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This Vile Right-Wing Attack on Florida Massacre Survivors Is Unbelievably Cruel

Some even accused the students of being part of a secret FBI plot.

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As discussions about the mass shooting at a school in Parkland, Florida, continue into the second week, the students who survived the attack have become the target of a vile smear campaign conducted by parts of the right wing. 

Even as they cope with trauma and the loss of classmates, many of the students have bravely gone public with their opinions, calling for their state and federal government to enact significant gun safety measures in response to the slaughter at their school.

For those who oppose any gun control efforts, this was completely unacceptable. 

David Hogg, one of the students who spoke out, was accused by Gateway Pundit of being a shill for the FBI, which is supposedly "looking to curb YOUR Constitutional rights and INCREASE their power." The only evidence for this ridiculous claim is that Hogg himself mentioned his father is a former FBI agent in an interview.

One America News Network, a far-right outlet, helped spread Gateway Pundit's bizarre, conspiratorial story.

"Based on the way those kids are milking the deaths of their peers for careers," said Lucian Wintrich of Gateway Pundit, "it's completely safe to say that they don't care about those lives lost, they only care about their SJW agenda, and the soullessness comes from social media desensitization."

Dinesh D'Souza, the notorious right-wing filmmaker, joined the repugnant attacks, saying, "How interesting to hear students who can’t support themselves for one day giving us lectures about American social policy." When the students were distraught over the failure of a gun control measure in the Florida legislature, he thoughtlessly quipped, "Worst news since their parents told them to get summer jobs."

This cruel and baseless attack on teenagers is unnecessary and senseless. Disagree with their positions if you wish, but no good can come from attacking high school students and mocking their grief. 

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Cody Fenwick is a reporter and editor. Follow him on Twitter @codytfenwick.