent activist Emma Gonzalez stop using his sister to promote an agenda antithetical to her beliefs. "Hey @Emma4Change please stop using my sister’s name to push your agenda, she DID NOT and WOULD NOT support it," wrote Petty.
His tweet set off a wave of both sympathetic and angry responses. Here are a few of the tweets thanking him for speaking up and expressing agreement with his general sentiment:
Others condemned him for asking that his sister not be used to promote a political agenda, responses that were often met by rebukes from those supporting Petty.