“You Guys Have Lit a Fire”: Inside George Clooney’s Massive One-Man Push to Turn the Tide on Gun Control

“You Guys Have Lit a Fire”: Inside George Clooney’s Massive One-Man Push to Turn the Tide on Gun Control

“You Guys Have Lit a Fire”: Inside George Clooney’s Massive One-Man Push to Turn the Tide on Gun Control After the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting, Clooney started making calls, including to Barack Obama and his pals at the Sunday shows. His behind-the-scenes efforts resulted in the March for Our Lives, a multimillion-dollar, star-studded event that was anything but spontaneous. Photo Illustration by Jessica Xie, Photos from Getty Images. On Valentine’s Day of 2018, a 19-year-old former student walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School outside of Miami and allegedly started shooting. Within a month, teenagers who had watched their friends and teachers being shot were standing on a stage by the National Gallery of Art in Washington in front of 200,000 people. This event didn’t happen spontaneously. Jimmy Fallon, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ariana Grande, Cher, and Kevin Bacon didn’t all just decide to be backstage meeting with the high schoolers who had become overnight activists, and overnight famous, with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian scooting up on a golf cart even though they weren’t on the guest list. The signs in the crowd were handmade—“thoughts and prayers don’t stop bullets,” “which kid is next?” with arrows pointing in every direction, “the only glock i want in my classroom,” with a drawing of a glockenspiel. The response was organic and overwhelming. But what happened that Saturday morning in Washington and in companion rallies around the country were signal events in how the new energy, the established politicians in Washington, the big […]

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