George Clooney and Amal Clooney among those who attended marching on Washington D.C. for gun safety after the deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14 that left 17 dead.
The 56-year-old Oscar winning-actor and his 40-year-old humanitarian lawyer wife, showed their support to the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivors at the massive Washington D.C. March For Our Lives event today.
The couple previously donated $500,000 to the March For Our Lives event in the name of couple’s 9-month-old twins Alexander and Ella shortly after he Parkland, Florida, shooting survivors set the plans. In a statement provided to People at the time, the actor praised the survivors for their bravery.
George also wrote an open letter to Parkland students published in The Guardian just a day before the March For Our Lives event, in which the actor wrote, “Amal and I are 100% behind you.”
He continued, “Congratulations on the incredible work you and all of your fellow students are doing to make the country a safer place.”
“We both feel very strongly that this is your march. Your moment. Young people are taking it to the adults and that has been your most effective tool,” the actor wrote. “The fact that no adults will speak on the stage in DC is a powerful message to the world that if we can’t do something about gun violence then you will.”
George opened up about parenthood and his desire for his children to grow up aware of the world even though they were born more privileged.
He said, “Just because you happen to have been born into a sort of lucky situation in many ways, certainly not into poverty and into some place of luxury, you want to make sure they’re empathetic and compassionate.”
He added, “That they learn all the things I was taught as a young man about how we’re only successful as a country as the people who are least successful. I think that’s going to be a challenge, to constantly remind our kids that being born in one place doesn’t give you the right to just ignore everyone else’s difficulties.”