Alfonso Calderon Biography, Age, Parents, CNN, Parkland And Stoneman Douglas High School

Alfonso Calderon Biography

Alfonso Calderón is a Spanish-American student activist against gun violence. He is a survivor of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting and a founding member of the Never Again MSD movement. His speeches to lawmakers in the state capital of Tallahassee and on the news media including CNN have been described as “passionate” and “eloquent”.

Alfonso Calderon Age

Alfonso was born in a Spanish town outside Madrid called Alcobendas in 2001.  He is 18 years old as of 2019.

Alfonso Calderon Parents

Alfonso was born in a Spanish town outside Madrid called Alcobendas and since then he has been living in the United States. Information about her parents and siblings is not yet known.  During the school shooting, he was locked in a closet with fellow students for three to four hours.

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Calderon is one of the students who was invited to a CNN Town Hall on February 21 2018 to address their calls for change, including to gun laws. He was also in Tallahassee, Florida after the mass shooting, where he was among the eight students who lobbied the Florida Legislature for change. You can watch the video of that speech below.

Alfonso said on Wednesday February 21, 2018 that President Donald Trump’s suggestion of arming teachers and school staff with weapons to enhance school safety was a “terrible idea.”

“I don’t know if Donald Trump has ever been to a public high school, but as far as I’m aware, teachers are meant to be educators,” Calderon told CNN’s Don Lemon on “CNN Tonight.”
“They’re meant to teach young minds how to work in the real world. They are not meant to know how to carry AR-15s. They are not meant to know how to put on Kevlar vests for the other students or themselves,” the 16-year-old said.
Calderon continued to argue that arming teachers is not the answer for school safety.
“This is not what we stand for,” said the junior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. “We stand for small policy changes and maybe possibly big ones in the future. Because, right now, I am pretty sick of having to talk about teachers being armed. Because that is not even a possibility in my mind. I would never want to see my teachers have to do that and neither do they want to do that.”
Trump pledged to look “very strongly” at the proposal for arming educators, the President said at the White House Wednesday February 21, 2018 after listening to a series of emotional stories and pleas to enhance school safety
“If you had a teacher who was adept with the firearm, they could end the attack very quickly,” he said, stating that schools could arm up to 20% of their teachers to stop “maniacs” who may try and attack them.
“This would be obviously only for people who were very adept at handling a gun, and it would be, it’s called concealed carry, where a teacher would have a concealed gun on them. They’d go for special training and they would be there and you would no longer have a gun-free zone,” Trump said. “Gun-free zone to a maniac — because they’re all cowards — a gun-free zone is ‘let’s go in and let’s attack because bullets aren’t coming back at us.’ “
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Alfonso Calderon Never Again

Calderon is a co-founder of the Never Again movement, which is demanding changes such as stricter background checks for gun buyers and is spearheading the March for Our Lives protest, slated for March 24. Other major players include senior Emma González, junior Cameron Kasky and junior Lorenzo Prado, who also spoke in Tallahassee.

Protests have popped up in other parts of the country as well, including in Washington, D.C., where 50 to 75 students staged a “lie-in” on Monday to symbolize the “atrocities” caused by gun violence. The movement utilizes the #NeverAgain hashtag.

Alfonso Calderon Parkland

Alfonso is a survivor of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.  He is also the founding member of the Never Again MSD movement. His speeches to lawmakers in the state capital of Tallahassee and on the news media including CNN  on February 21, 2018 have been described as “passionate” and “eloquent”.

He criticized lawmakers for failing to enact sensible gun laws as well as screenings to keep mentally ill people from being able to buy “military grade weapons”.  He also criticized the National Rifle Association (NRA) and their spokesperson Dana Loesch for encouraging gun proliferation  as well as politicians funded by the NRA. Alfonso said that student voices were not being taken seriously enough. He described a proposal of arming teachers to further school safety as a “terrible idea”, explaining that teachers were never meant to carry lethal weapons.  He views his advocacy as more than merely protecting Parkland students but as an effort to save human lives in general.  He believes that it is up to the electorate to vote out politicians who support lax gun regulations and the NRA.

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